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A podcast about a recovering software entrepreneur (me!), and my quest to reorient my career around helping solve climate change for this next chapter and beyond. Includes interviews with people in the thick of tackling this problem, and commentary from yours truly. I'm glad you are here!

A podcast about a recovering software entrepreneur (me!), and my quest to reorient my career around helping solve climate change for this next chapter and beyond. Includes interviews with people in the thick of tackling this problem, and commentary from yours truly. I'm glad you are here!
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A podcast about a recovering software entrepreneur (me!), and my quest to reorient my career around helping solve climate change for this next chapter and beyond. Includes interviews with people in the thick of tackling this problem, and commentary from yours truly. I'm glad you are here!

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English


Episodes

Ep 13: Bret Kugelmass, Managing Director at the Energy Impact Center

6/24/2019
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In this episode, I interviewed Bret Kugelmass, the Managing Director of the Energy Impact Center. Out of all of the people I’ve met so far in my journey, Bret is the closet to my spirit animal - recovering technology entrepreneur looking to work on something more purposeful, concerned about climate change, deep dive into climate brought him to nuclear, more than 1200 discussions and 170 podcast episodes in nuclear to better understand it and get to know everyone, and now doing impactful work...

Duration:00:47:21

Ep 12: Alex Flint, Executive Director of The Alliance for Market Solutions

6/20/2019
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In this episode, I interviewed Alex Flint, the Executive Director of The Alliance for Market Solutions. Alex joined AMS as executive director in May 2017. He previously served as staff director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, senior vice president of governmental affairs at the Nuclear Energy Institute, and as a member of President Trump’s transition team. In this episode, Alex and I discuss: - Alex’s background and childhood that led to his awareness and...

Duration:00:46:53

Ep 11: Nathaniel Stinnett, Founder and Executive Director of the Environmental Voter Project

6/17/2019
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In this episode, I interview Nathaniel Stinnett, the Founder and Executive Director of the Environmental Voter Project. Nathaniel Stinnett founded the Environmental Voter Project in 2015 after over a decade of experience as a senior advisor, consultant, and trainer for political campaigns and issue-advocacy nonprofits. Hailed as a "visionary" by The New York Times, and dubbed "The Voting Guru" by Grist magazine, Stinnett is a frequent expert speaker on cutting-edge campaign techniques and...

Duration:00:55:30

Ep 10: Gustaf Alstromer, Partner at Y Combinator

6/13/2019
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In this episode, I interview Gustaf Alstromer, Partner at Y Combinator and former Product Lead of Growth at AirBnB. Prior to AirBnB, he led Growth at Voxer and was the Co-Founder and CEO of Heysan (YC W07), which was acquired by Good Technology in 2009. Gustaf is one of the partners at YC that spends a portion of their time working with these companies that are focused on addressing climate change. In this episode, we discuss: - Gustaf’s background in consumer tech working at AirBnB and...

Duration:00:50:30

Ep 9: Matthew Nordan, Managing Director at Prime Impact Fund

6/10/2019
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In this episode, I interview Matthew Nordan, the Managing Director at Prime Impact Fund and the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of MNL Partners. Matthew also sits on numerous boards including Greentown Labs, Sense, and Quidnet Energy. Before Prime, Matthew was a venture capital investor at Venrock, one of the world’s oldest and most successful VC firms, where he and colleagues drove the firm’s investment in Nest Labs (acquired by Google for $3.2 billion). Prior to Venrock, Matthew was...

Duration:00:57:56

Ep 8: Gary Yohe, Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University

6/6/2019
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In this episode, I interview Gary Yohe, the Huffington Foundation Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University. Most of his work has focused on the mitigation and adaptation sides of climate change. A quick reading of Professor Yohe’s bio will give you a sense of what a heavy hitter he is: - He is the author of more than 175 scholarly articles, several books, and many contributions to media coverage of climate issues. - He has been involved since the early 1990’s...

Duration:01:08:27

Ep 7: Dan Yates, Co-Founder & former CEO of Opower

6/3/2019
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In this episode, I interview Dan Yates, the Co-Founder and former CEO of Opower, an energy software company he took public and ultimately sold to Oracle for $532 million. I was eager to speak with Dan, as he started Opower from a place of concern about the planet. It was clearly a financial win, but I had so many questions. Was it a win in terms of fulfilling the initial mission? How does he feel now about climate change vs when he started Opower in 2007? How is he evaluating what kinds of...

Duration:00:47:45

Ep 6: Bob Mumgaard, Co-Founder & CEO of Commonwealth Fusion Systems

5/30/2019
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In this episode, I interview Bob Mumgaard, the Co-Founder & CEO of Commonwealth Fusion Systems. I was looking forward to this interview for many reasons. I had many questions about fusion, how close it is to primetime, what the benefit to the world would be if it gets there, and what barriers stand in its way. And also about CFS, how it came to be, how it is positioned in the fusion landscape, and where it is in its evolution.

Duration:00:45:17

Ep 5: Sarah Kearney, Founder & Executive Director of Prime Coalition

5/27/2019
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In this episode, I interview Sarah Kearney, founder and executive director of Prime Coalition. Sarah founded Prime Coalition in 2014 to build a tribe of courageous philanthropists that believe market-driven technology innovation and deployment is critical to our fight against climate change. We cover a number of topics, including an overview of Prime and how the model works, why it matters for philanthropists and for the breakthrough innovation that is needed to help address climate change,...

Duration:00:50:53

Ep 4: Sanchali Pal, Co-Founder & CEO of Joro

5/23/2019
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In this episode, I interview Sanchali Pal, the co-founder and CEO of Joro, and app and community to help people automatically track their carbon footprints, discover and stick with low-carbon habits, and see their small steps add up to big impact for for themselves and the planet. I was a little apprehensive to bring her on as a guest, because I have found myself a bit skeptical about the impact that changing consumer behavior can have on the problem, given how deep the hole we are in is and...

Duration:00:36:51

Ep 3: Pamela Templer, Ecologist & Biology Professor at Boston University

5/20/2019
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In this episode, I interview Pamela Templer, ecologist and biology professor at Boston University. It was fascinating to talk to Pamela, as her and her students are literally on the front lines in the woods, getting a first-hand look at how climate change is impacting our forests. She also helped shed light for me on how research labs at universities get funded, and what steps she is taking to make sure that the work they do isn’t just academic, but ends up having impact in the world.

Duration:00:34:06

Ep 2: Joseph Stagner Executive Director, Sustainability and Energy at Stanford University

5/16/2019
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In this episode, I interview Joseph Stagner, the Executive Director, Sustainability and Energy Management at Stanford University. Over the past several years, Joe and his team transformed Stanford’s energy infrastructure by electrifying its heating system, replacing its gas-fired power plant with grid power, creating a unique system to recover heat, building massive tanks to store hot and cold water, and building a solar power plant. This project cut the campus’s total greenhouse gas...

Duration:00:43:26

Ep 1: Daniel Hullah, Managing Director at GE Ventures

5/13/2019
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Welcome to the inaugural episode! Our first guest is Daniel Hullah. Daniel is a longtime cleantech investor, who has seen it all, yet is still smiling. We had a great convo about some of the history of cleantech investing/innovation, where some of the biggest opportunities are, the role of strategics vs startups in pursuing that innovation, and how it all fits into our broader climate change problem.

Duration:00:37:44

Welcome to My Climate Journey

5/7/2019
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Welcome to My Climate Journey, where I share my quest to better understand climate change and how I can help, as shown through interviews with experts from a broad range of backgrounds and perspectives who are working on the front lines of tackling climate change.

Duration:00:02:33