JB Straubel Stories September 17, 2020

Tesla co-founder JB Straubel has received backing from Amazon for his battery material recycling venture: Redwood Materials.

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JB Straubel Stories August 31, 2020

Tesla co-founder JB Straubel’s new startup is starting to emerge from stealth mode and it is already recycling scrap from Gigafactory Nevada – albeit not with Tesla.

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JB Straubel Stories May 31, 2019

Tesla CTO and co-founder JB Straubel has sold about ~$3 million worth in TSLA shares after exercising a bunch of options. We’ve also learned that his presence around the Palo Alto office has been ‘scarce’ over the past 6-8 months or so. expand full story

JB Straubel Stories June 5, 2018

We have been reporting on a ton of new Tesla Energy projects being deployed lately and they have been adding up to quite an important energy capacity.

Tesla CTO JB Straubel now confirms that the company has deployed over 1 GWh of energy storage – a capacity that he says is “undeniably making an impact.” expand full story

JB Straubel Stories November 14, 2016

Tesla CTO JB Straubel talks battery technology, ‘one-stop sustainable lifestyle’ company & more

As we mentioned in our last article, Tesla CTO JB Straubel gave a presentation last month at the National Entrepreneur Week in Mexico. Straubel, who has been described as ‘the world’s foremost battery expert‘, made some very interesting comments about where Tesla is going in battery technology and as a new sustainable energy company with the acquisition of SolarCity and the push in energy storage.

JB Straubel Stories August 9, 2016


What is Tesla’s core technology advantage over competitors? Does it even have one? Those are questions that often come up when discussing Tesla’s lead in the electric vehicle sector. Since Tesla open-sourced its patents, some suggested that its technology advantage is virtually nonexistent since competitors could simply use it, but it’s not as simple.

While Tesla’s patents are indeed opened for use in electric vehicles as per its ‘patent pledge’, Tesla is still keeping some trade secrets and the company is fairly secretive about some of its development and manufacturing processes, especially when it comes to batteries, which could very well be Tesla’s core technology advantage led by its co-founder and CTO, JB Straubel. expand full story

JB Straubel Stories August 2, 2016

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Tesla co-founder and CTO JB Straubel said in the past that he probably “likes batteries more than he likes cars”, but it looks like his interest in batteries extend to other forms of energy storage. He showed his continued interest in the technology today by securing an investment in a new energy storage startup called ‘Axiom Exergy’, according to the company. expand full story

JB Straubel Stories June 25, 2016

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When Tesla first announced that it submitted an acquisition offer to SolarCity‘s board of director, the company made it clear that Elon Musk and Antonio Gracias will recuse themselves from voting on the $2.8 billion merger deal since they both sit on the boards of both companies.

Now we learn that two more SolarCity board members will be recusing themselves from the vote after it was determined that they didn’t “meet the requirements for independence”.

The two SolarCity directors are JB Straubel, best known for being co-founder and CTO of Tesla, and Peter Rive, SolarCity co-founder and CTO, but also cousin to Elon Musk. expand full story

JB Straubel Stories May 12, 2016

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In a documentary about the Stanford Solar Car Project, Stanford University’s team participating in the World Solar Challenge, Tesla co-founder and CTO JB Straubel describes the team has a “key thing” during the early days of Tesla Motors as he recruited his friends from the team to start the company. expand full story

JB Straubel Stories February 13, 2016

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After Tesla CEO Elon Musk exercised over $100 million worth of options on two separate occasions ahead of the earnings last week, now it’s Chief Technology Officer and co-founder JB Straubel’s turn to exercise some options and increase his stake in the automaker. expand full story

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