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Guillermo Söhnlein
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1. Introduction

Guillermo Adrian Miguel Söhnlein (born May 18, 1966 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is an American social entrepreneur with special interests in the commercialization of outer space, the exploration of the world's oceans, and the global connections between space and ocean industries.

2. Personal Life

Guillermo Söhnlein was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina , on May 18, 1966. He immigrated to the United States in 1972 with his family, who settled in the area of San Jose, California, where he attended St. Francis High School in Mountain View. He became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1986. He graduated in December 1989 from the University of California at Berkeley with an A.B. in economics, and in May 1995 he earned a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy [1]

From 1995 to 1999, he served in the United States Marine Corps, achieving the rank of Captain. He has three children: Rebecca Lynn Söhnlein (b January 30, 1999), Daniel Jacob Söhnlein (b. March 20, 2001), and Caleb Miguel Söhnlein (b. March 1, 2005).

In 2011, Söhnlein was accepted as a Fellow of Opus Novum, a group committed to professional conduct guided by Seven Principles[2] and to the notion that global problems can be resolved only through cooperation among nonprofit, for-profit, and government partners.[3] In 2012, he was accepted as a member of The Explorers Club.

3. Technology

In 1998, Söhnlein co-founded Milo, a speech recognition technology company that was acquired by Voxeo[4] in 2001.

After relocating to the Northern Virginia region outside Washington, D.C., he worked with a number of technology startup ventures,[5][6][7][7][8] and advised several technology-related investment groups, incubators, and economic development agencies,[9][10] and gave frequent talks about the field.[11][12] including projects in China and Qatar.[13][14]

In 2009, he co-founded iSpaces, which developed a cloud-based operating system and suite of applications.[15] After two years of development, its public beta release went live in 2012.[16]

4. Space Commercialization

In 2003, Söhnlein founded the International Association of Space Entrepreneurs[ (IASE), a nonprofit organization created to encourage successful entrepreneurs from other industries to start aerospace-related ventures.[17][18] The group grew from 5 people to almost 1,500 individuals around the world.[19] In 2010, the online community was transferred to the Space Frontier Foundation for ongoing growth, and IASE officially disbanded.[20]

In 2006, he founded Space Angels Network], a for-profit angel investor group for early-stage aerospace ventures.[19][21] Founding members included Esther Dyson, Stephen Fleming, David S. Rose, and Ed Tuck.[22][23] In April 2007, Burton Lee joined as co-founder, and the two led the group's Aerospace Venture Forums showcasing entrepreneurial ventures for prospective investors.[24][25][26] In 2010, Joe Landon took over as managing director, and under his leadership the group announced its first four investment deals during 2011-2012.[26][27][28][29][30] As of early 2013, the group consisted of approximately 30 investor members living across the United States and Europe and more than 100 young companies that had applied for funding.[31]

5. Ocean Exploration

In 2009, Söhnlein co-founded OceanGate, Inc., a venture that provides deep-sea manned submersibles. It owns and operates Antipodes (submarine), a five-person manned submersible with a depth rating of 305 meters (1,000 feet) and twin 58" hemispherical acrylic domes fore and aft on its cylindrical hull. During 2010-2012, he helped organize five submarine exploration expeditions to Santa Catalina Island in California , Puget Sound in Washington (state) , Monterey Bay (twice) in California , and Miami in Florida.[32][33][34][35][36]

In 2010, he re-launched the Ocean Exploration Committee of the Marine Technology Society, a nonprofit membership association supporting students and industry professionals in marine-related fields.[37]

In 2011, he co-founded the OceanGate Foundation, now ExploreOcean, a nonprofit organization that conducts outreach programs on about manned submersibles. During October 2011, it conducted a program in Monterey, California, that reached almost 2,000 local students, teachers, and community leaders.[35][38][39] During March 2012, it conducted a 10-day educational program in Miami, Florida.[40] Over 1,000 students participated in the program's presentations and submarine tours.[41]

In 2013, he founded Blue Marble Exploration, which organized high-profile expeditions to explore the oceans in manned submersibles. These expeditions were intended to push the limits of technology, science, operations, and human endurance in order to raise public awareness of the world's oceans.

6. Sea-Space Connections

In 2011, he founded the Sea-Space Initiative, a global project to provide collaboration in ocean and space industries.[42] The first program, launched in May 2012, is the Sea-Space Summit, a global series of invitation-only workshops.[43][44]

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  2. "The Principles |". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  3. "The Opus Novum Way |". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  4. "Voxeo Acquires Phone+Web Professional Services Firm Milo". 2001-03-20. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  6. "Bush talks Social Security to tech leaders - Washington Business Journal". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  7. "International Foundation for Entrepreneurship Science and Technology". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  8. "Print Story". 2006-01-01. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  9. "Annual Meeting June 20, 2008". docslide. 2008-06-20. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  10. "". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  11. "The Andy Forbes Files Podcasts and Archive Listings". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  12. "Capital Science 2004 | Washington Academy of SciencesWashington Academy of Sciences". 1996-09-10. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  13. "UCTID-The Center for US-China Technology, Innovation and Development". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  14. "Management Services Projects". 2009-03-16. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  15. "Top 25 European Cloud Computing Rising Stars: iSpaces | - Cloud Computing Community". 2011-03-31. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  16. "Seamless Cloud Storage Solution Now Available: iSpaces Offers Portal to Multiple Cloud Storage Providers". 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  17. "The Space Show hosted by: Dr. David Livingston". 2004-08-10. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  18. "A Launching Pad for Space Entrepreneurs". 2005-01-20. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  19. "EVA Interviews Guillermo Söhnlein". Out of the Cradle. 2009-03-01. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  20. "Space Entrepreneurship Group Passes Baton — Space Frontier Foundation". 2010-05-26. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  21. "Aerospace Venture Forum — Academic VC". 2008-07-21. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  22. "Space Angels Network adds founding members - Washington Business Journal". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  23. "The Space Show hosted by: Dr. David Livingston". 2008-06-02. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
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  25. "Investor Group Focuses on Space, Aviation Start-Ups :: Satellite News". 2008-07-22. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  26. Black, Chuck (2011-05-24). "Commercial Space". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  27. "Member Announces Investment in Altius Space Machines". Space Angels Network. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  28. "Member Invests in Aviation Technology Company: Sorian, Inc.". Space Angels Network. 2011-09-01. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  29. "Invests in Wireless Power Beaming Company: LaserMotive, Inc.". Space Angels Network. 2011-09-21. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  30. "XCOR Aerospace Closes $5 Million Round of Investment Capital". Space Angels Network. 2012-02-27. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  31. "Investors put money into space ventures - San Francisco Business Times". 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  32. "Students compete to join deep-sea research around Catalina Island on submarine". 2010-08-27. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  33. Gilmore, Susan. "Local News | 1906 ferry wreckage likely discovered off Seattle's Alki Point | Seattle Times Newspaper". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  34. "Puget Sound shipwreck could help prevent oil spill | Seattle". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  35. Dan Linehan. "Super Sub, Sunken Ship | Plumbing the backstory of the". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  36. "Sub caters to adventurers with zest to learn". 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  37. "MTS: News". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  38. "2011 Monterey Bay Expedition". OceanGate Foundation. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  39. "Squid disco: Students create underwater light show in the name of science | News". 2012-02-10. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  40. "MAST Students Explore The Deep With Ocean Diving Vehicles « CBS Miami". 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  41. "2011 Monterey Bay Expedition". OceanGate Foundation. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  42. "The Space Show hosted by: Dr. David Livingston". 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  43. "News Talk Radio 77 WABC New York". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  44. "The Space Show hosted by: Dr. David Livingston". 2012-05-16. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
Name: Guillermo Söhnlein
Born: May 1966
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