Lawrence H. Williams
Lawrence is an entrepreneur who has dedicated his career to developing public-private partnership solutions. He possesses a unique combination of corporate and government experience in technology, regulation, strategy and business. Lawrence has helped found numerous technology start-up ventures, successfully built organizations, completed private equity financings, and worked with two of the world’s greatest innovators and entrepreneurs, Elon Musk and Craig McCaw.
In 2012, Lawrence founded Capture10 LLC to help companies utilize technology to disrupt and capture new billion dollar (10 digit) markets. The firm provides strategic assistance in negotiating partnerships and distribution agreements, shaping procurements and securing contracts, raising financing, and navigating government and regulatory processes.
Prior to Capture10, Lawrence assisted serial entrepreneur Elon Musk in growing Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) into the leading provider of space launch services, with over $4B in contracts, including NASA’s domestic commercial crew and cargo program to replace the Space Shuttle. He also served as an advisor for Tesla Motors.
Prior to SpaceX, Lawrence served as Senior Vice President for Business Development for the satellite communications company ICO Global Communications, a global communications company that is using satellite and terrestrial networks to deploy third-generation (3G) wireless services. At ICO, Lawrence managed the international business development team and led the company’s global distribution and regulatory effort, which completed distribution agreements with over 20 major international telecommunications carriers. During his tenure, ICO received its US license from the FCC, as well as the unprecedented approval to utilize its satellite spectrum for an ancillary terrestrial component (ATC).
Prior to ICO, Lawrence was a founding team member in charge of securing market access for Craig McCaw and Bill Gates’ “Internet in the Sky” system, Teledesic. As Vice President of International and Government Affairs, he led the team that secured the world’s first license to build, launch and operate a broadband low-Earth orbiting satellite system, and secured international approval at the International Telecommunication Union’s World Radiocommunication Conferences in 1995, 1997 and 2000.
His government experience includes having served as a special assistant to the administrator of the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), a member of the Presidential transition team for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and a legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Ray Thornton on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
Lawrence serves or has served on the Boards of numerous entities including the U.S. Council of Foreign Relations (CFR), Washington Space Business Roundtable (WSBR), United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI), Satellite Industry Association (SIA) and National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC).
He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and Masters in Business Administration with honors from Georgetown University. He is a two-time Ironman triathlete that is passionate about the importance of nutrition, exercise and health. He founded and serves as the Chairman of the Board of the United States Healthful Food Council.