Fri, Jun 11, 2010
One of the more unusual phone calls I have ever received
occurred a few years ago... from Anousheh Ansari... long distance.
About as long distance as it gets, these days, as Anousheh was
calling form the International Space Station where she was plainly
having the time of her life.
You see, on September 18, 2006, the truly amazing Anousheh
Ansari captured headlines around the world as the first female
private space explorer. Anousheh earned a place in history as the
fourth private explorer to visit space and the first astronaut of
Anousheh is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder and chairman of
Prodea Systems, a company that will unleash the power of the
Internet to all consumers and dramatically alter and simplify
consumer’s digital living experience.
Prior to founding Prodea Systems, Anousheh served as co-founder,
CEO and chairman of Telecom Technologies, Inc. The company
successfully merged with Sonus Networks, Inc., in 2000.
To help drive commercialization of the space industry, Anousheh
and her family provided title sponsorship for the Ansari X Prize, a
$10 million cash award for the first non-governmental organization
to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two
She currently works to enable social entrepreneurs to bring
about radical change globally, with organizations such as X Prize,
ASHOKA and the PARSA Community Foundation.
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