Max Polyakov is an international entrepreneur in the information and space technology sector. He is a managing partner in the Noosphere Ventures investment fund and founder of several international companies, including Firefly Aerospace, EOS DA, Space Electric Thruster Systems (SETS), Renatus, and MaxMiser.
Starting in 2001, Max Polyakov has created several IT companies:
- It-Ukraine, an outsourcing project that developed software for customers from the USA, Canada, and Europe.
- EasyDate (later Cupid Plc).
- Murka, a social casino games company.
- Renatus Media, a Menlo Park-based mobile game developer.
- Noosphere Ventures Partners LP (N.V.P.) investment fund. This fund supports the digital economy, engineering, and space technology startups.
- EOS DA, which creates tools for processing and analyzing satellite data, combined into a single cloud platform.
In April 20201, Polyakov purchased a majority stake in Dragonfly Aerospace, a South Africa-based company developing compact high-performance imaging satellites with a wide range of spectrums.
In 2011, Polyakov received his postgraduate degree in International Economics from Dnіpropetrovsk National University, Ukraine. In 2013, he received a Ph.D. in international economics. His thesis was "Development paradigm model for IT-technologies in the world economy and forms of its implementation." In 2020, he received his doctorate in economic science.
Polyakov founded the non-profit public organization Association Noosphere, which supports STEM.
Polyakov initiated an annual international engineering startup competition called Vernadsky Challenge. Winners of this competition receive grants for the development of their projects and expert support from leading international companies.
Max Polyakov supports academician Volodymyr Vernadsky's theory about the biosphere, according to which the next stage in its evolution is the noosphere. The noosphere is based on the creative interaction between human and nature. It believes that it is the main driving factor in the development of the planet, as well as for the preservation and rejuvenation of its resources. These are the principles Max Polyakov’s social and business activities are focused on.
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