We had the good fortune of connecting with John Quinn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi John, how do you think about risk?
I believe is the law of Risk/Return. Working a 9-5 job has its own risk but it feels “safe” because often a big employer is behind it. That said I opted to work for myself over 8 years ago and while I have had some tight times I have never regretted that decision.
What should our readers know about your business?
At Exos Aerospace our mission is not just to build and fly Low Earth Orbit capable air-launched reusable rockets but rather, to enable other brilliant minds to change the world for the better by leveraging the thousands of ISS research experiments using Exos “on-demand” flights for previously impossible product development in space. Oh, and by the way, we can launch your 550kg LEO and SSO Satellites too.
I am most proud and excited about our team’s demonstrated ability to rapidly Design Build Test and Iterate, failing fast and often. I believe that will serve us well as we proceed to construct our Air-Launched reusable Orbital Vehicle. We are taking the best of SpaceX (reusability) and the best of Virgin Galactic (Air Launch) and putting it together in a new way!
I got to where I am today by firing my Boss. 8 years ago I left a “secure” engineering job to develop technologies that I am passionate about. The best part of that passion for technology and Space is that it will change the world as we know it.
Changing the world is never easy, however, the development and support of the International Space Station have given us a litany of successfully tested technologies to exploit for the betterment of mankind. Exos intends to create the on-demand autonomous micro space station of the future to pull those amazing technologies into reality, making space production to serve earth inhabitants a reality for this generation.
The biggest lesson learned was to start with sales! Our brand is about providing space on our customer’s terms and our goal is to make space as easy to access as an airline flight.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First, we’d likely take them to Exos Aerospace to see a rocket manufacturing facility. This would be followed by dinner at Four Winds Steakhouse and an evening at Barnhill Vinyards in Anna (Adult only venue) to attend an outside concert and enjoy some wine. A jaunt around downtown McKinney would round out the week with stops at the Urban Grill and the “Boozy” ice cream shop.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
More than anyone I owe everything to my wife of 30+ years Teresa Quinn. I can’t imagine anyone else being confronted with my proposal to empty our retirement, savings, and even put our house on this line to quit my six-figure Engineering job to pursue the development of a Navy Submarine technology I had prototyped some 20 years earlier.
Who knew if it would even work or if the NAVY would need such technology anymore. Nonetheless, she supported the idea and although that company has never made any money for us, it put technology in the warfighters hands and it lead to other ventures and most recently to the creation of Exos Aerospace.
Secondly, I credit David Mitchell. This is the man that taught me how to trade stocks and gave me the skillsets to have confidence in firing my boss of 17 years. With only 3 years to “retirement”, I chose to walk away to pursue my passions. Again no regrets and while I am not yet counting monetary rewards, my mission at Exos will one day change the world we live in for the better, and with God as source its clearly a win.
Images Credit of Exos Aerospace