This is no AAA battery – a Long Island City startup with Long Island connections is bringing its field-tested “charge-sharing” tech straight to The Show.
Hoplite Power, a client of Stony Brook University’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program proliferating rechargeable smartphone battery packs and a network to rent and return them, is set to join the New York Mets just in time for the Amazins’ unlikely playoff run, with five “Hoplite Hubs” expected to debut at Citi Field later this month.
Company co-founders Jordan Mayerson and Nikolas Schreiber had actually hoped to charge into Citi Field in July, but “supplier-side issues” slowed things down, according to Mayerson.
Such is the life of the early-stage bootstrapper. Mayerson, CEO of the 2014 startup, and Schreiber, who was actually the company’s first tech hire but evolved into a co-founder/chief technologist role, are literally doing it themselves, with the help of a revolving door of interns: designing the hubs, marketing them, even building them by hand in their LIC office.
That last part is no mean feat: The Hoplite Hubs, designed to fit nicely into smaller businesses (bars and restaurants) and larger venues (arenas and airports), are each constructed to store, dispense, receive and automatically re-charge up to 48 Hoplites, the universal battery packs that can be rented from and returned to any Hub in the network.