Scott Smith

Operating Partner

Scott Smith is an operating partner with Bessemer where he advises on space tech investments, drawing on his almost 40 years of experience managing large, complex commercial satellite programs.

As chief operating officer and board member of Iridium, Scott leads technology development, including all ground and satellite operations for the company. This includes the Iridium NEXT initiative, a program to develop, build and launch its next-generation satellite constellation. Iridium NEXT recently completed its two year launch campaign, and all 75 satellites are now successfully operating in orbit.

Previously, Scott was chief operating officer of DigitalGlobe Inc., a commercial remote sensing satellite company, where he was responsible for the company’s satellite and ground operations, engineering organization, and corporate and global expansion initiatives.

He earned his degrees in aerospace engineering from Syracuse University and Master of Science in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Stanford University.