Steve pioneered the development of emerging telecommunications markets in Russia, Europe and China during the 1990’s while serving as Executive Vice President of DirectNet.
In 1999, he developed the wholesale business for Talk.com which became the underlying provider for AOL’s long distance service.
In 2000, he joined Arbinet (ARBX) as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing and positioned Arbinet as the most successful telecommunications trading exchange in the world.
Having begun his career at GTE in 1984, he brings a blend of entrepreneurial and utility perspective to today’s markets for electricity.
Stephen earned his B.A. in Economics at UCLA and the University of Lund in Sweden. He holds an MBA from California Lutheran University.
Mike has over a decade of experience in the e-mobility and smart grid sectors, managing diverse portfolios of clean energy initiatives focused on vehicle electrification, advanced energy storage, and behind-the-meter distributed and renewable generation.
In coordination with the California Air Resources Board (ARB), Mike organized and launched the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP), the nation’s largest electric vehicle rebate program, and managed the program as it grew from an annual budget of $4.1 million to a cumulative budget of over $120 million.
Working with utilities, municipalities, air districts, and automakers, Mike led statewide consumer outreach and education efforts on the benefits of electric transportation, supporting the early market for EVs and ultimately reaching over 35,000 consumers. Mike has played a critical role in the deployment of EV charging infrastructure to the Southern California, Central Valley, and Bay Area regions, including the nation’s first deployment of ISO 15118-compatible charging stations in partnership with UC San Diego.
Mike has led multiple research teams from academia, industry, and government laboratories investigating advanced second-life applications for used EV batteries, and is a peer-reviewed author in the energy storage and smart grid sectors. Mike holds a Master of Science degree from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley.
Chief Product Officer
As a collaborative, product and technology leader, Randall has conceived and launched innovative products into new markets, and have developed both start-up ventures and new lines of businesses within global corporations.
Randall has expert-level development skills as well as a solid history of managing technology and product organizations. Most recently, Randall created the architecture and oversaw the development and launch of a new cloud-based platform that brought to market a consumer-to-consumer credit report exchange, for which he also received a patent.
He has delivered both consumer and B2B products using innovative technologies and through challenging compliance-heavy organizations. Randall has conducted over 300 due-diligence studies for new ventures, products and markets. He has expert-level knowledge with cloud-based architectures, transactional payment systems, API-based applications and mobile technologies.
Christiaan van Nispen
VP Business Development
Christiaan has been the driving force behind several successful new ventures for corporations within the Energy and Telecom industry. At Innogy (former RWE), one of the top 3 utilities in Europe, he led several teams and formed mayor partnerships within smart-home, peer to peer networks and mobility. For KPN, the largest telecom provider in the Netherlands he developed the group wide sub-metering program.
Prior he has founded numerous businesses such as TreFoil Energy, a company involved with energy insight software, clean-tech solutions and financing solutions.
Christiaan started his career in strategic sales and investment banking at Citibank and ING from 2001 in New York, Amsterdam and Latin America. Christiaan also (co) set-up various social / marketing events like Cleandrinks, ART beat of New York and Bellini Brunch.
Christiaan is a pragmatic entrepreneur and a real people person committed to an open, fair and long-term personal relationship. He has obtained a BA degree at the Rotterdam Business School.