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WattzOn provides utility bill data to energy and credit markets. Any data, any utility.

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WattzOn offers a suite of products: LINK ENERGY -- quickly and securely transfer data from utilities to your consumer app. Automatic updates each month. LINK PRIME -- help your customers raise their credit scores by authorizing the transfer of their utility bill payment history to the credit bureaus. Industry studies show an average credit score increase of 30 points. SNAP -- a machine learning system optimized for data extraction from utility bills. Setup in minutes. Highly accurate results. All fields. See more about our machine learning system for data extraction at www.glynt.ai

WattzOn
Private
Industry Software
Founded Mountain View, California (2010)
FoundersMartha Amram
Saul Griffith
Raffi Krikorian
Jim McBride
Steven Ashby
Headquarters Mountain View, California, U.S.
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Area served
Nationwide
Key people
Martha Amram (CEO)
Jon Enberg (VP Partnerships)
Sandra Carrico (Sr. Data Scientist)
ProductsConsumer Energy Engagement Platform
Utility Data Connections (Nationwide)
Number of employees
~14 (August 2015)
Website

WattzOn is a privately held SaaS ("Software as a service") company that helps users in the U.S. learn how to save energy, in collaboration with cities and other business partners, through personalized plans, product and rebate information, and tips for habit changes. WattzOn provides nationwide capture of residential utility data, and they claim that a typical user saves nearly $240 per year in energy, and that their water programs save an average of 9,000 gallons per year.

WattzOn’s partners use its software platform to acquire customer utility data, and increase customer uptake of products and services, including solar.

Its flagship product, EnergyCenter, has been used by residents in communities across the U.S., and has a library of utility data connectors that allow consumer-permissioned data access to utility bills nationwide.

WattzOn was founded in 2007 and has offices in Mountain View and San Francisco, CA, where it is part of OtherLab, a group of companies co-founded by Saul Griffith.

WattzOn’s History

WattzOn was started as a free web-based online tool by Saul Griffith, Raffi Krikorian, and Jim McBride. The original offering allowed users to calculate their total energy footprint by estimating their direct and indirect power consumption with the stated goal of educating users about energy efficiency and conservation. Unlike most carbon calculators, WattzOn has always measured energy consumption, and not the by-products (CO2, or CO2-equivalent emissions).

Saul Griffith American businessman

Saul Griffith is an Australian American inventor. He is the founder or co-founder of multiple companies, including Otherlab, Makani Power, and Instructables.

Raffi Krikorian American software engineer

Raffi Krikorian is an Armenian-American software engineer, and currently is at the Emerson Collective. He was the Chief Technology Officer of the Democratic National Committee. He was the Engineering Director at Uber's Advanced Technologies Center. He’s credited with unleashing self-driving cars onto Pittsburgh, PA. He was the former VP of Platform Engineering at Twitter where he was in charge of the backend infrastructure for all of Twitter up to August 2014. He is credited with leading the charge to improve the reliability of Twitter as well as the move from Ruby to the JVM. He currently also serves on the board of directors of the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies in Yerevan, Armenia.

The original idea behind WattzOn was first spoken about by Saul Griffith and Jim McBride in a presentation entitled "The Game Plan: A solution framework for the climate challenge." [1] delivered at O'Reilly's Foo Camp and later detailed at length in Griffith's Long Now talk entitled Climate Change Recalculated. [2] From there, Raffi Krikorian spearheaded the effort to create an online tool that anybody could use to measure his or her level of energy efficiency. That website became WattzOn.com.

Foo Camp annual hacker event hosted by OReilly Media

Foo Camp is an annual hacker event hosted by publisher O'Reilly Media. O'Reilly describes it as "the wiki of conferences", where the program is developed by the attendees at the event, using big whiteboard schedule templates that can be rewritten or overwritten by attendees to optimize the schedule; this type of event is sometimes called an unconference.

In 2011 WattzOn combined with EnnovationZ Inc, a company founded by Martha Amram and Steven Ashby. Since then Martha has led WattzOn.

WattzOn was the recipient of a grant from the Department of Energy to bring consumers insights from smart meters. In partnership with Balfour Beatty, WattzOn served military families, and helped them save an average of 18% on their utility bill at 12 locations.

Presentation at The White House

In 2012, WattzOn CEO Dr. Martha Amram presented at the White House Energy Data Palooza. In 2013 Dr. Amram presented at a Green Button event organized by the White House and the Department of Energy.

WattzOn in The Media

WattzOn has garnered media coverage from a number of blogs and media outlets such as Business Week, [3] Wired magazine, [4] and Lifehacker.com. [5]

Business Model

WattzOn uses a SaaS license model

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References

  1. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WattzOn_Game_Plan.pdf
  2. http://fora.tv/2009/01/16/Saul_Griffith_Climate_Change_Recalculated
  3. "The Best and Worst of Everything 2008 : Best Idea". Business Week. December 2008.
  4. "Playlist: Animation Vérité, YouTube's 'Final Countdown,' Animal Collective". Wired magazine. January 2009.
  5. "WattzOn Gets Geeky About Saving Energy (and Money)". Lifehacker.com. January 6, 2009.