Conversations with startup CEOs with technology that can change how the economy functions.Hosted by Marco Annunziata and Michael Leifman
Michael Sachse of Dandelion Energy on Decarbonizing your Home with Geothermal
It’s not often that a small startup has ties to Google and Bill Gates. Our guest today, Michael Sachse, the CEO of Dandelion Energy inhabits that rarefied atmosphere.
Dandelion Energy was originally part of Google X, Alphabet’s so-called moonshot factory. And very recently, Dandelion received substantial series B funding from Breakthrough Energy Ventures, which is the VC arm of a Bill Gates – led organization whose mission is to help get the world to net zero carbon emissions.
So what’s so special about Dandelion that it attracted this sort of attention? They are tackling one of the hardest clean energy problems we will face as we decarbonize, namely how to heat our homes without fossil fuels. Dandelion harnesses geothermal energy – which is itself not a new trick – but the way they do it and deliver it is indeed new. There’s tech and business model innovation involved, and since this is M4Edge, we’ll of course explore some policy issues, some labor issues and more. And you’ll learn what kind of outright ban Marco thinks would be in the public interest.
Enjoy the episode, and thanks for being curious!
Nathaniel Jackson of TrueAlgae explains how he can help your strawberries taste better, last longer, while improving farmers profits and reducing GHG
We seem drawn to Agtech and impact investing. And good-tasting fruit.
We kicked off our 2021 season with a discussion on impact investing or socially responsible investing, including with a startup (EcoRobotix) that produces solar-power farming equipment for AI-based precision application of herbicide. We've done a few episodes in the Agtech space, including with a startup (Strella Biotech) that uses sensors to determine optimal fruit ripening in storage, reduce food waste and make our avocados not crummy. In this episode we continue these trends, and learn from TrueAlgae CEO Nathaniel Jackson about how their product can improve crop yields while simultaneously improving the sweetness and nutrient density of fruit, all while saving farmers' money and helping reduce the GHG impact of agriculture. This company is a true "double bottom line" company, or more like triple bottom line. Nathaniel himself was an impact investor at the Inter-American Development Bank, and has strong personal stake in seeing the impact investment sector succeed.
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Doing good and doing well: Impact Investing, Social Entrepreneurship & ESG, cohosted by Georgetown's Beeck Center
We delve into impact investing, social entrepreneurship and ESG as a way of changing how the economy functions
Climate-Tech is really hard! And other lessons from Ricky Buch of Loctricity (Ricky's Startup Reality)
Ricky discusses why his startup Loctricity took a pause, and why Climate Tech is so hard.
Guy Levy-Yurista of Sisense on being a CSO and what strategy means at startups. Strategy Miniseries Part 3
Guy Levy-Yurista of Sisense talks about the work of a chief strategy officer, startup strategy and culture, the singularity and, SciFi.
Ron Carucci of Navalent on how Corporate Culture, Leadership and Cognitive Biases Affect Strategy. Strategy Miniseries Part 2
Ron Carucci of Navalent discusses how corporate culture and leadership affect strategy
Smart, useful podcast for tech startups
Michael and Marco both have impressive business backgrounds, which is evident in the high quality of the follow up questions. This is a great podcast for techies and entrepreneurs to learn about what fascinating new technologies are coming down the pike from the perspective of the founders of startups.
Easy listen, great content!
I loved this most recent episode as it combined useful information but more than anything the vulnerability and humanity often not reflected in business shows!
Excellent guests that talk in a down to earth way about start up companies offer great advice 👍👍great podcast