Powering What's Next
Jordan Ramer, CEO
Los Angeles, CA
EV Connect is on a mission to build a better planet by enabling electricity as a transportation fuel. Through its innovative and open charging platform, EV Connect simplifies the set-up, management, and optimization of charging stations with premium customer service, from installation to driver support. EV Connect guides companies of all sizes in managing networks of chargers and delivers a seamless EV charging experience that empowers drivers.
Why solve this problem?
EV Connect removes the operational overhead of managing EV charging, which allows customers to focus on building business models out of their investments in providing electricity as a fuel.
Hardest thing about being a founder?
Managing the ups and downs. The ups can be very high, but the downs can be very low.
Biggest piece of advice for aspiring founders?
Figuring out how to manage the fluctuations of the ups and downs is key to a founder’s success. Make sure to celebrate the ups and learn from the downs.
Most exciting moment so far?
Hearing the vision for your company get replayed by major ecosystem participants as the norm for your industry. As the saying goes, imitation is the greatest form of flattery.
Why did you choose Bonfire?
It is very difficult to find an investor that knows how to support early stage companies. It is also very difficult to find an investor that knows how to add value to an early stage venture. Bonfire does both in spades.
What’s it like to work with bonfire?
My company had not met its growth objectives and was going into a fundraise with performance that didn’t meet expectations. Some of our existing investors chose not to invest in the next round. Bonfire held true to supporting our original vision and market opportunity and ultimately decided to participate in the round.
Favorite book, useful tool or app?
I recommend Positive Intelligence to any entrepreneur. It is a phenomenal book that provides key tools for managing behaviors that are sabotaging your performance. It also has an accompanying app to make the behaviors habits.