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ChargePoint Overview

Campbell, CA
501 to 1000 employees
2007
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
We operate the world’s largest and most open EV charging network. We design, build, and support the technology that powers it. As our network grows, it makes driving an EV accessible to more and more people. Our mission is to get everyone behind the wheel of an EV and ... Read more

Mission: We’re leading the charge to a better way to drive.

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ChargePoint – Why Work For Us?


Driving a Better Way

ChargePoint brings electric vehicle (EV) charging to more people and places than ever before with the world’s largest and most open EV charging network. We design, build and support all of the technology that powers this network, from charging station hardware to energy management software to a mobile app. Our work transforms transportation and energy use by helping more people choose to drive electric.

Our charging stations, mobile app and network make it easy to charge EVs anywhere. Our energy management solutions help people and businesses shift away from fossil fuels and manage growing demand for EV charging. And our work with multiple stakeholders, from automakers to individual businesses, paves the way for widespread EV adoption.

Every day we add more drivers and businesses to our network, and driving an EV makes even more sense. And that’s what we’re all about: driving a better way™.

ChargePoint brings electric vehicle (EV) charging to more people and places than ever before.

ChargePoint operates the world’s largest and most open EV charging network. We also design, build, and support the technology that powers it. As our network grows, it makes driving an EV accessible to more and more people. Our mission is to get everyone behind the wheel of an EV and provide a place for them to charge wherever they go. Every day we add more drivers and businesses to our network, and driving an EV makes even more sense. And that’s what ChargePoint is all about: driving a better way™.

We're growing rapidly and are on the lookout for talented, experienced people, so send us your resume: https://www.chargepoint.com/about/opportunities/

Electric Vehicles Drive a Sustainable Future

Transportation is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation is key to slowing climate change and making sure our planet stays a healthy place to live.

Electric vehicles (EVs) fight climate change by powering transportation with electricity, not fossil fuels. Driving an EV can cut fossil fuel emissions in half, or get rid of them entirely when renewable energy sources are used.

EV Charging Advances Sustainability

ChargePoint operates the world’s leading and most open EV charging network, and builds all the technology that supports it. As our network grows, it becomes easier for more people to choose EVs.

This growing global network that's simple to use and manage helps our drivers and customers eliminate tons of harmful GHG emissions. Read on to see why driving electric is good for drivers, the environment and businesses alike.

People Make Sustainable Choices

More and more people are choosing to drive sustainably: EV sales are growing at a rate of more than 50 percent year over year. All of these EV drivers need a place to charge their vehicles.

Having access to EV charging makes it easier for people to kick fossil fuels. The U.S. Department of Energy has found that drivers with access to charging at work are 6X more likely to switch to electric. Extending the EV charging network encourages sustainable choices.

Our Planet Benefits from Reduced Emissions

Driving on electricity reduces or eliminates GHG emissions. The average American can avoid more than 2.5 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year by driving an EV.

EV driving will continue to get even cleaner as more renewable energy comes onto the grid. Charging stations can run on renewable energy to keep pushing down emissions and electricity costs related to charging.

EVs improve local air quality by centralizing emissions at power plants, and they are more efficient overall than vehicles powered by fossil fuels.

Watch Our Landmark Commitment to EV Charging 

ChargePoint Leadership

ChargePoint was founded in 2007 by a group of entrepreneurs who anticipated the EV revolution. With extensive experience in technology and design from leading global companies, ChargePoint's team is building the smart network that keeps the EV industry moving forward.

Pasquale Romano

President and Chief Executive Officer

Pasquale Romano is President and Chief Executive Officer of ChargePoint and a member of the company’s board of directors. He currently sits on the board of Agilone, CALSTART, and the YMCA of Silicon Valley. Pasquale joined ChargePoint in February of 2011, bringing more than 25 years of technology industry leadership and executive management experience to the company. He co-founded 2Wire which was acquired by Pace plc for $475M in 2010. Previously, Pasquale held multiple positions in marketing and engineering at Polycom. In 1989, he co-founded Fluent, Inc., a digital video networking company and served as Chief Architect until it was sold to Novell Corporation in 1993. Pasquale holds an undergraduate degree in computer science from Harvard University and received his M.S. from MIT.

Dave Baxter

Co-Founder and Vice President, Hardware Engineering

Dave Baxter is a technology innovator and product developer. He has held many senior management positions, including Vice President of Engineering at 3Com Corporation and Adept Technology, where he developed multiple generations of assembly robots and flexible automation controllers used in factories and food packaging plants worldwide. A pioneer of voice over broadband technology, Dave led the development of the industry's first carrier grade voice over DSL system while Vice President of Engineering for Jetstream Communications. Dave received a B.S. from the Engineering College at Cornell University.

Christopher Burghardt

Managing Director, Europe

Christopher Burghardt is ChargePoint's Managing Director for Europe, responsible for leading all aspects of the company's European business and policy efforts in the region. Most recently the head of policy and communications, EMEA, for ride-sharing app Uber, Christopher previously led global and emerging market expansion at First Solar, a provider of solar panels and utility-scale PV power plants. Prior to joining First Solar, Christopher was Vice President for Corporate Affairs for Western Europe at Anheuser-Busch InBev and a Vice President for Business Development and Marketing EMEA at Hill & Knowlton. A dual German-Belgian national, he earned an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MA from the College of Europe and a BA from the University of Sussex and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Aix-en-Provence.

Michael Hughes

Chief Commercial and Revenue Officer

Michael Hughes is an accomplished sales leader with 25 years of experience in strategic planning, sales, services, marketing, business and organizational development, product leadership, operations and market-making in early-stage and established technology companies. At ChargePoint, Hughes leads global sales, mobility ecosystem relationships and business development functions. Prior to joining ChargePoint, he spent nine years at Barracuda Networks, serving as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Services and scaling the company to $500 million in revenue and an initial public offering. He was previously Vice President of Sales for Asempra Technologies and a sales and business development leader at McDATA Corporation, Invio Software and Marimba. Michael advises technology and venture capital firms. He holds a BS in Marketing from Miami University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Rex Jackson

Chief Financial Officer

Rex Jackson is the CFO of ChargePoint and brings extensive experience in finance, legal, corporate development and other corporate functions to the role. Prior to joining ChargePoint, Rex served as CFO for Gigamon, Rocket Fuel, JSDU and Symyx, and held senior executive positions at leading public and private companies including Avago (now Broadcom) and Synopsys. He currently sits on the boards of directors of wireless charging pioneer Energous Corporation and mixed signal optics innovator EMCORE. He holds a B.A. degree from Duke University and a J.D. from Stanford University Law School.

Colleen Jansen

Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, North America Policy

Colleen Jansen is a marketing strategist with 20 years of experience in both business-to-consumer and business-to-business marketing spanning early stage, privately held VC-funded companies as well as large cap, publicly traded firms. At ChargePoint, Jansen is responsible for leading the company's global Marketing function and Policy efforts in North America. She oversees the brand, communications, consumer business and North America public policy. Prior to ChargePoint, she led marketing disciplines for a number of category-creating startups as well as established brands including Microsoft, Yahoo, Intuit and LinkedIn. An early EV adopter, Colleen is passionate about helping everyone realize the personal, societal and economic benefits of driving electric. She holds a B.S. from California State University, Fresno.

Jonathan Kaplan

General Counsel

Jonathan Kaplan has been leading ChargePoint's legal team since July of 2010. Prior to coming to ChargePoint, he was founder and managing director of the Law Offices of Jonathan Kaplan. Before Jon opened his own firm, he spent seven years practicing law on Wall Street, first with the firm of Sullivan & Cromwell and later with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. During that time, he spent the majority of his time working on large scale mergers and acquisitions, including the Citicorp/Travelers and the Honeywell/Allied Signal mergers. Jon received his JD from Hastings College of the Law and an LLM in taxation from New York University.

Lawrence Lee

Senior Vice President, Operations and Services

Lawrence Lee is the Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Operations at ChargePoint, where he brings more than 17 years of international experience in engineering, operations, supply chain and new product introduction. Most recently, during 10 years at Apple, Lawrence was responsible for leading new product introduction of all Mac products, including piloting new ways to increase capacity flexibility and managing down costs. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, as well as an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

Bill Loewenthal

Senior Vice President, Product

Bill Loewenthal has decades of experience in general management and product leadership, specializing in market-based business planning and cross-functional execution. Bill has had success in a variety of industries, including telecom, internet, consumer electronics and media. As a global product leader, he has deep experience in portfolio management and platform businesses including connected devices, hardware, software, and B2B2C. Bill has held leadership roles at Plantronics, ReplayTV, Mitsubishi and several startups. Over the course of his career, Bill has helped launch products that have become essential to the lives of millions. He leads Product Management, User Experience, Standards and Technical Docs teams. He holds a B.S. from San Jose State University.

Eric Sidle

Senior Vice President, Engineering

Eric Sidle is Senior Vice President of Engineering at ChargePoint, where he leads and grows all aspects of ChargePoint’s engineering organization and the company’s global R&D laboratories. Eric has more than 20 years of experience in technology and was most recently Senior Director of Autonomous Driving Hardware at electric vehicle manufacturer NIO, where he led teams responsible for the design and production of hardware, manufacturing and validation as well as fleet operations. Before NIO, he held leadership positions at Apple, Hewlett Packard, and Raytheon. Eric holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

At ChargePoint, Prepare to Be Inspired Every Day

At the dawn of the era of human-powered flight, Amelia Earhart marveled at her good fortune to have “popped into existence at a period so interesting.” Today, with new technological advancements popping into existence every day, the awe-inspiring can sometimes feel downright mundane. After all, that smartphone in your pocket has more computing power than all of NASA had a half century ago—and they were still able to land human beings on the moon! But, even with all the innovations, when was the last time you felt like Earhart did back in 1928, that you were living on the cusp of a brand-new era? Get ready, because you are!

Monumental Change 

Mobility as we know it is currently undergoing a massive transformation. With the transportation sector contributing the largest share of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the planet requires alternate ways of moving people and goods around our roads and highways. The good news: it's happening faster than you may think. Municipalities, businesses and automakers have read the writing on the wall and it points to an electric future. Even former skeptics are throwing in the towel on the internal combustion engine (ICE) in favor of electric vehicles (EVs). What’s more exciting than living through a time of such monumental and meaningful change? Helping to build it.

Reinventing Fueling 

At ChargePoint, our engineers are building the fueling network of the future (and we’re looking for folks to join us). People will fuel their zero-emission cars at work or home, at times that benefit their schedules and their pocketbooks. Others will take advantage of all-electric buses or plug-in EV (PEV) rideshare and autonomous options to complete their daily commutes or run errands in the smart cities of tomorrow. The technology that’s driving that change exists today—and there’s a good chance that ChargePoint system developers had a hand in creating it.

Consider just a few of our industry-leading innovations:

Real-Time Data

Why invest in EV charging if you can’t see how it helps you achieve your business or sustainability goals? We pioneered networked stations with real-time data, so managers can review station usage and status, approve driver requests and see and respond to feedback, all from an intuitive dashboard at their desk. By providing actionable data, businesses can understand customer and employee behavior and make changes accordingly.

Tap to Charge

We were the first (and still only) EV charging network to take NFC capabilities (designed for payment) and apply them to access control within the ChargePoint App. Rather than carrying around a separate card, thanks to our dev team, EV drivers can simply tap their smartphone to unlock a station and begin a charging session. On Android phones, we take advantage of the HCE technology to present a NEMA card to the charging station for authorization, while on iPhone and iWatch devices we use Apple VAS (Value Added Services) framework to create a ChargePoint pass that is presented to the charging station. Our app is so good, in fact, our drivers often cite it as their favorite way to start a charging session (one reason the App Store designated it as “App of the Day” in the fall of 2018).

Power Management

ChargePoint Power Management software uses customizable algorithms to intelligently share power among stations so cars charges as fast as possible, without ever exceeding the rated electrical capacity for the site. Utilities can also reduce the load on the electric grid in a particular area during peak times by using the Open ADR APIs provided from our cloud services to reduce the maximum power delivered to a charging station. Our panel sharing feature allows station owners to install more charging stations than those that can be supported by the electrical panel. Using intelligent adaptive algorithms, our cloud software manages the load on these charging stations so as not to exceed the panel capacity. Businesses and fleet managers can use Power Management to schedule charging to avoid expensive utility demand charges while making sure vehicles are always available when they’re needed. Drivers will receive notifications that their vehicle may be charging slower than usual, yet still be confident that their car will receive a full charge.

Waitlist 

When a charging spot is busy, EV drivers can simply use the app or tap in at a station to get in line to charge, regardless of whether they’re at home, on their commute or pulling into the lot. Drivers simply choose the charging stations they want to use from their ChargePoint driver account and are notified when it’s their turn to charge. We make it convenient for drivers to be added to the Waitlist either from the station or from their account on our cloud. When an EV driver's turn comes up, her avatar is displayed on the station screen so she can easily identify her reserved spot. Waitlist also prompts drivers to move as soon as their vehicles are charged, while notifying waiting drivers that a charging spot has opened up. This helps discourage squatting behaviors and gives everybody the opportunity to “fill up.” Drivers can even set up Waitlist so they’re automatically added to a queue every day, which can be particularly helpful in the workplace.

Valet

A great tool for businesses such as hotels or performance venues, Valet’s simple map view provides a clear picture of the charging status of vehicles that are currently plugged in and which spots are available, making it easy for valet attendants to identify available charging spots and to switch out vehicles that have finished charging for those in need.

While pundits and politicians may still squabble over the science, most governments and businesses around the world have shifted gears and are moving forward to a clean energy future. That reminds us of something else Amelia Earhart said: “Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn’t be done.” It was great advice then and it is great advice now—especially as we enter this new age of e-mobility. Join us!

ChargePoint Reviews

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    I have truly enjoyed my experience in ChargePoint. The company fosters a good culture and offers good growth opportunities to its employees. Additionally, the company very transparent with its employees on the status of product and sales etc, supports town hall events and a woman's initiative, and supports various other professional development opportunities for its employees.

    Cons

    Even though it is an established "start up" , the company is spread a little thin, and I find that I do struggle with work life balance at times. Management is aware and there is always a strive to maintain the culture that ChargePoint adheres.

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ChargePoint Photos

ChargePoint photo of: An average EV on the road in the U.S. has the same greenhouse-gas emissions as a car getting 80 MPG, another reason to #MakeTheSwitch to electric!
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ChargePoint photo of: ChargePoint featured as the “App of the Day,” our app helps you find available #EVcharging stations, start charging, get notified, see station pictures, read driver tips and more!
ChargePoint photo of: Tap your smartphone, RFID card or Apple Watch to start a charge. See how: https://www.chargepoint.com/support/how-to-charge/
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ChargePoint photo of: June 2019: ChargePoint takes on SF Escape for Alcatraz Triathlon
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ChargePoint Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at ChargePoint in July 2019.

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    Process was long but thorough. Total time for interview was approximately 5 hours with 7 different people each diving into a different topic such as manufacturing techniques, sheet metal design, GD&T, etc. Many of the interviewers asked the same questions.

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ChargePoint Awards & Accolades

  • Global Cleantech Hall of Fame, Cleantech Group, 2018
  • Top 50 Disruptive Companies, CNBC, 2014
  • Sustainia: World's 100 Leading Sustainability Innovations, Sustainia100, 2014
  • United Nations: Momentum for Change, United Nations, 2015
  • Edison Awards: Silver in the Electric Energy & Propulsion Systems category, Edison Awards, 2016
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