Dirk Ahlborn, the man who is bringing Elon Musk’s vision of an entirely new transportation system into reality. Welcome to Hyperloop and Dirk’s cutting edge approach to bringing this and other transformative businesses to life, leveraging the full power of crowd-collaboration and the Internet.
Dirk Ahlborn is a serial entrepreneur with 15 years’ CEO experience in Europe and North America. As Founder and CEO of JumpStarter Inc, he has created a platform for the smartest minds to add value to projects they are passionate about, over the Internet. By mobilizing large groups of people with shared interests, JumpStartFund allows entrepreneurs to work with the smartest people without geographical, physical and cultural restrictions. This new approach to business is revolutionizing how quickly and effectively groundbreaking projects get realized and Mr. Ahlborn is leading this transformation.
Utilizing JumpStarter’s crowdfunding and crowd collaboration platform, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc. (HTT) was born in 2013 with Dirk Ahlborn as its CEO. HTT designs, manufactures and builds the most highly profitable, fastest, safest, environmentally friendly transportation system for passengers and goods with the ability to accelerate safely to 760 mph. It leverages technology and a 480+ team of global experts to bring disruptive innovation to the traditional transportation industry. Hyperloop first gained public interest when entrepreneur Elon Musk published a white paper describing a futuristic mode of transport that would transport people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about thirty minutes. Musk handed the concept to the public asking for entrepreneurs to take over its development. HTT rose to the challenge.
Prior to these ventures, Dirk joined the Girvan Institute of Technology – NASA’s non-profit incubator – where he worked with a number of high-tech startups on tasks ranging from alternative energy to online marketing. He also had an early career as a broker and Investment specialist at one of Germany’s largest banks Bankgesellshaft Berlin, AG.
Dirk has been profiled in Forbes, CNN, WSJ, The Boston Globe, Wired, Bloomberg, and CNBC. He has spoken at technology and innovation conferences across Europe and the United States including SXSW, The Economist, Wired Mobility 2015 and many more.