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At NatureBacked, we talk with investors worldwide about climate change, covering everything from CO2 emissions to floods to investors' personal choices for turning the world greener. We speak with one investor in each episode, released on Mondays. The NatureBacked podcast is supported by Single.Earth - a startup that tokenizes the world's nature, bringing financial value to ecosystem services.

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At NatureBacked, we talk with investors worldwide about climate change, covering everything from CO2 emissions to floods to investors' personal choices for turning the world greener. We speak with one investor in each episode, released on Mondays. The NatureBacked podcast is supported by Single.Earth - a startup that tokenizes the world's nature, bringing financial value to ecosystem services.

    Jumping on Climate Change Opportunities with Icebreaker.VC's Aleksi Partanen

    Jumping on Climate Change Opportunities with Icebreaker.VC's Aleksi Partanen

    We spoke with Aleksi Partanen from Icebreaker.vc about the opportunities created by climate change, the urgency of the current situation, and (of course) about breaking the ice.
    A few key takeaways from Aleksi Partanen:
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    "People are becoming more aware of the issue we're facing that this planet will not be able to, to hold us all, or at least not stand everything we do or would like to do. And that, on the other hand, brings a massive amount of opportunities."
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    "Let's look at Nasdaq IPOs. How many are actually impact-driven? I can't come up with one."
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    "This planet is running out of time. The faster we try to help as many people as possible, the higher the likelihood that some of these will turn into actual change."

    • 23 min
    Building GreenTech Ventures with Brainforest's Leo Caprez

    Building GreenTech Ventures with Brainforest's Leo Caprez

    We spoke with Leo Caprez about the urgent need for innovation in the climate tech sector as the world is facing increasing challenges from accelerating climate change.
    A few key takeaways from Leo Caprez:
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    "A lot of also very smart and driven people have woken up to the issues that we are facing: we have very, very little time to solve a massive problem. The decarbonization that obviously has to happen first, is so massive that nobody knows how we actually can get there. So we need all the innovation that we can get right now in a very short period of time. It's a frenzy right now."
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    "Lots of those technologies are available now that can be used in this space,  just think about remote sensing with satellites and drones and machine learning capacities that only since a few years are available, and the costs are coming down. Actually now it's viable economically, to analyze vast areas of forests on their carbon content. It's still pretty tricky. Actually, there are lots of startups that are attracted to tackling this issue right now."
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    "For any kind of VC player, it's not easy to navigate this space, because there are lots of shiny things also."

    • 16 min
    Looking into Climate Fintech World with Octopus Ventures' Natasha Jones

    Looking into Climate Fintech World with Octopus Ventures' Natasha Jones

    We spoke with Natasha Jones from London headquartered Octopus Ventures about the intersection of climate change and fintech startups, the booming collaboration in climate tech, and the challenges of  ESG investing.
    Here are some of the key takeaways from Natasha Jones:
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    "The data is really clear - if you can move your pension to a green and sustainable pension, it's 27 times more effective than going vegan, which, as someone who tried to go vegan and failed, it seems a lot easier to just select a green pension provider."
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    "I think what's super interesting is now the regulatory push to clamp down on greenwashing. And that's tied to consumer distrust as well. I think in France a survey said 60% of consumers distrust green labeling from banks. I think for our space, that creates a kind of an opportunity."
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    "I think the first thing to note ... just a huge amount of collaboration. I think other sectors tend to be a bit more cagey on sharing IP, on collaborating between different stakeholders, from entrepreneurs all the way to policymakers and investors in between. Climate tech is really different in that sense. Everyone's very keen to collaborate to find different solutions. And I think that's what makes it really optimistic space to be in."

    • 25 min
    Big Game of Energy Transition with Helen Ventures' Terhi Vapola

    Big Game of Energy Transition with Helen Ventures' Terhi Vapola

    We spoke with Terhi Vapola about climate tech, energy transition, and Helen Ventures' investments in the fields like EV charging and power grid optimization. 
    A few key takeaways from Terhi Vapola:
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    "What we want to do is work with the most innovative startups ...  working with people who don't just talk, I think there's plenty of talking and has been for a long time. What we need to do is actually get those things done."
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    "If you think about the existential crisis that we are dealing with, we need to find the solutions. And then at the same time, if you look at the regulatory changes, and ... Green Deal and the amount of public support into making money available for for the actions, which can help us to address it, I think it's a fantastic thing. "
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    "The bi-directional charging is a great opportunity ... those pilots are taking place as we speak ...  of course, you need to have the adoption of the EV charging taking place even further to really balance it. But the steps into that, are like real today already."
     

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    Urgency of Tackling Climate Change with Balderton's Shikha Ahluwalia

    Urgency of Tackling Climate Change with Balderton's Shikha Ahluwalia

    We spoke with Shikha Ahluwalia about the climate's role in all investment decisions, Balderton's own green strategy, and how to invest in climate-friendly companies across the sectors. 
    London-headquartered Balderton has raised around 5 billion US dollars for its funds, and is known for investments in startups including Revolut and Betfair.
    A few key takeaways from Shikha Ahluwalia:
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    "We're definitely not doing enough to tackle climate change.  As investors, and the investing scene in general, we have a unique responsibility to address the issues of the next well, not even 50 years, the next eight years until 2030."
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    "Ultimately, we all need to learn to be less greedy and think about the world we're building for generations to come. And that's not five generations down the line. I'm talking about our children: my children, your children, and it's very, very near. So I think that the idea that investors need to be doing much, much more is super important. Returns in terms of impact on the planet, in terms of impact on the climate, need to be measured alongside financial returns."
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    "We should be asking, how do we set up a process in a way that it becomes top of the agenda to invest into climate-friendly companies as part of investment decision making?"

    • 21 min
    Deepdive of East Europe Startup World with Flashpoint's Alex Konoplyasty

    Deepdive of East Europe Startup World with Flashpoint's Alex Konoplyasty

    We spoke with Alex Konoplyasty, co-founder of Flashpoint Ventures, about big global trends, the possible implications of the war in Eastern Europe, and why it's still early days of greentech investments in the region.
    London-headquartered Flashpoint manages assets worth 450-500 million and is known for investments in the firms like Chess.com and Guesty. 
    A few key takeaways from Alex Konoplyasty:
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    "In this type of environment, we recommend our portfolio companies raise money as soon as possible. If they're raising money now, they should like to keep raising. If not, they should go out and start rasing right now, as fast as they can. Valuation is less important; I think it's more important to capitalize yourself for the next couple of years to make sure you have capital."
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    "We don't know how the consumer is going to adjust to this, like the terrible shock that is happening around the energy. Maybe they adjust in the way that we don't expect today, then maybe it's not going to be so bad as we expected, right? And we've seen historically people do adjust in shock situations - when it's gradual, it's sort of okay, but when it's like shock, people tend to change their behavior."
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    "In 2015, after Crimea, I decided that I didn't want to do anything with Russia. At all. We don't do any business in Russia. Like, we didn't do anything there after 2015. It was a very strategic decision for us."

    • 36 min

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