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Welcome to the CleanTechies Podcast where we interview ClimateTech Founders and VCs to share their advice and journeys with other Founders and VCs with the goal of helping others succeed. ----- Support the show more directly via our Substack where we also publish writing on the episodes we record. https://cleantechies.substack.com/subscribe ----- To get involved in the CleanTech revolution, suggest topics/guests, or discuss in more detail any of these topics, join our Slack Channel | https://tinyurl.com/ysb8fwu3 ----- Interested in Advertising: silasmahner@gmail.com ----- Silas is a Renewables, ClimateTech, and ESG headhunter. He grew up in a very anti-climate-change part of the country in rural Wisconsin. When he got out on his own he realized the incredible benefits of climate technologies in addition to the realities of Climate Change. He then launched CleanTechies in 2021 to help raise awareness of the various benefits of climate technology.

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Welcome to the CleanTechies Podcast where we interview ClimateTech Founders and VCs to share their advice and journeys with other Founders and VCs with the goal of helping others succeed. ----- Support the show more directly via our Substack where we also publish writing on the episodes we record. https://cleantechies.substack.com/subscribe ----- To get involved in the CleanTech revolution, suggest topics/guests, or discuss in more detail any of these topics, join our Slack Channel | https://tinyurl.com/ysb8fwu3 ----- Interested in Advertising: silasmahner@gmail.com ----- Silas is a Renewables, ClimateTech, and ESG headhunter. He grew up in a very anti-climate-change part of the country in rural Wisconsin. When he got out on his own he realized the incredible benefits of climate technologies in addition to the realities of Climate Change. He then launched CleanTechies in 2021 to help raise awareness of the various benefits of climate technology.

Twitter:

@SilasMahner

Language:

English


Episodes

From Harvard, to D.E. Shaw, to Obama Administration, to Refrigeration w/ Manik Suri (Therma)

5/28/2023
In this episode, Silas Mahner (@silasmahner) speaks with Manik Suri (@ManikVSuri) the Founder and CEO of Therma, an IoT device + software company that helps any organization using refrigeration to reduce cap ex and as a by-product, reduce the dirty energy assets on the grid. We cover his background, the problem, and the solution they are working on, and then go through building the business with a heavy focus on the work of raising money. Manik has a really interesting background having been a top achiever academically, going on to PE, and then government prior to launching Therma. Enjoy the Episode! 🌎 πŸ“Ί πŸ‘€ Prefer to watch: subscribe on YouTube. πŸ“« Interested in written summaries and takeaways from the episode? Subscribe to the newsletter. Want to be part of the community and engage further? Check out the Slack Channel. https://tinyurl.com/mwkn8zk5 ----- Topics: **1:20 Intro and Origin of Interest in Climate **4:02 The Problem **7:22 Electricity bill **11:38 The Solution **13:52 Cost and ROI **16:13 The Origin of the Idea **24:07 How his work in PE and Gov Influenced him **27:55 Carbon Abatement **31:13 Advice for Raising Capital **41:11 VC Issues & Thoughts on the Macro Environment **44:19 Discussion on VC Investing broadly **48:31 The Future ----- Links: **manik@hellotherma.com **Manik on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ManikVSuri **Therma Website: https://www.hellotherma.com/our-company **Check out our Sponsor, NextWave Partners: **Follow CleanTechies on LinkedIn: **HMU on Twitter: @silasmahner ----- Other episodes you might enjoy: **Most Recent Episode: Building a Smart AC company to help Solve Climate Change w/ Ran Roth (Sensibo) **Similar Topic: Electrifying Homes, Home Air-Quality & Health, Merging Blue & White Collar Talent w/ DR Richardson (Elephant Energy) **Something Totally Different: How to Raise Money for your ClimateTech Startup w/ Tommy Leep, founder of Jetstream VC Support the showWe are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ / info@next-wavepartners.com

Duration:00:51:24

Building a Smart AC company to help Solve Climate Change w/ Ran Roth (Sensibo)

5/22/2023
Today we speak with Ran Roth, the Co-Founder and CTO of Sensibo, an IoT device company that connects your AC units to various services to help you use your AC unit more efficiently. In today's conversation, we discuss how they got started, their experience raising funds back in the wake of the death of CleanTech 1.0, and the future of indoor climate control. Punchy episode with a lot of great content. Enjoy the Episode! 🌎 πŸ“Ί πŸ‘€ Prefer to watch: subscribe on YouTube. πŸ“« Interested in written summaries and takeaways from the episode? Subscribe to the newsletter. Want to be part of the community and engage further? Check out the Slack Channel. ----- Topics: **1:07 Intro **2:43 How he got into Sensibo **6:56 Stats: 1/3 of energy goes into heating and cooling globally **12:30 How the tech works **17:21 How they started **19:48 Going from software to hardware **22:23 When they took off & the funding process **26:21 Financial Model **28:57 Advice for Utility Partnerships **31:54 Indoor climate/air quality & health **34:36 Talent **37:00 Future of indoor climate control **39:58 Final thoughts ----- Links: **Ran on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ran-roth/ **Sensibo Website: https://sensibo.com/pages/smartac-usa **Check out our Sponsor, NextWave Partners: **Join the Slack Channel: **Follow CleanTechies on LinkedIn: **HMU on Twitter: @silasmahner ----- Other episodes you might enjoy: **Most Recent Episode: Extracting Precious Metals from Catalytic Converters to Solve Climate Change w/ Greg Pendura (Regenx) **Similar Topic Episode: Electrifying Homes, Home Air-Quality & Health, Merging Blue & White Collar Talent w/ DR Richardson (Elephant Energy) **Something Totally Different: How CorporateVCs are Playing a role in the Climate Revolution w/ Erik Terjesen (Silicon Foundry) Support the showWe are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ / info@next-wavepartners.com

Duration:00:42:03

Extracting Precious Metals from Catalytic Converters to Solve Climate Change w/ Greg Pendura (Regenx)

5/17/2023
In this episode, Silas Mahner (@silasmahner) speaks with the CEO of publicly traded, Regenx, Greg Pendura. Regenx is a metals recycling company recovering precious metals from catalytic converters and selling it on the market or providing the service directly to OEMs. Greg explains the problem they are solving, how they are solving it, the back story of the company, how they funded the project, and where he sees the future going. If you dream of a future where everything can be broken down and made into either the same or another product, this is a great episode for you. Enjoy the Episode! 🌎 πŸ“Ί πŸ‘€ Prefer to watch: subscribe on YouTube. πŸ“« Interested in written summaries and takeaways from the episode? Subscribe to the newsletter. Want to be part of the community and engage further? Check out the Slack Channel. https://tinyurl.com/mwkn8zk5 ----- Topics: **1:19 Intro to Greg **6:03 The Problem **14:38 The Solution **17:14 Offtake of the Materials **21:39 Total Recovery **24:28 Business Model **34:22 The R&D Process **38:58 Funding **50:54Final Thoughts ----- Links: **Connect with Greg: https://www.linkedin.com/in/greg-pendura-301bb01b1/ **Regenx Website: https://www.regenx.tech/ **Check out our Sponsor, NextWave Partners: https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ **Follow CleanTechies on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/clean-techies/ **HMU on Twitter: @silasmahner ----- Other episodes you might enjoy: **From 30% to 90% Li Recovery, Founding a ClimateTech Co, & Talent Moat w/ Teague Egan (EnergyX) **Mineral Availability, Sustainable Mining, & ClimateTech Supply Chain Challenges w/ Nick Rohleder **Endings, Endineering, Circular Economy, & the Customer Experience w/ Joe Macleod **The Future of Clean Energy, Materials/Mfg, & the Circular Economy with Author, Peter Leyden Support the showWe are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ / info@next-wavepartners.com

Duration:00:52:38

Capturing Methane to Power Data Centers in Remote Areas w/ Andreas Lehner (PowerBlocks)

5/12/2023
In this episode Silas Mahner (@silasmahner) speaks with Andreas Lehner (@lehner_a) about what he's doing with his new company PowerBlocks to capture methane that is just being flared, using that energy to power data centers or bitcoin mining, how he got interested in Climate, how to build an MVP with a hardware business, a short discussion around AI and the energy grid, and how he stays focused on one thing at a time. Enjoy the Episode! 🌎 πŸ“Ί πŸ‘€ Prefer to watch: subscribe on YouTube. πŸ“« Interested in written summaries and takeaways from the episode? Subscribe to the newsletter. Want to be part of the community and engage further? Check out the Slack Channel. https://tinyurl.com/mwkn8zk5 ----- Topics: **1:19 What he's doing today and his backstory. **19:47 Bitcoin & Climate Compatibility. **25:50 How to win a pilot project? **31:27 How they finance the projects. **34:28 Should AI be allowed to touch the energy grid? **43:44 What is their funding mostly used for? ----- Links: andreas@powerblocks.co Connect with Andreas: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lehnerandreas/ PowerBlocks Website: https://powerblocks.co/ Check out our Sponsor, NextWave Partners: https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ Follow CleanTechies on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/clean-techies/ HMU on Twitter: @silasmahner ----- Other episodes you might enjoy: #74 Utilizing Carbon in Everyday Products w/ Aaron Fitzgerald of Mars Materials #83 From 30% to 90% Li Recovery, Founding a ClimateTech Co, & Talent Moat w/ Teague Egan (EnergyX) #2 Reimagining Carbon as a Useful Product w/ Apoorv Sinha (Carbon Upcycling Technologies) Support the showWe are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ / info@next-wavepartners.com

Duration:00:54:29

How to build an MVP with a complex ClimateTech Startup - Andy Frank, Founder of Sealed

5/3/2023
Today we have a really energetic (no pun intended) conversation with Andy Frank, the founder of Sealed. They are an energy efficiency company that pays for home infrastructure upgrades and then gets paid back over time by their customer. The more efficiency they produce, the more they make which creates a great incentive structure. We discussed a lot but the best part for me was going through how he built the company from an idea, to an MVP, and eventually to a very robust and successful business. The most impactful advice he shared was about speaking with your customers to understand what they need and what they will buy. There is a lot of other advice in there, but that was the most impactful thing on their success. Enjoy the Episode! 🌎 πŸ“Ί πŸ‘€ Prefer to watch: subscribe on YouTube. πŸ“« Interested in written summaries and takeaways from the episode? Subscribe to the newsletter. Want to be part of the community and engage further? Check out the Slack Channel. https://tinyurl.com/mwkn8zk5 ----- Topics: (2:03) Andy's Climate Journey (7:12) Early Career & Finding his clarity of Purpose (12:15) The initial seed of Sealed (16:27) What Sealed Does (29:28) Raising money initially (33:49) Real proof & the Business taking off (44:37) Getting the real funding (46:47) Fundraising from different people (49:28) Future view (54:45) IRA Homes Program (59:17) Talent ----- Links: Connect with Andy: Check out Sealed: Check out our Sponsor, NextWave Partners: https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ Join the Slack Channel: Follow CleanTechies on LinkedIn: HMU on Twitter: @silasmahner ----- Other episodes you might enjoy: #16 Using all the CaCao Plant with Shannon Neumann from CaPao #58 The Future of Clean Energy, Materials/Mfg, & the Circular Economy with Author, Peter Leyden #57 Soap, Carbon Capture, Boilers, and PropTech w/ Jaeson Cardiff (Clean02) #43 A Deep Dive Into the Grid, the Intermittency Problem, & Where do We go from Here w/ Bha Support the showWe are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ / info@next-wavepartners.com

Duration:01:05:04

Cutting Building Heat Loss Via Windows & Building a Platform for Glass Technology Firms w/ Anas Kassas (INOVUES)

5/2/2023
In this episode, Silas Mahner (@silasmahner) speaks with Anas Al Kassas the founder and CEO of INOVUES where they are helping solve heat loss for buildings. Their tech is essentially a retrofit solution to single-pane glass that can be achieved at scale. They are also partnering with other companies such as solar glass and tinting services to act as a platform for them to sell their tech. The key things in this conversation are 1) how their tech works 2) how he got started and the process of going through accelerators and getting the initial round of funding, 3) how the IP process works and his experience there, and 4) how they are using creative financing models to remove the friction from buying. Enjoy the Episode! 🌎 πŸ“Ί πŸ‘€ Prefer to watch: subscribe on YouTube. πŸ“« Interested in written summaries and takeaways from the episode? Subscribe to the newsletter. Want to be part of the community and engage further? Check out the Slack Channel. https://tinyurl.com/mwkn8zk5 ----- Topics: (00:17) Intro & how he got the Idea for the Tech (10:00) What INOVUES doing (13:30) How their tech works (19:30) How they. get the glass installed at scale (24:00) Building the business & funding (35:30) IP, the Process, and Learnings (40:45) Universities and IP (43:00) Funding the business continued (47:45) Managing partnerships (53:00) Financing options to their clients (56:00) Final thoughts ----- Links: Connect with Anas: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anaskassas/ Inovues Website: https://www.inovues.com/ Check out our Sponsor, NextWave Partners: https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ Join the Slack Channel: https://cleantechies.slack.com/join/shared_invite/zt-pd2drz6d-N~9nURU5JlyMXv2ZiO5bAQ#/shared-invite/email Follow CleanTechies on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/clean-techies/ HMU on Twitter: @silasmahner ----- Other episodes you might enjoy: #9 Micro-met Support the showWe are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ / info@next-wavepartners.com

Duration:01:00:25

Real Conversations about the Challenges, Insecurities, and Joys of Building a ClimateTech Startup w/ Alina Liu (Disco)

4/28/2023
Today we had a really fun, but also impactful, and very transparent conversation, one that is slightly different than a lot of the guests we've had on. Someone who is a lot earlier in her journey of building her company. I wanted to have her on as an opportunity to showcase the life of someone deep in the grind of building their startup with the hope to one day make a massive impact on climate change. There are so many startup founders out there in the midst of building their projects. And certainly, there can be moments of doubt and uncertainty. We wanted to have today's episode to show you that you're not alone - you're not the only one with those feelings of uncertainty and insecurity. Hopefully, it's a bit of encouragement and grounding to reality so you remember that nothing is perfect - and everyone is out there figuring it out. Today's episode is with Alina Liu who is the founder of Disco, a Chrome extension that shows a re-sale option for the product you're currently looking at. I encourage you to reach out to Alina and connect with her. To any founders listening, it's important that you all support each other so we can help solve climate change together. Enjoy the Episode! 🌎 πŸ“Ί πŸ‘€ Prefer to watch: subscribe on YouTube. πŸ“« Interested in written summaries and takeaways from the episode? Subscribe to the newsletter. Want to be part of the community and engage further? Check out the Slack Channel. https://cleantechies.slack.com/join/shared_invite/zt-pd2drz6d-N~9nURU5JlyMXv2ZiO5bAQ#/shared-invite/email ----- Topics: **1:42 Intro and backstory **3:10 Going from big-ish tech to founding a climate startup **13:40 Building the company and getting started **18:12 Advice to others starting out **22:05 Starting Disco **27:00 How to Maintain Mental Energy **29:10 Raising from Friends and Family **35:24 Experience as a solo female-founder **38:49 Future, Excitement, and Closing thoughts ----- Links: **Connect with Alina: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alinacliu/ **Get Disco: https://www.usedisco.io/ **Check out our Sponsor, NextWave Partners: https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ **Follow CleanTechies on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/clean-techies/ ** Support the showWe are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ / info@next-wavepartners.com

Duration:00:41:36

Food Waste to Energy; A new Vertical of Infrastructure w/ Ryan Begin (Divert)

4/26/2023
Today we are joined by Ryan Begin. One of the founding members of Divert. Divert is building food waste to energy plants that have achieved the scale to become profitable, scalable, and impactful in combating climate change. This is a truly inspiring story as it took them about 13 years to get to the point of proving their technology and perfecting the business model in a way that they could then get serious funding. Serious funding refers to, them now hitting a point of getting funding from Private Equity groups. In particular, Infrastructure funds. In the conversation, we go through how Ryan got into the space and left the defense space to be part of the founding team at Divert. We talk about the challenges and the milestones along the way. Then in the latter half, we discuss a lot about the financing of their business, how to get to the point of attracting Infrastructure Funding, and how important talent is to the success of your business. Genuinely engaging conversation and insights from Ryan. Enjoy the Episode! 🌎 πŸ“Ί πŸ‘€ Prefer to watch: subscribe on YouTube. πŸ“« Interested in written summaries and takeaways from the episode? Subscribe to the newsletter. Want to be part of the community and engage further? Check out the Slack Channel. https://tinyurl.com/mwkn8zk5 ----- Topics: **1:43 Intro and how he came from Defense to Climate **6:10 His CleanTech 1.0 **8:56 How the process looks and what they do **15:52 Their Business Model **25:23 Once they have the waste **29:11 Carbon Credits? **30:39 Early days of the company **37:53 Financing (PE vs VC + Revenue Quality + TAM + Infrastructure Play) **44:15 How to Prove Growth and Quality of Revenue **47:08 Talent **52:12 The future ----- Links: **Connect with Ryan: **Divert Website: **Check out our Sponsor, NextWave Partners: **Join the Slack Channel: **Follow CleanTechies on LinkedIn: **HMU on Twitter: @silasmahner ----- Other episodes you might enjoy: **#39 Helping Commercial Kitchens Reduce Food Waste and Save Money **#62 Solving Fresh Food Inventory Management with Johannes from Afresh **#83 From 30% to 90% Li Recovery, Founding Support the showWe are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ / info@next-wavepartners.com

Duration:00:54:20

Unlocking the Power of Oceanic Carbon Capture w/ Ben Swainbank (Oceanid MRV)

4/21/2023
Today we are joined by the founder of Oceanid MRV, Ben Swainbank. For context, carbon capture and the measurement of how much is captured is something pretty well solved in forestry and direct air capture. However, for oceanic capture, it is not. This presents a big dilemma as Oceanic Carbon Capture is widely regarded as the most scalable method to pull carbon out of the air at a gigaton scale. Ben today talks to us about how he and his team are working on formalizing and certifying the amount and quality of carbon captured through such oceanic projects. This conversation was super helpful for understanding why oceanic pathways are important as well as the challenges of measuring the work done in a manner that is accurate and sufficient to certify. An interesting takeaway from this episode is how Ben, as a non-scientist, is building a company in a scientific space but is doing it by surrounding himself with a team of oceanographers and then bringing together the science and the commercial side of things. Early on in the show he also walked us through the steps he took to decide if this was a space he should go deeper on. This was a very helpful framework for any aspiring ClimateTech founders. We hope you enjoy this episode of the show! Topics: Links: ben.swainbank@oceanidmrv.comOceanid MRV Website:Ben Swainbank on LinkedIn:Check out our Sponsor, NextWave Partners:Join the Slack Channelhttps://cleantechies.slack.com/join/shared_invite/zt-pd2drz6d-N~9nURU5JlyMXv2ZiO5bAQ#/shared-invite/emailFollow CleanTechies on LinkedIn:HMU on Twitter__________ We are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its s Support the showWe are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ / info@next-wavepartners.com

Duration:00:58:48

Hard Truths About VC, Raising Advice, & Small Fund Limitations w/ Susan Su (Toba Capital)

4/18/2023
Today we were joined by Susan Su. Susan is a Partner at Toba Capital which differentiates from many funds in that it only has one LP. That LP invests across a range of spaces which allows the Toba team to get special insight into other areas of investing which could affect their investments and existing portfolio companies. Susan has to be one of the most genuine people I've had on the show. She shared her career journey and how she went from being an operator to working with Sound Ventures (founded by Ashton Kutcher) and eventually ending up as a Partner at Toba Capital. We discussed some details about being a VC specifically around doing follow-up rounds. We covered the differences of investing in Hardware vs Software. The limitations of smaller VCs are to get into deep tech or hardware tech. We spoke about how hard it is to be a VC. Breaking into VC. And probably one of the most valuable things is advice to founders about their fundraising process. Many of the things she said especially around her advice to young people about patience and impatience, really struck accord with me. Super glad that I can bring this episode to you. Enjoy! Topics: Links: Toba Captal:https://tobacapital.com/Susan on Twitter:https://twitter.com/susanfsuCheck out our Sponsor, NextWave Partners:https://www.next-wavepartners.com/Join the Slack Channelhttps://cleantechies.slack.com/join/shared_invite/zt-pd2drz6d-N~9nURU5JlyMXv2ZiO5bAQ#/shared-invite/emailFollow CleanTechies on LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/company/clean-techies/HMU on Twitter__________ We are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to Support the showWe are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ / info@next-wavepartners.com

Duration:00:43:26

Cleaning up Oceans at the Source...Rivers w/ Nicola Rubini (Conai)

4/14/2023
Today we are joined by Nicola Rubini from the River Cleaning Project by Conai. You may not know, but 80% of plastics that end up in the ocean are deposited there by rivers. Today we speak with Nicola about how they are trying to fix this problem given that rivers are conveniently a focused path of water. The technology they have is pretty fascinating but what's more, is the nuances required to navigate the political issues and the difficulties of building this type of business. Really interesting challenges that hopefully are valuable to any founders listening. Enjoy the episode! 🌍 Topics: Links: Connect with Nicola:Conai Website:Check out our Sponsor, NextWave Partners:https://www.next-wavepartners.com/Join the Slack Channelhttps://cleantechies.slack.com/join/shared_invite/zt-pd2drz6d-N~9nURU5JlyMXv2ZiO5bAQ#/shared-invite/emailFollow CleanTechies on LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/company/clean-techies/HMU on Twitter__________ We are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ / info@next-wavepartners.com Support the showWe are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ / info@next-wavepartners.com

Duration:01:00:15

How Keyframe is Bridging the Gap from Pure VC to Pure PE Financing for Hard Tech COs w/ Ethan Goldsmith

4/5/2023
Today we have a pretty interesting capital provider joining us. Ethan Goldsmith is an Investment Partner at Keyframe Capital and helped found TeraWatt Infrastructure (the fleet charging behemoth). We went through the usual stuff around his background, early career, what they are doing, how they source deals, and their unique points but the core of this conversation in my opinion is really in their model. Since their inception, they saw that ClimateTech would require more flexible capital structures given that the pure equity model wasn't going to work given how capital-intensive most of these technologies are. They set up their fund to include those flexibilities. As an example, they might find a firm that is in need of funding, they could write a check in return for equity, but then in a few months, they might issue a specific project finance product for that use case. If the portfolio company needed to raise that in the form of equity for dollars, they would quickly be eradicating their cap table space. This to me is the most important aspect of this entire conversation and I'm glad we had the chance to speak with Ethan to go through it. There are other interesting topics here but this is key for other fund builders to consider. Enjoy the episode! Topics: Links: Connect with Ethan:https://www.linkedin.com/in/ethan-goldsmith-186b3627Keyframe Capital Website:https://www.keyframecapital.com/Check out our Sponsor, NextWave Partners:https://www.next-wavepartners.com/Join the Slack Channelhttps://cleantechies.slack.com/join/shared_invite/zt-pd2drz6d-N~9nURU5JlyMXv2ZiO5bAQ#/shared-invite/emailFollow CleanTechies on LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/company/clean-techies/Support the showWe are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ / info@next-wavepartners.com

Duration:00:53:03

Total Real Estate Retrofits, RE Valuations, Tenant Education, & More w/ Chris Gray (RENU Communities)

3/28/2023
Today we are joined by Chris Gray, the CTO of RENU Communities. At it's simplest form, they are a PE Fund that is doing total retrofits on real estate to make it a sustainable building. The more interesting aspects of what they are doing are, In the end, Chris also had some interesting insights to share on the IRA bill which directly contributes to the bottom line of real estate owners. So if you own real estate, you might want to check that out as well. Enjoy today's episode! Peace out! 🌎 Topics: Links: Connect with Chris:RENU Communities Website:Check out our Sponsor, NextWave Partners:https://www.next-wavepartners.com/Join the Slack Channelhttps://cleantechies.slack.com/join/shared_invite/zt-pd2drz6d-N~9nURU5JlyMXv2ZiO5bAQ#/shared-invite/emailFollow CleanTechies on LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/company/clean-techies/HMU on Twitter __________ We are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is tak Support the showWe are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ / info@next-wavepartners.com

Duration:00:59:49

From Dust to Dust Masonry Products - Fusing Modern Science + Traditional Methods w/ Adital Ela (Criaterra)

3/21/2023
Today we are joined by the founder of Criaterra, Adital Ela. Adital is an industrial designer by education and profession who was seeking the potential to make fully circular building products. She was inspired to do this when visiting India she saw how clay Chai cups were used and then tossed to the ground to return to their original form. After 12 years she then decided to set out to build Criaterra. In essence, they are an R&D company that aims to license out their IP for the production of fully circular building products. For the time being, they have focused on their MVP, decorative, non-structural tiles. In this conversation, we speak about her journey and the challenges of building a company like Criaterra. Our biggest takeaway was that it takes a lot of grit and resiliency to persist on this path. Adital has seen many struggles in the journey of building this company but is keeping the faith and working towards the vision of fully-circular structural building products. Prepare to be inspired. Peace out! 🌎 Topics: Links: Connect with Adital:Criaterra Website:Check out our Sponsor, NextWave Partners:https://www.next-wavepartners.com/Join the Slack Channelhttps://cleantechies.slack.com/join/shared_invite/zt-pd2drz6d-N~9nURU5JlyMXv2ZiO5bAQ#/shared-invite/emailFollow CleanTechies on LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/company/clean-techies/HMU on Twitter__________ We are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWa Support the showWe are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ / info@next-wavepartners.com

Duration:01:00:09

What it Takes to be a Good VC w/ Shawn Xu (Lowercarbon Captal)

3/14/2023
Super excited to share this with you. We've got someone who went to the same high school where Steve Jobs and Woz did back in the day. He then worked at Square on international expansion, went on to work with VC Legend Mike Maples, and eventually ended up as the Chief of Staff at Chris Sacca's, Lowercarbon Capital. We are talking about Shawn Xu. Shawn talked us through his journey to climate, what it takes to be a good VC, what they look for, the areas he's bullish on, and what he's working on now. I quite enjoyed this conversation (I say that a lot but I do mean it). Enjoy today's episode! Topics: Links: Connect with Shawn:The Lowercarbon Capital Website:Check out our Sponsor, NextWave Partners:Join the Slack ChannelFollow CleanTechies on LinkedIn:HMU on Twitter__________ We are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ / info@next-wavepartners.com Support the showWe are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ / info@next-wavepartners.com

Duration:00:49:06

Sustainable Packages, Manufacturers Willing to Sell Fewer Boxes, & More w/ James Malley (Paccurate)

3/7/2023
If you are a bit of a shipping nerd like me, this is going to be a great episode. We are joined by James Malley the co-founder of Paccurate where they are helping product shippers use smaller boxes so less air is shipped, resulting in fewer trucks to get the same products to your destination. This is a juggernaut of a business as they are able to service ginormous companies with a very light staff and it all came out of just being experts in solving annoying problems in the shipping space. This conversation talks all about... If you are at all interested in shipping products, this should be a really fun episode for you. If not, then maybe skip to the second half where we start to talk about building the company. Peace out! 🌎 Topics: Links: Connect with James:https://www.linkedin.com/in/jmalley/Paccurate Website:https://paccurate.io/Check out our Sponsor, NextWave Partners:https://www.next-wavepartners.com/Join the Slack Channelhttps://cleantechies.slack.com/join/shared_invite/zt-pd2drz6d-N~9nURU5JlyMXv2ZiO5bAQ#/shared-invite/emailFollow CleanTechies on LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/company/clean-techies/HMU on Twitter__________ We are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From expe Support the showWe are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ / info@next-wavepartners.com

Duration:00:52:06

Up-skilling Talent to be ESG-Aligned and AI Talent Prediction w/ Joe Bushnell (Azollo)

2/28/2023
Today we spoke with Joe Bushnell. I had met Joe before he launched Azollo so it is a pretty cool guest to have on since I got to hear where he was at prior to launch. From Australia, he developed a certain attachment to the issue of climate change at a young age when wildfires destroyed his town and burned his school growing up. He went on to study sustainability in Uni. He then went into consulting and finance winding his way back to sustainable finance. Eventually, desiring to pursue a deeper connection directly to the space, he started his own company. In today's conversation, we talk about this journey and how he ended up founding Azollo to help corporates transition and up-skill their workforces. This is vital for corporates to achieve the sustainability targets they have set. It's a really interesting challenge. We also talked about his advice to other aspiring founders thinking of jumping ship. And then ended on the topic of mentoring and how much tech will be able to revolutionize the talent space. We also discussed where we think the boundaries of tech are. Overall, a great episode so let's get into it! Topics: Links: Connect with Joe:Azollo Website:Check out our Sponsor, NextWave Partners:Join the Slack ChannelFollow CleanTechies on LinkedIn:HMU on Twitter__________ We are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ Support the showWe are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ / info@next-wavepartners.com

Duration:01:00:25

How to Raise Money for your ClimateTech Startup w/ Tommy Leep, founder of Jetstream VC

2/22/2023
Today's topic is how to raise money for your ClimateTech Startup with Tommy Leep. He is the founder of Jetstream. A ClimateTech VC focused on investing in pre-seed ClimateTech companies. Today's conversation focuses on three things. First, some of his background, how he got interested in ClimateTech, how he got into VC, and some of the challenges in his career. Second, we spoke about his advice to climate tech founders who are fundraising. He has a lot of incredible tips in this section. If you want to skip to that, it's around the 12 min mark. Third, he walked us through his thought process for investing. So, if you're trying to get a check from Tommy, definitely check that part out too. It starts at around the 30 min mark. Really fun conversation, wish we had more time, will have to bring him back on again in the future. Topics: Links: Follow Tommy on Twitter:Jetstream.ioCheck out our Sponsor, NextWave Partners:Join the Slack ChannelFollow CleanTechies on LinkedIn:HMU on Twitter__________ We are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ / info@next-wavepartners.com Support the showWe are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ / info@next-wavepartners.com

Duration:00:46:26

Carbon Capture Paint, Gigaton Scale, & Landing ClimateTech Pilot Projects w/ Beth & Steve McDaniel

2/16/2023
Today we have a dual guest episode with Husband & Wife duo, Steve & Beth McDaniel. They have a background in the paint and coatings industry where they have been finding ways to make paints and coatings do something other than just decorate and protect their surface. Their latest innovation is a way to create surfaces that act as carbon capture the same way Blue Algae does. The surfaces can be mass deployed to capture gigatons of carbon to remove carbon from the air permanently at scale. Their company is called Reactive solutions, they are the recent winners of a CarbonX Prize to help Bulgaria test out their solution. The conversation has two parts. First, we talk about the science - the tech it self - how they came across it and the R&D process Second, we go into the more commercial side of things. We talk about their business model, their tips for winning pilot projects, some of their advice on focusing on the MVP, and the importance of leveraging existing network to get the intros you need. If you're an entrepreneur in the hardware or IP side of thing, this second half is going to be pretty valuable so you can go there if you're strapped for time. Overall, really fascinating conversation. We hope you enjoy! Topics: Links: Beth on LinkedIn:Steve on LinkedIn:Reactive Surfaces Website:Check out our Sponsor, NextWave Partners:Join the Slack ChannelFollow CleanTechies on LinkedIn:HMU on Twitter__________ We are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today Support the showWe are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ / info@next-wavepartners.com

Duration:01:06:47

From 30% to 90% Li Recovery, Founding a ClimateTech Co, & Talent Moat w/ Teague Egan (EnergyX)

2/14/2023
Interested in how we will have enough lithium over the next decades to support the energy and EV transition? Well, you can learn about a company solving this problem. Enter EnergyX founded and run by Teague Egan. Teague had no previous experience in mining or chemistry but after seeing a huge gap in the market and one particular problem faced by a lithium reserve in Bolivia, he set out to see how he could solve this problem. In this conversation we cover... It is really an amazing conversation especially because of how candid he was about the experience and the raising process. I think both existing and aspiring climate tech entrepreneurs will find this valuable. Topics: Links: Teague on LinkedIn:Teague on Twitter:EnergyX Website:Invest in EnergyX:Check out our Sponsor, NextWave Partners:Join the Slack ChannelFollow CleanTechies on LinkedIn:HMU on Twitter__________ We are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner Support the showWe are proud to continue working with NextWave as our official show sponsor for this podcast. NextWave and all of its staff are highly motivated to advance the ClimateTech revolution and are constantly innovating ways that they can help affect that transition. From experts in the talent space to ESG experts, NextWave is taking on Climate and Social responsibility head-on and helping companies build great cultures that not only make the world a better place but also increase workplace satisfaction. Reach out to NextWave Partners today to learn more about how we might partner with you today. https://www.next-wavepartners.com/ / info@next-wavepartners.com

Duration:00:59:47