Episode 3 of Startup Spot with Sonja, I interview Nick Williams and Julia Jones of Plug Solar.

Hear about how this company has found a foothold and making progress.

The resources mentioned in the podcast include:

  • ABQID, a startup accelerator.
  • One Million Cups, a place for startups to present about their journey. Happens every Wednesday morning, 9am-10am at Fatpipe ABQ.
  • Startup Weekend, an idea generating activity.

The first two minutes of the podcast go like this… 

Sonja: Welcome to Startup Spot with Sonja. I’m your host, recording from Fatpipe ABQ, a coworking space. So any noise you hear in the background are entrepreneurs, startups and solopreneurs collaborating, which is the perfect location to interview Nick Williams from?

Nick: Sunport. Or Plug Solar. Plug Solar is the legal entity and Sunport is the product.

Sonja: OK. So, first of all, tell me a little bit about yourself and how you got involved with the whole Plug Solar idea.

Nick: It’s kind of a long story if I tell the whole thing. I was working as a subcontractor in the DC area and had a pretty stable career there. I realized I could continue doing that forever and nothing would really ever change. You know, it was challenging problems but it really wasn’t having any effect on the world. So I decided I wanted to make a difference in the world.

How would I do that? By making new things, by getting involved in startups. So I quit my job, I moved to the Bay area for about four months. I realized that the environment there was very noisy. It would be very hard to get my ideas heard, and it was very expensive. So I left there and came back to my hometown here to Albuquerque. It was perfect timing because the startup scene here was just getting going when that happened. This was late 2012, early 2013.

So I got involved in everything here. I went to the very first startup weekend in New Mexico which was up in Santa Fe and that’s where I met Paul Droege who had the original idea that lead to Sunport and Plug Solar.

Sonja: And, Julia Jones just joined us, so Julia why don’t you tell me a little bit about how you got involved with Plug Solar?

Julia: Again, my name is Julia Jones and my background is traditional corporate America. I came from New Mexico Gas Company, before that I was at PNM…

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