mattcandler.io

mattcandler.io

matt candler

https://www.bizneworleans.com/shifting-gears/
https://mynextelectric.com/

My Next Electric is a community of people curious about EVs.

http://nightshiftbikes.com

Night Shift Bikes is an electric vehicle studio in New Orleans, LA.

https://softskillsforhardtech.com

Soft Skills for Hard Tech is for people curious about leadership & strategy.

I’ve been designing learning spaces and tools for 25+ years.

  • 1996 Atlanta Olympics - COO’s team at the largest peace-time event in world history
  • KIPP Foundation - School development at the largest charter school network in the US
  • NYC Charter Schools - COO for first city-wide charter school incubator in the US
  • In 2006, I moved to New Orleans to serve as CEO at New Schools for New Orleans, now home to one of the nation’s most innovative system of public schools - mostly because of what hard-working educators who stay in the classroom do everyday.
  • In 2010, I launched an organization called 4.0 to help entrepreneurs explore new ways to help people learn. 1,500 alumni have served more than 9 Million families across the US. Handing off leadership to my successor took four years and taught me tons about power, identity and leadership.

I’ve been building electric motorcycles and bikes for 17 years.

  • I started building electric motorcycles in 2006, mostly as a scheme to justify buying cool tools. Some of my bikes have been on TV and featured in books on the future of transport. I always think they’ll take less time than they do, but I learn something new every build.

Now I’m helping people go electric.

  • I helped start one of the largest micro-grid projects in the US, Together New Orleans’ Community Lighthouse. 86 houses of faith and non-profits are being equipped with solar and energy storage.
  • I mentor EnergyTech founders at TechStars.
  • I’m an active angel investor in electrification (Thesis)
    • B2U Storage Solutions: Freeman Hall’s team runs the largest second-life electric car battery power plant in the US.
    • Flux Hybrids: Led by Micah Ulrich, Flux adds electric drivetrains to lightweight trucks.
    • Edge Energy: Greg York’s team is keeping EVs near the edge of the grid charged.
    • Accelerate Wind: Erika Boeing’s pairing existing roof-top solar with wind power captured at the edge of the roof.
    • NeoCharge: Spencer Harrison’s built a smart 240V splitter and software to help EV drivers save money charging at home.
    • Channing Copper: Charlie is the first ever energy storage equipped induction range.
    • Aptera Motors: Aptera is a Solar Electric Vehicle that requires no charging for most daily use.
education
  • MBA, Northwestern University/Kellogg: Decision Sciences, Education Mgmt
  • BA, Duke University: math, Spanish Language
  • Racial Equity Institute, Rocky Mountain School of Photography, Fuller Moto Welding Essentials, Center for Restorative Approaches, On Deck Climate Tech Fellowship
media

Biz New Orleans on My Next Electric

https://www.bizneworleans.com/shifting-gears/

The Vintagent on Converting Bikes

https://thevintagent.com/2018/04/25/the-current-talking-conversion-with-night-shifts-matt-candler/

A short on what NASA can teach us about schools

https://bigthink.com/the-present/creative-education-reform/

Forbes on Rooted School

https://www.forbes.com/sites/mattcandler/2018/08/27/how-rooted-a-new-orleans-charter-high-school-is-graduating-kids-who-go-straight-to-20hour-jobs/?sh=2829f96d5cc3

Tom Vander Ark Pod on 4.0 and The Future of School

https://www.gettingsmart.com/podcast/matt-candler-future-of-school/

Leadership for Educational Equity Pod on Lessons at 4.0

https://educationalequity.org/blog/podcast-matt-candlers-lessons-100-schools-startups

The 74 on investing in entrepreneurs

https://www.the74million.org/article/the-tiny-school-project-is-about-to-get-even-smaller-40-schools-new-plan-to-reach-edu-entrepreneurs/

Pecha Kucha Talk on motorcycles

https://www.pechakucha.com/presentations/i-suck-i-fail-im-alive

More Writing/Video

investing
  • B2U Energy Storage Solutions: B2U runs the largest 2nd-life EV battery power plant in the US.
  • Flux Hybrids: Led by Micah Ulrich, Flux adds electric drivetrains to lightweight trucks.
  • Edge Energy: Greg York’s team is keeping EVs near the edge of the grid charged.
  • Accelerate Wind: Erika Boeing’s pairing existing roof-top solar with wind power captured at the edge of the roof.
  • NeoCharge: Spencer Harrison’s built a smart 240V splitter and software to help EV drivers save money charging at home.
  • Channing Copper: Charlie is the first ever energy storage equipped induction range.
  • Aptera Motors: Aptera is a Solar Electric Vehicle that requires no charging for most daily use.

third person bio

Matt Candler has been scaling companies and coaching people who lead them for 25 years. In 2010, he launched an organization called 4.0 to help entrepreneurs build better learning spaces and tools. More than 1,500 4.0 alumni now serve millions of families across the US.

Matt’s been into electrification for 17 years.  He started building electric motorcycles in 2006, mostly as a scheme to justify buying new tools; his bikes have been on TV shows like Ride with Norman Reedus and  in books on the future of transport like The Current. In 2019, he began serving as an an advisor to B2U Storage Solutions, operator of the largest second-life electric car battery power plant in the USA. In 2021, he helped start one of the largest micro-grid projects in the US, Together New Orleans’ Community Lighthouse, where 85 houses of faith and non-profits will be equipped with solar and energy storage. Matt helps people switch to electric vehicles and appliances at My Next Electric.

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Why focus on fun?

In the first season of his off-season travel show, The Ride, Walking Dead star Norman Reedus took a ride on one of my electric motorcycles. He said:

It's the trippiest thing you've ever felt. It's kind of like a magic carpet ride. You just get on it and it floats.

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Yes, electrifying will be complicated, painful and messy. But we've got to find a new way to fuel our world, and I think we can have fun doing it.