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Rafferty Jackson is a New Space and Autonomy investor and advocate helping founders story tell technical visions to non-technical audiences in order to fund and scale these critical infrastructure businesses. Starting in 2018, she has mentored startups at the Seraphim Capital Space Camp Accelerator. She is an advisor to Xona Space Systems, bringing Position, Navigation and Timing to support the age of autonomy and a Non-Executive Director at Opteran Technologies, capturing biological systems on silicon. She is also an advisor and investor to the New Vista Special Purpose Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:NVSAU).
Rafferty has taken companies through hyper-growth, investments, global expansion, mergers, acquisitions and IPO from the Beats by Dr. Dre brand sale to Apple Inc. for $3B (including Beats Music), to The North Face and Vans brands reaching over $1B in sales in North America, to taking Ubiquity Software public on the Alternative Investment Market on the London Stock Exchange and selling it to Avaya, Inc.
She has repeatedly created executive leadership roles requiring oversight, accountability, strategic planning and execution as well as collaboration across all company functions: at Beats, she created the role responsible for Legal (including Corporate Development, Company Secretary and Brand Enforcement), People (Human Resources), Strategy/Business Development and Real Estate/Facilities; at Ubiquity, she created the global Legal and Human Resources functions; and she created the matrix Legal function at VF Outdoor for The North Face, Vans, JanSport, Reef, lucy and Eagle Creek brands.
"Natural Intelligence: Introducing A New Bio-Inspired Approach For Machine Autonomy," November 18, 2021, Sign Up Here
"What is New Space?" On Orbit Podcast, April 2020
"On Orbit Podcast Puts New Space Under a Microscope," Shaun Waterman, Satellite Today, March 2020
"Rafferty Jackson and Zainab Boladale," Real Humans Podcast, Episode 3, December 2019
"Storytellers Need to Motivate a Skeptical Audience to do the Unimaginable," Sarah Harford, Silicon Republic, August 2019
"The Power of Storytelling: Why Nailing Your Narrative is Key to Success," John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, May 2019
"Beats by Dre: Why Matters," presented at InspireFest 2019
"Dear General Counsels, Michael Cohen Just Gave You a Gift," LinkedIn, March 2019
"Jimmy Iovine and Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity," LinkedIn, March 2018
"The No Competitor Nonsense," LinkedIn, April 2017
"NewSpace 2016: Rafferty Jackson on Storytelling as a Recruiting Tool," NewSpace Conference 2016
"Why is Raising Money for Startups Easier than Raising Money to Save Girls from Slavery?" LinkedIn, October 2016
"If You Want to See the Future, Judge Student Business Pitches," LinkedIn, May 2016