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Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer at Sweep
Sweeping away the world’s carbon emissions
During this new episode of our Founder Series, we are sitting down with Raphael Güller, Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer at Sweep. Sweep is a platform for large companies to reduce their emissions, both across the structure of the organization and across the value chain. One of Sweep’s biggest challenges and main objectives is tackling scope three emissions within its customer base.
I was very excited to speak with Raphael, who has worked in different designer roles throughout his career as a graphic designer, brand designer, and finally creative director at ZenDesk where he met the rest of his co-founders. Two years ago, inspired by wildfires he experienced on vacation, he joined his co-founders in starting Sweep, which just closed a $100 Million funding round in early 2022. In this episode, Raphael walks us through that journey, and how he and his co-founders iterated on Sweep and what their catalyst moment was that made them all realize it’s all hands on deck for climate.
In this episode, Raphael methodically explains the carbon market and how managing carbon within a big business is a matter of data and how you use it. Tackling scope three emissions is a question of orchestrating among all the big and small suppliers down the line to create a bigger picture of a company’s footprint. That is why Raphael prefers the term carbon management to carbon accounting – it’s more than measuring; it’s understanding what to do with those measurements. With that in mind, Raphael acts as our guide across the carbon landscape, its regulations, market opportunities, and how he uses data to tackle the problem.
During the second part of the talk, Raphael gives fundraising tips for SaaS companies along with a glimpse at his work-life balance and what books he reads to help maintain that balance.
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