25 episodes

An interview series with climate-leaders on technology, business, and policy.

The Seeds: Growing Ideas into Impact Julia Bunte-Mein

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An interview series with climate-leaders on technology, business, and policy.

    The Grid of the Future: Matt Plante, President & Co-Founder of Voltus

    The Grid of the Future: Matt Plante, President & Co-Founder of Voltus

    Matt Plante is the president and co-founder of Voltus, a distributed energy resources platform whose mission is to fulfill the promise of the energy transition. Voltus’s technology platform, VoltApp, connects any distributed energy resource, from energy efficiency to demand response, to any wholesale market in North America. In this episode, we discuss the electric grid of the future, the DER technology and policy to get us there, lessons learned from the Texas and California blackouts, and what makes Voltus special.

    • 52 min
    The API for Controlling Homes and Buildings: Sy Bohy, Co-founder of Seam

    The API for Controlling Homes and Buildings: Sy Bohy, Co-founder of Seam

    Sy Bohy is the co-founder of Seam, a startup offering a device- and brand-agnostic API for developers to control homes and buildings. Seam’s IoT platform enables organizations to control building devices, like opening door locks, controlling thermostats, turning off lights, and more. Sy and his co-founder Dawn bring years of expertise from Nest and Sonder to progress the burgeoning building management industry.

    • 47 min
    Last-mile connectivity in Africa: Harrison Leaf

    Last-mile connectivity in Africa: Harrison Leaf

    SteamaCo enables utilities to sell energy anywhere on the planet. Their data-efficient energy management system helps overcome cost and infrastructure barriers to underserved energy customers in 10 African countries. This episode covers why last-mile connectivity is such a challenge, how SteamaCo augments and automates preexisting smart metering and cloud technology, and three frameworks around limiting beliefs, procrastination, and motivation to succeed as an entrepreneur.
     

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Renewable Energy Access and Resilience in a Box: Angelo Campus

    Renewable Energy Access and Resilience in a Box: Angelo Campus

    Angelo Campus is the founder of BoxPower, a startup offering small scale renewable microgrids in 20-ft shipping containers. They are expanding energy access to rural, often-low income, communities that are off-grid or recovering from a natural disaster. They also provide back-up power to critical infrastructures like hospitals in California that are experiencing more blackouts than ever before. Angelo started learning about solar PVs and battery systems as a kid when homeschooled and never looked back. This episode dives into microgrid technology, entrepreneurship, and how to carve your own path when none of the visible paths are what you want.

    • 1 hr
    A Conversation on Sustainable Biomaterials: Wendy Owens, Hexas

    A Conversation on Sustainable Biomaterials: Wendy Owens, Hexas

    Wendy Owens is the founder and CEO of Hexas, a clean-tech startup producing and distributing sustainable, plant-based biomass. Their giant grass, called Xanograss, replaces wood biomass and is an exceptional climate-change fighting species because of its low-cost sustainable building material, energy fuel, and carbon sequestration properties. Wendy brings over a decade of materials and biotech experience to Hexas and in this episode shares insights on the future of sustainable construction and renewable energy sectors, her experience as a founder, and her general philosophy for success.  
     
    Books mentioned: 
    An Introduction to Mathematics by Alfred North Whitehead 
    The Art of War by Sun Tzu

    • 43 min
    Marketing Your Climate Start-Up & Zero Waste Living: Bettina Grab

    Marketing Your Climate Start-Up & Zero Waste Living: Bettina Grab

    Bettina Grab, founder and President of Impact B2B, helps climate tech start-ups have a bigger, impact faster through growth and effective sales & marketing strategies. She is also a Zero Waste blogger, speaker & activist. The first part of the episode focuses on Bettina’s shift from corporate marketing to climate-focused marketing and why there is such a need for it today. She offers many great tips for current and aspiring founders, so take a listen if that applies to you! The second part focused on zero waste living, what she has learned from living a plastic-free life, and some surprising facts about why recycling is really the last resort.

    • 44 min

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