How to land investors who fund game-changing companies
For founders and investors alike, hard tech problems present a challenge — how to build a successful company over a long time horizon.
DOE awards $2.8B to battery companies to boost domestic production
The Biden-Harris administration, through the Department of Energy (DOE), announced Wednesday that 20 battery companies will receive a combined $2.8 billion to build and expand commercial-scale facilit
Sila’s Gene Berdichevsky on the ‘5-year roller coaster’ facing battery companies
Sila finds itself in a perfect storm of product-market fit and is steadily advancing on its path to produce battery cells for automakers on U.S. soil.
Lithium-silicon batteries get vote of confidence with Sila’s Mercedes deal
Sila's deal to produce automotive-scale battery materials suggests that the startup has solved lithium-silicon's Achilles' heel.
Electric Mercedes G-Class will go the distance with Sila’s energy-dense silicon anodes
Sila says its silicon anode material can boost energy density by 20% to 40% over existing cells.
Ballooning US EV registrations raise opportunities for startups
Surging EV adoption is certain to drive even more opportunities for startups to capitalize on the sector's growth.
Batteries have become VC and PE’s most electric investment opportunity
Five years ago, battery startups attracted important but not transformative investments. But money began pouring in toward the end of 2020. What changed?
Sila buys new factory to produce next-gen EV battery tech on US soil
Battery technology company Sila announced the purchase of a new facility in Washington state that will see its next-generation battery chemistry in hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles by the en
Charged with billions in capital, meet the 9 startups developing tomorrow’s batteries today
Today’s batteries are better in every respect than those made five years ago, but they still leave much to be desired. What’s needed are some breakthroughs.
Why emerging technology founders should tackle the hardest problems first
We caught up with Sila co-founder and CEO Gene Berdichevsky to explore how founders should think about scaling, how they should approach funding and why they should tackle the hardest problem first.
TechCrunch+ roundup: Palihapitiya on SPACs, inside Rivian’s IPO, BaaS pros talk shop
I have worked in startups for more than half of my life, and for most of that time, I was the only Black person in the room. As a result, the lack of representation in tech isn’t abstract to me. Bes
Battery chemistry company Sila’s founder Gene Berdichevsky on the science of scaling up
Before Gene Berdichevsky became the co-founder and CEO of battery chemistry company Sila Nano, he was the seventh employee at Tesla Motors. As principal engineer on the Roadster battery, Berdichevsky
Sila banks $13M to offer single API for developing financial products, services
Sila's banking and payment platform gives software teams tools to build the next generation of financial products and services.
Seattle-based Madrona raises $345M for its eighth early-stage fund
Madrona Venture Group has been a mainstay of the Seattle and northwest United States startup ecosystem for years now, and it looks like it is going to continue that legacy going forward. In four separ