Janina Benz

Audio Interview with Max Pohl from DeinBus.de

 

DeinBus.de Booth @CeBIT 2013

DeinBus.de Booth @CeBIT 2013

DeinBus.de is an online bu- pooling service that organizes long-distance coach travels for groups of people with the same destination at the same time. Here at CeBIT 2013, we got the chance to interview Max Pohl to get a closer look at the concept behind DeinBus.de and the team working on it. Find our Soundcloud interview with Max below.

Janina Benz

Meet the CODE_n13 finalists for: Renewable Energies & Energy Storage

For a succeeding energy transition it’s of great importance not only to generate renewable energy but also store energy in an efficient way. The finalists of Renewable Energies & Energy Storage concern themselves with these topics. Meet Bluerise*, Greenergetic, Helioz, PROSOL Invest*, SOLARBRUSH, Solarkiosk, st.a.r.-systems* and Yunasko.

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Greenergetic - Florian Meyer-Delpho

Greenergetic – Florian Meyer-Delpho

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Helioz - Martin Wesian

Helioz – Martin Wesian

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SOLARBRUSH - Ridha Azaiz

SOLARBRUSH – Ridha Azaiz

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Solarkiosk - Andreas Spiess

Solarkiosk – Andreas Spiess

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Yunasko - Andrii Buvailo

Yunasko – Andrii Buvailo

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*As soon as we receive the questionnaires of Bluerise, PROSOL Invest and st.a.r.-systems they will be found here as well.

Janina Benz

Meet the CODE_n13 finalists for: Carbon Footprint & Sustainability

Carbon footprint became a buzzword of the 21st century. It acts as an indicator for sustainability. The innovations of our finalists in this field help to have a better eye on the carbon footprint and therefore offer an opportunity to reduce it. Have a look at Carbon Control, EcoChain, ecotastic, Get-neutral, Opara, Sustainable Reference and TheGreenAge*.

Carbon Control - Darragh Kirby

Carbon Control – Darragh Kirby

EcoChain - Boudewijn & Jochem Mos

EcoChain – Boudewijn & Jochem Mos

 

 

 

ecotastic - Anna Yukiko Bickenbach

ecotastic – Anna Yukiko BickenbachGet-neutral - Holger Rupp

Get-neutral – Holger Rupp

Opara - Gustavo Monteiro

Opara – Gustavo Monteiro

 

Sustainable Reference - Andy Bäcker

Sustainable Reference – Andy Bäcker

*As soon as we receive the questionnaire of TheGreenAge it will be found here as well.

Janina Benz

Meet the CODE_n13 finalists for: Smart Grid & Demand Management

Our finalists’ in the area of Smart Grid & Demand Management had some good ideas about how to tailor energy supply to demand. Check out Kiwigrid*, Luxoft, Tenrehte Technologies and Venios and learn more about their efficient innovations.

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Luxoft - Sergey Bakulin and Dmitry Vilchinsky

Luxoft – Sergey Bakulin and Dmitry Vilchinsky

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Tenrehte Technologies - Jennifer Indovina

Tenrehte Technologies – Jennifer Indovina

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Venios - Jonas Danzeisen and Dr. Christian Köhler

Venios – Jonas Danzeisen and Dr. Christian Köhler

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*As soon as we receive the questionnaire of Kiwigrid it will be found here as well.

Janina Benz

Meet the CODE_n13 finalists for: Smart Home

Home networking offers a comfortable way to save energy. Our finalists in the Smart Home category will show how this works. Welcome Codeatelier*, GreenPocket, Modern Wall, ROCKETHOME, tado° and WattioCorp!_______________________________________________________________________________

GreenPocket GmbH - Thomas Goette

GreenPocket GmbH – Thomas Goette

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Modern Wall - Khaled Mouats

Modern Wall – Khaled Mouats

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ROCKETHOME GmbH - Yüksel Sirmasac

ROCKETHOME GmbH – Yüksel Sirmasac

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tado° GmbH - Leopold von Bismarck

tado° GmbH – Leopold von Bismarck

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WattioCorp S.L.U. - Patxi Echeveste

WattioCorp S.L.U. – Patxi Echeveste

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*As soon as we receive the questionnaires of Codeatelier it will be found here as well.

Janina Benz

Meet the CODE_n13 finalists for: Alternative Mobility Solutions & Electric Vehicles

A private car is still the dominating mean of transport, for sure most of you are a real proof for this. The alternative mobility solutions and electric vehicles respectively of our finalists in this category are not only resource-efficient but also entail a lot of other positive features. Meet: carzapp*, DeinBus.de*, e-volo, flinc, Green Transport Sàrl, Innovative Mobility Automobile GmbH, Organic Transit*, PlugSurfing, Selando and Skybus.

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e-volo GmbH - Alexander Zosel

e-volo GmbH – Alexander Zosel

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flinc AG - Michael Hübl

flinc AG – Michael Hübl

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Green Transport Sàrl - Bernard Garcia

Green Transport Sàrl – Bernard Garcia

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Innovative Mobility Automobile GmbH - Thomas delos Santos

Innovative Mobility Automobile GmbH – Thomas delos Santos

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PlugSurfing GmbH - Adam Woolway

PlugSurfing GmbH – Adam Woolway

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Selando GbR - Lars Schatilow

Selando GbR – Lars Schatilow

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Skybus S.L. - Juan-Luis Sampedro

Skybus S.L. – Juan-Luis Sampedro

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*As soon as we receive the questionnaires of carzapp, DeinBus.de and Organic Transit they will be found here as well.

Janina Benz

Meet the CODE_n13 finalists for: Urban Solutions

Intelligent networking of data and infrastructures gets more and more important especially in times of rising urbanization. Let’s welcome our finalists in the category of Urban Solutions: Optimale, panStamp and Lightbee.

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Optimale - Peter Cheung

Optimale – Peter Cheung

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panStamp - Daniel Berenguer

panStamp – Daniel Berenguer

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Lightbee*: As soon as we receive the questionnaire of Lightbee it will be found here as well.

Janina Benz

Jennifer Indovina: “It takes more than just a strong personality to deal with the startup environment”

Jennifer Indovina is a cleantech entrepreneur, political energy advisor, and TED Fellow who is currently working to spread energy efficiency initiatives worldwide. Jennifer is the CEO and Co-Founder of Tenrehte Technologies, Inc., a cleantech company that produces wireless consumer electronics products. Tenrehte’s first product is the PICOwattTM Smart Plug, an energy-saving outlet adapter that gives you remote control over the power your devices consume. The PICOwattTM Smart Plug has received international recognition, winning the 2010 Best of CES Green Product Award, as well as being featured in the New York Times, Popular Science Magazine, Treehugger.com, and BusinessWeek. Jen’s latest TED talk, Eliminating Power Poverty, can be viewed online.

Janina Benz: Tell us about your company, Tenrehte.

Jennifer Indovina: Tenrehte is a cleantech electronics company. We make energy monitoring and control products that save buildings energy. We launched the company with our first product, the award winning PICOwatt Smart Plug, at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show, and we’ve been moving full steam ahead ever since.

JB: In 2010, you were selected as a finalist in the Best Young Entrepreneur category for the Stevie Awards for Women in Business. In your opinion, what is the most important characteristic to becoming a successful entrepreneur?

JI: Self-awareness. I think the reason why it is so rare for an entrepreneur to be part of the right team, have the right product, and find the right market at the same time, is because the leader is not self-aware. It takes more than just a strong personality to deal with the startup environment: you also have to be passionate, fair, loyal, hardworking, and honest—first and foremost, with yourself.

JB: Do you think that entrepreneurs are born or made?

JI: I think it’s both. My family has the entrepreneurial spirit; my grandfather and father were both self-starters who were a part of their own startup companies. However, I also feel that I have been made into the entrepreneur I am today by my experiences. I have experienced triumph, failure, being powerless, being powerful, and feeling truly grateful for certain customers. Only because of these experiences do I feel worthy enough to call myself an entrepreneur.

JB: When working as Director of Marketing for Vivace Semiconductor, you led international teams based in the US, South Korea, and China. How did working with an international team change your process?

JI: Working with international teams at such a young age taught me how to blend into environments, to respect differences, and how to communicate effectively—the ultimate entrepreneur’s toolbox, if you ask me.

JB: What are your big expectations for CeBIT?

JI: CeBIT is the most incredible mix of international businesses; I expect this show will introduce incredible new opportunities. I am just so excited to spread the PICOwatt love all over the world.

Editor’s Note: We’ll be featuring some of our finalists on the blog in the weeks leading up to CeBIT, but their participation has no bearing on the contest results