Natalya is an experienced technology leader and investor in deep tech companies. She founded Accion Systems, an ion engine company, and ran that for ten years before it was acquired. Most recently, she led strategy at Bloom Energy, a company making fuel cells and electrolyzers. Her operating expertise includes company strategy, organizational development, R&D, and business development. Now on a short break to spend time with her kids and explore opportunities in manufacturing, Natalya is currently acting as a fractional COO for some of her friends’ new companies, letting said friends focus on product and customers while she stands up legal, IT, finance, and HR. For the past four years she has also held a partner role at XFactor Ventures, where she has focused on deep tech and hardware companies founded by women, and she helps a few other funds with technical diligence in new areas like additive manufacturing, space, and quantum computing.