SpeakerDirk Ahlborn

Dirk Ahlborn

CEO, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

Dirk Ahlborn is a serial entrepreneur with 15 years’ CEO experience in Europe and North America. As Founder and CEO of JumpStarter Inc, he has created a platform for the smartest minds to add value to projects they are passionate about, over the Internet. By mobilizing large groups of people with shared interests, JumpStartFund allows entrepreneurs to work with the smartest people without geographical, physical and cultural restrictions. This new approach to business is revolutionizing how quickly and effectively groundbreaking projects get realized and Mr. Ahlborn is leading this transformation.
Utilizing JumpStarter’s crowdfunding and crowd collaboration platform, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc. (HTT) was born in 2013 with Dirk Ahlborn as its CEO. HTT designs, manufactures and builds the most highly profitable, fastest, safest, environmentally friendly transportation system for passengers and goods with the ability to accelerate safely to 760 mph. It leverages technology and a 480+ team of global experts to bring disruptive innovation to the traditional transportation industry. Hyperloop first gained public interest when entrepreneur Elon Musk published a white paper describing a futuristic mode of transport thatwould transport people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about thirty minutes. Musk handed the concept to the public asking for entrepreneurs to take over its development. HTT rose to the challenge.
Prior to these ventures, Dirk joined the Girvan Institute of Technology where he worked with a number of high-tech startups on tasks ranging from alternative energy to online marketing. He also had an early career as a broker and Investment specialist at one of Germany’s largest banks Bankgesellshaft Berlin, AG.
Dirk has been profiled in Forbes, The Boston Globe, Wired, Bloomberg, and CNBC. He has spoken at technology and innovation conferences across Europe, the United States and Asia including SXSW, The Economist, Wired Mobility, Pioneers, DLD, Open Innovation Forum and many more.


Moving the masses has been an issue that urban planners have been grappling with since the dawn of the city. One of the most innovative new modes of transportation is Hyperloop, a revolutionary new kind of rail service that uses the latest in modern technology to propel people great distances in a fraction of the time it takes conventional rail services.
May 3, 2017
11:35 am - 12:05 pm


Just how do you go about building one of the most technically challenging projects of all time? Heard from Hyperloop Transport Technology’s Dirk Ahlborn as he shares the inside story of how the combination of smart machines and smart people is powering Hyperloop.
May 3, 2017
12:30 pm - 12:50 pm