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Shilpi is Co-Founder & CEO of Kvantum, a marketing performance analytics company. Shilpi holds a M.S. in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and MBA from UC Davis. Prior to co-founding, Shilpi spent 15+ years in strategic consulting, M&A and product development. While advising companies like Adobe, Microsoft, McAfee; Shilpi built a foundation of what it takes to build, scale and sell software as-a service business.
In last 4 years, Shilpi has grown Kvantum from $0 to multi-million dollar business while creating a high performance driven & customer focused culture. Shilpi mentors/advises many startups globally and is a Director of StartupGrind Fremont chapter. She is a regular contributor to Inc., TheNextWeb, Women2.0, and SmallBizTrends.
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: