25 Who Ditched Infotech for Cleantech

Shai Agassi

Background: President, Products and Technology Group of SAP

Current: Founder, CEO Project Better Place

Just a few years ago, the tech world was wondering if rising star Shai Agassi would take over as SAP’s CEO. Instead he surprised everyone by leaving the world of enterprise software to found his own cleantech startup with one of the most audacious business plans around: Build countrywide charging and battery replacement stations for electric vehicles. Just 40 years old, Agassi has made deals with Denmark and the state of Israel, and has raised some of the biggest rounds in the industry — more than $200 million from VantagePoint Venture Partners, Israel Corporation, Morgan Stanley and other private investors — to support his EV dream.