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Planet Labs Loses a Founder

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One of the founders of commercial satellite remote sensing startup Planet Labs is leaving the company. 

In a tweet, Chris Boshuizen said he was leaving the company “in pursuit of new opportunities.”

Boshuizen founded the company in 2010 with Will Marshall and Robbie Schingler, who are CEO and president, respectively, of the company today. [Twitter @cboshuizen]


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