Mandeep Patel on Energy Tech Startups

Nada Ahmed

Jason Ethier

Mandeep Patel is the Founder and CEO of ElecTrip. For business leaders, lawyers, and consultants, ElecTrip offers city-to-city, door-to-door transportation in private, professionally driven Teslas to maximize productivity. Mandeep shares the trials and tribulations of building a business during COVID.

Mandeep Explores:
  • How the solution provided by ElecTrip allows businesses to increase productivity while reducing the carbon footprint of travel – 0:22
  • How Mandeep and co-founder Taylor Zhao saw the stars align to create a clear path for the business model behind ElecTrip – 4:50
  • How Uber and Lyft affected ElecTrip’s ability to recruit good drivers and scale quickly – 6:50
  • How bootstrapping drove innovation and efficiency as ElecTrip grew – 11:50
  • How Mandeep had to navigate COVID by putting ElecTrip on hold – 13:45
  • What they don’t teach you in startup school about being a young founder – 17:50
  • Why entrepreneurship is more like playing StarCraft than Chess – 21:30
  • Why Houston tech entrepreneurs are different from those in Austin or California – 24:45
  • Where the best Banh Mi and Pizza is in Houston – 28:57
  • How traveling internationally showed Mandeep how concentrated, localized emissions are awful for people who live with it, and EVs are going to change how people live – 32:20
  • Where charging infrastructure should be deployed to accelerate EV adoption – 37:00
Book a ride with ElecTrip: https://www.electrip.us/

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