Climate change is real. Now is the time to look at atmospheric carbon as the opportunity of the century -- carbon & its compounds are a free, abundant resource, already used generously by the Earth's biosphere & now looking for more industrial applications. Governments are ready to spend on carbon, & consumers are willing to pay a premium for products made with captured carbon. Agricultural opportunities are endless when matched with the right business models & funding structures. Kelp & algae farming are about to go big. New materials are waiting to be built. To get to a carbon-neutral world faster, we need new technologies. Let's become miners of the 21st century. It's a land (air?) grab waiting to happen!
Carbon Impact.tech will take place on Thursday, March 28th, between 4pm - 8pm in San Francisco. We will cover the nascent technologies that will usher in an era of profitable carbon removal as well as the status quo of carbon solutions & possible business models for implementation. We will also have founders of early stage companies giving lightning talks on their approach to mining carbon, while brand-name Silicon Valley investors will chime in with their perspective & approach. Below is a tentative plan for the half-day event:
THE CARBON PROBLEM
Noah Deich, the Executive Director of Carbon180, will define drawdown technologies & lay out the current climate & carbon landscape. This will reveal key insights into the scale of the problem -- how much CO2 gets put into the atmosphere every year -- & provide the foundation of knowledge needed to make an informed attack on CO2. Noah will also talk about the solution stack, players in the field, & present a few case studies of tech companies sequestering carbon.
THE CARBON OPPORTUNITY
Tito Jankowski from Impossible Labs will make the hard case for air mining. He will showcase technological solutions that are already looking for profitable business models -- including the crazy ones! Tim will also cover promising (and often already scaled up) technologies currently looking for CO2 applications, & discuss the business & funding models that could be applied to atmospheric carbon-related solutions.
CARBON LIGHTNING TALKS
We will hear from entrepreneurs & researchers working on carbon capture with a focus on the technology used, funding & growth path, & the potential for both impact & income in the coming 10 years. We will be updating the list of presenters soon. If you are interested in pitching, please fill out this form. The lightning talks will be recorded, so it's a good way to get the word out!
After the lightning talks, a handful of investors & inventors will gather for a fireside chat & a broad Q&A on overlooked solutions, unused funding models, & undervalued paths to Zero Carbon.
Noah Deich is the Executive Director of Carbon180 (formerly Center for Carbon Removal), a non-profit organization on a mission to champion carbon removal through science & innovation. Prior to founding Carbon180, Noah worked in consulting & gained experience with energy & environmental market modeling, financial valuation, & corporate strategy in the energy & sustainability sectors. Noah received his M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley & his B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Tito is an air miner & he has been other things: a biohacker, a hardware maker, a medical tricorder designer, & a patent infringer. Prior to the call to join the climate adventure, he co-founded the BioCurious hackerspace & built open source biohacker tools including OpenPCR. Tito holds a degree in Biomedical Engineering from Brown University.
Tech entrepreneur & a Founding Partner at Fifty Years, an early stage VC fund that backs entrepreneurs solving the world's biggest problems with technology. With Fifty Years, Ela has invested in over 45 startups in areas such as food tech, synthetic biology, energy, space tech, health tech, autonomous vehicles, & more. Ela is a Y Combinator alum, previously co-founded Base CRM, the software shop Applicake, & was a Partner at Innovation Nest, a Europe-focused VC firm. She also runs Impact.tech, a platform for technologists in Silicon Valley who want to combine purpose with profit.