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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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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!  

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Rewind: Alfred Johnson of Crux on Creating a Clean Energy Tax Credit Marketplace

    Rewind: Alfred Johnson of Crux on Creating a Clean Energy Tax Credit Marketplace

    Just over one year ago, the IRS published its final rules and guidance on the transferability of clean energy tax credits. Not only did transferability solve a major flaw in the Inflation Reduction Act’s plan to support clean energy infrastructure development, but, as many founders correctly foresaw, it was about to create an entirely new financial market. 
    This week, we’re re-releasing our conversation with one of those visionary founders: Alfred Johnson, CEO and Co-Founder of Crux Climate, after a great live conversation we had with Alfred at American Clean Power Association’s 2024 CLEANPOWER expo, which we plan to bring to the pod later this year.
    Crux is a software startup revolutionizing clean energy tax credit management, and Alfred is well-suited to break down clean energy tax incentives, share founders' lessons, and talk about the rapidly growing clean energy market, which is expected to receive $3 trillion in investments over the next decade.
    A Stanford grad, Alfred Johnson worked for the U.S. Treasury Department and BlackRock before launching his first software company with co-founder Allen Kramer. That company was acquired in 2020, leaving Alfred and Allen ready for their next adventure. And, in 2023, they launched Crux Climate to develop online solutions for organizations to buy and sell clean energy tax credits, helping ensure that capital goes to the impactful startups that need it to scale, and that credits go to those that can actually use them. 
    Hear Alfred Johnson talk about the founding idea for Crux, how to find an ideal co-founder, and why he thinks tax credit transferability is one of the most influential government policy choices ever made.
    Episode Highlights
    00:00 Conor introduces ACP CLEANPOWER 2024, Alfred, and Crux
    03:04 D.C. upbringing, Stanford, and the intersection of private and public sectors
    12:27 The startup bug and launching Crux Climate
    18:03 Crux’s core business, finding buyers and sellers, and building scale 
    26:16 The tax credit marketplace, a new asset class, and the near-term future
    32:02 ESG, aligning purpose with profits, and creating sustainable impact 
    38:51 Advice for young entrepreneurs, leaving a legacy, and finding motivation
    45:57 Where to learn more and end credits
    If you liked this episode, stay tuned for next week’s live follow-up with Alfred, and in the meantime, listen next to Jonathan Goldberg of Carbon Direct
    More on Alfred Johnson and Crux Climate:
    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
    Dr. Vince Romanin of Gradient on Heat Pumps, Zero-Carbon Infrastructure, and the Triple Bottom Line

    Dr. Vince Romanin of Gradient on Heat Pumps, Zero-Carbon Infrastructure, and the Triple Bottom Line

    HVAC is one of the most important quality of life utilities that we never think about– at least, until it stops working. It’s also energy inefficient and expensive, responsible for almost 20% of global GHG emissions, with decades-old infrastructure way behind the design innovation curve. 
    But Dr. Vince Romanin has a solution: reimagine HVAC as we know it by combining personal heating and cooling in one, easy-to-install electrified heat pump that reduces emissions by 95% – the Gradient system. 
    After earning his M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and heat transfer from Berkeley, Vince worked as a development engineer at otherlab. It was there that he recognized the world-changing potential of innovative HVAC to decarbonize infrastructure while improving lives, and in 2021 he co-founded Gradient with the goal of building a better air source heat pump.  
    Hear why CEO Vince Romanin took to engineering at such a young age, what it takes to launch a clean tech startup, and how Gradient’s technology could change the world.
    Episode Highlights
    00:00 Dr. Vince Romanin on making HVAC exciting and cutting emissions
    00:54 Conor Gaughan introduces Vince Romanin and Gradient
    04:51 Early influences, model rockets, and engineering at Dayton
    08:59 GE internship, thermodynamics at Berkeley, and climate change
    15:22 Joining otherlab and recognizing the potential in HVAC
    19:05 Launching Gradient and the two problems it solves
    25:48 Fundraising, product prototyping, and a unique user experience
    30:44 Why use heat pumps, decarbonizing infrastructure, and the TAM
    38:41 Workforce development, sustainability, and creating impact 
    44:11 Interesting climate breakthroughs to watch 
    48:58 Where to learn more and end credits
    If you liked this episode, listen next to Matt Rogers of Mill Industries on Food Waste, Impactful Product Design, and Innovation OR ​​Manik Suri of GlacierGrid on Transformative Tech, Automating Energy Use, and Cold Chain 2.0
    More on Gradient and Vince:
    gradientcomfort.com
    linkedin.com/company/gradient-comfort/ 
    linkedin.com/in/vromanin
    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
    Pavle Jeremic of Aether Biomachines on Rearranging Atoms, Scaling Deep Tech, and Defeating Scarcity

    Pavle Jeremic of Aether Biomachines on Rearranging Atoms, Scaling Deep Tech, and Defeating Scarcity

    Pavle Jeremic wants to end resource scarcity by literally rearranging atoms. Inspired to build a better, more abundant future after witnessing violent conflict in his parents’ native Yugoslavia, Pavle launched Aether Biomachines in 2017 at just 21 years old. Since then, he’s successfully led the protein engineering startup to the cutting edge of nanotechnology, working to solve our planet’s resource scarcity problem. 
    Today, Pavle and Aether are combining protein synthesis, machine learning, and nanoscale engineering to rearrange atomic structures, enabling everything from impact-free resource extraction to self-healing materials.  
    Hear why at such a young age, Pavle became obsessed with building a future of abundance, what it takes to scale a true deep tech startup, and how Aether Biomachines is turning science fiction into reality.
    Episode Highlights
    00:00 Pavle on using machine learning models to rearrange atoms
    00:38 Conor Gaughan introduces Pavle Jeremic and Aether Biomachines
    04:23 Protein engineering, growing up around scarcity, and interest in science
    07:36 Synthetic biology, UC Santa Cruz, and genetic engineering projects 
    16:16 Origin of Aether Biomachines, its long-term view, and its product categories
    26:10 Storytelling in science, what industry Aether sees itself in, and defining “machine”
    33:12 Deep tech, scarcity vs abundance, core pillars for scaling impact
    41:22 Current problems, future solutions, and balancing the two
    46:37 Exciting climate innovations to watch 
    52:04 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 Aether Biomachines and Pavle:
    aetherbio.com
    linkedin.com/company/aetherbio 
    linkedin.com/in/pavlejeremic
    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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    • 54 min
    Josh Domingues of Flashfood on the Athlete Mentality, Superpowered Data, and Making Food Affordable

    Josh Domingues of Flashfood on the Athlete Mentality, Superpowered Data, and Making Food Affordable

    Food waste is a $25 billion problem for American supermarkets, but Josh Domingues has an app for that. 
    Josh is the founder and executive chairman of Flashfood, a simple but elegant application that directly connects consumers with local grocery stores to buy food nearing expiration at a huge discount. This approach is a win-win-win for all parties: grocers get paid for food they would throw out, customers get a massive discount, and less food waste ends up in pollutive landfills.
    Josh spent his early career in finance and management, but a complaint from his sister, a chef, about how much food is thrown away after events set him on a new path to turn trash into treasure.
    Hear how Josh turned a simple idea into a game-changing startup, why the grocery industry is moving towards sustainable innovation, and what’s next on Flashfood’s plate. 
    Episode Highlights 
    00:00 Josh on the moment he realized Flashfood would work
    00:52 Conor Gaughan introduces Josh Domingues and Flashfood
    05:09 Growing up in Toronto, hockey, and entrepreneurial influences
    12:02 Career in finance, management consulting, and path to founding
    15:38 How a catering event led to the launch of Flashfood
    23:05 Entering the marketplace, building a product, and pitching the idea
    31:12 How FlashFood works today for consumers and businesses
    37:48 Breaking into the industry and US vs Canadian grocers
    41:57 Prioritizing sustainability, food security, and positive impact  
    48:46 Finding optimism 
    51:15 Where to learn more and end credits
    If you liked this episode, listen next to Nick Whitman of Divert on Food Waste, Renewable Energy, and Impact Technology
    More on Flashfood and Josh:
    flashfood.com
    linkedin.com/company/flashfoodinc
    linkedin.com/in/joshdomingues
    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
    Lindsey Davis Stover & Shivam Mallick Shah of 1953 Tequila on Elevating Women & Exceptional Tequila

    Lindsey Davis Stover & Shivam Mallick Shah of 1953 Tequila on Elevating Women & Exceptional Tequila

    Two founders of 1953 Tequila, Lindsey Davis Stover and Shivam Mallick Shah, join Conor for a special in-person conversation to share how their ultra-premium, additive-free tequila is prioritizing sustainability, elevating women in the spirits industry, and also offering an awesome drinking experience.
    Lindsey, Shivam, and the rest of the 1953 founding team met through Congressional campaigns for Virginia’s 10th district, and the idea for a women-led, luxury tequila company followed soon after. True to their mission, the founders secured a deal to source from an agave farmer who was passing his farm on to his daughters. Named after the year women in Mexico gained the right to vote, 1953 Tequila has shaken up the male-dominated spirits industry from day one, and it was recently named the Best Additive-Free Tequila by Men’s Journal.
    As you’ll hear, Shivam Mallick Shah and Lindsey Davis Stover have big dreams for tequila and beyond.
    Episode Highlights:
    00:00 Lindsey on pitching her crazy idea for a tequila company
    00:48 Conor Gaughan introduces Lindsey, Shivam, and 1953 Tequila 
    02:00 Bureaucratic backgrounds and running for Congress
    13:00 The idea to launch, women in spirits, and meeting agave farmers
    20:32 Branding, the origin of the name, and making it additive free
    28:10 Building in a new industry, getting to market, and finding distribution
    33:09 Challenges as a women-led brand in a male-dominated industry 
    36:37 Social impact opportunity, sustainability, and doing good 
    41:35 Building for the future, remaining optimistic, and sources of inspiration
    48:28 Where to learn more… or find a bottle! 
    50:00 Outro and end credits
    The book Lindsey mentioned: What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada
    Shivam meant to mention she is reading: Big Bets: How Large-Scale Change Really Happens by her husband, Rajiv Shah.
    If you liked this episode, listen next to John Little of Smooth Ambler Spirits Co. on Craft Distilling, Sustainable Growth, and Disrupting the Bourbon Industry
    More on 1953 Tequila, Lindsey, and Shivam:
    1953tequila.com and instagram.com/1953tequila
    linkedin.com/in/lindsey-davis-stover-1b65707
    linkedin.com/in/shivam-mallick-shah-54a953135
    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
    As Conor mentioned in the show, we're taking a break for his birthday and we'll be back the first week of May with more great conversations!
    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
    Manik Suri of GlacierGrid on Transformative Tech, Automating Energy Use, and Cold Chain 2.0

    Manik Suri of GlacierGrid on Transformative Tech, Automating Energy Use, and Cold Chain 2.0

    Manik Suri is implementing smart technology into cooling, ushering in the era of Cold Chain 2.0. Before founding GlacierGrid in 2020, Manik finished top of his class at Harvard, went to Cambridge for a masters in international relations, returned to Harvard for a law degree, co-founded the Governance Lab, with stops at storied institutions like DE Shaw and the White House Economic Council along the way. 
    Cooling technology has lagged behind other industries in the clean energy transition, but GlacierGrid’s all-in-one management platform is using smart technology to bridge that gap and build a more sustainable, advanced, and efficient cold chain.
    Hear Manik share how he’s pursuing dual passions for entrepreneurship and positive impact, why cooling technology is vital for the modern world, and how smart technology can decarbonize an entire industry. 
    Episode Highlights:
    00:00 Manik Suri on the planet’s cooling crisis
    00:57 Conor Gaughan introduces Manik and GlacierGrid
    07:00 Academic upbringing, Harvard, and international internships
    16:03 Law school, The White House, and path to entrepreneurship
    23:25 GlacierGrid’s rebrand, the hidden economy, and the cold chain
    33:34 Pitching investors, aligning profits with impact, and future scale 
    40:09 Exciting innovations, long-term thinking, and staying positive
    48:07 Where to learn more 
    49:03 Conclusion and end credits 
    If you liked this episode, listen next to Nick Whitman of Divert on Food Waste, Renewable Energy, and Impact Technology
    More on GlacierGrid and Manik Suri:
    glaciergrid.com 
    linkedin.com/company/glaciergrid
    linkedin.com/in/maniksuri
    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

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