Jacob studied Economics and German at Willamette University, Oregon, USA. Prior to joining Arenko he led the sales and customer service teams selling the Tesla electric vehicle during a period of rapid growth.
Jake later joined Advanced Microgrid Solutions as Vice President of Business Development. During his time Jacob led the team that sourced, negotiated and closed the rights to real estate and electrical load for more than 300MWh of distributed energy storage. That storage formed a virtual power plant that delivered vital electrical capacity to the grid in the wake of a retired local nuclear generating facility. It did so from behind client meters in an agreement with Southern California Edison, provided significant savings to commercial and industrial hosts including Fortune 500 companies and major public agencies, and qualified for State of California incentives. In overseeing business development of the portfolio, Jacob was part of the leadership team that commercialised a ground-breaking new asset class with a $200m project finance vehicle led by the global infrastructure financier Macquarie Capital.