Dmitriy Richard Starson


Co-founder, Passio

About Dmitriy Richard

Dmitriy Starson is an entrepreneur, scientist, and innovator passionate about advanced technologies, sustainability, space exploration and applications of physics and machine learning tools for building a sustainable and exciting future for humanity.

Dmitriy got his Ph.D. in astrophysics from Caltech working with Chris Hirata on the physics of early Universe. He holds a M.Sc. in physics from Carleton University and is a graduate of the Singularity University’s GSP 2010 program. Dmitriy’s research in physics and astrophysics included work at Harvard University and the Space Telescope Science Institute.

After completing his Ph.D. Dmitriy became the CEO & CTO of Escape Dynamics – a startup focused on the development of a microwave-powered space launch system. Escape Dynamics operated from 2011 to 2016 and was focused on a moonshot vision of enabling the world’s first single-stage-to-orbit space plane. In 2015 the company successfully demonstrated an engine operating with efficiency above the limits of chemical rockets. The company was featured on the cover of Aviation Week and was named as one of the most innovative companies in Space by FastCompany.

After Escape Dynamics Dmitriy joined SRI International in a dual role of a director at Advanced Technologies and System Division and an Entrepreneur in Residence at SRI Ventures. After a year at SRI Dmitriy spun out Passio Inc – a machine learning company specializing in on-device machine learning and real-time user insights. Passio’s first product is a platform enabling companies to provide nutrition tracking and real-time insights to their users. The mission of Passio is to use cutting-edge machine learning and computer vision tools to address a major gap in healthcare and wellness: lack of adequate tools for collection, analysis, and activation of nutrition data.

Areas of Expertise

Machine Learning  •  Energy  •  Space-Industry

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