Dirk is a German-born entrepreneur who got his professional start in Europe. His interests in alternative energy are long-standing. He founded several companies in Europe in the late 1990s that worked with sustainable energy. In 2012, he co-founded JumpStartFund in El Segundo, Calif., a crowd-powered collaboration platform created to enable communities to contribute to projects and technologies. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, which Dirk operates as CEO, was founded in 2013 and is based out of the crowdsourced JumpStartFund platform.