This is 11 'warriors' who formerly worked at Tesla: Those who prove to be talented will be successful in all areas.
Tesla is regarded as the "birthplace" of numerous entrepreneurs and leaders who, despite leaving the firm, continue to dominate in other fields.Former Tesla executives and engineers are still working together to establish mobile firms, despite working in separate sectors. Batteries, chargers, software, and even electric planes are examples. These individuals are exploring a range of enterprises in order to aid the industry's transition to mobile electronics.
Here are 11 startups led by ex-Tesla:
Enric Asuncion, CEO of Wallbox
Source: BusinessinsiderEnric Asunción is the CEO of Wallbox and was previously the Director of Charge Installation Program at Tesla. The firm is based in Barcelona, Spain, and its first product, an EV charger, was released in 2015. The firm has now expanded its product selection and enhanced its charging software with new capabilities.
Residential and public charges are available from Wallbox. The business is collaborating with Uber on a trial initiative to provide the ride-hailing giant's drivers with inexpensive in-home charging choices as the industry transitions to zero-emissions services by 2030.
This firm, which is engaged in a variety of commercial operations, has announced that Arlington, Texas will be the company's first manufacturing facility in the United States. This past October, Wallbox IPO authorized a $1.5 billion SPAC transaction.
"We expect exponential growth in the near-term," Asunción said. "We have to make sure we're capable of serving that huge number of customers."
Anil Paryani, CEO of Auto Motive Power
Source: BusinessinsiderAs more people move to electric vehicles, how to manage battery health, performance, and charging becomes increasingly important. Former Tesla senior engineer Parayani is using his skills to launch his own startup, Auto Motive Power.
Founded in 2017, the Los Angeles-based startup develops integrated charging hardware and software to optimize electric vehicle energy consumption and electric vehicle battery management systems. "We want to make the cost of using electric cars much cheaper than gasoline," Parayni said. "We are developing technology to solve problems that we forecast will come in the next 2-3 years."
Hemant Sikaria, CEO of Sibros
Source: BusinessinsiderHemant Sikaria, a former Tesla carbody and chassis team leader and OTA software update engineer, co-founded Sibros in 2018 alongside his cousin Mayank Sikaria.
The San Jose, California-based business assists manufacturers in developing software upgrades that make their vehicles more like Tesla — the only car company to date to totally roll out software updates via OTA.
Many manufacturers are attempting to capitalize on the technology's benefits, and cash from such software might be generated. They frequently engage organizations with competence and agility, such as Sibros, to handle this situation.
Jay Vijayan, CEO of Tekion
Source: BusinessinsiderFormer Tesla Communications Director, Vijayan, started Tekion, a cloud-based auto retail startup. The company targets car manufacturers and dealers, driving them towards the future of car retail.
Vijayan does not consider the company a provider of agency management platforms. He said the startup is building a technology system to help connect car manufacturers, dealers and buyers with each other through the entire process of buying, selling, maintaining and maintaining vehicles.
While traditional dealer platforms are following the path of the auto industry, Vijayan says his time at Tesla has taught him how to build a platform to ease conflicts and frustrations in customer experience.
Tekion was founded in 2016, with headquarters in San Ramon, California. The company recently received $250 million in Series D funding and is valued at $3.5 billion.
"You need to have a platform that's responsive enough to respond to consumer demand," Vijayan told Insider. "The world isn't going to turn upside down. It's going to evolve, so you need to make choices for consumers."
Hyunggi Cho, CEO of Phantom AI
Source: BusinessinsiderPhantom AI is a starup founded by Cho, a former senior computer vision engineer at Tesla, and Chan Kyu Lee, a former senior research engineer at Hyundai, that focuses on advanced driver assistance systems.
The startup wishes to assist automakers in catching up to Tesla. The firm, which was founded five years ago in Burlingame, California, is currently talking with automakers and pursuing mass manufacturing contracts.
"It's hard for us as a startup to compete with Mobileye, compete with Tesla, but our goal is to democratize ADAS technology," Cho told Insider. "There are a lot of OEMs and other secondary manufacturers that want to catch up with Tesla, so we want to support them more."
"Many companies can benefit from Phantom AI as they grow their electric vehicle portfolios, but startups looking to catch up with Tesla may especially need this startup," Cho said.
"They need to take risks like Tesla did, and they need to adopt new technology as quickly as possible to catch up with Tesla," Cho said. "That really gives us an opportunity."
Tobias Kahnert, CEO of Electric Flytrain
Source: BusinessinsiderElectrification doesn't just come to cars. The airline industry is starting to invest in sustainable technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make air travel more environmentally friendly.
Kahnert, a former senior software development engineer at Tesla, is now the head of Electric Flytrain, an aircraft powertrain startup based in Munich and founded in 2019.
"The mission of the Electric Flytrain is similar to what Tesla has done in the auto industry: to really accelerate the shift to sustainable aviation," Kahnert told Insider. The four-member company hopes to grow and eventually, electrify commercial passenger transport.
“There is a lot of good momentum and a lot of positive energy in this market right now, but it will also take a lot of time and hard work to realize the product and ultimately commercialize it,” said Kahnert.
Mateo Jaramillo, CEO of Form Energy
Source: CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSIONJust as energy management is important to creating an industry that uses electricity in the future, energy storage is also important. Jaramillo left his position as Vice President of Product and Programs for Tesla's fixed energy storage unit in 2016.
He founded the startup Form Energy in 2017 with a group of entrepreneurs. Form Energy is working to solve the problems of long-term energy storage with renewable energy.
Trip Jacobs, CEO of Current Automotive
Source: BusinessinsiderThere are dozens of online auto retail platforms for used internal combustion engine vehicles. But since electric vehicles are still so new to the market, especially in the US, there aren't many players involved in selling used electric vehicles online.
Recognizing that trend, Jacobs founded Current Automotive in 2018. Jacobs spent several years working at Tesla stores in Chicago as a Director, in charge of retail operations, while also having experience. experience from selling to auto dealers through his family business.
Currently Current Automotive in Naperville, Illinois - moving to a larger facility in Hinsdale, Illinois - is an online retailer of used cars dedicated to electric vehicles.
Combining traditional auto retail experience with that of an EV startup, Jacobs focuses on strategy and business growth as the company plans to grow as the industry pivots to tram.
Martin Eberhard, CTO of Tiveni
Source: BusinessinsiderPerhaps the most notable of Tesla's formers is Eberhard, its first co-founder and CEO. After an unpleasant departure from Tesla, he pursued other important areas of the electric vehicle industry, especially batteries.
Eberhard, Tiveni's chief technology officer, is working on clever, energy-efficient EV battery solutions. According to PitchBook, the San Mateo, California-based business has raised $13 million.
Christopher Van Dyke, CEO of Overview
Source: BusinessinsiderVan Dyke spent eight years at Tesla, notably launching the Supercharger program, developing next-generation manufacturing technology through the first Gigafactory, and leading the Model 3 design team.
He applied the operation and production experience of this factory to the Overview. The San Francisco startup, which he co-founded in 2018 with Austin Appel (a former Tesla systems engineer), uses a computer vision style similar to that of self-driving cars to recognize and prevent problems in production.
Van Dyke told Insider: "The manufacturing industry, for electric vehicles as well, but in general, there isn't a lot of technological innovation like that compared to the innovation that's happening in Tesla. That seemed like an opportunity to bring insome of the product development approaches and styles that Tesla is working on for other manufacturers."
Arch Rao, CEO of Span
Source: BusinessinsiderThe widespread use of electric vehicles depends on access to adequate charging – and modern home energy systems are capable of providing that.
Where possible, most electric vehicle charging is done at home, so there are plenty of business opportunities to tap into regarding home energy use and charging. As CEO of Span, Rao is developing cleaner energy home panels and Level Two EV charging systems.
Rao, a former product manager at Tesla Energy who has launched products like the Powerwall, Powerpack and Solar Roof, founded Span in 2018 to address a number of concerns about sustainability, cost, and demand that consumers have about their home energy use and electric vehicles.
The Bay Area startup has raised $43.8 million, according to Crunchbase. The company's Span Drive product allows customers to charge their cars entirely with solar energy, recharging when they have a surplus of solar energy, optimizing charging when power is less expensive outside peak hours and even during power failure.