about exosphere

Exosphere was founded in 2012 by successful entrepreneurs in different fields

our story

Exosphere was founded in 2012 by successful entrepreneurs in different fields. We started by running 12-week entrepreneurship boot camps in Chile. A lot of hard work and iteration created the current 8-week emerging tech courses. We think this is the start of something incredible. We chose to do this from the ground up, rather than from the top down as most educational institutions are built.

In many ways, Exosphere is an immune response to the broken institutions of the world. Our mission is to build the educational institution of the future. An institution that facilitates lifelong learning and mixes the highly theoretical with the extremely practical. But in everything we do, we put people first.

our founders
skinner layne

Skinner Layne

Founder & Chairman at Exosphere

Skinner Layne is the Founder and Chairman of Exosphere, whose mission is building new institutions in education, venture capital, and civil society. He has broad experience in business, finance, technology, and politics, having consulted for NASDAQ companies, advised the campaigns of a U.S. Senator, and founded multiple startups. Skinner is a thought leader, researcher, and teacher in individual and organizational psychology, having developed a novel framework for modeling behavior and mental states, mapping strategies for personal & professional development, and creating mechanisms for overcoming personality conflicts in high-stress and chaotic work environments, with a specialty in managing teams of high IQ scientists & technologists. He has been living in Latin America for 9 years and is a sought-after speaker for his contrarian views on science, technology, and innovation. In his spare time, Skinner enjoys reading, spending time in nature, playing chess, cooking, and conversations about philosophy, politics, literature, and religion. He currently lives in Florianopolis, Brazil with his dogs Adelaide and Hydra.

antonio manno

Antonio Manno

Co-Founder at Exosphere

Antonio Manno founded the first Internet Service Provider in Southern Italy in 1994. He later founded the first auction online company in Italy in the 1999, which was valued at €200 million at its peak, but then met the fate of many other dotcom bubble era companies. Antonio spent 5 years in Estonia opening Felicitalia, a unique Made in Italy wine bar and fashion store, and then worked as an investment consultant studying and opening the Baltic market for the Italian Small & Medium Enterprises. A mechanical engineer by training, Antonio began his career in industry, having been the production manager of the Snia Bpd, which at the time was the chemical subsidiary of the FIAT Group, and served as chief production manager of Fapack Spa, a plastic film manufacturing company. In 2012, he moved to Chile where he and Skinner Layne co-founded Exosphere.

Skinner Layne is the Founder and Chairman of Exosphere, whose mission is building new institutions in education, venture capital, and civil society. He has broad experience in business, finance, technology, and politics, having consulted for NASDAQ companies, advised the campaigns of a U.S. Senator, and founded multiple startups. Skinner is a thought leader, researcher, and teacher in individual and organizational psychology, having developed a novel framework for modeling behavior and mental states, mapping strategies for personal & professional development, and creating mechanisms for overcoming personality conflicts in high-stress and chaotic work environments, with a specialty in managing teams of high IQ scientists & technologists. He has been living in Latin America for 9 years and is a sought-after speaker for his contrarian views on science, technology, and innovation. In his spare time, Skinner enjoys reading, spending time in nature, playing chess, cooking, and conversations about philosophy, politics, literature, and religion. He currently lives in Florianopolis, Brazil with his dogs Adelaide and Hydra.

our core philosophy
We are united by a set of common values and philosophies pushing the boundaries of research, challenging established dogmas, and bringing people together to solve the problems of the world.
Human-Centric
Like playwriter Arthur Miller said "Man must shape his tools lest they shape him." We believe that we must tackle technology with humanity at its core, and not the other way around.
Self Examination
We believe that an original and meaningful life can only be achieved through knowing yourself and being dedicated to asking difficult questions.
Transdisciplinary
We aspire to a future where sciences, humanities, and creative fields are accessible to all people and connected in a way that they can collaborate and enhance each other’s potential.
Community
A worldwide support network that encourages people to take risks and pursue their passions with the confidence that if they fall, somebody will be there to help them get back up.
our exosphere branches
Educational
programs
We believe that an original and meaningful life can only be achieved through knowing yourself and being dedicated to asking difficult questions.
Startup
Laboratory
Empowering exceptional talent to develop startups & intellectual property in revolutionary fields.
Consulting &
Workshops
Helping other organizations and businesses navigate and thrive through the challenges of the future.
Foundation
Providing scholarships, building opportunities, and grantmaking activities for the Academy around the world.
our advisors network

Andy Ellwood

President at Basket
& Founding Trustee at
Exosphere Foundation

Adrienne Barber

Senior Director,
Partnership Marketing at
Major League Soccer

Venkatesh Rao

Principal at
Ribbonfarm Consulting

Nell Watson

Associate Faculty
AI & Robotics at
Singularity University

Hodan Ibrahim

Co-founder at
Qurtuba Publishing House

Neil Bedwell

Founding Partner at
Local Industries

Kelly McCarthy

Senior Director,
Global Brand Marketing at
Nike

Enrico Dini

Create of D-Shape 3D
Printing Tech & Founder of
Monolite UK

Andrés Ochoa

CTO at OneSkin Technologies
& Founder and Director at
SyntechBio
photos taken on-campus at exosphere academy