Our newest People of Prospect interview is with Satyajit Patwardhan, Founder & CEO of ConnectMyEV.
ProspectSV: What motivated you to start ConnectMyEV?
Satyajit: That’s kind of a funny story. The first time GM announced their Chevy Volt, we were driving somewhere, me and my wife, and then at that time I said, “This would be a very good car for us.” And you know what she said? She said, “You don’t even charge your cell phone every night. What would this car be worth for us?!” So that is what got me started. There had to be some way of taking the user out of this charging chore.
ProspectSV: What’s your favorite thing about leading a startup?
Satyajit: The most favorite thing is that you are actually directly creating a product, which will improve people’s lifestyles. Having that direct connection is quite important for me and it is what motivates me.
ProspectSV: What did you want to be when you grew up?
Satyajit: I pretty much knew I was going to be an engineer, doing some sort of automation. That was always my favorite thing – figuring out how to make things move on their own.
ProspectSV: Who is someone who inspires you?
Satyajit: When I was getting my master’s from an institute in India, there was a guy who got a big prize for solving a linear programming problem, he was a mathematician. He got a big award at that time and it inspired me quite a bit. The second person that inspires me is my dad. One of the things that I still remember from when I was a kid that stuck with me is that he would come home and then within 5 minutes he would pull up his chair and start working again. That has stuck with me, how hard he worked.
ConnectMyEV – based in Silicon Valley and formerly known as Green-Dot-Charging, is the world’s leading provider of smart and hands free chargers for Electric Vehicles (EVs). ConnectMyEV’s charging system is based on its proprietary conductive hands free charging technology which is 100% efficient and is scalable to high power levels required for DC fast charging. Being conductive, it’s capable of orchestrating large power swings to optimally take advantage of real-time energy pricing. This can significantly lower the cost of charging your EV and in some cases even pay you back to charge. Learn more at connectmyev.com.