Founder and Chief Executive Officer, TrueCar
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bloom Energy
KRISZTINA "Z" HOLLY
Vice Provost for Innovation, University of Southern California
Moderator: VIJAY VAITHEESWARAN
Global Correspondent, The Economist
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John Bissel is CEO of Micromidas Inc.
John received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California - Davis. He completed the UC Davis Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy and several other advanced entrepreneurial leadership programs in recent years. After raising seed funding for Micromidas, John led the company to numerous successes in regional and national green technology competitions, including the UC Davis "Big Bang" Business Plan Competition, The California Business Ascent Competition, the US Environmental Protection Agency's People, Prosperity, and the Planet Sustainable Design Competition, and most recently, the National Clean Tech Open. John brings a wealth of experience in technology management, chemical research and development, numerical modeling of complex systems, and scaling of industrial processes. Prior to Micromidas, John was employed by Ampac Fine Chemicals working with diverse teams of chemists, engineers, and operators as a functional liaison between R&D, manufacturing, and management teams.
Krisztina "Z" Holly
Krisztina "Z" Holly is Vice Provost of Innovation at the University of Southern California.
Scott Painter is the founder and chief executive Officer of TrueCar.
K R Sridhar
KR Sridhar is founder and chief executive officer of Bloom Energy.
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran is an award-winning journalist, author, and public speaker. The Financial Times recently proclaimed him to be “a writer to whom it is worth paying attention.” A 20-year veteran of The Economist, he is currently the magazine’s China business and finance editor. Kirkus Reviews has called Need, Speed, and Greed, Vaitheeswaran’s new book on global innovation, “the perfect primer for the postindustrial age.” He is a life member at the Council on Foreign Relations and advisor to the World Economic Forum. His commentaries have appeared on NPR and the BBC, and in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
A panel of entrepreneurs discuss the personal sacrifices that go along with being an entrepreneur. "The work day effectively starts whenever you wake up," explains Micromidas CEO John Bissell. While Bloom Energy founder and CEO K.R. Sridhar offers a more hopeful message, concluding: "Entrepreneurs are under pressure, and not under stress."