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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!

My Climate Journe‪y‬ Jason Jacobs

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

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!

    Ep. 146: Sarah Saltzer, Managing Director of the Stanford Center for Carbon Storage at Stanford University

    Ep. 146: Sarah Saltzer, Managing Director of the Stanford Center for Carbon Storage at Stanford University

    Today's guest is Sarah Saltzer, Managing Director of the Stanford Center for Carbon Storage.

    The Stanford Center for Carbon Storage focuses on applied and fundamental research to address critical questions around carbon storage in geological formations. The team also works on techno-economic analysis, public policy research, and regulatory assessments of carbon storage projects are the world.

    Before joining Stanford, Sarah spent 25 years at Chevron. She worked across exploration, development, production, clean-up, and internal auditing for the oil & gas company. Sarah has taken on various roles in geology, engineering, and research. As Managing Director of the Center for Carbon Storage, Sarah is involved in guiding research activities, teachings, business development, grant writing, and general operations. Sarah holds a Ph.D. in Geology from Stanford and an MS and BS in Geology from MIT.

    Sarah walks me through her time at Chevron, her current position at Stanford, and what motivated her to focus on carbon storage. Sarah's wealth of knowledge and experience leads to a lively discussion about how carbon capture and storage works, where oil and gas companies fit into the climate fight, and the future of the industry. This episode is awesome for those interested in the carbon storage landscape.

    Enjoy the show!

    You can find me on twitter @jjacobs22 or @mcjpod and email at info@myclimatejourney.co, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.

    Episode recorded February 10th, 2021

    • 32 min
    Climate Careers: Terra.do

    Climate Careers: Terra.do

    Today’s guest is Anshuman Bapna, Founder and CEO of Terra.do. 

    Terra.do is an online school working to solve climate change. Millions of people will need to transition into climate work in the years to come, and Terra.do is the platform to help make that happen. Since launching their flagship 12-week course, “Climate Change: Learning for Action”, they have rolled out new courses on hydrogen, climate-smart buildings, climate-resilient agriculture, and a track for venture investors looking to do more climate investing. Their goal is to educate 100 million people to join the climate fight.

    In this episode, Anshuman walks me through his own climate journey, what led him to switch from tech entrepreneurship to working on climate, the Terra.do origin story, their progress to date, their long vision, and a great discussion about what types of skills people will need to reorient their careers around helping address the problem of climate change and how Terra.do can help.

    This one is a can’t miss for anyone looking to reorient their careers around working on climate!

    Enjoy the show.

    You can find me on twitter @jjacobs22 or @mcjpod and email at info@myclimatejourney.co, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.

    Episode recorded February 15th, 2021

    • 40 min
    Ep. 145: Julia Collins, Founder and CEO of Planet FWD

    Ep. 145: Julia Collins, Founder and CEO of Planet FWD

    Today's guest is Julia Collins, Founder and CEO of Planet FWD.

    Planet FWD is using the power of food the help tackle climate change. They created Moonshot, a brand of climate-friendly snacks made from regenerative ingredients. They also develop software that provides other food brands with regenerative resources to make climate-friendly products.

    Julia has always been involved in the plant-based and composting movements, but her career transition didn't become a reality until she had her son in 2017. Realizing the best way to help leave her son a liveable planet was to start working in climate more directly, Julia founded Planet FWD. Before Planet FWD, Julia co-founded Zume (formerly Zume Pizza), a technology-enabled food company whose mission is to make healthy food fast and accessible to everyone.

    I was excited for this episode, as our climate tech fund, MCJ Collective, recently invested in the company and Julia has an amazing story to share. Julia takes me through her journey leading up to founding Planet FWD, explains Planet FWD’s mission and progress to date, what is coming next for the company, and what they will achieve if they are successful beyond her wildest dreams. We also have a great discussion about Julia’s theory of change in building the company, and how their role can bring positive ripple effects through lots of other areas of the food supply chain.

    Julia is a fantastic guest for those interested in decarbonizing the food and agriculture industry, and for aspiring founders, alike.

    Enjoy the show!

    You can find me on twitter @jjacobs22 or @mcjpod and email at info@myclimatejourney.co, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.

    Episode recorded February 1st, 2021

    • 43 min
    Startup Series: Universal Hydrogen

    Startup Series: Universal Hydrogen

    Today's guest is Paul Eremenko, Co-Founder and CEO of Universal Hydrogen.

    Before Universal Hydrogen, Paul served as Senior Vice President and CTO of United Technologies and CTO of Airbus. When he co-founded Universal Hydrogen, Paul felt hydrogen was the only solution the industry has to meet the Paris Agreement's goals and decarbonize.

    Universal Hydrogen is an end-to-end fuel logistics company making hydrogen-powered commercial flight a near-term reality. The aerospace and aviation industry is decarbonizing too slowly to meet the Paris Agreement objectives. Paul and his team are tackling two of the biggest challenges in hydrogen flight: creating a distribution infrastructure and kick-starting demand for hydrogen. To distribute hydrogen, Universal Hydrogen is rethinking how we can transport it. The company specially designs lightweight aviation-certified hydrogen capsules that are compatible with the existing infrastructure and freight networks. Universal Hydrogen is retrofitting regional airplanes with conversion kits necessary to utilize hydrogen as fuel. It is building a roadmap for other aircraft companies to adopt these designs. Universal Hydrogen partners with many companies, from freight logistics to fuel cell development to aircraft makers and modifiers. Backed by Trucks, Jeff Schox, Reilly Brennan, Plug Power, and smaller investors, Universal Hydrogen is paving the way for zero-emission aviation.

    Pauls walks me through how he transitioned to working in green hydrogen and the gaps that Universal Hydrogen is filling within the aviation industry. Paul explains why hydrogen is the best fuel for zero-emission flight, the barriers to hydrogen adoption, and key startups Universal Hydrogen partners with. Paul and I also discuss the stakeholders, funding to date, and the future of the company. This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in learning more about how to decarbonize aviation.

    Enjoy the show!

    You can find me on twitter @jjacobs22 or @mcjpod and email at info@myclimatejourney.co, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.

    Episode recorded February 3rd, 2021

    • 36 min
    Ep. 144: Andrew Savage, Founding Team & Head of Sustainability at Lime

    Ep. 144: Andrew Savage, Founding Team & Head of Sustainability at Lime

    Today's guest is Andrew Savage, Founding Team & Head of Sustainability at Lime.

    Lime is a micromobility transportation company with a fleet of shared e-bikes, e-scooters, and now e-mopeds providing fun, efficient, and sustainable ways to move around cities.

    Andrew started his career working in public policy and communications. He served as Deputy Chief of Staff & Legislative Director for Congressman Peter Welch in the US House of Representatives when Congress passed the only sweeping climate legislation to date. Leaving public government, Andrew spent six years working in the solar energy, renewables, and transportation sectors. During this time, Andrew became increasingly interested in how shared electrified transportation could move the needle on carbon emissions. With a passion for urban mobility and sustainability, Andrew was a founding team member at Lime. He initially focused on new market development, government relations, and policy strategy for the company. Today, Andrew and Lime have grown tremendously. Lime has logged over 200 million trips and expanded globally. Andrew now serves as the Head of Sustainability, managing Lime's zero-emission commitments, sustainability goals, and climate-focused initiatives.

    Andrew and I have a stimulating discussion about his career path from policy to transportation and what inspired him to work in urban mobility. He walks me through how his role has evolved and how sustainability became one of Lime's core functions. We also have a broader conversation about how to make micromobility more sustainable, Andrew's thoughts on the future of transportation, and the role legislation plays in the energy transformation. Andrew is an awesome guest, especially for those interested in micromobility and transitioning their companies' to sustainable practices.

    Enjoy the show!

    You can find me on twitter @jjacobs22 or @mcjpod and email at info@myclimatejourney.co, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.

    Episode recorded February 4th, 2021

    • 42 min
    Startup Series: Beacon Power Services

    Startup Series: Beacon Power Services

    Beacon Power Services is empowering Africa's grid through software solutions and automated analytics. Across the continent, populations are rapidly growing, but the electricity grids and utilities aren't growing with them. In Lagos, Nigeria alone, the population has more than tripled in the last six years. Yet, utilities and electricity providers haven't adjusted to the increased demand, which means the reliance on diesel generators is at an all-time high. Dependency on these generators causes increased pollution, public health risks, and economic challenges. To address this problem, BPS focuses on last-mile solutions. They provide indigenous automated solutions by Africans for Africans. Using local teams, they have created a GIS map of the grid to track assets, people, and buildings. They also build reliable software that connects customers to utility providers and building management systems to track availability and maintenance needs. BPS is operational in Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and Kenya.

    Founder and CEO, Bim Adisa, takes me through his career path and background, how he became involved in grid management, and why he started Beacon Power services. We also discuss why BPS is in a unique position as a company, the future of BPS, and why the African grid needs a reboot. Bim is our first guest serving the African continent, and his story is essential as the climate crisis is a global issue. It was great to have Bim on the show and learn more about what he's building at BPS!

    Enjoy the show!

    If you would like to review the deck Bim walks Jason through, visit our website: https://myclimatejourney.co/ctss-episodes/beacon-power-services

    • 41 min

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Tenori99 ,

Great insight from guests across the climate space

I'm on a similar journey to Jason, and this has been an invaluable resource to learn more about the complex space of climate change, from a diverse range of experienced folks that are already tackling the problem - but questioned from a perspective of someone in the innovation/startup/tech space. Thanks Jason.

Nickreddy ,

Fantastic podcast

Interviews with leading players in the field of climate change. Inspiring and motivating. Well done.
Dr Venkat Reddy

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