Jackie Space

Partner
Hacking For Defense

Jackie Space is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who focuses on solving national security problems. A systems engineer by training, she seeks understanding of the structural and conceptual relationships inside systems and how they can be “hacked” to produce optimal solutions cheaper and more efficiently. Her background is in military space systems development but her work is multi-disciplinary spanning across technology domains.

As the first employee and now Partner of BMNT, she helped create Hacking for Defense (H4D) — a technology solution platform developed on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, infused with the “Lean Startup” methodology, and then applied to national security problems. H4D is now offered through BMNT to national security agencies, military organizations, and through the H4D 501c3 to university programs at Stanford, Georgetown, and University of California San Diego.

She is a founding partner of BMNT Capital that provides early stage investment to companies with applications relevant to national security. Their most recent investment is with Savonix – a research-based, digital tool that delivers state-of-the-art cognitive assessment.

In her previous service in the Air Force, Jackie was a program manager for Air Force space systems and led joint programs for military and intelligence customers and deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2002.

Jackie has a B.S. in Behavioral Sciences from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an M.S. in Systems Engineering from Loyola Marymount University. Her interests include snowboarding, scuba diving, surfing, anime and the impact of emerging technology on human behavior and systems.

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