Think Startup to Stay Big

Small businesses have the advantage to fail fast and pivot quickly in a direction that responds best to current market demands. This is one of the reasons that more large firms are embracing startups, or creating their own niche project teams to spur innovation.

Upcoming Events in October, November, and December

October03 October [Stamford, CT] Koby Avital (CTO: Priceline)

SG SoCal: From AgTech to Celebrity Hunting, Meet Los Angeles' Hottest Startups

It wasn't long ago that Dollar Shave Club turned a sensational YouTube video into a billion dollar exit to Unilever - and Los Angeles' tech scene has been dropping one blockbuster after another since. Though Elon's Master Plan Part Deux, as reported by Silvia, was the big news of August, just this weekend Snap Inc (formerly Snapchat) revealed its first foray into hardware, the Spectacles - and with a veiled "rest in peace" nod to Google Glass, setting sights on besting Silicon Valley at its own game. Show business isn't the only industry keen on spinoffs here.

Upcoming Events in September, October, and November

September01 September [Milwaukee, WI] Marc Cayle (OnKol)

Q&A With Andrew Ponec, CEO of Dragonfly Systems

Andrew Ponec is the co-founder and CEO of Dragonfly Systems, a solar technology company spun out from Stanford’s electrical engineering department. Dragonfly Systems develops small electronics devices that improve efficiency and reduce installation costs for large commercial and utility-scale solar power installations. In 2014, Dragonfly Systems was acquired by SunPower Corporation, a US-based solar company with the world’s most efficient commercial solar cells. Andrew was also named in Forbes’ 2014 “30 under 30” list for his work in solar energy, and is currently focusing on building efficient energy use and affordable housing technologies. In this Q&A, we dive into Andrew’s background and the circumstances that enabled him to launch a startup at 19, sell it at 20 and continue to make progress thereafter: