Neal is the Co-Founder and COO of LACI, bringing 20+ years of experience boosting productivity and profit for both startups and existing organizations to this initiative. Prior to LACI, Neal helped dozens of early stage organizations to launch and grow, including Livestream and United States Artists crowd-funding initiative, USA Projects (now HatchFund), and the $10 million Automotive X Prize designed to disrupt the automotive industry by inspiring mass production of 100 MPGe vehicles. Other efforts include time at Idealab, a successful turnaround of True Floors, and co-founding creative agency Ideawork Studios.
Max Aram, Co-founder & CEO of Pick My Solar, is a serial entrepreneur with a diverse background including playing soccer professionally, working in Lean Management, and publishing a seasonal advertising magazine with more than 20K subscribers. He has a passion for renewable energy and was always fascinated how online marketplaces like TrueCar, Expedia and Amazon have changed the relationship dynamic between vendors and consumers. He is marrying these two together with Pick My Solar. This disruptive platform is solving a real problem in one of the fastest growing markets in US.
David Eagle, CURRENT’s Founder and CEO, is an Emmy Award Winning TV Producer/Director, a Green Technology entrepreneur and an electric vehicle, solar power, and charger expert. Through the extensive contacts he has established with Los Angeles automobile dealerships, and via his relationships with various organizations like Plug-In America and Alt Car Expo, David has become an expert on finding the best deals for EVs, chargers and solar power. He has personally assisted many EV purchasers through the process of test driving, helping them negotiate their deal and aiding them with important after-details such as filing for rebates and tax credits.
Cole founded Chai Energy, a company that uses energy data and an intuitive user experience to show homeowners exactly where they are wasting money on their utility bill and what they can do to curb that waste. As Chai’s founder Cole oversees technical development, product direction, fundraising, and partnerships. At Chai, Cole has brought 4 distinct products to market, patented deep machine learning technology used to decipher energy data, and raised venture capital in support of technical development. Previous to Chai, Cole led Caltech’s Solar Decathlon team to a second place win in the Engineering category with an incredibly innovative smart home system that was years ahead of its time.
Joseph graduated from New York University in May 2013 with a BA in American Environmental Policy and Environmental Science. He has worked in New York City, Washington DC, and Alaska for different political and environmental organizations. Joseph was raised in a military family and has lived in North America, Europe, and Asia. Joseph is currently the Director of Accounts at Pick My Solar, where he manages a team of “Energy Experts” who help homeowners navigate the world of residential renewable energy options – from solar power systems to batteries to electric vehicle charging stations.
Entrepreneur with experience in connecting consumers with technology. Having breathed and dreamed solar for the better part of this decade, it has determined my direction of bringing solar into the 21st Century. Solar sales belong online to lower soft costs, solar homeowners deserve a clear picture of their household’s energy footprint, and the Grid needs to have a complete picture of how distributed generation is affecting it – and that’s what I’m working towards.