Fortune features Polyspectra and Spark Thermionics in article about Cyclotron Road

Weitekamp showed off some of polySpectra's 3D printed parts.

Weitekamp showed off some of polySpectra's 3D printed parts.

Fortune reporter Katie Fehrenbacher came to visit Cyclotron Road in late September and spent some time getting an update from the program team, as well innovators Raymond Weitekamp, founder of polySpectra, and Jared Schwede co-founder of Spark Thermionics.

Jared Schwede (left) with Berkeley Lab scientist Andreas Shmid and his spin-polarized low energy electron microscope.

Jared Schwede (left) with Berkeley Lab scientist Andreas Shmid and his spin-polarized low energy electron microscope.

Fehrenbacher was one of the first people to cover Cyclotron Road when it launched in 2014 and was curious to hear how things were going and check in with some of the teams. Her new article, which also features San Francisco's Otherlab and venture firm 1955 Capital, was optimistic after her visit:

[Bill] Gates once said that the world needs hundreds of crazy energy entrepreneurs to try to solve the world’s energy and climate problems. He’s also called these startups and entrepreneurs “energy miracles.”
But for entrepreneurs like Weitekamp and Schwede, there’s nothing miraculous about it. What they’ve needed is a much better way for their scientific ideas to turn into products. Given the right tools and environment, they’ll probably figure the rest out.

Read the full article on Fortune.com