In this episode, CEO and founder of Helix Earth Technologies, Rawand Rasheed, joins the show to discuss his background as an NASA Space Engineer and how it led him to start his own company. He shares insights into the technology originally developed for space that he is bringing back to Earth to decarbonize the built environment and heavy industries. Rawand explains the process of scaling up the technology and developing retrofit devices for air conditioning systems to reduce energy loads. He also delves into the challenges of IP negotiations and the importance of customer feedback in determining product-market fit.
Key takeaways from this episode:
- Rawand’s background as a aerospace engineer and his work on life support systems in space laid the foundation for his journey into decarbonizing the built environment and heavy industries.
- The technology originally developed for fire suppression in space led to the development of a unique filtration method, which became the basis for Helix Earth’s retrofit devices for air conditioning systems.
- Customer feedback and market demand played a crucial role in determining the feasibility and potential impact of the technology, ultimately shaping the company’s go-to-market strategy.
- Rawand emphasizes the importance of a supportive community, mentorship, and building a strong team to navigate the challenges of entrepreneurship.
- Rawand’s childhood experiences and upbringing as an immigrant influenced his passion for the environment, science, and engineering, ultimately shaping his entrepreneurial journey, personal resilience, and commitment to creating innovative solutions.