Top 10 to Watch: Douglas Magazine

CEO Devesh Bharadwaj was chosen as one of Douglas Magazine's Top 10 to Watch, recognizing the 10 most successful up-and-coming local businesses on Vancouver Island.


Devesh Bharadwaj has a philosophy: don’t fall in love with the solution, fall in love with the problem. The problem his technology is solving is both critical and global: creating fresh water from non-fresh sources.

Photo by Jeffrey Bodset

Q & A with Devesh Bharadwaj of Pani Energy

What advice would you give to someone just starting out?

Surround yourself with experienced, intelligent and generous advisors. Let them pick problems to solve — and, focus on important problems, rather than urgent ones.

What was the scariest part of starting up?

Knowing there is a high chance of failure can be scary. There were times I asked, “Am I making the right decision?” I was. Confidence, at the beginning, is knowing you’ll be OK if you do fail.

What book or podcast have you found most inspirational?

The book Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel touches on something interesting. True disruption and innovation in society is going from zero to one. It’s not looking for the best technique to clear horse manure; it’s building a car.


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