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Dr. Stefan Heck


Dr. Stefan Heck is CEO and co-Founder of Nauto, the Palo Alto-based autonomous vehicle technology company.  Nauto connects fleet managers, insurers, commercial vehicles and drivers through a deep learning platform that makes roads safer and helps businesses run more effectively.  At Nauto’s core:  a perpetually learning artificial intelligence system and network which learns from drivers and events in real time, allowing drivers to stay one step ahead and gain a precise, comprehensive view driving activity and behavior.

Dr. Heck is also Consulting Professor at the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University, teaching courses and conducting research on innovation, energy, and resource economics.  He directs the Energy Transformation Collaborative (ETC) a new program applying the talent of the Stanford community and Silicon Valley to develop and deploy novel solutions to the world’s most vexing energy problems.  Through specially-designed year-long curricula, students, faculty, industry practitioners, and policy-makers work together to design and launch innovative projects that can be scaled and replicated. In addition, Stefan is also a research fellow at the Steyer Taylor Center at the Stanford business and law school, and an angel investor in disruptive technology companies.

Previously he was a Director (senior partner) at McKinsey and co-founded and led the Cleantech and Sustainability practice. Stefan has worked extensively with Global 100 technology, industrial, infrastructure, building systems, retail, utility and energy companies across the US, China, Korea, Japan, India, and Europe. He is also on the Board of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and part of their Leadership Group.

Stefan is on the Innovation Advisory Board of United Technologies, the board of the Biomimicry Institute, the advisory boards of New World Capital, Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, and the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford and has published a book Resource Revolution: How to Capture the Biggest Business Opportunity in a Century.

Stefan received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from UCSD and a B.S. with honors in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University. His research focused on deep learning.

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