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Danielle Fong        

Entrepreneur & Inventor; Formerly Chief Science Officer and Co-Founder of LightSail Energy, Inc.

Danielle Fong is a Canadian entrepreneur and was the co-founder and chief science officer of LightSail Energy, Inc. Occasionally called a "Greentech Goddess," Fong has served as an advisor to several startups in greentech and physical technologies.

Fong dropped out of junior high school at the age of 12 to attend Dalhousie University. She graduated from Dalhousie in 2005 at age 17 with first-class honors in computer science and physics, after which she entered the Plasma Physics Department at Princeton University as a Ph.D. student, but later dropped out.

After going on leave from the Princeton Plasma Physics program, Fong founded LightSail Energy in 2009 with co-founders Stephen Crane and Edwin P. Berlin, Jr. LightSail Energy was developing a form of compressed air energy storage, which they termed regenerative air energy storage (RAES). LightSail changed focus from a vehicle-based technology to a grid-scale energy storage technology in the course of development. In December 2011, Fong was featured in Forbes' 30 under 30 in the Energy category. She was named by the MIT Technology Review as one of the top 35 innovators under 35 in 2012.

She writes essays on various topics, including entrepreneurship and green technology, on her blog "Insights by Danielle Fong." Fong has spoken to the United Nations twice about entrepreneurship, energy technology and innovations.


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