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A thought about the X PRIZE Foundation as Pomerantz exits

16 Feb 2011, 15:45 UTC
A thought about the X PRIZE Foundation as Pomerantz exits
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Earlier this week I got word that the Director of Space prizes at the X PRIZE Foundation, William Pomerantz is leaving his six year post for a position as the Vice President of Special Projects at Virgin Galactic. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Will over the last few years. As someone dedicated to chronicling the Google Lunar X PRIZE that he’s been so deeply involved in, I’ll miss our frequent interactions. In the long term this move will be a good thing for Will, and leaves a significant leadership vaccume in his position at the X PRIZE foundation.
As an organization founded to be disruptive to the industries it participates in, I’d like to offer a challenge to the leadership at the X PRIZE foundation:
Fill Will’s position with the kind of person who can create disruption. From the outside, it seems that you are listing into a state of constant caution. This should scare the hell out of you. The measure of your success is in the long term impact you have on the course of history. I heard a number of people within your organization describe the success of the recently completed Progressive Automotive X ...

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