Amir R. Blachman is the VP of Strategic Development at Axiom Space. A native of Los Angeles, Mr. Blachman earned his B.A. in psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He is also a graduate of the school’s Corporate Governance Program. Mr. Blachman is an instrument-rated pilot and serves on the Board of Advisors of Bye Aerospace, the leading electric aircraft company.
Mr. Blachman, who started his career as an air force instructor, gained 15 years’ experience growing young companies and taking them through acquisition and IPO. He later switched to the investor side of the table, serving as Managing Director of Space Angels. There, he and his partners re-launched the company, growing its customer base to over 100 angel investors in ten countries and investing in companies such as Astrobotic, Atlas Space Operations, Planet Labs and Planetary Resources.
In 2016 Mr. Blachman joined Axiom Space, building the world’s first commercial space station. He supports Axiom through formation of the company’s financial strategy and establishing relationships with some of the world’s most influential investors. He also works with the company’s team of astronauts and station operators to support the growing customer base of countries, researchers and tourists. Mr. Blachman serves as an interface between the space and finance industries. He is frequently featured in publications such as Bloomberg, SpaceNews and the Financial Times and at international finance forums.
He supports organizations including the Space Foundation, Space Frontier Foundation and Space Nation. Mr. Blachman prioritizes the next generation of space leaders. He has been a guest speaker at UCLA and USC’s schools of engineering and business and has guided multiple space startups in their fundraising and growth