Technology Speaker JB Straubel

JB Straubel

Co-founder & Former CTO, Tesla Inc., Current Independent Board Director at Tesla, and Founder & CEO, Redwood Materials

Envisioning a sustainable and circular economy, JB Straubel, the distinguished co-founder & former CTO of Tesla, is a vanguard in the engineering landscape. As a leading innovation speaker, his deep understanding of innovative technologies and sustainable practices transforms audiences' perspectives. His trailblazing work at Tesla and his latest venture, Redwood Materials, offer powerful insights that inspire and engage audiences at events focusing on emergent technologies and sustainable economics.

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    JB Straubel biography

    Innovation speaker JB Straubel is a world-renowned engineer and entrepreneur, best known for his instrumental role as the co-founder and former CTO of Tesla Inc., the leading global innovator in electric vehicles (EVs) and renewable energy solutions. Straubel’s expertise in electric powertrains and battery technology has driven Tesla to the forefront of the sustainable energy industry.

    In addition to his technological achievements, JB Straubel is recognized as a top innovation and sustainability speaker. He inspires audiences worldwide with his insightful talks about the future of energy, transportation, and sustainability. His dynamic approach and unique insights have made him a sought-after speaker at various industry conferences, academic institutions, and corporate events. His ability to simplify complex topics and articulate a vision for a sustainable future makes him a highly influential figure in the renewable energy dialogue.

    Before his tenure at Tesla, Straubel honed his skills in energy storage technologies with Volacom, an aerospace firm he co-founded, working on a pioneering hybrid electric aircraft project. At Tesla, he led the development of seminal projects like the Tesla Roadster, Model S, Model 3, and the Tesla Gigafactory, propelling Tesla to the forefront of the EV market. Furthermore, Straubel played a key role in the inception of SolarCity, a subsidiary of Tesla that specializes in solar energy services, further expanding his impact on the renewable energy sector.

    In 2019, Straubel stepped down as CTO of Tesla to focus on his startup, Redwood Materials, where he currently serves as CEO. Redwood Materials is a recycling company aimed at creating a circular economy for batteries. This venture demonstrates his unwavering commitment to sustainability, revolutionizing waste management by recycling lithium-ion batteries and e-waste to extract valuable materials.

    Since 2023, JB returned to Tesla as an independent board member, elected by its shareholders. With his work at Tesla and Redwood Materials, JB continues to challenge traditional energy models. His innovations in battery technology, recycling, and his role as an influential speaker underline his legacy as a pioneer in sustainability and technology.

    JB Straubel Speaking Videos

    JB Straubel interviewed by Daniel Yergin
    JB Straubel at 2016 WEEC Opening Session

    JB Straubel Keynote Topics

    Join JB Straubel, the co-founder, former CTO and current independent board director of Tesla, as he navigates the terrain of the future where sustainability and the circular economy reign supreme. With invaluable insights from his pioneering work at Tesla and Redwood Materials, Straubel will shed light on the transformative potential of innovative technologies and practices. This engaging talk will challenge your perceptions, inspire fresh ideas, and illuminate the path towards a resilient, sustainable, and circular global economy.

    Tesla was named "the most innovative company in the world" by Forbes. The company has disrupted electric transportation and is starting to disrupt other sectors like solar and storage. Every new car of the company is pushing the limits further. JB Straubel, co-founder and former CTO, has been critical in many of the innovations and disruptions of the company and installed a culture that fostered innovation. In this keynote speech, JB will talk about how to constantly innovate and how to create a culture in your company that, like Tesla, just keeps innovating faster and faster.

    When JB Straubel first met Elon Musk in 2003, neither of them could have predicted that they would take Tesla on a hyper-growth journey to become the most valuable car company in the world in less than two decades. In this fascinating keynote speech or fireside chat with a moderator, JB will talk about the origins of Tesla and how they passed from being just a garage startup in silicon valley to disrupting electric transportation worldwide.

    In this keynote, JB Straubel, co-founder and former CTO of Tesla, will talk about the future of transportation with self-driving cars, artificial intelligence and what all this means for the infrastructure of cities and our world.

    This talk delves into the cutting-edge realm of energy technologies with JB Straubel, former CTO and co-founder of Tesla. As an expert and pioneer in the field, Straubel navigates the intricate complexities of modern energy storage systems, particularly focusing on the role of batteries. Through his lens, explore how advancements in this sector are revolutionizing our energy landscape and driving us towards a sustainable future. With insights drawn from his work at Tesla and Redwood Materials, this talk offers a compelling and comprehensive look at the future of energy, marked by efficiency, sustainability, and innovation.

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