Jason Jacobs

Business • Technology • Science

A podcast about a recovering software entrepreneur (me!), and my quest to reorient my career around helping solve climate change for this next chapter and beyond. Includes interviews with people in the thick of tackling this problem, and commentary from yours truly. I'm glad you are here!

Popular episodes

Startup Series: Terraformation

Jul 22 • 56:44

Today's guest is Yishan Wong, Founder & CEO of Terraformation. 

Before founding Terraformation, Yishan served as CEO at Reddit and was an engineer at Pay Pal and Facebook. After exiting Reddit, Yishan learned that native forest restoration outperformed any other known method of carbon capture by nearly an order of magnitude. However, he also found three significant bottlene...

Ep. 166: Costa Samaras, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Jul 19 • 50:44

Today's guest is Costa Samaras, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

Costa Samaras began his career as a civil engineer working on several multibillion-dollar infrastructure megaprojects in New York, including rebuilding the subway line underneath the World Trade Center after September 11th. After pursuing his Masters in ...

Startup Series: Carbicrete

Jul 15 • 36:49

Today's guest is Chris Stern, Co-Founder & CEO of Carbicrete. 

Carbicrete is a Montreal-based carbon removal technology company that is developing innovative, low-cost building solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The company's patented technology, first developed at McGill University, enables cement-free, carbon-negative concrete production. The process uses an ...

Ep. 165: Graeme Pitkethly, CFO of Unilever

Jul 12 • 01:02:58

Today's guest is Graeme Pitkethly, CFO of Unilever.

Unilever is a multinational consumer goods company with over 1,000 brands focusing on foods and refreshments, home care, and beauty and personal care. In 2010, Unilever announced its Sustainable Living Plan with climate-focused benchmarks and goals. 

Graeme joined Unilever in 2002 and has served as Executive Vice President ...

Startup Series: Zack Parisa, Co-Founder & CEO of NCX

Jul 8 • 56:39

Today's guest is Zack Parisa, Co-Founder & CEO of NCX. 

NCX, previously known as SilviaTerra, is a forest carbon marketplace. Developed in collaboration with Microsoft, NCX created an AI-powered forest called Basemap to connect American landowners with net-zero companies. For landowners, NCX makes it possible for them to get paid not to cut. For buyers, NCX provides greater...

Ep. 164: Mira Inbar, Partner at ArcTern Ventures

Jul 5 • 48:11

Today's guest is Mira Inbar, Partner at ArcTern Ventures.

ArcTern Ventures is a Toronto-based climate-focused venture capital fund. They invest in early-stage climate startups across industries, energy, and agriculture mobility. 

Growing up in Southwest Florida, Mira watched as the natural habitat around her was replaced by parking lots, supermarkets, and housing development...

Ep. 163: Scott Clavenna, Co-Founder of Greentech Media

Jun 28 • 55:09

Today's guest is Scott Clavenna, Co-Founder of Greentech Media.

Greentech Media was a leading source of integrated news, industry research, conferences, and executive councils in the clean energy economy. Wood Mackenzie, who acquired Greentech Media in 2016, announced it would close the publication earlier this year.

In 2007, Scott founded Greentech Media and served as CEO f...

Ep. 162: Mary Powell, Clean Energy Leader & Former CEO of Green Mountain Power

Jun 21 • 01:03:08

Today's guest is Mary Powell, Clean Energy Leader & Former CEO of Green Mountain Power.

Green Mountain Power is an energy transformation company providing power and innovative products and services to three-quarters of Vermont and the first utility in the world to become a B-Corp.

Mary's career started at a fast-growing market fund. She stayed for eight years, during which t...

Ep. 161 Donnel Baird: Founder & CEO of BlocPower

Jun 14 • 58:25

Today's guest is Donnel Baird, Founder & CEO of BlocPower.

BlocPower is a Brooklyn-based climate technology startup that is making American cities greener, smarter, and healthier. BlocPower analyzes, finances, and constructs renewable energy and energy-efficient projects on a building by building, block by block basis. BlocPower focuses on buildings in low-income communitie...

Ep. 160: Jim Kapsis, Founder & CEO of The Ad Hoc Group

Jun 7 • 48:07

Today's guest is Jim Kapsis, Founder & CEO of The Ad Hoc Group.

The Ad Hoc Group is a focused consultancy working to help startups succeed in complex regulated markets, such as energy, mobility, and smart cities. 

Jim founded The Ad Hoc Group to help startups and investors scale innovative businesses to solve our most pressing climate and sustainability challenges. Jim has b...

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