Thomas A. Olson is CEO and founding partner of the Colony Fund, a new mutual fund designed to include smaller investors in the private sector's push into space. The fund, still in pre-SEC registration mode, seeks to invest in commercial space enterprises, which the founders believe will be a preeminent market sector in this century, one day resulting in human settlements in space.

The goal of the first fund is $500 million in assets, 70% of which will be invested in venture capital, 25% in traditional stocks and bonds and 5% in deep-space mission projects.

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