About the episode
In this episode, we're talking to Volumental CEO and Co-Founder, Alper Aydemir, about his time working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on the Mars Rover and Mars Helicopter (attached to the rover) - both created to seek signs of ancient life and collect samples of rock and soil.
Specifically, tune in to hear the following:
- An insider's view into working at NASA and how the culture impacted Alper's work in other tech sectors.
- Life lessons learned by keeping a small, tight-knit, dedicated crew for development versus a larger decentralized team.
- How the team at JPL was able to re-create life on Mars through replicated soil conditions.
- How the harsh environment of Mars taught and prepared Alper to create a retail technology product that was robust and designed for the rigors of everyday life.