There are nine "new" earth observation satellite companies covered in a recent IEEE Spectrum article. What distinguishes them technically? What are their business models? Which ones will be around in five or ten years?
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9 Earth-Imaging Start-ups to Watch - IEEE Spectrum
Space Race Startups: UrtheCast, Skybox Imaging, Planet Labs
SF Startup Launches Eyes in the Sky
Silicon Valley's New Spy Satellites - Robinson Meyer - The Atlantic
Earth Science and Applications from Space: A Midterm Assessment of NASA's Implementation of the Decadal Survey-National Research Council