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This week, one of the world’s transportation leaders passed away. Ryan Popple, a former active-duty Army officer who ascended through the ranks of Tesla’s finance team before departing to become a partner at Kleiner Perkins and the CEO of electric bus maker Proterra, died abruptly at the age of 44. He leaves a wife and three children behind. Popple has recently joined G2 Venture Partners after leaving Proterra.
“Ryan epitomized entrepreneurial energy and committed his life to building a brighter future,” G2 Venture Partners stated in their tribute to Popple. His vision for Proterra was to increase access to cheap, sustainable transportation alternatives and to shape a zero-emission transportation future for the sake of our planet and community health. As a partner at Kleiner Perkins, he was committed to guiding industries through long-term change. Ryan placed nation before self in uniform and in civilian life as a former active duty officer in the United States Army.”
Ryan was the first person I interviewed in 2016. I was always struck by the unique blend of enthusiasm and realism that he brought to every conversation during that interview and the few times we spoke after then. Ryan, you will be sorely missed. Finally, Hazel Chapman, a Lotus co-founder, and former British racing driver died earlier this week at the age of 94.