Padmasree

Padmasree Warrior

CEO of Next EV

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON September 16, 2016

Discussion

Padmasree
Padmasree@padmasree
Hello everyone! I am Padmasree Warrior, CEO of NextEV USA. I’m here to talk about how the car will become the smartest device you own. NextEV is a global start-up building a premium, electric, autonomous vehicle and rethinking the entire experience of ordering, designing and maintaining a vehicle from the standpoint of the user and optimizing it for the mobile internet.
Padmasree
Padmasree@padmasree
Hello everyone! I am Padmasree Warrior - Padma for short. I am the CEO of NextEV USA. I am here to talk to you about Car 3.0 and Mobility experiences in the next decade
jeneta hot
jeneta hot@jenetahot
Thanks for hosting this chat, Padma! Would love to know: how big is your current team (and are you global?), and can you explain how you manage NextEV's various domain experts to iterate quickly and incorporate their feedback along the way? Perhaps a "explain a day in the life" type of question. 😀
Padmasree
Padmasree@padmasree
@jenetahot My team in Silicon valley is around 200 people now. Globally we are almost 1500 people. The way we foster fast iteration - be open, deal with disagreements, make decisions and move on
jeneta hot
jeneta hot@jenetahot
@padmasree A team of 1500 in stealth mode, I LOVE it - good luck!
ksmetana
ksmetana@ksmetana
What challenges do you see needing immediate attention this year at Next EV, and how do you think your role as CEO will be different than past roles as CTO?
Padmasree
Padmasree@padmasree
@ksmetana Challenges - moving fast and focusing on the business model. As a CTO - my role was thought leadership and engineering great products. As CEO - my priorities are broader; starting with people (building a great team), setting a clear vision, pulling together a winning strategy, making sure the organization is aligned, exploring winning partnerships
Deepti Kodeboyina
Deepti Kodeboyina@deepti_kodeboyina · Marketing Director, ChargePoint Inc
What are your thoughts on the gaps in EV charging infrastructure in the US?
Padmasree
Padmasree@padmasree
@deepti_kodeboyina I think we will see a lot more progress in the next 5 years. Consumer demand will drive the infrastructure investments needed
Jake Crump
Jake Crump@jakecrump · Community Team with Product Hunt
What do you think is the number one problem currently facing transportation? How do we fix it?
Mohit
Mohit@mohitify · Developer - Product - UX - Mobile - SF
How far away are we from consumer car transition to all electric?
Padmasree
Padmasree@padmasree
@mohitify In the next 5 years EV's will grow in adoption. For many reasons - first it is greener and many consumers want that. second EVs are fast getting equated to high tech and Autonomy - which means they will be safer
Deepti Kodeboyina
Deepti Kodeboyina@deepti_kodeboyina · Marketing Director, ChargePoint Inc
@padmasree @mohitify Totally agree, as an EV owner, I also find that they are low maintenance vs. the average gas car. Simply put, the shift to EVs makes sense for drivers.
Vinay Khosla
Vinay Khosla@vinay123 · Co-founder Zenyx.com. Builder. Investor.
Hi. A straw poll in the office showed only 1 out of 20 people had heard of NextEV. How are you going to quickly promote / market the consumer car and get brand recognition?
Padmasree
Padmasree@padmasree
@vinay123 We have been in stealth mode and will probably be in quiet mode for a while. Our culture is to focus more on building amazing products versus talk a lot :-) We are more show and less tell. Our brand will be recognized for the products and experiences we bring to market
Dhaval Chauhan
Dhaval Chauhan@17haval · Full stack founder
What was the main motivation behind leaving Cisco and joining Next EV ? Also what differences do you feel in your work life after transitioning from CTSO to CEO
Padmasree
Padmasree@padmasree
@17haval When I left Cisco, I was looking for an opportunity to radically change an industry. The auto industry in the next ten years will be very different from what it is today. I want to be at the forefront of that. Balance and integration are key no matter what title or job one has. At any level, if one aspires to have a great career, a loving family, a supportive community and mindful self - one must work on work-life integration
William Mbiena
William Mbiena@wmbiena · Sales Manager
I know your passion for photography, do you still find time to share your photos?
Padmasree
Padmasree@padmasree
@wmbiena I wish I had more time to be honest :-( Although I took some great pictures recently on my trip to Mendocino in Northern California
Theoharis Dimarhos
Theoharis Dimarhos@theo_dimarhos · Marketing+Biz Dev at AngelouEconomics
Hi Padmasree! What is the best way to ask of very busy people for a meeting and maybe a mentorship later on?
Padmasree
Padmasree@padmasree
@theo_dimarhos Be specific in your ask. If you just ask for mentorship, people will see that as a time burden. But you ask advice on a specific question you will get faster, better response
Uhma
Uhma@deleted-594972 · Brr
Hello Padmasree, Do you think AI powered racing car will be in demand sometime in the future? Thank you.
Padmasree
Padmasree@padmasree
@victorpolyushko Absolutely and NextEV is driving that future, no pun intended ;-)
Uhma
Uhma@deleted-594972 · Brr
@padmasree There's no chance that pun was unintentional :-)
Harini Subash Chandra Bose
Harini Subash Chandra Bose@harini_bose · Analyst, Tring to enter Product Mgnt
Hi Padma, Thanks for taking time to answer our questions. One of the obvious reasons I see in the adoption of EVs is the insecurity that comes along with it. Long drives, lesser accessibility to charging stations, waiting times, thought these are slowly getting changed. Looks like a fragmentation here in the availability of one but not the other. How is NEXTEV addressing these.
Padmasree
Padmasree@padmasree
@harini_bose We need interoperability for charging infrastructure rather than the proprietary approaches that exist today. As the industry matures, some of this will evolve to a more standards-driven approach. We are working with partners to address this
Jake Marble
Jake Marble@jake_marble · Credit Manager, Camelbak
My son currently installs radar/sonar on boats? How can he utilize that experience to break into the autonomous vehicle field?
Padmasree
Padmasree@padmasree
@jake_marble maybe do an internship at an auto company and see if he can transfer his skills to a new industry
Padmasree
Padmasree@padmasree
Thank you so much for interacting with me today. If you have any more questions you can always ping me on Twitter
Mohit
Mohit@mohitify · Developer - Product - UX - Mobile - SF
How different is it moving from a mobile handset/ networking company to running a car company. I know Next EV is kind of a technology company but there are ton of differences. Right?
Padmasree
Padmasree@padmasree
@mohitify Yes and No. Building a car is very complex and needs domain experts from many areas - mechanical engineers, EEs, software, design, UI/UX etc... At the same time there is a lot of lessons from the mobile internet and device industry that are transferrable - agility, user first approach, cyber security etc
Jason Cavness
Jason Cavness@jasoncavness · CEO/Founder of cavnessHR
Padmasree - Thank for taking part in this Live Chat. When would you advise Founders to start looking at HR?
Padmasree
Padmasree@padmasree
@jasoncavnesshr By HR if you mean people - then from day 1 :-)
Anubhav Sharma
Anubhav Sharma@anubhav · Product manager, Reimu Commerce
Hi Padma, We are a tech focused (heavy) company full of extremely smart developers and architects getting into products, What would be your advice to us as we are having a hard time shifting into a typical product first mindset
Padmasree
Padmasree@padmasree
@anubhav I would say focus on "what problem are you trying to solve" instead of product first or architecture first. The clarity in defining the problem will help you choose the right development approach; product vs architecture
Karl McCollester
Karl McCollester@karlmccollester · Voterheads
Good afternoon Padmasree; thank you for joining us. With your transition from Cisco to startups, what lessons have you been able to draw from in the enterprise and what have you had to discard or relearn?
Padmasree
Padmasree@padmasree
@karlmccollester Lessons I draw from - hire great people who are smart yet curious and humble, get the team aligned, set priorities. Discard - politics, passive aggressive behavior and bureaucracy
Jake Marble
Jake Marble@jake_marble · Credit Manager, Camelbak
No doubt autonomous vehicles are the future. But people will still want status symbols. For example people don't drive Hummers because they're heading up into the mountains, they're driving them to look cool. How will this status symbol challenge be addressed in the autonomous world?
Padmasree
Padmasree@padmasree
@jake_marble You can still own an autonomous car. We shouldn't confuse AVs with 100% ride share. Ride share and ownership will co-exist. So in future, you can be in a Hummer that is a EV and AV and look cooler ;-)
Dipika Rathod
Dipika Rathod@dipika_rathod · capital employed consulting ltd
Hello Padma, how do you think technology in the next decade will shape the future of work, jobs and job security?
Padmasree
Padmasree@padmasree
@dipika_rathod Yes in many ways - it already is. We are more connected, collaborative and accessible in terms of the work and jobs we do
Dipika Rathod
Dipika Rathod@dipika_rathod · capital employed consulting ltd
@padmasree agree, but we're at the stage where technology is making jobs ever mo obsolete, creating the need to up-skill constantly to remain competitive. Employees embrace this prospect as per your reply or may fear it? How do you support those that are in the fear zone?