We talk to Jonathan Cedar, founder and CEO of BioLite Energy, about developing consumer hardware and building a business through what BioLite calls "parallel innovation."
While working as a design engineer at Smart Design, Jonathan and BioLite cofounder Alec Drummond prototyped an efficient, wood burning camp stove. After learning more about the global need for smoke reduction in home cooking stoves, they eventually built BioLite into a company that serves two distinct markets. We hear a bit about what it takes to maintain these two paths, and a few of the challenges along the way.
- Jon's multi-part series, The Road to Impact, on BioLite's mission and how they're approaching it.
- BioLite's new FirePit project on Kickstarter.
- The Engineers in Technical and Humanitarian Opportunities of Service Conference, which pushed BioLite towards stoves for off-grid people in the developing world.
- A decent low fidelity explainer on edge lit glass.
- Burkhard Bilger's 2009 New Yorker article on the then-current state of home cooking in the developing world.