Steve Wozniak rockets toward the final frontier

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Steve Wozniak
The Woz says the sky is no longer the limit.
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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak’s next venture is a private space company. Details are still scanty about his newly formed company, Privateer Space, other than its goal is to “keep space safe and accessible.”

Additional details are expected soon.

Woz! In! Space!

Wozniak made the teaser announcement via Twitter, staying “A Private space company is starting up, unlike the others”.

He links to a YouTube video about Privateer Space that’s heavy on aspiration but lacking in any detail. And the company’s website says it’s in “stealth mode.”

Still, the video’s description says, “Privateer Space is working to keep space safe and accessible to all humankind.” And it states the company was co-founded by Wozniak and Ripcord founder Alex Fielding.

More details are promised at the AMOS 2021 conference that kicks off September 14.

It’s not clear if this will result in Steve Wozniak in space. He’s 71 years old, but that didn’t stop Richard Branson — who is also 71 — from going into orbit this summer.

Previous Steve Wozniak projects

After founding Apple with Steve Jobs in 1971, he left the company in 1985. Over the years, he invested in a variety of businesses and… other things. Most memorably, there’s the Us Festival, a music and technology event in 1982 that ended up costing him millions of dollars.

If Alex Fielding’s name sounds familiar, he and Wozniak co-founded Wheels of Zeus (WoZ) back in 2002. It made AirTag-like trackers but shut down operations in 2006.

Despite co-founding one of the most successful companies of all time, Woz apparently isn’t a billionaire. He actually has about $10 million because he donated most of wealth to charities. He also gave many of his Apple shares to Apple employees after Steve Jobs left them out of the company IPO.