SpaceKnow Co-Founder Pavel Machalek Credit: SpaceKnow Inc.

 

The recent announcement that Earth observation data analytics provider SpaceKnow Inc. had raised $4 million in Series A financing was remarkable for two reasons: The VC was not American, but Berlin-based BlueYard Capital; and the investment target, San Francisco- and Prague-based SpaceKnow, is not primarily a play on government demand.

SpaceKnow’s showcase products, both regulars on customer Bloomberg’s 350,000 worldwide financial terminals, are the China Satellite Manufacturing and Africa Night Lights indexes.

Both use SpaceKnow’s algorithms to tease out levels of economic activity as can . . .

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