Tarek Waked

Founding Partner

Tarek believes that no one has to give you permission to do anything in this life. He gravitates towards visions that are bold and do not wait for permission or instruction to fix a problem and make life better for humanity. He’s inspired by founders who consistently challenge the status quo and have a constantly curious mind.

Tarek is a former startup founder turned VC. He was born in Latin America to a Lebanese family and moved to the United States at a young age where he attended school and university. He graduated from Florida State University with a degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Economics. 

His first business in college was funded with his poker winnings from a summer trip in Europe. Although that business ultimately failed, that experience was the foundation for his perspective on failure. He believes that as a society we have to support bold founders even if they’ve stumbled previously. Too many times in society we stigmatize failure, but to hit a home run you have to risk striking out. 

After graduating from university he became a licensed financial advisor at Morgan Stanley. Following Morgan Stanely he moved to Latin America and became a tech entrepreneur where he founded a startup and began investing and advising several startups through a startup incubator that he started. 

In 2019 he moved back to the United States where he began investing in early stage startups which led him to discovering a massive opportunity in Space and DeepTech. This led to the decision to start Type One Ventures in the summer of 2019 to continue supporting the growing ecosystem of founders. He initially saw the volume of satellites increasing in record numbers due to various converging trends in dropping launch costs and the commercialization of components. 

He believes humanity will reach the longevity escape velocity in one or two generations and believes humanity is destined to travel the cosmos. 

As Founding Partner at Type One he is focused on working with companies that progress humanity forward toward a Type One Civilization. He believes that in the coming years and decades every company on the planet will be a space company either directly or indirectly. 

He currently sits on the board of Space Forge (in-space manufacturing company) and Gravitics (Gravity enabled space station company). 

“Working in venture allows me to do what I feel I am best at and what I am passionate about. I’ve always been a firm believer in pursuing your passions so if I can help others do the same then I’ve done what I wish with my time on this earth.”

Expertise

  • Leadership
  • Investments
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Securities
  • Sales
  • Management
  • Public Relations
  • Venture Capital
  • Strategic Planning

Related Companies

  • Gravitics
  • Space Forge
  • Argo Space