JoeBen Bevirt is an inveterate entrepreneur born with a passion for engineering that has driven the formation of four successful companies over the past 10 years.
In 2000, JoeBen co-founded Velocity11 which developed high-performance laboratory equipment. He served as President & CEO until 2002, as President until 2006, and as a board member until the sale to Agilent Technologies in 2007. Under his leadership, Velocity11 repeatedly achieved record organic growth.
JoeBen founded Joby, Inc. in 2005 to develop, market, and sell useful, unique, and delightful consumer products. Profitable almost immediately, Joby continues to deliver new products and record profits.
JoeBen turned his focus to renewable energy and in 2008, founded Joby Energy Inc. to develop groundbreaking airborne wind turbines to harness the abundant power of high-altitude wind. Airborne wind turbines generate electricity at prices that promise to transform the way we power the planet.
In 2009, leveraging the control systems and electric propulsion systems developed at Joby Energy, JoeBen founded Joby Aviation to revolutionize how we commute. Joby Aviation is developing a compact electric personal aircraft designed for efficient high speed flights. Electric propulsion enables our aircraft to takeoff and land vertically while retaining the efficieny of an airplane.
JoeBen holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. JoeBen holds 12 U.S. patents.
Joby Energy is comprised of a growing team of dedicated and talented engineers, technicians, and administrators. The dynamic nature of our team stems from the intellectual and cultural diversity represented in our 50 staff. Collectively, we represent 11 countries and possess background experience in mechanical, electrical, aeronautical, and systems engineering, mathematics, computer science, CNC machining and composites fabrication, as well as public policy and government relations.
Our culture is shaped by the unique group of folks working here. We're still a small company, so it feels like a large family here in 'the barn'. We're located on a 40-acre property with several out buildings which allow us to both build our prototypes and test fly them here on-site.
When not in 'the barn', our crew pursues interests such as kitesurfing, cycling, ballroom dancing, climbing, flying, skiing, art, cooking, camping and home brewing.