JB Straubel

Co-founder and Senior Advisor of Tesla, Inc and former Chief Technology Officer (2003 - 2019)

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    JB Straubel

    Co-founder and Senior Advisor of Tesla, Inc and former Chief Technology Officer (2003 - 2019)

    Speaker Fee Range: Please inquire for fees

    Travels From: San Francisco, USA

    JB Straubel is available for virtual keynotes and webinars. Please complete the form or contact one of our agents to inquire about the fees for virtual engagements. Please note: the fee range listed above is for in-person engagements.

    JB Straubel Speaker Biography

    JB Straubel is a Senior Advisor and Co-founder of Tesla, Inc., “the #1 Most Innovative Company in the World,” according to Forbes. JB was also the founding CTO (Chief Technical Officer) of the company since its beginnings until mid 2019. As CTO, he managed the technical direction and engineering design of the Tesla products including Tesla battery technology, power electronics, Tesla motors, software, firmware and controls. Above all, JB also managed many important Tesla´s initiatives: the Tesla Energy business providing grid storage for commercial utilities and residential consumers; the worldwide Tesla Supercharger network of fast DC chargers; and the Tesla Gigafactory, which is leading the way toward increasing worldwide battery production and lowering the cost per kWh. Furthermore, he also was has responsible for new technology evaluation, R&D, technical diligence review of key vendors, and building partner relationships.

    In 2019 he decided to step down as CTO of the company although he remains actively involved in some of the core technologies and innovation. To stress the importance and vital role that JB had in the creation and company growth of Tesla, Elon Musk said “If I hadn’t had lunch with him in 2003, Tesla wouldn’t exist, basically”.

    In addition to his work at Tesla, JB has also served on the Board of Directors for Solar City, the leading US residential solar company, since their founding. He is also a lecturer at his alma mater, Stanford University, where he created and taught an engineering class and lab focused on energy storage integration in the Engineering Department.

    JB Straubel is also the co-founder and CEO of Redwood Materials, a circular economy startup focusing on advanced technology and process development for materials recycling, remanufacturing, and reuse. JB believes the supply chain for batteries and metals alone is going to be one of the largest industrial growth areas in the next decade as the world shifts to renewable energy and electric transport.

    JB Straubel has had a lifelong passion for electric vehicles that had him rebuild an electric golf cart at the age of 14. While at University, he did the same with a Porsche 944 and made it electric. And more impressively, it made it held a world EV racing record. He has also done solar car racing and has built a hybrid trailer system that he designed while in college. Consequently, in 2008 the MIT Technology Review chose JB as “#1 Innovator of 35 under 35 for the year”. In 2009, DesignNews named him “Engineer of the Year”. And finally, in 2015 he was listed as #2 on Fortune’s 40 under 40 most influential business and innovation leaders. JB is an inventor on over 30 patents covering most areas of Tesla’s core battery, motor and controls systems.

    He received a BS in Energy Systems Engineering and also an MS in Energy Engineering, emphasis on energy conversion, both from Stanford University. Outside of Tesla Motors, Straubel is also an active cyclist and pilot and holds private pilot, instrument, glider and multi-engine ratings.

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    JB Straubel Keynote Topics

    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, like the most recent Cybertruck which seems a car from the future. 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.

    JB Straubel is the genius that disrupted electric transportation with his inventions and patents on Lithium-ion batteries. In this keynote, JB will talk about the importance of those inventions and how the future of energy will look like in a world full of electric vehicles.

    JB Straubel Speaking Videos

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