Experiencing a year of rapid growth, Leap expands its Board to help further scale its platform
Leap, a leading energy market access provider, announced today the addition of Carly Brantz to their Board of Directors effective November 14th. Brantz brings over 20 years of experience scaling high-growth technology companies and currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer for DigitalOcean.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Carly to the Leap Board of Directors and look forward to leveraging her wealth of experience at high-growth technology companies,” said Thomas Folker, Leap’s co-founder and CEO. “We’ve experienced tremendous growth over the past five years and Carly’s proven track record of delivering self-serve software solutions combined with strong developer relations will help to position Leap for continued growth.”
Leap’s software platform simplifies energy market participation for grid-connected distributed energy resources (DERs) such as smart thermostats, electric vehicle (EV) chargers and battery storage systems. The platform makes it easy for DER technology providers to connect their customer devices to the grid and provide support during peak demand periods. This makes the grid more resilient and unlocks new revenue streams for technology providers.
“Leap’s platform was instrumental in helping to avoid blackouts during this summer’s heat waves in both Texas and California,” said Brantz. “The rise in extreme weather events that strain the grid, increased reliance on intermittent renewable energy sources and rapid adoption of cloud-connect energy devices all point to strong growth projections for Leap’s platform. I’m thrilled to be a part of this energy transformation that will result in a cleaner, more resilient electric grid.”
As Chief Marketing Officer at DigitalOcean, Brantz oversees global marketing operations and is responsible for scaling its self-serve and sales-led acquisition initiatives, as well as creating the company’s social impact arm and driving developer relations and communications. She also spearheaded the launch of DigitalOcean’s brand refresh, increasing monthly web visitors by several million. Prior to joining DigitalOcean, Brantz served as Vice President of Revenue Marketing at SendGrid, where she led the growth of the company’s self-service platform, supported revenue growth increases of 40% year-over-year and helped execute strategy for the company’s acquisition by Twilio in 2019. Earlier in her career, Brantz served as the Director of Marketing at Return Path, a global leader in email deliverability.
Leap is the leading global platform for generating new value from grid-connected resources and devices through integration with energy markets. Leap does all of the heavy lifting, seamlessly connecting technology partners to high-value revenue streams and providing a simplified, automated access point for market participation with batteries, electric vehicle charging, smart thermostats, HVAC systems, industrial facilities, and other flexible assets. By making it easy for new distributed resources to participate in energy markets, Leap lays the groundwork for virtual power plants (VPP). Leap empowers its partners to provide resilient, zero-carbon capacity to the grid while strengthening engagement with their customers through new value streams.