Welcome to Episode 137 of SunCast!

Today’s guest is someone I’ve followed for a long time, and am honored to finally have on SunCast.

In ’02, Andrew Beebe took a much-needed sabbatical from tech after selling his startup Big Step, in order to find new direction.

Ignoring advice from solar legend Dick Swanson, he scaled a solar EPC business long before being an EPC subcontractor was a popular model, and was still able to sell his solar company to then-market-leader, Suntech, going on to run Global Sales for that company.

Of course, many are following and interested in what he’s currently up to with his VC partners at Obvious Ventures. Not-to-miss is the Hot or Hype section where Andrew discusses where he sees beyond the hype in bleeding edge technologies! Hint - #electrifyeverything!


Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn

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A Venture Capitalist’s View on the Promise of Electric Aviation

Preparing For Liftoff by Andrew Beebe

Book Recommendations:


(Click the links above to check them out on Amazon - and you help support SunCast!)

Never Split the Difference - Chris Voss
(also Nico’s top book recommendation of 2018, as mentioned on Episodes #83, #101, #133, & #135 !!)

The Lean Startup - Eric Ries

7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Covey

Built to Last - Jim Collins

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