The most awesome startup I have ever seen

Posted: March 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Startups | 9 Comments »

I just got a very nice email from Danielle Fong, the 25 year old middle school-dropout, cofounder and chief scientist of Lightsail Energy.

That’s not the amazing part.

Lightsail makes regenerative brakes for the power grid.  You know how your* Prius takes the power from the brakes when you don’t need it, and dumps it back in to the engine when you do need it?  Lightsail does the same thing for energy plants that can’t scale their production quickly with the needs of consumers, not to mention greentech like wind and solar that creates power when Willard Scott says so.

Still not the amazing part.

So where are the startups you know headquartered?  Someplace cool and funky, right?  We put Ontela in the Smith Tower, the tallest building west of the Mississippi (until the disrespectful hooligans in the midwest built the Kansas City Power & Light Building in 1931).  It was fantastic!  But Lightsail?  Forget that.  Check out where they call home.


The Lightsail Firehouse

Oh yeah.  Remind you of anything?

The Ghostbusters Firehouse

And you know what?  We’re still not at the mind blowingly awesome part yet.  Because you know what they have in the basement?

Oh yes.

The Lightsail RAES-V1… ectoplasmic containment unit

Bravo, Lightsail.  Bravo.

Urgent Addendum:

Danielle informed me after publication of this article that they have vacated the Ghostbusters firehouse and moved to a chocolate factory.

I rest my case.


*(I’m assuming you have one, because everyone else seems to.  Personally, I drive a 2004 Scion Xb, in which the only thing regenerating is the dirt on the floor mats.)


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  • Love it

  • Stefan Kuehn

    Just cool!

  • Amazing!

  • Libby Tucker

    who you gonna call? 

  • pjz

    Was the chocolate factory formerly inhabited by one Mr. W. Wonka or a Mr. C. Bucket?  Did it come with its own vertically challenged workforce?

  •  I think your question is demeaning and irrelevant to the utility of the office.  Prejudiced conduct in dealing with real estate is a serious matter that reflects poorly on you.  Oompa loompa doopety doo.

  • Dan, did you get rid of the white farm truck then?    I LOVE this post!   Hope you are well!

  •  Indeed.  Traded for – you guessed it – a minivan.

  • David Anderson

    Shouldn’t the title be “the most awesome startup office i’ve ever seen”?