SMP 01: Introduction to the Solar Maverick Podcast with Benoy and Li

November 9, 2018

About our Hosts:

Benoy Thanjan 

Benoy Thanjan is the Founder and CEO of Reneu Energy and he is also an advisor for several solar startup companies.  Reneu Energy is a premier international solar energy consulting firm and developer and the company focuses on developing commercial and industrial solar and utility scale solar plus storage projects.  The company also sources financing for solar projects and hedges energy and environmental commodities. Reneu Energy has brokered $27 million in environmental commodities transactions.  

Benoy received his first experience in Finance as an intern at D.E. Shaw & Co., which is a global investment firm with 37 billion dollars in investment capital. Before founding Reneu Energy, he was the SREC Trader in the Project Finance Group for SolarCity which merged with Tesla in 2016. He originated SREC trades with buyers and co-developed their SREC monetization and hedging strategy with the senior management of SolarCity to move into the east coast markets.  Benoy also worked at Vanguard Energy Partners, Ridgewood Renewable Power, and Deloitte & Touche.

Li Wang

 A life-long journalist and communications professional, Li Wang was hooked on the news as an intern at the Philadelphia Daily News during the summer of the O.J. trial. He has been a business reporter, arts editor and film critic. He has shifted his focus to digital marketing and creative services. His company, MJ Wang Media, develops brand messaging and identity through website design and content marketing. 

Episode Summary:

In the first episode of the series, Hosts Benoy Thanjan and Li Wang introduce themselves and tells us what we can expect to learn about the Solar industry and how the world around us is changing for the better. Benoy also talks about his background and how he started in the solar industry. He continues to discuss the pros of solar power and the services his company has to offer. At one point in the interview, he talks about his experience as a 9/11 survivor and how that shaped his life as an entrepreneur. This is a podcast community that you definitely want to be apart of.

 

Insights from this Episode: 

  • Introducing the Solar Maverick Podcast series which discusses solar energy,  renewable energy, energy storage and the role of entrepreneurship within that industry.
  • How Benoy’s work experiences led him to start his own company.
  • Tips on how to run a business: adding value to customers, building strong relationships, listening and learning from failure.
  • Passion is a motivating factor.
  • How solar energy helps humanity.
  • Reneu Energy is a top solar energy company.

Quotes from the Show:

 

  • “Sales is everything in having a business: you can have a great idea, but if you can’t sell it, then there’s no point.” - Benoy Thanjan, Episode #1
  • “One thing that’s probably helped with your sales is your enthusiasm and confidence for solar energy.” - Li Wang, Episode #1
  • “I’m doing something that I’m passionate about, that I love - renewable energy and sustainability.” - Benoy Thanjan, Episode #1
  • “I really try to live each day like it’s the last; I don’t take anything for granted.” - Benoy Thanjan, Episode #1

 

Stay connected:

 

Benoy Thanjan

LinkedIn.com/in/bthanjan

Facebook: Reneu Energy

www.reneuenergy.com

info@reneuenergy.com

 

Li Wang:

MJWangMedia.com

Instagram: @liwang22

SMP 02: Solar with Sports Teams with Benoy and Li

November 13, 2018

About our Hosts:

 

Benoy Thanjan

 

Benoy Thanjan is the Founder and CEO of Reneu Energy and he is also an advisor for several solar startup companies.  Reneu Energy is a premier international solar energy consulting firm and developer and the company focuses on developing commercial and industrial solar and utility scale solar plus storage projects.  The company also sources financing for solar projects and hedges energy and environmental commodities. Reneu Energy has brokered $27 million in environmental commodities transactions.

 

Benoy received his first experience in Finance as an intern at D.E. Shaw & Co., which is a global investment firm with 37 billion dollars in investment capital. Before founding Reneu Energy, he was the SREC Trader in the Project Finance Group for SolarCity which merged with Tesla in 2016. He originated SREC trades with buyers and co-developed their SREC monetization and hedging strategy with the senior management of SolarCity to move into the east coast markets.  Benoy also worked at Vanguard Energy Partners, Ridgewood Renewable Power, and Deloitte & Touche.

 

Li Wang

 

A life-long journalist and communications professional, Li Wang was hooked on the news as an intern at the Philadelphia Daily News during the summer of the O.J. trial. He has been a business reporter, arts editor and film critic. He has shifted his focus to digital marketing and creative services. His company, MJ Wang Media, develops brand messaging and identity through website design and content marketing.

 

Episode Summary:

 

Benoy Thanjan and co-host Li Wang are big football fans. Benoy’s team is the New York Giants and Li’s team is the Philadelphia Eagles. In this episode, Benoy and Li and talk about solar power in sports facilities. Benoy’s company is Reneu Energy and they recently opened offices in Los Angeles and San Diego, both in California. Benoy says that California is the number one state for solar energy, and that the governor of California signed legislation to have 100% renewable energy by 2045.  Li and Benoy talk at length about the future of solar energy and especially its use in sports stadiums.

 

Insights from this Episode:

 

Why Reneu Energy expanded their market to California

The reasons football stadiums in the Northeastern United States use solar panels

Exploring possibilities and advantages for sports facilities to implement solar energy

Information about the panel that Benoy moderated at Solar Power International called “Market Forces: C&I's Role in Transforming Utility-Scale Procurement” in September in Anaheim, California and cutting edge companies who will be on the panel

Tips to navigate tariffs imposed on the solar industry

How Solar Energy in Europe is leading the way for change in the world.  Germany has had two days this year where it was powered by 100% renewables.

How “Greenies” as a carbon energy offset are used as solar energy

Quotes from the Show:

 

“California is the most progressive state in the fifty states, and actually is the number one state for solar, and they recently passed legislation to increase that.” - Benoy Thanjan, Episode #2

“The East Coast doesn’t seem like it’d be the most solar-friendly region of the country, yet, we have our three NFC teams leading in solar.” - Li Wang, Episode #2

“Greenies are a renewable energy carbon offset that’s basically based on stringent consumer

Environmental standards in North America, and it’s certified from a green-powered, renewable energy facility, basically.” - Benoy Thanjan, Episode #2

“One Greenie equals one MegaWatt hour of energy.” - Benoy Thanjan, Episode #2

 

Stay connected:

 

Benoy Thanjan

LinkedIn.com/in/bthanjan

Facebook: Reneu Energy

www.reneuenergy.com

info@reneuenergy.com

 

Li Wang:

MJWangMedia.com

Instagram: @liwang22

SMP 03: Innovative Solar Financing Solution with Abinash Tiwari from Blue Flame Energy Finance

November 20, 2018

About our guest:

Abinash Tiwari is the CIO of BlueFlame Energy Finance, a startup company based in California that focuses on financing energy projects for commercial building owners. He has over 15 years of experience in the solar energy industry, including in energy finance, project development, origination and business development. He has worked on projects totalling 250 megawatts of solar energy and invested one billion in solar PV, storage and other Distributed Generation projects. Before he joined BlueFlame, he was the director of renewable business development at Constellation NewEnergy.  

Episode summary:

Abinash speaks from 15 years of experience creating innovative ways to finance solar energy projects and navigating the dynamic nature of working in a relatively new industry. He says learning on the job and constantly evolving with the technology makes his job fun.

Insights from this episode:

  • Abinash’s secrets to innovating ahead of PACE(“Property Assessed Clean Energy “) financing programs instead of waiting around for those programs to catch up
  • How you can be the value added on a project – quality over quantity when building relationships
  • His thoughts on the trends to look out for in solar technology (hint: it’s not energy storage)

Quotes from the show:

  • “I always thought power has more value than SRECs fundamentally, because power is something people need. SRECs is something which is created by regulators.” - Abinash Tiwari, Episode 3
  • On BlueFlame’s financial model versus the national financing initiative PACE: “The beauty of this is we can go to any state, any jurisdiction, and actually still finance fairly small projects.” - Abinash Tiwari, Episode 3
  • “As a small business, as a startup, you are always looking at how the market reacts to what you’re trying to do and then change course. And you have to do that super quickly because you don’t have the liberty and the stability of a very large business. Pretty much you learn as you go, and actually that is pretty exciting.” - Abinash Tiwari, Episode 3
  • “The tailwinds are there behind solar and energy distribution in general fundamentally, and it is not going to go away.” - Abinash Tiwari, Episode 3
  • “The question is do you want stability or do you want to join the fun?” - Abinash Tiwari, Episode 3
  • “It’s all about adding value, being honest and transparent.” - Benoy Thanjan, Episode 3

Stay connected:

 

Benoy Thanjan

LinkedIn.com/in/bthanjan

Facebook: Reneu Energy

www.reneuenergy.com

info@reneuenergy.com

 

Li Wang:

MJWangMedia.com

Instagram: @liwang22

Abinash Tiwari

SMP 04: Strategies to Acquire Commercial & Industrial Solar Customers and the NJ Solar Market with Alex Rivera from Vanguard Energy Partners

November 27, 2018

About our Guest:

Alex Rivera is the senior vice president of business development for Vanguard Energy Partners. He is a member of the New Jersey Alliance for Action Energy Committee, the Solar Energy Industry Association and serves on the steering committee for the Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy. He has worked in the solar energy industry for over 15 years, working with commercial and industrial clients to retrofit their facilities and support a more renewable energy economy.

 

Episode Summary:

Alex talks about working with commercial and industrial clients on solar array projects, especially within the context of the changes facing the solar incentive program in New Jersey. He also talks about past growth of solar energy in New Jersey and looks ahead to the industry’s future.

 

Insights from this episode:

  • Strategies to get commercial clients on board with solar
  • How to construct a sound proposal for your client
  • The secrets behind New Jersey’s solar success
  • Thoughts on navigating the changes coming to solar energy in New Jersey
  • Why you should be optimistic about the trajectory of solar
  • Tips on what to look out for as energy storage technology becomes more common and more necessary
  • Why understanding the regulations around solar is paramount to pitching the technology to clients

 

Quotes from the show:

  • “North America chose tax credits, federal tax credits, as the currency to foster investment confidence from the marketplace, and therefore if you’re going to be involved in originating and nurturing in these relationships, you first must understand your client’s tax situation.” - Alex Rivera, Episode #4
  • “I would not want to be involved in solar anywhere for the foreseeable future than in the Northeast.” - Alex Rivera, Episode #4
  • “I think the first thing a newcomer to the industry should understand is energy itself.”  - Alex Rivera, Episode #4
  • “Solar energy in New Jersey is very different than solar energy in California in how it is incentivized. You must know that.” - Alex Rivera, Episode #4
  • “You need to understand the different programs in order to be able to convey the benefit to your client.” - Alex Rivera, Episode #4

 

Stay connected:

 

Benoy Thanjan

LinkedIn.com/in/bthanjan

Facebook: Reneu Energy

www.reneuenergy.com

info@reneuenergy.com

 

Li Wang:

MJWangMedia.com

Instagram: @liwang22

Alex Rivera:

alex@vanguardenergypartners.com

SMP 05: Common Myths of Solar Energy

December 4, 2018

About our Hosts:

Benoy Thanjan

Benoy Thanjan is the Founder and CEO of Reneu Energy and he is also an advisor for several solar startup companies. Reneu Energy is a premier international solar energy consulting firm and developer and the company focuses on developing commercial and industrial solar and utility scale solar plus storage projects. The company also sources financing for solar projects and hedges energy and environmental commodities. Reneu Energy has brokered $27 million in environmental commodities transactions.

Benoy received his first experience in Finance as an intern at D.E. Shaw & Co., which is a global investment firm with 37 billion dollars in investment capital. Before founding Reneu Energy, he was the SREC Trader in the Project Finance Group for SolarCity which merged with Tesla in 2016. He originated SREC trades with buyers and co-developed their SREC monetization and hedging strategy with the senior management of SolarCity to move into the east coast markets. Benoy also worked at Vanguard Energy Partners, Ridgewood Renewable Power, and Deloitte & Touche.

Li Wang

A life-long journalist and communications professional, Li Wang was hooked on the news as an intern at the Philadelphia Daily News during the summer of the O.J. trial. He has been a business reporter, arts editor and film critic. He has shifted his focus to digital marketing and creative services. His company, MJ Wang Media, develops brand messaging and identity through website design and content marketing.

Episode Summary:

Benoy unpacks the prevailing myths about solar energy and solar panels. He discusses it all, from the economics, maintenance and operation of solar panels down to the changing public perception of the aesthetic of solar panels on buildings.

Insights from this episode:

  • How to pitch solar as a  smart economic choice
  • Insights on the various federal and state incentive programs that make solar even more economical
  • Strategies for businesses looking to purchase a solar array
  • How solar could transform electricity acquisition in post-hurricane communities
  • Secrets about Benoy’s next projects in solar, including reaching low-income communities with solar energy technologies

Quotes from the show:

  • “As long as the sun is shining, no matter whether it’s cold or hot, the panels will be generating energy.” - Benoy Thanjan, Episode 5
  • “One of the great things about solar is the biggest cost is related to the installation and then there’s ongoing operations and maintenance, but it’s pretty low.” - Benoy Thanjan, Episode 5
  • “Before it used to be there were a lot of good projects and not a lot of money, and now there’s a lot of money chasing a very small amount of projects.” - Benoy Thanjan, Episode 5
  • “To see companies, corporations, who are willing to basically buy renewable energy as part of their corporate strategy has been huge.” - Benoy Thanjan, Episode 5
  • “You have to get started somehow.” - Benoy Thanjan, Episode 5

 

Stay connected:

 

Benoy Thanjan

LinkedIn.com/in/bthanjan

Facebook: Reneu Energy

www.reneuenergy.com

info@reneuenergy.com

 

Li Wang:

MJWangMedia.com

Instagram: @liwang22

SMP 06: Why solar is a great industry to work in with Suzanne Waters from Reneu Energy

December 11, 2018

About our Guest:

Suzanne Waters is the vice president for business development at Reneu Energy. She has worked in a variety of roles within the solar industry, including project development administration, marketing best practices, financial strategy and team leadership. Suzanne and Benoy also worked together at Vanguard Energy Partners where she worked as the business development manager and proposal team leader. Her enthusiasm for the industry shines through in all her work.

Episode summary:

Suzanne talks about her career path in the solar industry, working in the industry right out of college, taking a hiatus and then finding her way back just a couple months ago. She shares why she’s so excited to be back and why she’s so passionate about solar.

Insights from this episode:

  • Strategies to get involved in the diversity of opportunities the solar industry offers
  • How to succeed in an industry everyone wants to be a part of
  • Strategies to build and maintain connections within the industry and why that’s essential to your success
  • How to do your work with integrity
  • Secrets from the inside – the best parts of working in solar

Quotes from the show:

  • “Solar is kind of a hard industry not to fall in love with once you get involved.” - Suzanne Waters, Episode 6
  • “After leaving Vanguard, I never quite had the same passion for my work than when I was in solar.” - Suzanne Waters, Episode 6
  • “Renewable energy, when you start talking about it, there’s nothing really negative people say about it.” - Suzanne Waters, Episode 6
  • “Don’t overlook quality for affordability.” - Suzanne Waters, Episode 6
  • “That’s the easiest sale – when people put in a good word or recommend you for a job.” - Benoy Thanjan, Episode 6
  • “Solar is growing exponentially, so there’s so much opportunity. “ - Benoy Thanjan, Episode 6
  • Suzanne’s self-invented call to action – “seize the sun” in Latin:  “Carpe solem.” - Suzanne Waters, Episode 6

 

Stay connected:

 

Benoy Thanjan

LinkedIn.com/in/bthanjan

Facebook: Reneu Energy

www.reneuenergy.com

info@reneuenergy.com

 

Li Wang:

MJWangMedia.com

Instagram: @liwang22

SMP 07: Getting down to Earth with Solar: Construction, quality control and O&M insights from Chris Grablutz

December 18, 2018

About our Guest:

Chris Grablutz is the director of business development for PV Pros, Inc., a nationwide solar maintenance company specializing in commercial and utility scale solar PV systems based in New Jersey. He is an owner’s engineer and operations and maintenance professional. He has worked in the industry for over a decade, designing and building solar PV arrays with a focus on quality control and longevity.

 

Episode Summary:

Chris talks about his background in the solar energy industry, drawing on his decade of experience to highlight what he has learned in terms of growing a successful business and  navigating the solar energy world. Looking ahead, he offers insights on the future of energy storage and advice for anyone looking to enter the solar industry.

 

Insights from this Episode:

  • Strategies for navigating the ups and downs of the solar industry
  • Tips for designing strong and financially smart solar projects from an operations and maintenance perspective
  • Insights on what it will take to move energy storage tech forward
  • The secret to achieving those 100% renewable energy goals
  • Strategies for getting into the solar energy industry

 

Quotes from the Show:

  • “Smooth seas don’t make for good sailors and that’s what this industry is all about.” - Chris Grablutz, Episode 7
  • “As the industry changed, instead of trying to do new things, we decided to look back at what our core competency was.” - Chris Grablutz, Episode 7
  • On the small size and interconnectedness of the industry: “It’s almost sometimes musical chairs with people changing companies.” - Benoy Thanjan, Episode 7
  • Because of how small and interconnected the industry is: “Do whatever you can to make sure you end things amicably; you don’t ever burn a bridge.” - Chris Grablutz, Episode 7
  • On the importance of quality control while building a project: “There’s solar cells that were made 40 plus years ago that still provide power… We have to make sure that we get to that 25 years [warranty of modules] successfully, and then after that those are still contributing years.” - Chris Grablutz, Episode 7
  • On solar energy storage: “It’s there, it’s ready, it’s just new, and no one wants to make the quick decision, which is good. I think at this point we need to out our foot a little closer to the floor and come up with those financial mechanisms so that we can deploy more storage.” - Chris Grablutz, Episode 7
  • “In all reality, when everyone starts at that entry level position, the things that differentiate you are your knowledge of where you’re going, the things that you’ve done – your experiences, like internships or presenting your own personal research – and being able to differentiate yourself from other people, so that a hiring authority can say, ‘hey this person, they went after it harder than everyone else. They want this job and this is the person that I want on my team.’” - Chris Grablutz, Episode 7

 

Resources mentioned:

 

Stay connected:

Benoy Thanjan

LinkedIn.com/in/bthanjan

Facebook: Reneu Energy

www.reneuenergy.com

info@reneuenergy.com

 

Li Wang:

MJWangMedia.com

Instagram: @liwang22

 

Chris Grablutz:

LinkedIn.com/in/cgrablutz

chris@pvpros.com

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SMP 08: How companies are reaching 100% renewable energy goals with Benoy and Li

December 25, 2018

About our Hosts:

Benoy Thanjan

Benoy Thanjan is the Founder and CEO of Reneu Energy and he is also an advisor for several solar startup companies.  Reneu Energy is a premier international solar energy consulting firm and developer and the company focuses on developing commercial and industrial solar and utility scale solar plus storage projects.  The company also sources financing for solar projects and hedges energy and environmental commodities. Reneu Energy has brokered $27 million in environmental commodities transactions.

Benoy received his first experience in finance as an intern at D.E. Shaw & Co., which is a global investment firm with 37 billion dollars in investment capital. Before founding Reneu Energy, he was the SREC Trader in the Project Finance Group for SolarCity which merged with Tesla in 2016. He originated SREC trades with buyers and co-developed their SREC monetization and hedging strategy with the senior management of SolarCity to move into the east coast markets.  Benoy also worked at Vanguard Energy Partners, Ridgewood Renewable Power, and Deloitte & Touche.

 

Li Wang

A life-long journalist and communications professional, Li Wang was hooked on the news as an intern at the Philadelphia Daily News during the summer of the O.J. trial. He has been a business reporter, arts editor and film critic. He has shifted his focus to digital marketing and creative services. His company, MJ Wang Media, develops brand messaging and identity through website design and content marketing.

 

Episode summary:

Benoy explains what it means when companies say they’re working toward becoming 100% renewable and how they go on to make that happen. He offers his insights on the risks involved in committing to purchasing 100% renewables and how he incorporates energy consciousness into his own every day life.

 

Insights from this episode: 

  • Strategies for smaller companies to achieve 100% renewable
  • Secrets to reduce risk and save money when committing your business to a 100% renewable goal 
  • How to support renewable energy and energy efficiency in your own life, and how that can translate into living a simpler life altogether
  • How decreasing costs of lithium ion batteries will revolutionize access to electric cars and solar storage
  • How increasing transparency in your company can improve its success 

 

Quotes from the show:

 

  • On developing the SREC program for Solar City in Silicon Valley: “It was crazy going from having no volume, to basically then having a multimillion dollar portfolio where I was helping them broker those sort of transactions.” - Benoy Thanjan, Episode 8
  • “We have these big ideas but then we find reasons why it’s not going to work, but really we should be constantly pushing ourselves and thinking bigger and doing more than we think we can.” - Benoy Thanjan, Episode 8
  • “The most successful people or the most successful company is failing more than most and learning from it and adapting.” - Benoy Thanjan, Episode 8
  • “I believe every failure is supposed to happen.” - Benoy Thanjan, Episode 8
  • “You can’t take the present for granted.” - Benoy Thanjan, Episode 8
  • “Success and business and life are about being strategic. It’s about working hard, but it’s also about working smart and doing what you believe you want to do and what is your purpose.” - Benoy Thanjan, Episode 8
  • “Transparency Promotes Accountability” - Li Wang, Episode 8
  • “Talk is cheap, play the game” - Benoy Thanjan, Episode 8

 

Stay connected: 

Benoy Thanjan

LinkedIn.com/in/bthanjan

Facebook: Reneu Energy

www.reneuenergy.com

info@reneuenergy.com

 

Li Wang:

MJWangMedia.com

Instagram: @liwang22

SMP 09: How David started his solar company with David Magid from YSG Solar

January 1, 2019

About our Guest:

David Magid is the founder of YSG Solar, a clean energy technology company based in New York City. They do project development and solar-array installment for residential, commercial and industrial clients with a focus on cost efficiency and promoting innovative generation, distribution and storage technologies. David has worked in a variety of aspects of the energy industry for over 10 years, including geothermal and wind energy, energy storage and energy management systems.

 

Episode summary:

David talks about how he got involved with the solar energy industry and eventually started his own company. His diverse background in clean energy technologies gives him a broad perspective on the many components at play within the industry. He offers insights on selling solar to residential customers and how that work has changed over the last decade.

 

Insights from this episode:

  • Strategies to cultivate your sales skills
  • How to approach residential customers about solar arrays
  • How New York can overcome the barriers to achieving its lofty energy goals
  • Tips on emerging opportunities and trends within solar and energy efficiency

 

Quotes from the show:

  • “It’s a very competitive landscape, which is great because I think it really brings out the innovation in the industry when you have that.” - David Magid, Episode 9
  • “Treat every single project like it’s your first project that you’re dealing with, and show it the respect that it deserves.” - David Magid, Episode 9
  • “It’s the holy grail. Storage is what we’ve been reading and studying about for years, and it’s finally coming so it’s a really exciting time.” - David Magid, Episode 9
  • About entering the solar industry today: “There’s so many places and roles to fill – policy, engineering, dealmaking – there’s a lot to get done and a lot of opportunity.” - David Magid, Episode 9
  • “We’re going under an energy revolution with renewables and everything else, it’s just a really exciting time in technology, and so I believe just like you, David, the sky is the limit for opportunity.” - Benoy Thanjan, Episode 9
  • On why he reads so much policy and follows it so closely: “We’re moving at such a fast pace that we need to study this market otherwise we’ll get eaten up.” - David Magid, Episode 9

 

Resources mentioned:

 

Stay connected:

 

Benoy Thanjan

LinkedIn.com/in/bthanjan

Facebook: Reneu Energy

www.reneuenergy.com

info@reneuenergy.com

 

Li Wang:

MJWangMedia.com

Instagram: @liwang22

 

David Magid:

ysgsolar.com

LinkedIn.com/in/davidmagid

 

SMP 10: Li and Benoy talk about their experiences as entrepreneurs

January 8, 2019

About our Hosts:

 

Benoy Thanjan

 

Benoy Thanjan is the Founder and CEO of Reneu Energy and he is also an advisor for several solar startup companies. Reneu Energy is a premier international solar energy consulting firm and developer and the company focuses on developing commercial and industrial solar and utility scale solar plus storage projects. The company also sources financing for solar projects and hedges energy and environmental commodities. Reneu Energy has brokered $27 million in environmental commodities transactions.

 

Benoy received his first experience in Finance as an intern at D.E. Shaw & Co., which is a global investment firm with 37 billion dollars in investment capital. Before founding Reneu Energy, he was the SREC Trader in the Project Finance Group for SolarCity which merged with Tesla in 2016. He originated SREC trades with buyers and co-developed their SREC monetization and hedging strategy with the senior management of SolarCity to move into the east coast markets. Benoy also worked at Vanguard Energy Partners, Ridgewood Renewable Power, and Deloitte & Touche.

 

Li Wang

 

A life-long journalist and communications professional, Li Wang was hooked on the news as an intern at the Philadelphia Daily News during the summer of the O.J. trial. He has been a business reporter, arts editor and film critic. He has shifted his focus to digital marketing and creative services. His company, MJ Wang Media, develops brand messaging and identity through website design and content marketing.

 

Episode summary:

Li and Benoy each share their own journeys to entrepreneurship: what drew them in and the challenges they’ve faced along the way. They also share many of their personal hacks for success, drawing on the lessons they’ve learned and the habits they’ve developed over their entrepreneurial careers.

 

Insights from this episode:

  • How to build true, quality networks
  • Strategies for taking advantage of your current 9 to 5 if you’re looking to move toward entrepreneurship
  • Secrets to the character traits of a successful entrepreneur
  • Strategies for increasing the efficiency of your business
  • How to leverage good listening skills into closing sales
  • How to follow up without being annoying
  • Strategies for standing out in an interview
  • Strategies for organizing your day to get ahead

 

Quotes from the show:

  • “When he was upset about losing money on a deal, the advice from Li’s friend: “Don’t worry about it, money is a renewable resource.” - Li Wang, Episode #10
  • “The hardest part of entrepreneurship is the mental aspect, because you have to come up with a product or service that provides value but then also convince someone and sell that to them.” - Benoy Thanjan, Episode #10
  • “I always wanted to control my own destiny, and I felt like entrepreneurship was the way to get there.” - Benoy Thanjan, Episode #10
  • “I think that entrepreneurship is not for everyone.” - Benoy Thanjan, Episode #10
  • “You don’t have to do it completely your own.” - Li Wang, Episode #10
  • “The fortune is in the follow up.” - Li Wang, Episode #10
  • “You have to deliver on what you promise.” - Li Wang, Episode #10
  • Saying that you don’t have time for something just means you’re not prioritizing it. - Li Wang, Episode #10

 

Resources mentioned:

 

Stay connected:

 

Benoy Thanjan

LinkedIn.com/bthanjan

Facebook: Reneu Energy

www.reneuenergy.com

info@renewenergy.com

 

Li Wang:

 

MJWangMedia.com

Instagram: @liwang22