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Climate tech is constantly evolving. Why? To help solve the most important challenges facing our planet. With so much innovation it’s hard to pick out the companies to watch, and it’s even harder to connect them to the wider climate tech picture. That’s why The Keep Cool Show is here. Join host Nick Van Osdol as he dives deep into the latest technologies shaping climate solution technology, but also zooms out to help investors and anyone working in the industry join the dots and get a broader view of what’s really going on. Every week Nick is joined by a climate tech founder, investor or operator, discussing how they’re working to solve climate change. He’ll join the dots in real time, bringing out the nuances, trends and patterns in the industry. If you’re a climate tech professional already working in the industry, looking for the next big opportunity or simply curious about the space, this is the show for you. Episodes every other Thursday. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

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Climate tech is constantly evolving. Why? To help solve the most important challenges facing our planet. With so much innovation it’s hard to pick out the companies to watch, and it’s even harder to connect them to the wider climate tech picture. That’s why The Keep Cool Show is here. Join host Nick Van Osdol as he dives deep into the latest technologies shaping climate solution technology, but also zooms out to help investors and anyone working in the industry join the dots and get a broader view of what’s really going on. Every week Nick is joined by a climate tech founder, investor or operator, discussing how they’re working to solve climate change. He’ll join the dots in real time, bringing out the nuances, trends and patterns in the industry. If you’re a climate tech professional already working in the industry, looking for the next big opportunity or simply curious about the space, this is the show for you. Episodes every other Thursday. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

    E59: *SPECIAL EPISODE:* Everything Electrification, with Quincy Lee & Ramez Naan

    E59: *SPECIAL EPISODE:* Everything Electrification, with Quincy Lee & Ramez Naan

    Nick, Quincy Lee, the CEO of Electric Era, and Ramez Naam, a highly experienced climate tech and energy analyst and investor, dive deep on all things energy and electrification in 2024. Starting with a focus on mobility and the power sector, Quincy, Mez, and Nick touch on topics as far reaching as geoengineering, the power of narratives, and their expectations for decarbonization across other sectors out to 2050 and beyond.
    Why decarbonization and electrification need to be led by product superiorityWhat to expect in energy and electrification in 2024 and beyondOther trends and topics beyond transportation and the power sector worth your attention 
    Don't miss out on this podcast if you’re interested in learning more about the state of climate tech, electrification, and energy broadly, and more! Subscribe on Spotify, Apple, Google, or your favorite podcast platform to catch all the latest episodes.
    Timestamps:
    00:05:00 - Mobility and Electrification Outlook for 2024
    00:13:27 - Battery Energy Storage on Grids
    00:19:19 - One Story of the Decade: Grid Overhaul
    00:31:27 - The Winning Technologies in Energy Generation
    00:39:52 - Transitions from ‘Old’ to ‘New’ Energy Sources
    00:43:58 - Why Better Products Win in The Energy Transition
    00:47:00 - Why More Focus on Agriculture & Land Use Change is Needed
    00:50:50 - The Case for Geoengineering via Sunlight Reflection & More
    00:54:50 - A Call to Action for Optimism & to Work on Climate
    Learn more about Electric Era on their website: https://electriceratechnologies.com/ and follow Ramez Naan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ramez
    If you love listening to The Keep Cool Show, please leave me a 5-star review on Rate My Podcast: https://ratethispodcast.com/keepcool
    Thank you so much! 
    Plus, stay up-to-date on all things Keep Cool here: https://keepcool.co/ and follow Nick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nickvanosdol and LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholasvanosdol/

    • 1 hr
    E58: ‘Cyclical’ plastic recycling for a more circular economy with MacroCycle

    E58: ‘Cyclical’ plastic recycling for a more circular economy with MacroCycle

    Description: Nick and the MacroCycle team discuss a paradigmatic shift from mechanical to chemical recycling in plastics recycling, why it matters, and how MacroCycle is gearing up for their first-of-a-kind recycling facility in 2024. In addition, they discuss:
    Differences between ‘traditional’ mechanical recycling and chemical recyclingHow MacroCycle plans to finance and build their first commercial plantWhat it takes to scale an early-stage climate tech startup (beyond the tech)
    Don't miss out on this podcast if you’re interested in learning more about the state of climate tech, recycling, energy, and more! Subscribe on Spotify, Apple, Google, or your favorite podcast platform to catch all the latest episodes.
    Timestamps:
    00:05:06 - The Limitations of Mechanical Recycling
    00:06:09 - Macrocycle's Unique Chemical Process
    00:07:08 - Technological Trends in Recycling
    00:09:51 - Macrocycle's Business Model and Goals
    00:12:31 - Regulatory Tailwinds and Challenges
    00:16:10 - The Circular Nature of Macrocycle's Process
    00:19:20 - Business Model and Scaling Strategy
    00:23:58 - Potential Customers and Market Entry
    00:27:14 - Technical and Business Challenges Ahead
    00:28:11 - Team Building and Diversity
    00:29:33 - Global Challenges in Plastic Recycling
    Learn more on MacroCycle’s website: https://www.macrocycle.tech/
    If you love listening to The Keep Cool Show, please leave me a 5-star review on Rate My Podcast: https://ratethispodcast.com/keepcool
    Thank you so much! 
    Plus, stay up-to-date on all things Keep Cool here: https://keepcool.co/ and follow Nick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nickvanosdol and LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholasvanosdol/

    • 36 min
    E57: Hot or not with Albert Wenger? Climate & climate tech in 2024

    E57: Hot or not with Albert Wenger? Climate & climate tech in 2024

    Nick and Albert Wenger, Managing Partner at Union Square Ventures (and a preeminent investor in general), discuss the state of climate, climate and energy work in general, and climate venture capital in 2024 and beyond. Specifically, Nick and Albert dive deep on:
    How our collective response to climate change so far has been a bit ‘meh’The ‘low energy’ trap and what we stand to gain if we reverse itThe prognosis for climate tech venture capital in 2024 and beyond
    Don't miss out on this podcast if you’re interested in learning more about the state of climate tech, climate tech venture capital, electrification, and more! Subscribe on Spotify, Apple, Google, or your favorite podcast platform to catch all the latest episodes.
    Timestamps:
    00:02:06 - Reflecting on 2023's Climate Crisis
    00:04:52 - Where we’re at: Climate Progress and Challenges
    00:05:14 - The Reality of Climate Action Progress
    00:08:12 - The Low Energy Trap
    00:13:03 - Funding Challenges for Climate Companies
    00:17:03 - The Benefits of a War-Like Climate Action Mode
    00:23:10 - The Need for Comprehensive Climate Action
    00:30:01 - The Climate Venture Capital Landscape in 2024
    00:31:10 - The Impact of Interest Rates on Climate Work
    00:36:12 - The Importance of Writing for Idea Crystallization
    Read Albert and others’ blog posts on USV’s website: https://www.usv.com/writing/
    If you love listening to The Keep Cool Show, please leave me a 5-star review on Rate My Podcast: https://ratethispodcast.com/keepcool
    Thank you so much! 
    Plus, stay up-to-date on all things Keep Cool here: https://keepcool.co/ and follow Albert on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Albertvanosdol and LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholasvanosdol/

    • 42 min
    S7 E5: What 2024 has in store for climate tech venture capital, with Katie McClain of Energize Capital.

    S7 E5: What 2024 has in store for climate tech venture capital, with Katie McClain of Energize Capital.

    Nick and Katie McClain, Partner and COO at Energize Capital, a venture fund focused on climate and energy technologies, discuss what’s ‘hot’ right now in climate venture capital, besides for, you know, the rate at which the Earth is warming. Nick and Katie also take a keen look at what to expect in 2024 and beyond. Specifically, Nick and Katie dive deep on:
    The past five years of climate tech and electrification in the U.S.The outlook for climate tech venture capital and electrification in 2024What it’s like to both invest and operate in venture capital Policy levers ranging from the IRA to EuropeWhy sustainability is about much more than building ‘green’ solutions and systems
    Don't miss out on this podcast if you’re interested in learning more about the state of climate tech, climate tech venture capital, electrification, and more! Subscribe on Spotify, Apple, Google, or your favorite podcast platform to catch all the latest episodes.
    Timestamps:
    00:03:06 - Energize's Edge Platform for Portfolio Companies
    00:07:49 - Looking Forward to 2024 in Climate Tech
    00:09:06 - Evolution of Renewable Energy Industry Challenges
    00:14:13 - Exciting Portfolio Companies: Banyan Infrastructure and more
    00:18:28 - Demand-Side Efficiency and Electrification
    00:22:11 - The Future of Climate Tech and the IRA's Impact
    00:25:57 - Challenges and Opportunities in Project Deployment
    00:27:55 - Differences in Climate Tech Between North America and Europe
    00:32:02 - Differences Between Cleantech 1.0 and Climate Tech Today
    00:34:56 - Sustainability Beyond Emissions Reduction
    00:38:04 - Bringing Expertise from Other Sectors to Climate Tech
    More Notes:
    Follow Katie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katie-mcclain-91033650/
    If you love listening to The Keep Cool Show, please leave me a 5-star review on Rate My Podcast: https://ratethispodcast.com/keepcool
    Thank you so much! 
    Plus, stay up-to-date on all things Keep Cool here: https://keepcool.co/ and follow Nick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nickvanosdol and LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholasvanosdol/

    • 40 min
    S7 E4: Understanding biodiversity loss and how to support businesses that reverse it, with Tom Quigley of Superorganism.

    S7 E4: Understanding biodiversity loss and how to support businesses that reverse it, with Tom Quigley of Superorganism.

    Nick and Tom Quigley, co-founder and Managing Director of Superorganism, a venture firm focused on biodiversity, discuss what biodiversity is, why it matters to the world, and how it fits into the burgeoning climate tech ecosystem. Specifically, Nick and Tom dive deep on:
    The evaluation process behind creating a venture firm focused on biodiversityWhy biodiversity loss is about much more than just global warming and climate changeHow venture-scale businesses are being built to address biodiversity loss 
    Don't miss out on this podcast if you’re interested in learning more about climate tech beyond well-covered sectors like energy and transportation! Subscribe on Spotify, Apple, Google, or your favorite podcast platform to catch all the latest episodes.
    00:00:13 - The first venture firm focused on biodiversity
    00:04:51 - What is biodiversity, what drives biodiversity loss, and why is that a problem
    00:10:30 - How venture capital can support biodiversity-focused businesses
    00:13:25 - Company examples: Discussing Inversa, lionfish, and invasive species
    00:18:00 - The many benefits of supporting biodiversity and its overlap with climate
    00:26:42 - Exploring more companies and tech trends at the forefront of biodiversity
    00:31:20 - Request for start-ups: Opportunities for innovation in biodiversity
    00:36:06 - Zooming out: the future growth of the biodiversity tech market
    00:41:15 - What it means to be "nature tech" vs. "climate tech"
    Learn More About Superorganism: https://www.superorganism.com/
    Follow Tom on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tommquigley
    If you love listening to The Keep Cool Show, please leave me a 5-star review on Rate My Podcast: https://ratethispodcast.com/keepcool
    Thank you so much! 
    Plus, stay up-to-date on all things Keep Cool here: https://keepcool.co/ and follow Nick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nickvanosdol and LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholasvanosdol/

    • 42 min
    S7 Ep3: Pioneering Climate-Positive Lending, with Ravi Mikkelson of Atmos

    S7 Ep3: Pioneering Climate-Positive Lending, with Ravi Mikkelson of Atmos

    Discover how Atmos, a climate tech company that looks like a bank, is revolutionizing fintech infrastructure to make climate-positive lending solutions available to consumers (and banks!) across the world. 
    Ravi Mikkelson, CEO of Atmos, joins the ‘Keep Cool Show’ to discuss his mission of making the transition to clean energy affordable and accessible for everyone. Learn about Atmos’ innovative financing solutions, the challenges they’ve faced in building what is both a climate tech and fintech company, and their vision for a more sustainable future.
    Plus, who are Atmos’ main competitors? And what, exactly, do they hope to accomplish by 2030? 
    Tune in to this episode for an inspiring conversation on climate-positive banking and the power of sustainable solutions.
     
    00:00:18 - Atmos: The Climate Tech Bank
    00:01:37 - Using Bank Mortgages to Finance Solar: A Climate Solution
    00:10:27 - Exploring the Intelligence of Atmos
    00:15:38 - New Bank Aims to Change the World
    00:24:56 - Solving Technical Challenges in BaaS
    00:29:10 - Improving Measurement and Verification Methods
    00:31:38 - How to Decide on Funding Solutions for Business Growth
    00:36:38 - Climate Positive Banking Solutions
    00:44:05 - Revolutionizing Transportation by 2030
     
    Learn More About Atmos: 
    Website: https://www.joinatmos.com
     
    Follow Ravi: 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ravimikkelsen/
     
    If you love listening to The Keep Cool Show, please leave me a 5-star review on Rate My Podcast: https://ratethispodcast.com/keepcool
     
    Thank you so much!
     
    Stay up-to-date on all things Keep Cool: https://workweek.com/discover-newsletters/keep-cool/  or follow Nick Van Osdol on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nickvanosdol
     

    • 45 min

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