A Personal Mission

Josh Giegel, Virgin Hyperloop
In conversation with: Emily Ma, Stanford University

Josh Giegel is the co-founder of Virgin Hyperloop, a company dedicated to making hyperloop transportation a reality. Giegel founded the company in 2014, when hyperloop was an idea on a whiteboard in a garage. A little over two years later, Virgin Hyperloop built a full-scale prototype. Previously, at SpaceX, Giegel led the successful testing of six different rocket engines. He then shifted to leading research activities at Echogen Power Systems. In this conversation with Stanford adjunct lecturer Emily Ma, Giegel shares his entrepreneurial story and explains how his personal mission statement shaped each step of the journey.