Tess Hatch

Partner

Tess invests in technology and people who believe as strongly as she does that frontier technology will develop solutions for societal problems. She is a partner based in Silicon Valley fostering entrepreneurship of frontier technology, specifically the commercialization of space, drones, autonomous vehicles, and agriculture and food technology.

Tess currently serves as a board director for Phantom Auto, Spire Global, and Iris Automation, and as a board observer for Rocket Lab, DroneDeploy, Velo3D, Forever Oceans, and Crosschq. She was included in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Venture Capital. She speaks and is published regularly on Bloomberg, TechCrunch and other publications on space and frontier technology.

Tess earned a Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics engineering from Stanford. She went on to work for Boeing and then SpaceX where she worked with the government on integrating its payloads with the Falcon9 rocket. She remains close to her alma mater by co-teaching a class at Stanford, serving on the board of advisors for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, and founding the Stanford Aero/Astro Alumni Association.

Tess is passionate about space exploration and imagines a future where we all travel to space. She hopes to one day take a trip herself.

“Imagine a future where we travel to space with the same frequency in which we currently travel in an aircraft.”

Companies

Atomo Coffee

Atomo Coffee

The first of its kind, Atomo Molecular Coffee is an all natural coffee made in Seattle, WA without the traditional bean.

Black Sheep Foods

Black Sheep Foods

Black Sheep Foods is a plant-based meat company using revolutionary technology and analytical chemistry to create a delicious lamb alternative that is better for the environment and your health.

Crosschq

Crosschq

Crosschq is pioneering Human Intelligence Hiring™ by harnessing the power of people to help companies better screen, onboard and source the best talent.

DroneDeploy

DroneDeploy

DroneDeploy is the leading cloud software platform for commercial drones, and is making the power of aerial data accessible and productive for everyone.

Forever Oceans

Forever Oceans

Forever Oceans is committed to protecting our planet and preserving our oceans.

Impossible Aerospace

Impossible Aerospace

Impossible Aerospace manufactures battery-electric aircraft products.

Iris Automation

Iris Automation

Iris Automation provides robust collision avoidance systems for industrial drones.

Phantom Auto

Phantom Auto

Phantom Auto is a remote control-as-a-service safety solution for autonomous vehicles (AVs).

Rocket Lab *

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab delivers a range of complete rocket systems and technologies for fast and low-cost payload deployment.

Rocket Lab announced to go public in merger with SPAC Vector Acquisition Corp in March 2021.

Spire *

Spire

Spire is a space to cloud data analytics company utilizing satellites to provide maritime, aviation, and weather tracking.

Spire Global announced to go public in merger with SPAC NavSight Holdings in March 2021.

Velo3D *

Velo3D

Velo3D develops metal additive manufacturing solutions, including 3D printing systems, print preparation software and integration technology.

Velo3D announced to go public in merger with SPAC JAWS Spitfire in March 2021.

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