Milo Werner is an Operating Partner at Khosla Ventures, where she works with portfolio companies on the productization and industrialization of new hardware technologies. Milo has significant experience taking products from initial prototype to mass production and building the operating systems critical to sustaining their explosive growth. Drawing on her hands-on experience at Tesla, Fitbit and other notable start-ups, Milo advises founders on the fundamentals of New Product Introduction, prepares them with a framework to make strategic design, sourcing and logistics decisions and, most importantly, gives them the keys to building cohesive, effective teams.
Milo cut her teeth bringing complex hardware products to market at Tesla Motors where she spent eight years, from 2007 until 2015, building and leading the New Product Introduction group. In that capacity, she was deeply involved in the launch of the Roadster, Model S powertrain and battery, dual motor, first iteration of Tesla autopilot, and Model X. After Tesla, Milo rebuilt New Product Introduction for Fitbit, launching four major wearables and commissioning their first fully automated manufacturing line. Most recently, Milo headed up Engineering at Off Grid Electric, a SolarCity funded start-up reinventing the 3rd world electrical grid. At Off Grid Electric, Milo led their second generation product from concept to launch in nine months and kick-started the R&D organization, launching the development of ad-hoc microgrids and cell chemistry predictive health modeling.
Milo frequently speaks about the process of scaling new technologies including at ARPA-E, The Department of Energy, MIT’s Global Operations Conference, UC Berkeley I4 Energy Forum and many others. She sits on the board of the University of Vermont College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Milo is a former president of the MIT Leaders for Global Operations Alumni association.
In her free time, Milo loves taking advantage of the amazing California outdoors including hiking, mountain biking, running, golfing, and skiing with her family in Lake Tahoe. Milo holds bachelor’s of sciences degrees in geology and civil & environmental engineering from the University of Vermont, a master’s of science degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a master’s of business administration from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.