Powerhive is a technology venture founded in 2011.
Our purpose is to provide affordable clean energy and other productive assets to the hundreds of millions of households who do not have access to electricity.
Powerhive is focused on the financing, metering, and management of distributed solar microgrid solutions with a proprietary technology platform and business model.
Powerhive is headquartered in Oakland, CA and has offices in Amsterdam and Nairobi.
Founder & CEO
Chris is a pioneer in consumer renewable energy products and services and an accomplished entrepreneur. He founded Better Energy Systems (Solio) in 2001 and reached more than 2mm customers worldwide. With Solio Chris also pioneered pay-as-you-go solar models in East Africa. Before that he held senior posts at several technology start-ups in the U.S., U.K., and Japan. Chris is a graduate of the University of California.
Joe has a vast array of experience covering all financial duties mostly in the consumer product industry, including raising private equity monies, IPO registration and SEC compliance reporting. Joe’s experience has focused on green and organic business, helping develop fast growing, successful companies. Joe has a B.S. from Berkeley and an MBA from Harvard University.
Co-Founder & VP Business Development
Rik spent his career on the cutting edge of technological innovation and commerce. He was previously the marketing director for Intivation, where he helped launch solar powered devices in over 30 countries. Rik is a graduate from Delft University of Technology with a B.S. in Applied Physics and an M.S. in Product Design.
Matt is an expert in energy systems for developing countries, having led projects throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Mat led mini-grid solar deployments in Mali, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Haiti while working for Columbia University. His doctoral work at Columbia University included extensive fieldwork in the areas of bio-fuels and micro-grids.
Jane was born and raised in East Africa and went on to have a distinguished career in software development with Fortune 500 companies like IBM and Deloitte Consulting. She's spent the past 15 years developing SaaS products as a product leader. Jane holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University.