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#167 Urban Charging, Electrifying Cities, Pilots & Partnerships, & More w/ Tiya Gordon (It's Electric)

#167 Urban Charging, Electrifying Cities, Pilots & Partnerships, & More w/ Tiya Gordon (It's Electric)


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🌎 Welcome back to the CleanTechies PodLetter, founder edition.

Today, we are talking to Tiya Gordon from It’s Electric.

Tiya is an absolute rockstar. I actually had the pleasure of meeting her almost 1 year ago, and it has been phenomenal watching her and It’s Electric getting the recognition they deserve.

We actually recorded this episode a while back and it’s finally time to share it with you all. We discuss…

  • Access and affordability for EV charging in cities

  • The role of federal and city funding in scaling climate tech startups

  • Tiya’s experience at NYCW and how its propelled It’s Electric forward

And much more…

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The Guest: Tiya Gordon

  • Tiya Gordon is the Co-Founder & COO of It’s Electric

  • Previous to It’s Electric, Tiya played a pivotal role in several high-profile projects, including the design and implementation of the public-facing technology for the 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center in New York City

  • Early in her career, she was a Producer at the American Museum of Natural History, an adjunct professor of Design and Technology at The New School, and Managing Director of Local Projects, an award-winning design studio

  • She was an Executive Producer at A Hundred Years and the Managing Director of REX Architecture, a world-class architecture studio, before co-founding It’s Electric

The Startup: It’s Electric

Urban Charging, Behind-the-Meter, EV Charging

One-liner: curbside EV charging specifically built for cities.

It's electric solves the largest barrier cities face in the deployment of public EV charging.

They with city property owners to unlock access to untapped electricity supply while they earn passive income.

They’ve been on absolute run 🚀…in 2023 It’s Electric was:

  • Selected for the White House EV Acceleration Challenge,

  • Won the SXSW Innovation Award,

  • The Fast Company Innovation By Design Award for Sustainability,

  • The City Solution of the Year from judges of the Earthshot Prize,

  • Named The Next Big Thing In Tech.

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📝 Show Notes:


  • 03:03 It's Electric Origin Story

  • 07:01 What does It's Electric do

  • 11:31 What it's like Working with Cities

  • 15:10 What she Learned From Working with Municipalities

  • 31:04 NYCW

  • 37:10 Building the Team

  • 40:52 Having a "Non-Traditional" Background in ClimateTech

  • 45:43 Advice for Founders

  • 50:07 Note to Audience


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