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Entrepreneurship in Energy: Building a battery company from Shenzhen to San Francisco - Hannah Sieber

April 20, 2020 - 4:30pm to 5:20pm
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This talk reviews several key trends in the lithium-ion battery industry, including the year-over-year exponential reductions in the cost of lithium ion cells, which have made lithium-ion power stations more widely available in the developed and developing world. In parallel, this talk explores the trend towards residential and community-level storage and solar has similarly enabled individuals to live lives completely off the grid, enabling new habits and lifestyles. Finally, this talk examines the increasing growth in lithium-ion-dependent products, namely electric vehicles, and how it has required new approaches to the global supply chain and  transportation of hazmat materials across countries with local regulations and tariffs. 

Additionally, this talk will also share the experience of co-founding and building Ecoflow, from an apartment in Shenzhen, to a global company with sales in the U.S., E.U., Japan and China. It shares both the lessons from building products the right way and the wrong way, as well as operational lessons from building a cross-border hardware start-up.

Speaker bio:Hannah Sieber is co-founder and COO of EcoFlow, a pioneering portable power company. As COO, Hannah built U.S operations where she was responsible for market entry and commercial strategy, day-to-day distribution,  logistics and aftersales operations as well as product design . Committed to designing sustainable power solutions, EcoFlow builds and sells solar-powered rechargeable batteries that function as replacements to fuel generators, offering customers a more reliable, safer, and greener alternative to both traditional gas-powered generators and grid-based power solutions. Hannah, along with her co-founders, was recognized on the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the energy sector.

Hannah previously led the San Francisco Center for Economic Development’s Southern China effort, where she worked with Chinese companies across the Pearl River Delta on building and financing strategic projects in San Francisco. As a consultant at The Parthenon Group, she focused on consumer private equity deals and worked with leading brands in both China and the U.S. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Environment and Resources from Stanford University. She is a graduate of Duke University, where she graduated with highest distinction, and is fluent in Chinese.