Middle school dropout. Eyes bigger than stomach. Lives in Berkeley.
Cofounder and chief scientist of LightSail Energy. We’re making inexpensive, efficient energy storage systems — the missing link in the plan to make the world’s electrical grid green.
January 16th 1987: Hammock not quite meant for two
October 30th 1987: Birth
Until 1992: Halcyon years of childhood
Until 1999: The intermittent misery of compulsory schooling
September 1999: Kafka-esque Jr. High Education Commences
October 1999: Insanity overload
October 30th 1999: Dropped out
Until Summer 2000: Programming and 3D modeling; C++ lessons at Nova Scotia Community College, Horseback Riding Lessons
September 2000 – May 2005: Dalhousie University, graduated with first class combined honors in Physics/Computer Science, with a university medal.
August 2005: Started PhD. program at Princeton’s Plasma Physics Lab
Summer 2007: Realization dawns on me that fusion, if anything, is the power source of the far future, and it is the near future I worry about.
August 25th 2007: San Francisco Bay.
September 1st 2007: Berkeley.
September 2nd 2007: Realize I’d make a terrible employee.
September 3rd 2007: Realize that I’ll starve if I don’t take matters into my own hands and start my own thing;.
September 4th 2007: Realize that I might have a halfway decent chance at making a difference.
Until May 2008: Struggle to launch any of dozens of startup ideas, while working side jobs and supporting cofounders/friends.
June 2008: Start working feverishly on compressed air technology.
June – September 2008: Couchsurfing.
July 2009: Funded!
November 2009: Our Firehouse Facility is operational.
September 2010: First spray — it works!
May 2011: Present our progress to Bill Gates
June 2011: Learn to surf!
July 2011: All technical goals for prototype reached — science phase complete.
August 2011: First visit to Burning Man. Mind blown.
December 2011: Named the Energy Standout in the Forbes 30 Under 30 for my work with LightSail
January 2012: Elected as mentor at the Thiel Fellowship
Until the present: Saving the world… (or dying trying!)