34 minutes | Nov 9, 2020

The Real Green Revolution of Silicon with JP Mai | JPM Silicon

Startup entrepreneurs share a lot in common. Sure, there’s a general road map for starting a business, but then there are the countless other factors that decide to show up along the way. Figuring out how and whom to hire, determining the best way to raise capital, managing a growing team, the list goes on. Today’s guest is no exception to the entrepreneurial learning curve. He got his first patent back in 2007 for making silicon using microwave heating. When the company he was working with at the time offered him a more serious job, he recognized that what he was doing was important enough to go out on his own.Today I’m talking with JP Mai, Founder, and CEO of JPM Silicon. His company has the admirable goal of producing carbon-neutral silicon used to power up solar cells. We’ll hear about how he first got interested in the technology, why carbon neutrality is important, and we’ll hear some sage advice based on his experiences of starting his company. Some Questions I Ask:Why is silicon such an important material? (1:22)Why is carbon neutrality important? (2:08)What was the idea behind your company when you started? (10:56)Did you feel the need to take in outside investors? (19:32)What's your differentiator as a silicon maker in the market? (21:33)Which industries are showing interest in your product? (22:34)What different types of digital software are you using? (26:22)What You’ll Learn in This Episode:How the carbon footprint of silicon can be reduced (4:00)Where the concept of carbon-neutral silicon began (6:14)Advice for building your startup team (14:17)JP's experience using Solid Edge (18:38)Advice for other entrepreneurs (30:32)How to learn from and move beyond failure (31:40)Connect with JP Mai:LinkedInResources:JPM SiliconSolid Edge for Startups See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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