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.
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
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
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
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
Tesla CEO Elon Musk and CTO JB Straubel were in Korea this week and they attended the Energy Korea Forum 2015. Local South Korean news reported on comments made by Straubel during a Q&A session at the forum, the CTO said that Tesla is “committed” to the South Korean market and that he sees a “great potential” there. Although he didn’t offer a concrete timeline on when the company plans to start selling cars in the country. expand full story
Following last week’s announcement to invest $1 million in battery research with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Tesla Motors opened its Gigafactory internship program for applications while visiting the University of Nevada, Reno earlier this week. expand full story
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. expand full story