Young Professionals in Energy (YPE) SF Bay Area is hosting a winter party to celebrate the holidays & energy innovation.
Join us for a conversation with KoBold Metals CEO Kurt House on the critical minerals enabling the energy transition & Alef Auronautics CEO Jim Dukhovny on the creation of a flying electric car.
KoBold Metals' AI is accelerating our clean energy future by finding new deposits of lithium, cobalt, copper & nickel. With over 60 projects across four continents, KoBold Metals is leading the largest exploration R&D effort to advance the frontier of exploration technology with AI & novel hardware.
Alef Aeronautics is creating the world's first flying car. Alef recently announced receiving a Special Airworthiness Certification from the Federal Aviation Administration, allowing it to fly the car in limited locations.
In addition, we'll hear from DOE Boost, a partnership led by Sandia National Laboratories & funded by Department of Energy's Technology Commercialization Fund administered by the Office of Technology Transitions. Their program enables the brightest minds seeking to launch energy tech companies. Hear about the current cohort of innovators tackling the Nation's most pressing energy challenges & how you can get involved. More information at boostplatform.org
After the talks, stick around for a glittery & fancy holiday party with dinner, drinks, & holiday activities to spark a conversation with our speakers, guests, YPE, & Fifty Years community. Wear your finest ugly sweater or sparkles for this special YPE holiday event.
If you're feeling artsy, join the energy ornament painting worshop led by Liz Finnegan, EV Service Diagnostics PMO at Rivian.
This event is hosted by Fifty Years, a VC firm based in San Francisco, backing founders using technology to solve the world's biggest problems.
50 Years is a no shoes office - great opportunity to showcase ugly holiday socks to match your ugly sweater & win a socks competition!
Meet KoBold Metals CEO Kurt House
Kurt is the Co-founder & CEO of KoBold Metals, an AI-driven mineral exploration company that combines leading mineral explorers with an outstanding team of data scientists & software engineers hailing from Apple, Google, & other Silicon Valley companies. KoBold's mission is to accelerate discovery of critical materials needed for the energy transition. In the five years since its founding, KoBold has built a portfolio of over 60 projects on 4 continents, & developed lasting partnerships with major mining companies such as BHP & Rio Tinto.
Throughout his career, Kurt has been an entrepreneur at the interface of technology & natural resources. He previously founded a carbon sequestration & enhanced oil recovery business as well as a direct investment platform to acquire North American natural gas assets. Kurt has been an Adjunct Professor in Stanford University's Energy Resources Engineering Department. Previously, he was a KAUST Research Fellow at MIT where he studied the chemistry & physics of CO2 capture & storage. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University for his work in applied math & earth science & his B.A. in physics from the Claremont Colleges. Kurt has also worked in private equity & corporate advising for Bain & Company.
Meet Alef Aeronautics CEO Jim Dukhovny
Jim Dukhovny is the Co-founder & CEO of Alef Aeronautics, a sustainable electric transportation company that is designing & developing the world's first flying car. Dukhovny received education from UC Berkeley, Santa Clara University, & Stanford University. Influenced by his father, Leonid Dukhovny, a well-known singer-songwriter, poet, scientist, & avid science fiction lover, Jim created a number of organizations spanning the entertainment, software, & non-profit industries. Dukhovny co-founded & led startups Intellectual Casino, Transcoder, DjWizard Presents, was the president of the Science Fiction Society of Silicon Valley & contributed to the architecture of Windows 10, Walmart's online imaging system, & a number of Yahoo products. In 2015, Dukhovny, together with Constantine Kisly, Pavel Markin, & Oleg Petrov, founded Alef Aeronautics to develop the world's first flying car. The prototype of this car successfully debuted in 2022 & through pre-sales became the world's best-selling aircraft in 2023.