The Future Looks Bright
A sunny disposition is a must when you're a solar entrepreneur. Here, Danny Kennedy, co-founder of Oakland-based Sungevity, shows how it's done.
FULL STORY Scaling his solar power business in the States and abroad poses a challenge for Danny Kennedy, Sungevity's co-founder.
WORD OF MOUTH "An energized network of people who power their lives by sunshine" is crucial to growth, says Danny Kennedy.
GOING GLOBAL Focusing on customer satisfaction helps Danny Kennedy scale his solar business.
ADAPT "You can't plan a day because you've got to be open to whatever comes," explains Danny Kennedy, a solar entrepreneur.
TALENT People want to do good for the world while doing well for themselves, says Danny Kennedy, the solar entrepreneur.
COMPANY CULTURE Signed up a client? Then shake a maracas, says Danny Kennedy, the solar entrepreneur.
IMPACT People come to Danny Kennedy all the time with ideas for solar businesses.
INCUBATOR Accelerator programs help people with great ideas advance the solar economy, says Sungevity's Danny Kennedy.
GAME CHANGE Solar entrepreneur Danny Kennedy recalls a customer who came from left field.
SOLAR COASTER Failed deals and challenges are all part of what Danny Kennedy calls "the solar coaster."
PREVIOUS LIFE Working at a nonprofit was all about getting teams coordinated and aligned with goals, says Sungevity's co-founder.
PAYOFF Oakland-based Sungevity brings easy and affordable energy to the masses. So far they've hired 400 people, grown by 5,000 X, and raised $150 million in capital.
HUSTLE Raising funds to capitalize his business is like being on a never-ending treadmill, says Danny Kennedy, Sungevity's co-founder.
GRIND Speaking face-to-face or over the phone is priceless, says Sungevity's co-founder.
ADVANCING INNOVATION Thinner roofs and solar-powered iPhones will come out of the ingenuity of entrepreneurs, says Danny Kennedy, Sungevity's co-founder.