Found this while cleaning out old files;
My feelings on what is the best way to create a viable, healthy space endeavor through online collaboration. I’ll try to make this is as short and easy to read as possible.
1) Accept that you might not personally make it to space. This one is important, because I have seen many startups fail when everyone tried to bite off more than they could chew, because they wanted to build their own personal spaceship. If you’re serious about space, then you don’t expect that you might actually be going. What you’re creating is a gift to future generations; the situation now is a lot better than it was a few years ago, but still - don’t base your business around your personal wants. If you do, at least be honest about it.
2) Work with your weaknesses. Don’t fight your strengths. I see a lot of the same discussion here as I saw elsewhere in other places; “How do we build a rocket?” “What types of rockets should we build?” “How can we get people to buy our rockets?’. Online, decentralized organizations have two major weaknesses, typically: 1) Lack of ability to build hardware, and 2) lack of cash flow. Focusing on hardware and hardware construction is antithesis to the strengths of online ventures, which are your large network of people working for free or low cost, are typically very tech-savvy, and, in a very big way; are not involved in the industry so they don’t know what is “impossible”.