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Key Team Members

Darren Bonnstetter  |  CEO

Darren serves as the CEO and co-founder of 280 Earth, a pioneering venture born from his collaboration with Jacques Gagne during his tenure at X, The Moonshot Factory, formerly Google X. Darren initially honed his skills through diverse roles in domestic and international manufacturing at General Motors. His journey then led him into the world of management consulting and private equity, where he specialized in operational improvement as a C-level executive. Darren holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State, a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jacques Gagne  |  Inventor

Jacques is the co-founder of 280 Earth. In 1998, Jacques incorporated and started his own consultancy, Gecko Design, which he owned and operated for over 20 years, working with major manufacturers such as Intel, HP, Dell, Sonos, and Jawbone. Gecko joined X in 2014 to bring their years of product design and manufacturing expertise to the moonshot factory. While at X, Jacques and his team created the underlying technology used by 280 Earth today. 

John Pimentel  |  SVP of Business Dev

John is the SVP of Business Development at 280 Earth. John co-founded, built, managed, and invested in multiple businesses in renewable energy and sustainability including: utility-scale wind and solar projects, biofuel manufacturing, on-site wastewater treatment, used oil recycling, municipal solid waste recovery, biomass gasification, lighting efficiency, and direct air capture. He was a consultant at Bain & Company and served as Deputy Secretary for Transportation for California. 

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