We may be coldhearted data analysts the rest of the year. The holidays bring out our cheesier side.
Last week I helped my five-year-old list all the things that she was thankful for as part of a school project. It got me thinking about Gridium and what we should be thankful for after two years of developing the company:
- Our customers: We now service well over 100 million square feet and in each one of those buildings someone took a chance on a new technology from a new company that might help them save money. We’re very grateful for your support!
- The cloud: At Gridium, we never have to touch any hardware. Our analytics run in the cloud, where we can always provision more capacity at a moment’s notice to meet our customers’ needs. This is technically nifty, and it means is that we can hit radically low price points by building a supercomputer on the cheap. It’s great for our customers, and it’s a game changer for energy efficiency.
- Open energy data: Gridium would not be possible without the trend of open energy data. Just a few years ago, your energy data was stuck; today utilities like PG&E are leading the way to let you easily access your energy data and help vendors like Gridium flourish.
- NOAA: Our government is highly dysfunctional these days, but the good folks at NOAA continue to provide extremely high-quality weather data, day after day. And they’re even helpful on the phone! Whether we are predicting a peak or modeling building drift, reliable weather data powers our analytics.
- Our families: Startups are always a gamble, and behind each team member stands supportive family members, willing to support our crazy endeavors, listen to our struggles and shoulder a little excess when we are working all weekend. You can’t really produce a company without support from families.
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
I’m thankful that the bright people at Gridium are using their talents to make a difference in how we use energy, thereby actually making our planet a little better.
You guys are awesome.