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 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:
San Francisco Chronicle, front page of business section. Also featured in Forbes, Business Week, Red Herring, and others:

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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.

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