Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Job Posting - Marketing and PR Associate (part-time)

Job Posting: Marketing and PR Associate (part-time)

Come join a socially-minded startup named by BusinessWeek as one of the world’s most intriguing new companies.

Driptech is a socially responsible startup out of Stanford University making affordable drip irrigation for small farmers in developing countries. We are currently seeking an enthusiastic Marketing and Public Relations Associate. This part-time (10 hours per week) position is available immediately and pays a stipend of $500 per month. Our early-stage venture is scaling up to commercial roll-out, by joining the Driptech team you will be part of a compelling social venture that aims to produce a global impact.


• manage company blog, monitor relevant web activity and engage community

• manage and update presence on Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets

• manage and update website "news" section

• draft press releases

• draft and post monthly e-newsletter

• research, evaluate and recommend marketing opportunities

• lead special marketing efforts including swag and product sample distribution

• be creative and help us find new ways to get the good word out


• current university student or recent graduate

• superior writing skills

• excellent communication and organization skills

• desire and ability to roll up your sleeves and get things done

• team player

• ability to work independently and to be resourceful

• ability to gather and synthesize information

• ability to implement strategic initiatives

• thrive in a startup environment

• available for a six month commitment

• available to attend bi-monthly company meetings in Palo Alto

• strong desire to make a profound social impact through sustainable business practices

bonus skills

• web development experience; knowledge of HTML

• graphic design experience

• video editing experience

• SEM experience

• experience working with international companies

• experience working with social ventures

• experience working with NGO’s

• multi-lingual capabilities, particularly Indian or Chinese languages

to apply

Send a brief cover letter, your CV/resume and two writing samples to jobs@driptech.com with the subject line “Marketing and PR Associate”. For consideration, all application materials must be submitted by January 8, 2010.

The ideal candidate will have a great experience helping market Driptech. Our exposure to date has been earned on a grass-roots level — our supporters include everyone from micro farmers in India to VCs in Silicon Valley. The company has been featured in publications such as BusinessWeek, Forbes, Red Herring and the San Francisco Chronicle. Driptech recently won a Tech Award for creating technology benefiting humanity.

We believe that with your enthusiasm for Marketing and PR we can gain additional recognition for our work, build greater support for our mission and generate a huge impact in developing nations.

To learn more about Driptech, please visit www.driptech.com.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Driptech Honored as Tech Award Laureate

11/22/09 - San Jose, CA
Driptech was recognized this week at the Tech Awards as a 2009 Laureate in the Economic Development category. This prestigious honor is bestowed upon top organizations using "technology for the benefit of humanity."

Laureates are selected yearly from hundreds of nominations by a team of expert judges, evaluating submissions based on their current social impact and potential to scale.

"This is a tremendous achievement to be selected at such an early stage," said Peter Frykman, founder and CEO of Driptech. "It demonstrates the growing awareness of the water issues facing small scale farmers in developing countries."

In addition to the Gala dinner and awards ceremony, Laureates were invited to present their beneficial technologies at an exclusive showcase before the event. Many of the over 1,500 guests had the opportunity to meet the Laureates in person and get a closer look at their innovative solutions.

Driptech was no exception. Peter and his team provided a miniature demonstration garden complete with functional drip irrigation. "The goal is to show just how simple our product is for small farmers to use," said Frykman. "We've had a number of people today try to buy systems for their backyard gardens."

These home gardeners will have to wait, says Frykman, who points out that Driptech is producing at maximum capacity for its Chinese customers. "This is why we're currently raising capital...to scale our manufacturing."

Peter Frykman explains the Driptech system to Tech Museum President Peter Friess

For more of Driptech's photos of the event please visit our album here:

Monday, November 16, 2009

Driptech featured in Businessweek

This has been a pretty exciting couple of weeks at Driptech. Businessweek has been doing a story on us for their special report on "The Most Intriguing New Businesses." I never knew how much effort went into producing this type of feature. Besides the actual interviews and fact-checks by phone and email I also had two photo sessions in San Francisco studios with a great photographer, Timothy Archibald. These were pretty fun although we put in a lot of hours.

It all paid off when I saw the result. I was in New York City on my way to speak at Net Impact in Ithaca when I heard that the story would finally run. Early last Friday I stopped by the newstand by my hotel and picked up a copy of the Nov. 23rd Businessweek. On the cover it said "Special Report: The Most Intriguing Startups." I checked the table of contents and flipped to page 46. I couldn't believe it! I was the main photo feature of the article.

I suddenly started laughing loudly, which scared off a woman nearby. This got the attention of the guys running the newstand, who I showed the 2-page spread. They were just as excited as I was and were happy to take a photo with me:

They wouldn't let me pay for the copy and as soon as I left they grabbed another to start reading about the crazy guy who came to their stand:

Besides the embarrassingly large size of my photo, the funniest thing about the whole process is the actual photo that was chosen. Tim must have taken hundreds, if not thousands, of photos of me over the course of two sessions. But right at the end of the second shoot when we finished I rolled up the sleeves of my shirt. We took just a few more photos like that before we called it a day. Those were the photos that the editor ended up picking from for the magazine. If only we had known beforehand!

Anyway, I'm very pleased with the article and hope that everyone can pick up a copy this week. I think that the writer, Venessa Wong, did a great job of telling our story. The publicity has already sparked a flurry of emails from readers around the world who want to be involved in various ways. It's always good to be reminded of how exciting our low-cost drip irrigation is to people who need it.

You can check out the article online here where we are also featured in the video discussion by the editor, but I recommend that you also pick it up in person.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

A good time was had by all

On behalf of the entire Driptech team I wanted to say thanks to everyone who made it out to our booth at the West Coast Green event last week. The organizers also deserve a round of applause, especially Diane Loviglio the Innovation Pipeline coordinator (above with the Driptech team).

Although I got tired of disappointing all the people who wanted to buy our system for their own backyards, the conference was overall very helpful in publicizing and connecting with potential investors. It's a good sign that people are thinking about water conservation, and if we weren't already shipping every roll of tubing we can make to China, I'd be happy to provide systems locally. After all, the first location we got it working was in my back yard in Palo Alto, and we've been benefiting all summer from fresh tomatoes and peppers. Some of you will remember the mountains of onions before that.

I'm also pretty sure that we're the only company importing materials from India to manufacture in Palo Alto and re-export to China :) Obviously we are looking forward to eventually transitioning our manufacturing overseas to the local markets. This will help support the local economies while cutting out transportation costs and headaches.

In the meantime we'll keep churning out low cost drip irrigation in our Palo Alto facility. And for all you contractors, landscape architects, and rain water collection enthusiasts, I'll try to see if we can hustle some product out the back door for your gardens.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

What do you call this? Where can I buy one? Where can I buy 100 of them? Part II

This week, we’ve been talking plastics—meeting with producers of pipes, filters, takeoffs, and everything else we need to connect our drip irrigation. It’s a great adventure, tracking the entire chain, from seeing products in the greenhouse, to meeting the retailers who sell to farmers, to finding the actual manufacturers and visiting their factories to see the irrigation components being made. I came to China with my bags full of drip tape; now I’m returning with bags full of samples.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Our first Chinese installations: the greenhouses of Lingqiu

This is Gung Gin, the owner of greenhouse #1 in Qing Ni Jian, a small town near Lingqiu. He and his wife, Liu Guipin, are raising onions inside their greenhouse this summer, as well as tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers outside. They have a small pen for three pigs, and soon they’ll be harvesting their summer crop of millet and corn. In many ways, they’re typical of the farmers we’ll be working with in Lingqiu: they have a diversified farm, raising animals, growing grains in their larger fields, and raising vegetables on a much smaller piece of land. Like most American farmers, Gung Gin and Liu Guipin are in their late 50s; their children have grown up and moved away, and these two, along with two hired workers who are also in their fifties, do all the work to keep their farm running.
It’s not easy, but it’s possible, thanks in large part to some technologies that weren’t available when Gung Gin and Liu Guipin first started working on their families’ farms: they can buy improved seed varieties and inorganic fertilizers in town, and get them delivered by truck to their farm. They use a walk-behind rototiller to till up their greenhouse and vegetable fields. And now, they’re using drip irrigation.
The family greenhouse is 70 meters long and about 8 meters wide; without drip irrigation, it takes three hours to water all the rows. All the greenhouses are hooked up to the same water supply, so if the neighbors are watering at the same time, the pressure drops and it takes even longer. Some commercial drip irrigation won’t work with such variable pressure, but ours is designed to work best with low pressure and low volume. So far, it’s working well in Gung Gin’s Greenhouse #1 and the other seven greenhouses in the row; come November, we’ll be installing systems in 200 greenhouses in this region.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Job Posting - Business Development Executive

We have an important job posting, please forward widely:

Peter Frykman
Founder, CEO
driptech, inc.

Job Posting: Business Development Executive

About Driptech

Driptech, inc. is an award-winning, revenue-generating, angel-backed social venture startup based in Palo Alto, CA. We produce low-cost drip irrigation systems for use by small farmers in developing countries. Through proprietary manufacturing and novel distribution Driptech plans to profitably reach the hundreds of millions of people who have not previously been able to use water-efficient drip irrigation, helping small farmers greatly increase their standard of living.

We have just sold all of our prototype product and are struggling to meet demand with our initial partners in India and China. Now we are about to launch in the two biggest markets in the world.

Business Development Executive

In response to our successful pilot study in India and initial sales in both India and China, I am looking for a key business partner to help me bring the venture to scale. This individual will provide business and operations experience to complement our existing depth in design and engineering.

This is an opportunity for the right person to help build the largest Bottom of the Pyramid irrigation company from the ground up. We have the proven technology and now we need the customers, business model, and funding to scale quickly. This position is based in Palo Alto, CA and will work in close partnership with the CEO.

I am seeking a candidate with the following background to be an early and integral member of our management team:

* Experience raising previous funding or working at an earlier stage venture required
* 4-6 years of business experience; 2-3 years on a business development team desired
* Hands-on experience scaling a startup, including systems, processes, staffing, and planning
* MBA desirable
* Strong project management skills required
* Proficient in excel, financial modeling, and creating fundraising pitchdecks
* Desire to make a profound social impact through sustainable business practices
* Enjoys the fast-paced, highly flexible and dynamic environment of a startup
* Excellent written and oral English communication skills
* Recent experience with international companies, social entities, or NGO’s a plus
* International experience a must
* Multi-lingual a plus (India/China)

Job Content

* Full time executive role, starting immediately
* Research and evaluate new channel and partnership opportunities
* Fundraising with top tier VC's, and social enterprise funds
* Interaction with Board members and investors
* Assistance with selection and recruitment of management team
* Coordination with technical teams
* Fine tuning business plan, financial model, and pitch deck
* Other general management/operations duties as they arise...

Our venture is at an exciting stage of fundraising to scale up to commercial roll-out. By joining the Driptech team you will help build a social venture that will produce global impact as a result of your involvement.


Compensation will be primarily equity until funding event and is commensurate with experience level.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send their cover letter and most recent CV/resume to jobs@driptech.com with the subject line “Business Development Executive”. All application materials should be submitted by October 10, 2009 at the latest. Qualified applicants will be contacted regarding an interview within 2-4 weeks.

Awards and Recognition

Tech Award Laureate 2009: http://techawards.org/
San Francisco Chronicle, front page of business section. Also featured in Forbes, Business Week, Red Herring, and others: http://driptech.com/news.html

To learn more please visit our website at http://www.driptech.com

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Join us at West Coast Green

Hi everyone, my name is Adam.... I'm a guy who does things, and I'm excited to be working with Driptech to help with fundraising, to refine our sales and marketing strategy, and to help out however else I can. In addition to working at Driptech, I run an exciting national and growing nonprofit called New Leaders Council (NLC) and will eventually be training for the Boston Marathon. One of the things I'm working on is getting us ready for West Coast Green (WCG). I am looking forward to meeting everyone there.

From October 1st through 3rd we will be at the WCG conference. We will be in the Innovation Pipeline with other early stage, green companies. This is a pretty exciting place for us since we will be singled out with the early stage and most innovative companies. You should come check out the exhibit hall and come visit us. The exhibit hall is open from 10 am to 5 pm on October 1st and 2nd and from 10 am to 4 pm on October 3rd. The conference is at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco and it includes a great list of speakers.

It's a big honor to be invited to take part in this conference and especially to be where we are -- in the Innovation Pipeline. As part of the Innovation Pipeline, we are able to give our supporters a free guest pass. Like I said, its a big honor to be a part of the conference, especially the Innovation Pipeline. If you are interested in a guest pass, please contact us by Sunday with the subject "Complimentary West Coast Green Pass" and we will get you one. We have a limited number and will give them out on a first come, first serve basis. You can also register for the conference on your own.

If you have not yet met the Driptech team, come out to the conference and meet us and, if you have already met us, come anyways. We hope to see you at the West Coast Green conference.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Driptech Honored with Prestigious Award


Driptech is One of 15 Innovators From Around the World Recognized for Applying Technology to Benefit Humanity

SAN JOSE, Calif. Sept. 2, 2009 – Driptech, inc. was today named to The Tech Awards Laureates 2009, one of 15 global innovators recognized each year for applying technology to benefit humanity and spark global change. The Tech Awards, a signature program of The Tech Museum, and presented by Applied Materials, Inc., selected Driptech from among hundreds of nominations representing 66 countries.

Hundreds of millions of people in the developing world face water shortages in crop production; drip irrigation delivers precisely the right amount of water and not more. Driptech’s unique manufacturing drills precision holes in thin plastic tubing, thereby reducing the number of parts and the cost of a drip irrigation system. www.driptech.com

The Tech Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity is one of the premier annual humanitarian awards programs in the world, recognizing technical solutions that benefit humanity and address the most critical issues facing our planet and its people. The awards program honors 15 scientists and innovators annually alongside the recipient of the Global Humanitarian Award. Laureates are selected by a prestigious panel of international judges organized by the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University, and made up of Santa Clara University faculty as well as leaders from educational and research institutions, industry and the public sector around the world.

“The Tech Awards is an incredible honor, recognizing individuals and organizations whose ideas and execution of those ideas are changing the world,” said Peter Frykman, founder and CEO of Driptech. “We are proud to be among those recognized for their contributions, and will continue to develop solutions that help rural farmers increase their income and standard of living.”

“The global challenges of the day have become increasingly strident, more deeply rooted,” said Peter Friess, president of The Tech Museum. “Still, there is hope. These incredibly impressive Laureates have all proven to be equal to, or better than, the challenge to make the world a better place. By celebrating their accomplishments today, we are encouraging future innovators to work toward solutions to make the world healthier, safer and more sustainable.”

Established in 2000, The Tech Awards recognizes 15 Laureates in five universal categories: education, equality, environment, economic development and health. These Laureates have developed new technological solutions or innovative ways to use existing technologies to significantly improve the lives of people around the world. One Laureate in each category will receive a $50,000 cash prize during the annual Awards Gala in San Jose, Calif. on November 19.

This year, the Laureates represent the truly global vision of the program, spanning countries such as Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana and the Bay Area. Their work impacts people in many more countries worldwide.

The Tech Awards collaborates with humanitarian, educational, and business partners through global outreach efforts, giving people around the world the opportunity to benefit from the successful technologies recognized through The Tech Awards. The selected Laureates’ projects address multiple humanitarian efforts including developing alternate ways to generate electricity, creating free educational tools, evaluating ethical wage standards and reducing counterfeit drugs.

For more information about The Tech Awards, visit www.techawards.org.