Posts

Off.Grid:Electric

Ep 006: Off.Grid:Electric – Solar Systems for Rural Tanzania

Play

The image above shows Josh interacting with future ‘customers’.

Subscribe with iTunes for iPhone or Stitcher for Android.

iTunes      Stitcher

This episode is part of a podcast series called “Entrepreneurs & Economic Development” talking to entrepreneurs using business and technology to solve problems at the Bottom of the Pyramid. Listen to the interview by clicking play above. 

Today’s Guest

Josh Pierce, the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Off.Grid:Electric a pay-as-you-go energy company based out of Tanzania.

You will learn:

  • How growing up in Rural California shaped Josh’s views on Sustainability
  • Changes in Solar over the last 30 years
  • An Outline of Off.Grid’s Pay-as-you-Go system
  • Their 3 Biggest Challenges
  • Their experience with Mobile Money
  • Changing competition in the Off.Grid Energy Space
  • Information about Off.Grid’s in-house training academy
  • Off.Grid’s 5-Year Plan
  • Josh’s alter-ego Captain Undaunted!

Mentioned :

Contact Josh or Off.Grid:Electric:

Twitter: @OffGridE

Josh’s LinkedIn

Feel Free to Comment or Connect

If you have any questions for Ryan, Josh or recommendations for future interviews please place them in the comments section. 

juabar

Ep 005: Juabar – Empowering Village Entrepreneurs

Play

The above image shows the Juabar Design unit in a Tanzanian village.

Subscribe with iTunes for iPhone or Stitcher for Android.

iTunes      Stitcher

This episode is part of a podcast series called “Entrepreneurs & Economic Development” talking to entrepreneurs using business and technology to solve problems at the Bottom of the Pyramid. Listen to the interview by clicking play above. 

Today’s Guest

Olivia Nava, CEO of Juabar Designs a solar cell phone kiosk business out of Tanzania.

You will learn:

  • Olivia’s Background, Non-Profits to Business School
  • Advice for College Graduates looking to work Internationally
  • The History of Juabar
  • How they select entrepreneurs at the village level
  • How they measure Success
  • Juabar’s phone charging franchise on wheels
  • Linking the formal & informal economies in Emerging Markets

Mentioned :

 Olivia and Juabar’s info:

Feel Free to Comment or Connect

If you have any questions for Ryan, Olivia or recommendations for future interviews please place them in the comments section.