CEO and founder Brian Curtis has over 20 years of engineering, finance and strategic management experience in energy and high-growth technology industries. Brian founded Concentric Power in 2011 to create sustainable infrastructure and energy independence for companies in critical industries, including food and pharmaceuticals.
Raised in Salinas, Calif., Brian has a deep understanding of how agricultural innovations have evolved and must continue with sustainable, energy-efficient solutions. At Concentric Power, Brian leads company strategy, technology and product roadmaps, and project development.
Brian has spent his career in and out of power plants and processing facilities for the energy and food industries. Previously, Brian spent five years in China where he built an ammonia processing plant and acted as plant general manager to launch the business and product line. He was also a venture partner and entrepreneur-in-residence with two local Chinese venture capital firms where he oversaw their clean energy investment strategies, contributing to $1.35 billion raised. When returning to the U.S., Brian joined the U.S. Department of Energy where he worked within the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Group, along with several clean energy startups. Brian started his career as a power plant design engineer at the power plant on campus at the University of California, Los Angeles and further honed his mechanical systems design skills as a refinery engineer for Chevron. Concentric Power is Brian’s second start-up; the first was a software technology company that was acquired.
Brian currently serves on the board of directors for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Entrepreneurship Competition, where he was the lead organizer as an MBA student. The “MIT $100K” is a year long competition and the largest student-led organization at MIT.
Brian holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from UCLA, with an emphasis in electro-mechanical systems design and control, and an MBA from MIT. Brian lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two kids.