Day 1 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

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Day 1 of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was one for the books. I got to see a lot of cool & innovative products and make some great connections for our community.   Day 1 Highlights   Rivian’s truck featuring Amazon Alexa integration, the R1T, is very cool. It serves as an indicator that the electrification of trucks is extremely critical as a turning point of the auto market right now. Lordstown Motors has a great shot at being successful due to the interest in the electric-powered truck market segment being generated by companies like Rivian and Tesla with the Cybertruck. Nothing is better for a vehicle market than competition and I think we are not only going to see a great truck come out of Lordstown Motors in the near future, but I believe we are going to see it take advantage of some really cool technologies too.   Almost every major car company unveiled or was promoting an electric vehicle at CES, even a few hydrogen fuel cell vehicles similar to, but nowhere near the level …

BRITE at the Consumer Electronics Show

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As President and CEO of BRITE Energy Innovators I consider myself lucky every day. I see our organization as a movement of small movements and my hopes lie in the fact that each one of those movements lead to a more prosperous City of Warren, Trumbull County, Mahoning Valley, State of Ohio and Nation in that order. We find ourselves at the intersection of extremely future facing technologies and a community that has the grit and determination to dream, build and execute on those technologies to not only change the fabric of our community but our nation. No one has ever accused me of having small dreams.  This week, I find myself at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada which I will follow with a trip to Los Angeles to visit a few counter parts at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator and our friends at Hyperion Motors …

BRITE Announces Call for Participants for 2020 BRITEhack

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Problem solving civic energy hackathon set for January 31 in Warren WARREN, OHIO – December 31, 2019Ohio’s only energy incubator, BRITE Energy Innovators today announced its call for participant applications for 2020 BRITEhack, the civic energy hackathon on Friday, January 31, 2020 in Downtown Warren. Engineers, designers, developers and students are encouraged to join in creating solutions for energy-related problems faced by two of the city’s important community organizations: St. Joseph Warren Hospital and the Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority. Information on the free registration is available at brite.org/2020britehack.Made popular in Silicon Valley and other Tech Hubs around the nation, “hackathons” are efficient, low risk way to encourage innovation, catalyze startups and engage talent. Participants are motivated by the mixed groups, challenging problems, tight deadlines and cash prizes. BRITEhack is focused on using this model to solve energy-related problems and initiate positive outcomes for the community.This year’s challenges are: – St. …

Sharing thoughts from moderating the panel “Supporting Your Peers”

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First off, it was a lot of fun, considering the amount of time that we as founders spend alone and depressed. I always make sure that when you do spend that 1% of your time building community (99% should be focused on your product and customers) that it’s fun.   Guiding Premise: This community is for Founders. Our focus is helping Founders. Our success depends on the success of our Founders and our Founders will be more successful if the community supports them.   Ryan Frederick is a rockstar. I don’t know how else to say it. He’s a guy who’s been successful, failed, but pours himself into his startup community in Columbus. He really is one of the biggest catalysts of that ecosystem, and the fact that he drove 4+ hours to spend 45 minutes chatting and laughing with us is a true testament to that. The more Ryan’s we can grow in Northeast Ohio the better off we will be, …

Why should you attend ESBE?

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I’m very fortunate that I get to go to a lot of conferences around the country, but the chief complaint I always hear is being stuck in a hotel and not getting an  opportunity to experience the city. The Energy Storage Building Efficiency Conference could be held in a hotel but we wanted you to have some adventure and show off a city that you might have never thought of coming to before. We believe  that place is important. We’ve had companies relocate to Warren from across the country because the value the city offered them, not just our incubator. Our conference is going to be held on Courthouse Square in Downtown Warren, our breakouts will be at cool local venues and you will get to walk, navigate, and adventure through our cool little city. We’re inviting you to learn and be a part of and share our city for two days …