Once you have built your startup, it’s time to get out there to network and fundraise like mad. It’s no easy feat. We have a…
"The private market landscape is super dynamic. I would say you see most momentum in the VC, very early seed stage funding. You see much less climate focus in private equity, it is starting to emerge, but it's still much more nascent."What you see is that it's still extremely dynamic in a sense that it's still very unclear. There's so many new technologies, so many new different funds and what Carbon Equity tries to do is create some overview in the chaos. We help guide investors through who's doing what, what the focus of different funds is, What the top funds are, and we curate these funds based on financial diligence and climate diligence. We then come with a selection of funds that we believe are really moving the needle and are also financially very interesting from an investment point of view.
“Storage is really hot, anything that makes deployment of wind and solar cheaper is also great, the carbon offset market is evolving and growing.
The hydrogen economy, I think, is so fascinating. There's a lot of money going into it, but we've funded a few electrolyzer companies, just anything that makes clean, hydrogen cheaper. My sense is that's going to exist and it's going to be a pretty significant part of the total energy economy and doesn't really exist right now. Anything in clean transportation is really exciting. We also have a whole sector that looks at industrial processes, manufacturing chemicals, and doing things in a less ecologically damaging way. "
"Identify what the real big problems are, and the bigger the problem, the easier it's going to be."We're (Earthshot Labs) targeting a really big problem, which is,the grand unified ecosystem model and then incentivizing land restoration all around the world. It's a big idea. And it's a big problem. The amount of interest we're attracting is just so much larger and we're doing the same amount of work. It's the same amount of work to start that company as it is to start something else that's working on a simpler problem. So the bigger the problem, the better. "
"One of the things that is most helpful when raising a round is keeping the sense of momentum and urgency going across your work. "One of the things that is most helpful when raising a round is keeping the sense of momentum and urgency going across your work. "]The best way to do that is to push all of the investors that you want to talk to as close together as possible. So that as you start winning and start to raise a small amount of money, you can use that to drive urgency with the rest of them so that they see that your round is closing and they're not going to be able to just take forever to make a decision. #3. The third one is kind of related to the second one. I found that creating artificial deadlines or stories about how popular the round is just never works. Investors can see right through that. The best way to create urgency and get people to move and make decisions is again, to use the momentum that you're building from smashing all of your conversations into a short period of time.