Most entrepreneurs believe that they are going to change the world. However, there are very few that actually will have such an impact. Meet Doug Bernauer, a former SpaceX engineer that left the company to launch Radiant, an LA startup developing the world’s first portable, nuclear microreactor. The company’s vision is grand and if they are successful, they will be able to seamlessly bring energy to many places that need it the most. LA TechWatch caught up with Bernauer to learn more about the company’s vision, future plans, and recent funding round from investors that include Charlie Songhurst, Hank Vigil, Josh Manchester, and Tom McInerney.
California recently passed regulations requiring that over 50% of all commercial trucks sold in the state must be zero-emissions by 2035 and other states have signed a memorandum to phase out all diesel-burning medium- to heavy-duty truck and bus sales by 2050. These new laws signal promise and opportunity for companies like Xos Trucks, the LA company building state-of-the-art OEM electric trucks that forge together battery packs, chassis, and software. Xos Trucks’ flagship X-Platform 1 is fully electric and compatible with a variety of medium-duty bodies, wheelbases, and range requirements up to 200 miles. The X-Platform 1 is often customized into Class 6 medium-duty bodies that fulfill short-range deliveries, which have been used by UPS. Xos Trucks is also developing the ET-One, a Class 8 heavy-duty truck that can carry 80,000 pounds and can travel 150 miles per charge. 65% percent of trucks on the road travel less than 150 miles per day and Xos is addressing this market with its solutions to make last-mile delivery sustainable and efficient. COO and Cofounder Giordano Sordoni shares more about Xos Trucks is disrupting an $8T industry from the ground up with saavy engineering and software.
Electronic vehicles are increasing in popularity with the number of electronic vehicles expected to increase by 170 million by 2030. This impressive growth will be supported by EV Connect’s tech-agnostic and cloud-based platform for managing electronic vehicle (EV) charging stations. As the industry grows, having a centralized cloud infrastructure that can resolve issues in seconds instead […]
Washington DC was abuzz with news that had nothing to do with the occupant of The White House. A group of progressive legislators, led by Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, in the House of Representatives, introduced “The Green New Deal.” The resolution by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was in response to the alarming Fourth National Climate Assessment by […]
In today’s era of STEM skills shortages and the brutal “war for talent,” employers are looking for ways to stand apart from their hiring competitors. The young, entrepreneurial, tech workforce wants to make an impact, and a great place for employers to start is on climate action…
According to CEO and cofounder of EV Connect Jordan Ramer, it is estimated that by 2030 there will be roughly 5M to 15M publicly accessible commercial charging ports for electric vehicles, and this is a global estimation. EV Connect has been on the forefront of the electronic vehicle (EV) industry since its inception. This cloud-based software platform […]
As I have said many times, the cost of entry for an aspiring entrepreneur has never been lower, and the total wealth of opportunities has never been larger. Today you can start a new web site business for as little as $100, produce cheap smart phone apps, or lead the effort to tap the multitude […]
The two biggest societal challenges for the twenty-first century are also the biggest opportunities – automation and climate change. The confluence of these forces of mankind and nature intersect beautifully in the alternative energy market. The epitaph of fossil fuels with its dark cloud burning a hole in the ozone layer is giving way to […]
Look around and you’ll be surprised to see that biofuels are coming back in vogue. From 2004 to 2008, innovations in the biofuels sector fell to almost zero around the globe. While the future of the industry seems a bit uncertain, the immediate trends seem to suggest that things are coming back, at least for […]
We’ve been reading a lot lately about what trends executives are seeing on wall street, and it seems that alternative assets and new world insights are the latest thing. This is encouraging news for us here at Marfa Advisors and our clients, too. It seems like investors of all types are moving towards investments which […]
What if whenever you wanted to go outside you could guarantee safety, entertainment, shade, and a table? Sounds impossible? Think again. ShadeCraft the IoT company, has launched its flagship product SUNFLOWER to satisfy every virtual need to enjoy the outdoors. The ten-foot umbrella is solar powered, has an internet connection, security cameras, weather detection, speakers, and a built in […]