Sungevity founder on why Oakland is great for startups

Bambi Francisco Roizen · March 18, 2014 · Short URL:

Danny Kennedy, and partner Emily Kirsch, talk about the merits of the East Bay

On May 6-7, Vator will be holding its popular Splash event in Oakland, what we believe is an emerging tech hub. 

Don't take our word for it. Check it out and take a look for yourself. As always, we'll have leading entrepreneurs and VCs from everywhere (Khosla Ventures, NEA, Javelin Venture Partners, SoftTech VC, August Capital, Morgenthaler, DFJ, etc), including many based in Oakland. 

We're excited to have Danny Kennedy join us. Kennedy is the founder of Sungevity, a big player in the solar space. Sungevity has raised some $175 million in venture capital financing and is helping to provide solar to tens of thousands of residential homes around the world. With all the IPOs teeing up in 2014, Sungevity is certainly poised to be amongst them. 

Sungevity employs 400 workers, with 100 living in Oakland. Kennedy is not only creating local jobs for the East Bay, he's also creating the entrepreneurial mindset amongst the residents with his and his co-founder Emily Kirsch's Sfuncube accelerator, for startups focused on innovating in the solar market.

Both Kennedy and Kirsch will be joining us at Splash Oakland on May 6-7. Watch the video to hear about why Oakland is an attractive place to set up shop, and how solar-focused startups can work with Sfuncube.  

If you're an East Bay-based startup, you can get a 50% discount off tickets. *There are limited tickets at this price. Register here. 

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Bambi Francisco Roizen

Founder and CEO of Vator, a media and research firm for entrepreneurs and investors; Managing Director of Vator Health Fund; Co-Founder of Invent Health; Author and award-winning journalist.

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San Francisco born entrepreneur. Co-Founder and CEO of SfunCube. SfunCube is where solar entrepreneurs succeed.