Welcome to Inc.'s Founders Project podcast with Alexa Von Tobel--where we bring you tales of guts, inspiration, and drive that define the entrepreneurs building the future. Each week, we dig into a founder's professional playbook--and uncover what makes them tick. On this week's episode:

How to Lead With Trust, With Gene Berdichevsky of Sila

Gene Berdichevsky started battery materials company Sila more than a decade ago. But, with an eye toward building a hundred-year company, he's just getting started. Gene started his career as the seventh employee at Tesla, where he engineered the Roadster battery. Now at Sila, he's focused on battery innovation in driving the larger shift toward renewables and electric vehicles. Berdichevsky shares how he fell in love with energy as an undergrad at Stanford, why having a huge impact depends on both breakthrough tech and an ability to scale, and how he had maintained patience through 55,000 experiments before Sila brought their product to market.