Michael has COVID.
Accordingly, we had to cancel the event that week. Michael tried to make it happen, but his symptoms were dire. He's feeling much better now, but he has not fully recovered. Test results are still positive. We haven't been to the office for a while. Everything is obscure.
My roommate was sick a while ago. She said she had a sore throat. The day after, she felt feverish and exhausted. First, she denied chances of COVID, but on the next day, she said she might have. It worried me because I'd already shared two meals with her. That means I could have the potential for COVID. The next day, she texted me that she had negative results. I was skeptical because Michael's results showed negative for a while but he still had COVID. She seems OK these days, but I have mild cold symptoms.
Nothing much to worry yet, but...you never know.
This pandemic is so exhausting.
Hate that I feel anxious even though I am all vaccinated plus a booster shot.
COVID-19 attacked our office at the end of the pandemic. We couldn’t hold our Better Futures event scheduled for May 6+7. At that event, we were planning to host a great lineup, including astronauts. Therefore, Michael tried to hold that event not to disappoint the speakers, but his symptoms were so severe that there was no choice but to cancel it. I sent an email informing the cancel of the event to speakers. This month’s event was forced to cancel, but we're going to invest more effort in next month's event instead.
Last week, all the things were chaotic. Our schedule went awry, so I had to be assigned new tasks but Michael can not afford them. I uploaded the blog, made a notion template, and sent emails that I can do in person without Michael. Rest of the time I got a day off.
Like the phrase “After a storm comes a calm”, I believe this ordeal will be an asset to us. At least, we don’t have to worry about next month’s Better Futures line-up because we will re-host speakers planned for May. Thanks to that we have enough time to prepare for our big event Space Investment Summit. I wish these two events bring great success to LiftPort Group.
For this week, there was a huge change in our social media channels. Finally, I started to manage Social Media; Facebook, and Linkedin. Before that, I, Young-Eun, and Michael discussed the plan for Social media so much. There were too many accounts and channels that we should manage but it was a mess. There is a proverb “Choice and focus” in Korea which means setting priorities and investing time in more important things. Like this saying, we decided to manage only 1 account on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, and Youtube. Just copying and pasting the same text on every other account can seem insincere, thereby distracting the public. Even though Michael is skeptical of this idea, he trusts me and gives me a free hand. I believe cutting down the accounts would be more effective to increase the response. I hope the result shows that I’m right. We will check the result after 1 month by the number of attendees.
By the way, the Starfleet Enterprise goes on a bumpy road. Due to the onboarding process, the casting of speakers was delayed. As the title says, we put our efforts into the onboarding rather than the event. Now I definitely got used to this company and will focus on the event more with my team. My upcoming task is speaker coordinating and event promotion through Social Media. I hope we can successfully get butts in seats in the whole following events!
Hello, I’m Jiyeon Go, a new intern from South Korea.
I came here to improve my English and experience the American culture & business.
I’m responsible for project management. I assist general tasks, but make more efforts to contact speakers and mange social media for Better Futures. It has been about one month since I started to work.
On my first week of work, I, Michael and Fabio successfully held our Better Futures event: The StarFleet Enterprise on April 1+2. I worked as an speaker coordinator who helped speakers on board.
Specifically, I contacted with speakers to make them complete Speaker Portal and sent Speaker Note.
It was pleasure to communicate with leading speakers. Thanks to the stories, which speakers shared, I could know there are lots of efforts for better lives on the space. It was fun to learn new knowledge that broadens my world. I can not wait the next event! I will try hard so that the more public can know these interesting stories.
As part of the event promotion, I will publish newsletters for LiftPort Group and Better Futures and upload posts on social media. Actually I already sent a newsletter for Better Futures last friday. My goal is to increase the number of clicks with more attractive topics and convenient UX. Regarding the social media, I will turn notable space news into captivating posts for the public. Therefore, I want to make them interested in our event series. There will be trial and error, but I believe it will be improved and bring good results.
To talk about things outside of work, our team strengthens members’ solidarity by having Pizza Tuesday. I am quite satisfied both at work and outside of work. I hope everythings goes well as it is.
It has been almost a month since I got here, to the USA.
I was VERY nervous and scared when I first arrived at Seattle Airport. My first impression of the city was 'grim.' Other Westies were uploading Airport pictures from Los Angeles and San Diego. I was kind of expecting that, but Seattle was just - meh. It was cold, rainy and cloudy, no shiny buildings, no beaches. Clearly weather was not boosting my mood, and my one-week stay at Airbnb was horror stories.
It took a while for me to loosen up the guards. Ji Yeon, my co-worker who arrived a week earlier from Korea, was a silver lining. She showed me local areas, helped me make a bus card, let me have a sleepover in her room, and much more. So, it makes sense to say her presence calmed my nerves. With her, I started to see the city with fresh eyes. Slowly, weather was getting better too. Things were not as same as in Korea, and I learned how to find the fun out of it. Looking other people's gardens was fun, so was the grocery shopping. Way to cross the road was different(pressing buttons?). Poor public transportation and casual weed smell in the streets were shocking. My roommate took me to casino, and the other day, I enjoyed little bonfire with other roommates. It was exciting to learn new things and norms because they were new!
Michael, and his company, Liftport was new encounter, too. It's a small, struggling company in a messy office. I am NOT complaining here because there are clear advantages in doing internship in the small company like this. Usually interns do not get to get the opportunity to be involved. Michael was different. I had a rare chance to speak to the CEO directly, make suggestions, and see the change making an impact right away.
I am excited to learn new skills and challenge myself. I wish to contribute to this company in some way until my internship ends.
Even in my wildest assumptions I never expected to happen something like last year. For me, it was hard, stressful, scary but also cheerful, hopeful, and eye-opening. I did not plan to get caught in the United States by a worldwide pandemic but I’m glad I had. I not only didn’t get sick but managed to learn a lot and have a nice experience that even led to a full-time job.
Due to my visa expiration, I am back in Peru once again. I’m happy to see my family and have some typical food from here. Nonetheless, now I miss Michael, Tacoma, some roommates, and life there in general. Some people told me that I should’ve stayed there, but I’m not only respectful of the laws; I have some important projects here. They may not understand that my journey with LiftPort has not come to an end yet. We are trying to establish some sort of subsidiary that works on some of the technical projects we may have. I’ve always liked the idea of entrepreneurship, and now I have a chance to work on it. Some friends and I are hoping to get some contracts to develop technology and hopefully, I can start managing that. One of my life’s goals has been to create a successful technology company that improves the lives of people, and now I see an opportunity in space technology. This is very exciting!
Just like in the U.S.A., pandemic handling has not been good here. While I’m still safe, I cannot say the same for some of my extended family. But harder times also create opportunities, so I’m hoping for the best. I really hope vaccination helps.
We at LiftPort got more confident running online events. I am personally confident running the technical side of the events, all the way from Peru! Even after some Brazilian trolls stormed our Gmeet room, I can say we have had successful events that I’m sure are helping the Foundation for the Future.
I know these events will come to an end someday, so while we are covered for some months, we should definitely plan long term, in order to keep the winning streak at LiftPort.
It has been a long time since I wrote a blog entry here. Long story short, we had a successful event that led to some interesting things. One of our attendees, Tim Chrisman, liked that event so much that he decided to contract LiftPort to run a series of events called “Blue Marble Week”. He is also a huge fan of the space elevator and he is trying to push a congressional bill to support the creation of space infrastructure. The main topic for these events is “how space development (in different ways) can improve life on Earth”. This will definitely be a challenge, but I think we should be just fine considering the huge network of important people that Michael has.
The office now is quieter because Byungik finished his internship and left for South Korea. It was nice to work with him and we will miss him (Good luck with your future plans, Byungik!). I am happy to say that none of us got sick until now. One of the many factors to consider my stay in the United States, a successful one, is to not get sick. And I am close to accomplishing that goal, so good luck to me too.
I will spend the end of the year festivities here in Tacoma. Apparently, Michael has plans for it, so I will not spend it alone as I initially thought. I'm glad Gwen and him are generous people.
Circumstances for LiftPort have changed a lot during 2020, we switched gears and priorities a lot, and at the end of this year, I feel that all of us contributed a little to improve the situation. The future looks a lot better than I initially thought. It is a little ironic that 2020 was a good year for us, considering what’s going on outside of our bubble. Hopefully, we can keep this streak for next year, and someday build the space elevator!
This whole month we have been working on crafting a 2-hour event called Better Futures: The Future of the Space. This was the first of probably many events that LiftPort will be doing.
The main topic was discussing the priorities and budget regarding to space development using the US navy analogy of “blue water vs brown water” (of course, applied to space).
Even considering the few resources we had, I think it went well. I was responsible for the technical side of the event. It wasn’t very hard but I had to learn a lot of things I didn’t know before. Small things like crafting google forms, creating newsletter lists, streaming Zoom to YouTube, recording meetings, managing the internal system for the participants, moderating the comments on YouTube Live, and understand the overall technology in the background of the event.
I also had to work a lot on the website. I crafted the events tab and everything under it. Additionally, I updated a lot of the content in the site, but I think we still need to work on it.
I did commit some mistakes due to inexperience, such as starting the Live 4 min before the actual event (which doesn’t look good at all when people who couldn’t attend try to view our captured video), or not pinning the profile of the speaker on time. But other than that, I would consider it a successful piece of work. The speakers were amazing, timing was okay, participation and comments were insightful. Not bad!
It was a little stressing (especially on Michael side) but after everything happened, it was very satisfying and cheerful hearing that people liked it and want more of this in the future.
This week we posted 6 videos. 3 Related to the New Era Policy and 3 for the Book Clubs. And by the way, for the people asking what software we use for our content, I have used both Kdenlive and Adobe Premiere Pro to edit all the videos. The first runs on Linux and the second runs on Windows, and it would be nice if you have a high-end processor and even better if you add a nice graphics card to that setup. All these in order to optimize the overall usability and rendering times. They are not very difficult to work on, but you probably might want to watch a Tutorial before jumping into any of them.
Very very few people are watching our videos. It is pretty much safe to say we will NOT be able to monetize from YouTube in the short term. But that’s ok. Some good results happened because of all those videos, so it may not be a wasted effort at the end. New connections, more visibility, and a clearer plan for LiftPort future. And personally, I have learned a new skill that may useful, as I said before.
Michael has been very busy dealing with both personal and business stuff to the point that some documents and tasks he is supposed to do are long overdue, but to be fair he has worked a lot with no rest and still wasn’t able to complete the 100% of the workload. I don’t blame him because there are things that are out of control that can affect us deeply. Just like the pandemic we are trying to survive. But he is trying hard to overcome the difficulties and somehow remains optimistic. It looks to me that no matter what, he thinks there is no other option but to lead LiftPort to success. I really wish I can find a project that motivates me to that extent, just like him.
We have very important events and business proposals coming the next weeks. We will be very busy but I’m glad we’re actively working to improve our situation sooner rather than later.
Three weeks ago, (23 July 2020), the National Space Council – at the White House – issued a fascinating document. “A New Era for Space Exploration and Development.”
In this final video regarding the Vision of the New Era document, we chat about:
For background context, here’s what’s going to the Moon, soon!
And here’s President Trump’s Executive Order:
If you haven’t watched them, already, the six prior Space Policy videos in this series are:
President, LiftPort Group