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Ep 65: Gene Berdichevsky, Co-Founder & CEO at Sila Nanotechnologies

Released Monday, 23rd December 2019
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Today’s guest is Gene Berdichevsky, Co-Founder & CEO of Sila Nanotechnologies. 
Prior to co-founding Sila, Gene was the seventh employee at Tesla Motors where he served as Principal Engineer on the Roadster battery, leading the development of the world’s first, safe, mass-produced, automotive lithium-ion battery system.
Gene holds two degrees from Stanford University; an MS in Engineering with a focus on energy and materials, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He has co-authored 42 patents and 4 academic publications. Gene has been named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list, the MIT Technology Review 35 Under 35, and was a recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.
In today’s episode, we cover:
  • Overview of Sila Nanotechnologies
  • Battery industry overview, and the role of batteries in the climate fight
  • Where EVs are in their adoption curve, and how they will connect to the grid in the future
  • Gene’s path to becoming a battery entrepreneur, including joining Tesla as employee #7
  • Gene’s great story about how he got hired at Tesla!
  • Origin story of Sila Nanotechnologies, including how it formed while he was an EIR at Sutter Hill Ventures
  • The importance of starting in high value markets in tough tech
  • Gene’s views on the best ways for tough tech companies to get funded
  • The importance of focusing on the process, not the result
  • Sila’s progress to-date, and how the company has been capitalized along the way
  • The potential impact it can have, if successful
  • What’s coming next, and what barriers and hurdles they face to adoption
  • The most impactful things that could change in order to accelerate their path
  • What Gene would do with a big pot of money to maximize its impact in the climate fight
  • His advice for others looking to find their lane
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