Tuesday Apr 09, 2024

Javier Marti, CEO & Founder of Divirod: $7.6 Million Raised to Build the Google Maps For Water

Welcome to another episode of Category Visionaries — the show that explores GTM stories from tech's most innovative B2B founders. In today's episode, we're speaking with Javier Marti, CEO & Founder of Divirod, a water data platform that has raised $7.6 Million in funding. 

Here are the most interesting points from our conversation:

  • Global Background and Boulder’s Charm: Javier shares his international experience and how a visit to Boulder, Colorado, led him to call it home. This diverse background influences his global perspective on tackling water-related challenges.
  • Early Entrepreneurial Ventures: From starting an e-commerce wine business with his wife to significant roles in engineering and space companies, Javier's varied career set the stage for his venture into technology entrepreneurship focused on societal impact.
  • Inspiration Behind Divirod: A moment of reflection in 2016 led Javier to focus on addressing the impending challenges of climate change, particularly those related to water. His vision for Divirod was to create a platform that could significantly contribute to our understanding and management of water resources in the context of global climate change.
  • The Concept of "Google Maps for Water": Divirod is described as the Google Maps for water, providing vital data and insights into water risks and impacts. This analogy helps convey the platform's utility in navigating the complex issues surrounding water scarcity and climate change.
  • Solving Water Data Scarcity: Javier highlights the challenge of water data scarcity and how Divirod uses both publicly available data and proprietary sensing technology to augment the understanding of water-related risks, showcasing the innovation at the core of Divirod's solution.
  • Marketing Philosophy and Traction: Focusing on brand awareness and partnerships, Javier discusses the importance of making the problem Divirod solves well-known, even in the face of a slow market. He emphasizes perseverance, partnerships, and direct feedback from the market as key strategies for building traction.

 

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