I'm so glad you have chosen This episode to fill your ears with today, I promise you won't be disappointed.  We're going to continue our trip down memory lane this week, in what might be more like a Back-to-the-Future style episode for SunCast.

Today I'm launching what I call the Solar Pioneers series, and I'm honored, and super excited, to have the first in this series be with none other than Mr. Solar, Shugar Magic, Mr. Dan Shugar, CEO of NEXTracker, and one of the most successful folks I know in the business.

This conversation diverges from my typical interview format but is nonetheless packed with information on how one of our industry's leaders thinks about starting and scaling a business. Along the way, we touch on

  • Dan's roots as an engineer and researcher and how that has influenced his career path and leadership style
  • The 3 keys to growth of any start-up
  • The practical side of institutionalizing a corporate culture that is both aggressive and forgiving, empowering yet accountable, fun and fast-paced with industry-leading low turnover
  • Dan's thoughts on squeezing even more power out of PV power plants, including machine learning
  • and so much more.

So while we didn't get into Hot or Not, or book recommendations, or his Bold prediction, you'll want to listen all the way through especially if you have any interest at all in peering inside the mind and thought process of a guy who's built some of our industry's most iconic brands and largest power plants.

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You know, just by listening to this I already know that you're one of the rare individuals who invests in themselves and is never satisfied with the status quo. It is my hope that SunCast delivers massive value for you, and that each week you take something away that can concretely help you build your company or career and get to the next level of scale and impact.  Thank you for showing up!  If there are specific things you'd like to hear more of, Please let me know. I can't do this without you, and I want to help solve your problems. 

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About the Host of SunCast:

Nico Johnson is the creator and host of SunCast, a regular conversation with Solar Industry professionals who are leading in emerging solar markets.  The content of the show is geared towards listeners looking for insights on where the markets are headed, how to position themselves or their companies, and what today's market leaders do to stay ahead of the pack.

Nico is a 10-year veteran of the solar industry, having led development in the US and Latin America for global companies like Trina Solar and Conergy.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and is considered one of the market's leading experts on solar PV expansion in the region.

Nico can be reached on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickalus

or by email nico@mysuncast.com