Danielle Fong

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Danielle A. Fong
Danielle Fong at age 23
Born (1987-10-30) October 30, 1987 (age 30)
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Residence Flag of the United States.svg U.S.
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater Dalhousie University
Princeton University
Awards Energy Standout,
Forbes 30 under 30, 2011.
Website "Insights by Danielle Fong"
Scientific career
Institutions "LightSail Energy"

Danielle A. Fong (born October 30, 1987) is a Canadian entrepreneur and the co-founder and Chief Scientist of LightSail Energy.[1] In 2011, Fong was featured in Forbes' 30 under 30 in the Energy category.[2]


Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Fong dropped out of junior high school to attend Dalhousie University. She graduated from Dalhousie in 2005, after which she entered the Plasma Physics Department at Princeton University as a Ph.D. student, but later dropped out.[3]


After going on leave from the Princeton Plasma Physics program, Fong co-founded LightSail Energy, a Khosla Ventures backed company,[4] in 2009 with Stephen Crane and Edwin P. Berlin, Jr.[1] LightSail Energy is developing a form of compressed air energy storage., which they term regenerative air energy storage (RAES).


In December 2011 Fong was featured in Forbes' 30 under 30 in the Energy category.[2] and interviewed by Forbes.com in a video titled "Danielle Fong May Save the World".[5] She was named by the MIT Technology Review as one of the top 35 innovators under 35 in 2012.[6]

She is a regular guest contributor to the Women 2.0 blog and was a featured speaker at the Women 2.0 PITCH Conference & Competition 2012.[7] She writes essays on various topics, including entrepreneurship and green technology, on her blog "Insights by Danielle Fong".[8]


  1. ^ a b lightsail.com "LightSail Energy Team Page". Retrieved on 24 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b Helman, Chris et al. "30 under 30:Energy", Forbes. Retrieved on 24 January 2012.
  3. ^ Garling, Caleb. "World's Most Wired Steam Punk". Wired. Retrieved 13 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "LightSail: The power of iteration". Retrieved on 24 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Danielle Fong May Save the World", 19 December 2011. Retrieved on 24 January 2012.
  6. ^ Innovator Under 35: Danielle Fong, 24 - MIT Technology Review
  7. ^ "Women 2.0 Conference 2012". Retrieved on 24 January 2012
  8. ^ "Insights by Danielle Fong"