Charly Mwangi, an Engineering & Operations Executive who just departed Rivian, an American electric vehicle automaker and automotive technology company, has joined Eclipse Venture Capital as a venture partner.
While announcing the move on LinkedIn, Charly described his time at Rivian as an adeventure.
“We’ve been through an adventure to say the least: In 2 years—amid Covid-related challenges—we’ve gone from an empty factory to launching 3 trailblazing vehicles.” Charly wrote.
His new company, Eclipse Ventures, helps entrepreneurs build companies that will boldly transform the industries that define and propel economies.
In his new job, he will work with founders reshaping physical industries to assist speed the Industrial Evolution.
“After an exhilarating 2 years at Rivian, I made the difficult and emotional decision to leave the company in order to pursue a new career opportunity.” said Charly on LinkedIn. “My next adventure is a culmination of my experience at Nissan, Tesla and Rivian. I’m excited to join the talented team at Eclipse Ventures as a Partner.” he added.
Eclipse Ventures has a wide portfolio of companies including Syng, Spell, Owlet among others.
“I’m looking forward to throwing my operational background into the mix to help founders build exceptional companies that make physical industries more efficient, resilient, and profitable.” Charly said.
At Rivian, Charly Mwangi helped kick-start the electric-vehicle maker’s manufacturing process that saw the production of its in-demand R1T and R1S electric vehicles.
Charles Mwangi was also a senior director of engineering at Tesla’s Fremont, California, factory. Mwangi had worked for Nissan and Toyota before joining Tesla in 2012. In August 2018, he was promoted to Senior Director of Engineering and was in charge of body manufacturing engineering, body equipment controls and maintenance engineering, stamping manufacturing and engineering, and Tesla Tool and Die.
Charly is currently in Kenya through to August 8th and announced he will be looking forward to meeting techies in Nairobi.