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Welcome to Consensus in Conversation, a new podcast hosted by Conor Gaughan where we talk to innovators and entrepreneurs who have built great businesses and careers that do well while doing good.
A rich life is so much more than a unicorn start-up going public. The true unicorns are those living fulfilling lives doing what they love AND making it to their kid’s games. This podcast is an opportunity to talk to inspiring leaders, job creators, innovators, and problem solvers – people across the country who are making the world a better place and more sustainable place, while successfully making good money. 
Join the conversation. 
Enjoy a new episode every Thursday!  

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    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

Welcome to Consensus in Conversation, a new podcast hosted by Conor Gaughan where we talk to innovators and entrepreneurs who have built great businesses and careers that do well while doing good.
A rich life is so much more than a unicorn start-up going public. The true unicorns are those living fulfilling lives doing what they love AND making it to their kid’s games. This podcast is an opportunity to talk to inspiring leaders, job creators, innovators, and problem solvers – people across the country who are making the world a better place and more sustainable place, while successfully making good money. 
Join the conversation. 
Enjoy a new episode every Thursday!  

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    Rich Sorkin of Jupiter Intelligence on Climate Risk, Tech Readiness, and Anticipating the Future

    Rich Sorkin of Jupiter Intelligence on Climate Risk, Tech Readiness, and Anticipating the Future

    With climate change causing unprecedented extreme weather, fluctuating temperatures, and rising sea levels, only one thing is certain: the future isn’t going to look like the past. And yet, all of our risk analysis models are based on past data from historical patterns that no longer hold true. How can businesses make intelligent decisions on building for that future while protecting themselves from tomorrow’s risks? That’s the question that motivated Rich Sorkin to found Jupiter Intelligence, a climate risk analytics firm with a mission to help organizations build resilience and mitigate the effects of the changing climate. 
    As co-founder, CEO, and chairman of Jupiter, Rich has combined his wealth of entrepreneurial experience and expertise in emerging technology to successfully scale the company since its launch in 2018, leveraging cutting-edge science, real-time data, and advanced modeling to achieve next-level climate risk insights and analytics. 
    Rich earned an economics degree from Yale before attending Stanford’s Graduate Business School in 1986.  Whether researching under a Nobel Laureate, cutting his teeth at Apple, or leading game-changing technology to market at firms like Creative Labs, Zip2, and Kaggle, Rich is ever at the forefront of innovation and entrepreneurship.
    Hear Rich share why a change in perspective led him to launch Jupiter Intelligence, what the current assumptions about climate risk are missing, and how the startup is leveraging generative AI and real science to enhance risk analysis for the future.
    Episode Highlights
    00:00 Rich Sorkin on the impact of climate change 
    00:49 Conor Gaughan introduces Rich and Jupiter Intelligence
    06:30 Early interests and work for a future Nobel Prize winner at Yale
    10:55 Emerging tech, mapping trends, and career in Silicon Valley 
    17:41 Entrepreneurial lessons, Zeus, and the origin of Jupiter Intel
    22:50 What Jupiter solves, climate infrastructure, and risk management
    31:08 Misconceptions, driving change with data, and generative AI
    40:46 Aligning profit with purpose, innovations to watch, and leaving a legacy
    49:24 Where to learn more and conclusion
    50:06 End credits 
    If you liked this episode, listen next to Max Evans of ClimateAi on Dorm Room Entrepreneurship and AI-Based Climate Solutions
    More on Jupiter and Rich Sorkin:
    jupiterintel.comlinkedin.com/company/jupiterintellinkedin.com/in/richsorkin  
    Connect with Conor Gaughan on linkedin.com/in/ckgone and threads.net/@ckgone
    Have questions, or a great idea for a potential guest? Email us at CiC@consensus-digital.com 
    If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review the show on Apple Podcasts and Spotify – it really makes a difference! 
    Consensus in Conversation is a podcast by Consensus Digital Media produced in association with Reasonable Volume.

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    • 51 min
    Alfred Johnson of Crux on Building A Clean Energy Tax Credit Marketplace

    Alfred Johnson of Crux on Building A Clean Energy Tax Credit Marketplace

    Alfred Johnson returns to the pod to give us the update on tax credit transferability and clean energy markets, just over a year after launching Crux Climate. As co-founder and CEO of Crux, Alfred has the startup’s revolutionary management software poised to capitalize on a multi-billion (if not trillion) dollar opportunity in clean energy tax credits. 
    After graduating Stanford in 2008, Alfred worked for the U.S. Treasury Department, BlackRock, and Clara Lending before co-founding his first software company, Mobilize, in 2016 with Allen Kramer. That startup was acquired in 2020, but it wouldn't be the last venture for Alfred and Allen. 
    In 2023, the two launched Crux Climate, a software startup developing online solutions to allow organizations to buy and sell tax credits for clean energy. Since its launch, clean energy tax credits have skyrocketed, with the Inflation Reduction Act and other government regulations incentivizing clean energy. 
    Hear Alfred talk about what’s changed in this monumental first year, the massive implications of transferability for the private and public sectors, and why Crux is uniquely positioned to define the clean energy tax credit market as we know it. 
    Episode Highlights
    00:00 Alfred Johnson on energy’s $3 trillion market
    00:52 Conor Gaughan introduces Alfred and Crux Climate
    01:46 Alfred’s work in software, finance, and government leading to Crux
    05:01 Attempting to summit Mount Marcus Baker, AK’s 3rd highest peak
    07:13 What Crux Climate solves, transferability, and the tax credit market
    14:36 Marketplace growth, predicting scale, and providing business value 
    25:10 Domestic energy’s evolution, private vs public sectors, and competition
    32:25 The future of clean energy, surprising takeaways, and what’s next for Crux
    40:09 Optimism, exciting industry innovations, and advice for a younger self
    46:07 Where to learn more and end credits
    If you liked this episode, listen next to Peter Godart of Found Energy on Aluminum Fuel, NASA, and Engineering Impact at Scale
    More on Crux and Alfred Johnson:
    cruxclimate.com linkedin.com/company/cruxclimate linkedin.com/in/alfredjohnson01 
    Connect with Conor Gaughan on linkedin.com/in/ckgone and threads.net/@ckgone
    Have questions, or a great idea for a potential guest? Email us at CiC@consensus-digital.com 
    If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review the show on Apple Podcasts and Spotify – it really makes a difference! 
    Consensus in Conversation is a podcast by Consensus Digital Media produced in association with Reasonable Volume.

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    • 47 min
    Kristy Caylor of Trashie on Full Circle Fashion, Rewarding Recycling, and Being a Painkiller

    Kristy Caylor of Trashie on Full Circle Fashion, Rewarding Recycling, and Being a Painkiller

    85% of used clothing ends up in landfills, but textile recycling and rewards platform Trashie is out to save our castaway garments from becoming mountains of waste. Launched only a few months ago, Trashie is taking the fashion industry by storm with its instantly recognizable Take Back Bag and viral closet cleanup videos, and the mind behind this magic is Trashie founder and CEO, Kristy Caylor. 
    Kristy earned a BS in Industrial Engineering and her MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business before entering the fashion industry, where she worked for iconic brands like Banana Republic, Gap, and Band of Outsiders. She co-founded her own fashion brand, Maiyet, in 2010, and eight years later, co-founded For Days, the original closed-loop clothing company. 
    As CEO of For Days, Kristy oversees strategy, marketing, technology, product design, and growth (just to name a few), successfully growing the brand globally while earning various awards for its mission-driven work. But Kristy recognized that more could be done to reduce the amount of used clothing that went to waste, so she launched Trashie.
    Trashie sells its Take Back Bags to customers, who fill them up with unwanted clothing, accessories, and shoes, and mail them back to the brand in exchange for TrashieCash, which customers can use to purchase real world items and rewards, thanks to Trashie’s impressive partnership network. 
    Hear Kristy share how she employs a systems engineering approach to business, what she learned working at top fashion brands versus building her own, and why Trashie’s approach to upcycling is a win-win for everyone. 
    Episode Highlights
    00:00 Kristy Caylor on the textile waste problem 
    00:42 Conor Gaughan introduces Kristy and Trashie
    03:48 Undergrad STEM, first startup, and entrepreneurship
    07:51 Business school, the fashion industry, and professional evolution 
    16:28 Co-founding For Days, its business model, and clothing waste
    26:20 Trashie’s origin, the Take Back Bag, and incentivizing circularity
    36:12 Sustainability in fashion, industry innovations, and changing behavior
    42:28 What’s next for Trashie and finding optimism
    46:25 Where to learn more and end credits
    If you liked this episode, listen next to Catherine Roggero-Lovisi of Modern Meadow
    More on Trashie and Kristy Caylor:
    trashie.io linkedin.com/company/trashie linkedin.com/in/kristycaylor 
    Connect with Conor Gaughan on linkedin.com/in/ckgone and threads.net/@ckgone
    Have questions, or a great idea for a potential guest? Email us at CiC@consensus-digital.com
    If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review the show on Apple Podcasts and Spotify – it really makes a difference! 
    Consensus in Conversation is a podcast by Consensus Digital Media produced in association with Reasonable Volume.

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    • 48 min
    Dr. BJ Johnson of ClearFlame on Evolutionary Tech, Decarbonizing Diesel, and Building the Next Tesla

    Dr. BJ Johnson of ClearFlame on Evolutionary Tech, Decarbonizing Diesel, and Building the Next Tesla

    Dr. BJ Johnson knows that if you want to make the biggest climate impact in the least amount of time, you start by improving upon an existing technology. And he’s doing exactly that as the co-founder and CEO of ClearFlame, a startup modifying diesel engines to run on decarbonized liquid fuels. 
    Before co-launching ClearFlame, BJ studied mechanical engineering and energy systems at Stanford University, earning three (3!) degrees: undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral. He was also a world-class athlete, competing for the US National Swim Team at the World Championships in 2013 and 2014, the same time he was working on his Ph.D, which would ultimately lead him to the idea that would become ClearFlame. 
    That idea might be simple in its approach, but it could make a game-changing impact for both the planet and business alike. By modifying existing diesel engines, ClearFlame’s technology can cut carbon emissions in half for heavy-duty transportation fleets, without requiring charging infrastructure or engine replacements. With many clean fuels already cheaper than diesel, it can simultaneously provide major bottom line savings too.
    Hear BJ share how he balanced world-class athletics and doctoral work, the critical importance of ‘bridge technologies’ to making an immediate impact, and why ClearFlame’s accelerated path towards cheaper, sustainable diesel engines is poised to make them the Tesla of heavy duty transportation.
    Episode Highlights
    00:00 BJ Johnson on ClearFlame as the Tesla of heavy duty
    00:48 Conor Gaughan introduces BJ and ClearFlame
    4:04 Studying energy at Stanford, Silicon Valley, and athletics
    15:28 The idea for ClearFlame, combustion tech, and liquid fuels 
    23:28 Carbon negative solutions, the first sale, and scaling growth
    30:20 Total addressable market, tech unicorns, and doing good and well
    38:10 Diversifying entrepreneurship, exciting innovations, and finding optimism
    42:47 Wrap up and end credits
    If you liked this episode, listen next to Dr. Seonghoon Woo of Amogy on Materials Science, Decarbonized Transport, and Alternative Fuels
     
    Watch this short video to see how ClearFlame’s technology works: youtube.com/watch?v=WDvGDFqFtHo 
    More on ClearFlame and BJ Johnson:
    clearflame.com linkedin.com/company/clearflameenglinkedin.com/in/bj-johnson-6b9213120
    Connect with Conor Gaughan on linkedin.com/in/ckgone and threads.net/@ckgone
    Have questions, or a great idea for a potential guest? Email us at CiC@consensus-digital.com
    If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review the show on Apple Podcasts and Spotify – it really makes a difference! 
    Consensus in Conversation is a podcast by Consensus Digital Media produced in association with Reasonable Volume.

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    • 45 min
    Father’s Day Special: Lessons for Business and Life from Coach Mike (aka my dad)

    Father’s Day Special: Lessons for Business and Life from Coach Mike (aka my dad)

    Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 16, and we’re celebrating in our own, special way… today’s episode features Mike Gaughan: missile launch officer, successful businessman, sports coach, and, most importantly, Conor’s dad! 
    Hear the stories that Conor grew up on, including Mike’s time from paperboy to the Air Force Academy and beyond, the three phone phone calls you should make every day, and what it takes to be a true leader in business, and in life.
    Episode Highlights
    00:00 Mike Gaughan on why teamwork matters
    00:50 Conor Gaughan introduces his dad
    02:09 Childhood aspirations, athletics, and military background
    12:38 Axioms for life, working as a paperboy, and farming
    20:45 Air Force Academy, business lessons, and memorable stories
    27:38 Civilian life, the bookmobile, and climbing the corporate ladder
    38:29 Building connection, solving problems, and finding optimism
    43:35 Leaving a legacy and final words of wisdom
    45:55 End credits
    If you liked this episode, listen next to our episode with Greg Putnam of Little Belt Cattle Co.
    Connect with Conor Gaughan on linkedin.com/in/ckgone and threads.net/@ckgone 
    Have questions, or a great idea for a potential guest? Email us at CiC@consensus-digital.com
    If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review the show on Apple Podcasts and Spotify – it really makes a difference! 
    Consensus in Conversation is a podcast by Consensus Digital Media produced in association with Reasonable Volume.

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    • 47 min
    Anne Coghlan of Scope3 on the Philosophy of Math, Decarbonized Media, and the Future of Digital Ads

    Anne Coghlan of Scope3 on the Philosophy of Math, Decarbonized Media, and the Future of Digital Ads

    Internet ads – you probably see hundreds, maybe thousands a day without thinking about them. But it turns out the process for serving those ads involves a highly complex digital supply chain that generates 7.2 million tons of carbon emissions annually. That’s why ad-tech veteran Anne Coghlan is on a mission to decarbonize media and advertising with Scope3. 
    A lifelong lover of logic and problem-solving, Anne earned her Master’s at University College London in the Philosophy of Mathematics, later joining digital advertising company AppNexus in 2015. There she met future Scope3 co-founder Brian O’Kelley and helped to develop many of the technologies that underpin digital ad delivery today. 
    When Anne left the ad industry to join supply chain tech company Waybridge, she began to notice that a lack of consideration for sustainability and energy consumption existed across both industries. 
    So, in 2021, she reunited with O’Kelley and other AppNexus alumni to found Scope3, a public benefit corporation aiming to decarbonize advertising and media by better measuring the carbon emitted from digital display and video ads. In 2023, Anne made AdAge’s 40 under 40 list and secured the #2 most influential person in performance media on PMW’s Power 100 List, but the COO of Scope3 is just getting started. 
    Hear Anne Coghlan share how her love for math ultimately led to co-founding a startup, why online ads only scratch the surface of Scope3’s potential use cases, and what the future holds for decarbonized digital media.
    Episode Highlights
    00:00 Anne Coghlan on decarbonizing digital supply chains 
    00:53 Conor Gaughan introduces Anne Coghlan and Scope3
    05:08 The beauty of math, interest in music, and academic pursuits 
    16:10 Studies to consulting, joining AppNexus, and Waybridge 
    21:27 Launching Scope3, how it works, and the media industry’s footprint
    34:14 Problem solving with math, maximizing impact, and open sourcing tech
    45:01 What’s next, remaining optimistic, and the future of sustainable ads
    49:39 Where to learn more
    51:32 End credits
    If you liked this episode, listen next to Allison Wolff of Vibrant Planet on Beneficial Fire, Sustainable Software, and Nature-Based Climate Solutions
    More on Scope3 and Anne Coghlan:
    scope3.com 
    linkedin.com/company/scope3data
    linkedin.com/in/annecoghlan 
    Connect with Conor Gaughan on linkedin.com/in/ckgone and threads.net/@ckgone 
    Have questions, or a great idea for a potential guest? Email us at CiC@consensus-digital.com
    If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and review the show on Apple Podcasts and Spotify – it really makes a difference! 
    Consensus in Conversation is a podcast by Consensus Digital Media produced in association with Reasonable Volume.


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    • 53 min

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