30th October 2019

Meet the founder: Earthscope

Claire Corlett

As the next cohort of startups begin their journey on our Accelerator Programme, we spent five minutes with the founders to find out a bit more about them.  We’ll share their stories over a series of blogs, so read on to learn about the founder of Earthscope….

Q: Who is the founder behind Earthscope?

A: I (Sam Murphy) am the sole founder of Earthscope and have a PhD in Earth Observation with postdocs for NASA and Google.

Q: Tell us the story behind your startup – why did you start your company?

A: As a scientist I was paid to come up with new ideas but discouraged from actually building real world solutions. I found this extremely frustrating. I love coming up with new ideas but I also want to build them into, what I now call, products.

Q: What does success look like for you?

A: The vision is to build a unicorn company around using satellite data to monitor the Earth.

Q: What’s your biggest achievement so far?

A: One of the things I am proud of is building an open source solution for atmospheric correction (an important step in processing satellite imagery) and presenting it at Google headquarters to the Google Earth Engine community. It was based on excellent work by the 6S community. My contribution helps to run the code faster and/or with less processing power.

Q: What are your plans for your startup over the next six months?

A: Generate revenue of £2000k/month and be on a path to £10k/month at the end of 12 months.

Q: Tell us something interesting about yourself?

A: I learned to surf in Hawaii, where I also snorkeled with dolphins (recommend) and sharks (probably too scary to be honest, it was cageless, I did it nonetheless).

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