I recently had the opportunity to discuss investing in early-stage businesses who have the potential to tackle climate change with Pippa Gawley, Managing Director of Zero Carbon Capital. ZCC is an early stage investment fund that backs businesses who have the potential to reduce, avoid or capture half a gigatonne of carbon dioxide at scale. If you missed pt. I of the conversation, you can find that on the Metta blog here.
Massive increases in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentration are fundamentally changing our climate.
Shifting weather patterns, rising sea levels and increasingly frequent severe weather events (not forgetting increasing prevalence of novel diseases like COVID-19) — these changes are already having a huge human and ecological impact. But we’re only just starting to see the changes that will happen if we don’t reverse the trend of greenhouse gas concentrations.
However, there are routes to fixing this very real, very global challenge.
I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Professor Tim Benton, Chatham House’s Director of Energy, Environment and Resources programme and the Emerging Risks Research Director. We had a wide-ranging discussion about the work he and the team do, the climate challenges we face and a few things in-between. If you missed pt. I of the conversation, you can find that on the Metta blog here.
Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, was founded in 1919 by British diplomat Lionel Curtis following the situation that gave rise to the First World War.
Created as a safe space for governments to come together and have confidential conversations about issues affecting them (which is where the Rule comes from), the House’s mission is to help governments and societies create a more sustainably secure, just and prosperous world. Over its first century, it’s been involved in some of the most important moments in history. …
I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dom Hallas, COADEC’s Executive Director, to talk through the work he and the team do, how COADEC itself has scaled since 2010 and more than a few things in-between.
If you missed pt. I of the conversation, you can find that on the Metta blog here.
The interview below has been condensed and edited for clarity but if you missed the chat, you can find it on Spotify. You can also find it on Apple, Amazon and Google (+ all other good podcasting platforms while you’re at it). …
The Coalition for a Digital Economy, or COADEC, was founded in 2010 as the tech ecosystem in the UK was starting to really find its feet. Established as a route for the burgeoning startup community to communicate with government, COADEC has become a key stakeholder in the UK’s landscape over the last decade. …
I co-founded, scaled and sold a business during 2013–2017. It was my first time running a startup, the first time I’d raised investment, the first time hiring staff, and the first time doing pretty much anything properly entrepreneurial. You get the idea. I was new to it all.
It was both the scariest and most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.
But I had no educational background in startups or business — in the sense I’d done a (pharmacology) degree completely irrelevant to the (B2C software) startup. …
I am fortunate to work with an incredible team of women — both in our programme and the wider network. Investors, mentors, founders, technologists, industry experts and more: it’s an incredible collective and one I’ve learned a lot from over the last two programmes.
To celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day, the programme team sat down with some of the women in our network to hear their thoughts on women in tech, STEM more broadly, mentor- and allyship, gender parity and equality and a few things in-between.
As the saying goes, “In God we trust, all others must bring data”.
The ATI Boeing Accelerator programme team and I have spent the last 18 months helping hundreds of startups — from all over the world — better communicate data. What makes their product or process unique, where the value is. That all involves storytelling, but without the appropriate data to build that story, you’re at risk of creating a lullaby instead of the next hot bestseller.
The pandemic has been a catalyst for change — both good and bad. At our recent ‘investment and innovation in aerospace’ webinar, it was clear from our panel that, while the aerospace industry has been negatively impacted in the short-term, the longer-term outcomes as a result of the pandemic are very positive. One key win for the industry, and the world more broadly, is an even bigger push in sustainability.