Earlier today Forbes released its updated list of most influential young people in business – 40 Under 40 – and Tesla’s Chief Technology Officer and co-founder JB Straubel (39) took the second position.

The CTO is only outdone (according to Forbes) by Adam Neumann, the co-founder and CEO of WeWork, a provider of shared workspace and services to entrepreneurs and startups.

In his short profile, Forbes credits Straubel for being the person who convinced Elon Musk to invest in Tesla. 

Straubel has a bachelor’s in energy systems engineering and a master’s in energy engineering from Stanford University.  Energy work and electric vehicles are lifelong passions for the engineer who, at the age of 14, rebuilt a discarded electric golf cart. He also converted a Porsche 944 into an electric vehicle which held a world EV racing record.

If you want to read more about Tesla’s CTO, here are a few recent posts about him:

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