March 30, 2022

#94 R-Zero: On UVC, Disinfecting Physical Spaces, and Pioneering a 100+ Year Old Technology | Ben Boyer, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman

#94 R-Zero: On UVC, Disinfecting Physical Spaces, and Pioneering a 100+ Year Old Technology | Ben Boyer, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman

In Episode #94, we explore UVC, disinfecting physical spaces, and pioneering a 100+ year old technology. We’re joined by Ben Boyer, co-founder and executive chairman of R-Zero. We cover the challenges of selling in healthcare vs. schools, hardware and software development at R-Zero, and utilizing the Internet of Things.


In Episode #94, we explore UVC, disinfecting physical spaces, and pioneering a 100+ year old technology. We’re joined by Ben Boyer, co-founder and executive chairman of R-Zero. We cover the challenges of selling in healthcare vs. schools, hardware and software development at R-Zero, and utilizing the Internet of Things.

“Every single one of our products has a very clear aesthetic that we care about. Our goal is to build things that people want to be around.” – Ben Boyer

EPISODE GUIDE (LINKS, QUOTES, NOTES, AND BOOKS MENTIONED)

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FULL TEXT TRANSCRIPT

https://www.danielscrivner.com/notes/r-zero-pioneering-with-100-year-old-technology-ben-boyer-spotlight-transcript 

CHAPTERS

This episode is our definitive guide to building a company based on UVC and disinfecting spaces. In it we cover:

  • (00:00:00) – Introduction
  • (00:02:24) – Why R-Zero was created
  • (00:13:36) – The perfect time for UVC technology
  • (00:16:13) – The challenges of selling in healthcare vs. schools
  • (00:18:37) – Lab data vs. clinical data
  • (00:21:13) – The R-Zero product line
  • (00:26:38) – Hardware and software development at R-Zero
  • (00:29:42) – Competitive advantages in the industry
  • (00:36:00) – Utilizing the Internet of Things
  • (00:39:47) – The investor role vs. the operator role
  • (00:45:22) – Important milestones for R-Zero

ABOUT R-ZERO

R-Zero combines powerful UV-C hardware devices, which they call nodes and are capable of removing pathogens, germs, and bacteria from both the air, as well as surfaces with powerful software that connects all these devices and monitors their performance in real time. R-Zero has modernized and is scaling a very old technology which is UV-C. UV-C is a form of ultraviolet light with a wavelength of 200 to 280 nanometers which effectively destroys and inactivates both bacteria and viruses, killing them and preventing them from reproducing. In 1903, the Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded to Niels Ryberg Finsen for his work using concentrated light to treat lupus vulgaris. Since then, UV-C technology has been used extensively for disinfecting water, air and surfaces to destroy a whole host of harmful microorganisms. R-Zero has taken UV-C and modernized it so it can be deployed in almost any setting to sanitize the air and surfaces. 

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