Replacing Power Plants with Software

We pay users to reduce their electricity instead of having to pay the most inefficient power plants to turn on several times a week. By tapping into the Internet of Things, we automatically turn down users' Wi-Fi thermostats (i.e. Nest), electric cars (i.e. Tesla), and home automation tools (i.e. Belkin); our superusers manually turn down for additional savings.

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Meet The Team

Matt Duesterberg

Co Founder of Ohmconnect

Matt Duesterberg is co-founder and CEO of Ohmconnect. Previously, he ran the data science division at utility meter data analytics company, DataRaker, which got acquired by Oracle in February 2013. He got his start in the energy industry in finance; he traded futures for electricity flows for a small quantitative trading firm, DC Energy. He has a MS from Stanford and a BS from the University of Virginia.

Curtis Tongue

Co Founder of Ohmconnect

Curtis Tongue is co-founder and CMO of Ohmconnect. Previously, he was the Director of Business Development at Bleu Marketing where he secured and executed on contracts for Google, Cisco, and HP. He started Karbon Karma in an effort to help users track their carbon footprint and learn how to save. He has a BS from Berkeley.

Matt Levene

Community Manager at Ohmconnect

Matt Levene is Ohmconnect's community and engagement manager. Previously, he was the highest performing lead generator for Mark Group's solar division in Sydney, Australia. At age fifteen he started a clothing company and sold it at age twenty. Matt graduated from Boston University.

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Who We Need


  • Full Stack Engineer

    Frontend and backend of the Ohmconnect product.

The Issues We’re Trying To Solve

More Information

DATA WE’re using:

  • CAISO OASIS datahttp://oasis.caiso.com/

  • EPA

  • California Energy Commission

  • Green Button Connect

  • Weather


  • California Solar Data (CSI)

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