IPO Edge and The Palm Beach Hedge Fund Association hosted a fireside chat with the CEO and CFO of Astra Space, Inc. to discuss the merger with Holicity, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOL), the purchase of Apollo Fusion, and the upcoming shareholder vote. Astra Founder, Chairman, & CEO Chris Kemp alongside Astra CFO Kelyn Brannon spoke with IPO Edge Editor-in-Chief John Jannarone.
Ahead of the shareholder meeting on June 30, please see details on voting at https://www.holicity.inc/
Chris Kemp (CEO) and Kelyn Brannon (CFO) discussed:
- Upcoming merger with Holicity
- What proceeds from the merger and PIPE enable Astra to do
- Astra’s strategy and how it compares with other launch providers
- How the make-up of revenue will change over time beyond launch
- Path to cash flow positivity
- How Apollo Fusion purchase will help Astra
About the Speakers:
Chris Kemp is the Founder, Chairman, & CEO of Astra. As Founder, Chairman and CEO, Chris leads the overall company strategy and direction for Astra. Chris previously served as CTO of NASA and founded OpenStack, an open- source cloud computing infrastructure software project that is one of the three most active open-source projects in the world.
At NASA, Chris partnered with Google and Microsoft, helped create Google Moon and Mars (online maps that allow you to explore the planets) and worked with the White House to develop the cloud computing strategy for the US government. Chris advises and serves as a board member at various tech companies.
Kelyn Brannon is the CFO of Astra. She is a 35-year finance veteran, with experience leading companies through successful IPOs including Arista Networks and Calix. Kelyn was previously the CFO at Asure Software and the first chief accounting officer and head of finance at Amazon.com. She is a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and holds a B.A in Political Science from Murray State University.
IPO Edge Contact:
Jarrett Banks, Editor-at-Large