On Monday, I’ll be interviewing Tim Enwall, the founder, president, and COO of Tendril Networks as part of the Silicon Flatirons Entrepreneurs Unplugged series. The event will be from 6:15pm to 7:15pm at the ATLAS Building at CU Boulder. As a special bonus, you can use my bathroom on the second floor (if you are a guy).
I’ve known Tim for many years and he’s another fantastic Boulder entrepreneur. I met him shortly after he had sold one of his previous companies – Solista – to Gartner Group. We’ve become good friends since and have done a handful of things together, including getting completely creamed at a monthly poker game we were regulars at (ok – I got creamed, Tim usually held his own and often came out on top.)
Tim and the Tendril team have created a a fast growing Boulder company that crosses over nicely between software and cleantech. In addition to their Colorado-based investors (Vista Ventures and Appian Ventures), Tendril has raised a substantial amount of capital from VC investors outside of Colorado, including RRE Ventures (NY-based) and VantagePoint (CA-based) as well as strategic partners such as GE Energy and Good Energies. So, we’ll have a wide range of topics to cover, including bootstrapping a business and then selling it as well as systematically building a business using VC and strategic financing that has the potential to be the undisputed market leader with regard to the smart grid.