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Episode 13: Featuring Nik Balachandran

Episode Summary

Nik’s passion for hiking and open water swimming led him into the waste industry, after he kept encountering trash in otherwise beautiful natural areas. Driven to take on the growing problem of waste, Nik realized a crucial piece was missing from zero waste initiatives: data. In 2016, he founded Zabble Inc. to create a SaaS platform with mobile and cloud technology, to help large educational institutions and corporate organizations track their zero waste programs and gain real-time insights into their waste stream. Prior to this, Nik worked at seminal startups in the San Francisco Bay Area bringing new ideas to life in the areas of noise cancellation, clinical data analysis, patient medication adherence and indoor air quality. In addition to his role as CEO of Zabble, Nik also serves as a board member for Northern California Recycling Association (NCRA), and actively participates in zero waste advocacy. Zabble recently pivoted to assist hospitals during this pandemic time to help hospitals monitor PPE contamination to streamline collection and hauling costs. Zabble has been featured on AMC’s NewsWatchTV, Resource Recycling, SF Examiner and Waste 360 for an ongoing project with UCSF to help them achieve their zero waste goal by 2020.