What we make

What we make

In 2012 we created Luci®, an inflatable solar light, with the goal of making an affordable clean energy product that people could use in any situation — from outdoor camping adventures to backyard parties to everyday living for people in developing countries without electricity.

Luci taps into a source of light that’s limitless and readily available to everyone on our planet — the sun. Advancements in renewable tech have given us the means to literally put the power of the sun into a device that fits in the palm of your hand.
Why we do it

Why we do it

With Luci, we were aiming for something much bigger than convenience. We want to empower the three billion people around the world who still live without reliable access to electricity. So we made a light that’s clean and safe – pretty much the opposite of the toxic and expensive kerosene lamps so many depend on – because life doesn’t stop after the sun goes down.
How we help

How we help

We founded MPOWERD on a sustainable business model that allows us to provide our clean and safe solar lights to people in developing countries at prices they can afford.
More retail sites in developed world > Lower manufacturing costs > More affordable sales to the developing world.

Meet the team

THE NY CREW

Want to join us? Take a look at our open positions [[here]]

Board Members

  • Daniel Rappaport

    Daniel Rappaport

    Board Member

    Daniel Rappaport is former Chairman/CEO of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX). Dan led NYMEX’s acquisition of COMEX, the world’s largest precious metals exchange, supervised the construction of NYMEX’s new 500,000 square foot corporate headquarters in New York City and led NYMEX’s conversion from a not-for-profit corporation to a for profit entity which ultimately led to NYMEX’s successful IPO.

    Dan served as Chairman of the Board of the NYMEX Charitable Foundation, which donated millions of dollars to local charities. In recognition of his service to the community, Dan was honored as Man of The Year by the children’s charity, Futures And Options For Kids, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the 100 Year Association of New York as well as the Ellis Island Medal Of Honor.

    Dan served as an independent director on the board of GreenX where he served as Chairman of the Regulatory Oversight Committee, he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Energy to serve as a member of the National Petroleum Council, he served as a member of the CFTC Global Markets Advisory Committee, he served as a board member of the Futures Industry Institute, a trustee on the Board of Trustees of New York Law School, he was appointed by the Governor of the State of Connecticut to the board of directors of Connecticut Innovations, he served as Managing Partner of a fund of funds and Dan served four years as a volunteer EMT.

    Dan is a minority owner of the NBA Milwaukee Bucks, he is the Managing Partner of a consulting firm and serves as Managing Partner of an investment portfolio.

    Dan is a graduate of New York Law School, he received an MBA from Baruch College and he is a graduate of Syracuse University.

  • Seungah Jeong, President & CEO

    Seungah Jeong, President & CEO

    Board Member

    With experience driving the growth of companies at varying stages of the acquisition process, Seungah Jeong brings to MPOWERD the expertise and insider knowledge accumulated from almost two decades of senior executive leadership in CPG. After key managerial roles at Procter & Gamble and NARS cosmetics (a subsidiary of Shiseido Inc.) Jeong co-founded NEST Fragrances, quickly developing the brand into one of the most successful luxury lifestyle fragrance companies in the market. While serving in a variety of key leadership positions, most recently as Chief Operations Officer, Jeong played a critical role in the management and structure of virtually every facet of the business – from product inception and operations to sales plans and marketing initiatives. As a strategist, she addressed the business needs of the burgeoning company through the creation of several separate business units within the structure of NEST itself, positioning the brand for equal viability in the mass marketplace as well as the licensing and private label sectors, leading to their acquisition by Tengram Capital Partners in 2012.

    Joining MPOWERD as CEO is a homecoming of sorts for Jeong, whose passion for environmental sustainability led her to double major in Philosophy and Environmental Studies at the University of Chicago before earning her Masters in Geography (Environment & Development) at the University of Cambridge in England.

     

     

  • Eric Jacobsen

    Eric Jacobsen

    Board Member

    Conductor of Purpose at Gratitude Railroad, Eric Jacobsen is a veteran investor with particular expertise in the strategic growth of socially- and environmentally-conscious businesses. In addition to serving on The Builders Fund’s Investment Committee, Eric is a founding member of Dolphin Capital Group, which specializes in lower middle market companies in the western US.

    Since 2004, he has served as Chairman of the Board at Winder Farms, an online grocery service that hand-delivers farm fresh, local organic produce, meat, dairy and prepared meals to customers in California, Nevada and Utah. Eric is also Chairman of the Board at Ragnar Relay Series, the largest long distance running relay series in the United States, in which teams race over the course of two days and one night, pushing their limits to raise money for a network of diverse charities.

    Previously, Eric was a Co-founder of the Home Financial Network, an internet banking and bill payment software company that sold to what is now SAP in January 2000, and the VP of Sales and Marketing at MECA Software, credited with the creation of Managing Your Money and TaxCut, and sold to H&R Block in 1994. Eric is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative. 

     

  • Mike Dutton

    Mike Dutton

    Board Member

    Mike Dutton is a co-founder and managing partner of Builders and sits on its investment committee. He most recently served as CEO of Dolphin Capital Group, a Utah-based private equity firm investing in emerging growth businesses. Mike has participated in the startup and growth of several companies as an operator. He was the CEO of Winder Farms, building it from a small dairy delivery business to a leading online grocery delivery business with over $40M in revenues. He was also the Executive Chairman of Manduka, one of the world’s leading yoga brands. He also helped build Home Financial Network leading to its successful $220M sale to Sybase. Mike previously co-founded Genus Group which he sold to International Data Group; and Dyad Security, an IT security firm that was acquired by Outpost 24. He previously worked at Accenture and Microsoft. He currently serves on the boards of Winder Farms, Urban Remedy, and Ragnar Events. He received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Stanford University.

    Mike lives at the base of the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, and spends most winter weekends skiing with his wife and 3 kids. He also enjoys mountain and road biking, and is a volunteer ride leader for the Lone Peak High School Mountain Bike team.

  • Tripp Baird

    Tripp Baird

    Board Member

    Tripp Baird is co-founder and managing partner of Builders and sits on its investment committee. He was previously the managing partner of Cloud Mountain Capital, an advisory/investment platform focused on purpose-driven consumer businesses. He was founding principal of Partnership Capital Growth (PCG), a boutique merchant bank and family of co-investment and structured equity funds, and brings a combination of investment, operational, and advisory experience with an historic focus in “healthy, active and sustainable living” companies. Tripp helped create top quartile returns across four funds at PCG and North Castle Partners (NCP). His prior experience includes NCP, a leading consumer middlemarket private equity firm focused on the health/wellness markets, Bain & Company, and Goldman Sachs Global Equities Management. He has been honored individually with Middle Market Deal of the Year honors by M&A Advisor twice in 2009 and 2011. He currently serves on the boards of Urban Remedy, The Bar Method and Traditional Medicinals. He earned dual magna cum laude A.B.s from Harvard University.

    Twice a NOLS graduate, a sometimes mountaineer. Tripp enjoys surfing and SUP; is a certified yoga instructor (RYT 200), an artist, snowboarder, and endurance runner. With his better half, Shana, and sons, Cillian & Ewan, he is based in San Francisco.

     

Founders

  • Jacques-Philippe Piverger
  • Jason Snyder, Primary Inventor
  • John Salzinger, CBDO
  • Steven Gundersen
  • Charles Andrews
  • Jill Van den Brule