To hear 21-year-old Param Jaggi speak, millennials are on a mission to save the world.
The Plano native is doing his part, holding several patents on inventions that reduce greenhouse gases and awaken people’s consciences to real-world problems.
He’s most known for developing the EcoTube, a cylindrical device with lab-grown algae that attaches to tail pipes, transforming carbon emissions into oxygen.
Jaggi brought his inspiring message to the Social Venture Partners Dallas luncheon Feb. 24 at the Magnolia Hotel Dallas Park Cities.
He spent years tinkering and perfecting the EcoTube while attending Plano East Senior High School. He went on to attend Vanderbilt University before dropping out to pursue his passions.
His radical ideas have faced their share of rejection, too. In a UpRoxx Luminaries profile video on Jaggi, an executive asks him whether the EcoTube saves money.
“No, it doesn’t,” Jaggi said, after explaining EcoTube is an after-market device that car owners can install on a tailpipe themselves to reduce their vehicle’s carbon footprint.
“Interesting,” the executive said, before ending the staged meeting. You can watch the YouTube video below.
But Jaggi isn’t deterred. That 9-inch algae-bearing device is more than the sum of its parts. It’s a symbol that’s inspired and empowered young minds across the globe in emails that he gets every day, Jaggi said.
“For us, it’s all about passion, desire and self-worth and really having an impact on the world,” he said. “We’re always asking for more out of companies. More than the bottom line.”
It’s similar to the reason Apple products are so popular.
“It’s a status symbol. Apple stands for professional design and excellence in execution,” Jaggi said. “You purchase the Apple product not because it’s superior to a PC, which it’s not, as a programmer, but because of what Apple stands for.”
Jaggi grew up idolizing Leonardo da Vinci, Nikola Tesla and others who left their mark on the world.
His latest venture is called Hatch, a platform that allows anyone to build a mobile app using templates—no coding required.
“The next generation of companies will bring a quality to the world and really empower us all,” Param Jaggi said.
This could be a godsend for small businesses and other entrepreneurs who want to create an app for their company but don’t have the expertise. And it’s free, of course.
“We’re democratizing that technology for the masses,” he said. “You get empowered. You get people inspired to do more, to be more. Which, I believe is going to be the future of business.”
People of his generation think differently, he said. They’ve got more of a social awareness of the injustices around the world. They see right through bogus corporate messages. They are cynical and they want something real.
The traditional methods aren’t working.
“The next generation of companies will bring a quality to the world and really empower us all,” Jaggi said. “I truly believe there’s a revolution coming in business.”
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