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My Climate Journey

Jason Jacobs

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My Climate Journey

My Climate Journey

Jason Jacobs

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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!

Latest Episodes

Ep 94: Robyn Beavers, Co-Founder & CEO of Blueprint Power

EToday's guest is Robyn Beavers, Co-Founder & CEO of Blueprint Power. Blueprint Power is a NYC-based startup, unlocking new revenue for real estate owners by transforming their buildings into power plants and connecting them to new energy markets and customers. It offers commercial property owners a suite of data-driven machine learning tools that automate the management, aggregation, orchestration, and market transactions of energy assets across their entire portfolio. Blueprint’s vision is to work with the real estate industry to transform America’s cities into new urban energy markets. Having began her career at Google spearheading green operations and strategy, Robin developed deep experience in the energy sector at a variety of companies and organizations. Her time at Lennar, overseeing investments in real estate tech companies, was a pivotal foundation that would lead her to combine her experience in energy and real estate and found Blueprint Power. I had a great discussion with Robin in this episode about clean energy, the grid, the regulatory landscape and her experience pitching to early-investors. Hope you enjoy our conversation. Enjoy the show! You can find me on twitter @jjacobs22 or @mcjpod and email at info@myclimatejourney.co, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.

45 MIN2 d ago
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Ep 94: Robyn Beavers, Co-Founder & CEO of Blueprint Power

Ep 93: Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University

EToday's guest is Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. Naomi is a world renowned geologist, historian and public speaker, and a leading voice on the role of science in society and the reality of anthropogenic climate change. Naomi has authored several prominent books, including "The Collapse of Western Civilization," "Discerning Experts," "Science on a Mission: American Oceanography From The Cold War to Climate Change," and most recently "Why Trust Science." Arguably her most well-known publication to date, "Merchants of Doubt" was the basis of the 2006 documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.” We have a great discussion in this episode, including Naomi's journey beginning as a geologist to becoming a standard-bearer of public awareness on climate change. We also dive into the legacy of climate denialism, promulgated by the fossil fuel industry. An outspoken critic of the industry’s record of disinformation, Naomi shares her personal experience of being attacked and threatened as part of a larger campaign, led by special-interest groups, to discredit climate science. Finally, Naomi articulates why the public should trust science, and the answer may surprise listeners! Enjoy the show! You can find me on twitter @jjacobs22 or @mcjpod and email at info@myclimatejourney.co, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.

48 MIN6 d ago
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Ep 93: Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University

Ep 92: Dawn Lippert, CEO of Elemental Excelerator

EToday's guest is Dawn Lippert, CEO of Elemental Excelerator. Elemental Excelerator is a clean tech accelerator program incubating the next generation of companies tackling various environmental and climate-related issues. In operation as a nonprofit for nearly a decade, the program invests across several key sectors: mobility, food & agriculture, water, circular economy and energy. Each year it backs 15 to 20 companies up to 1 million each to improve systems that impact the planet and people's lives. Beginning her career working in the alternative energy space at management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, Dawn eventually went onto leading innovation and community at the Emerson Collective, the investment and philanthropic platform led by Laurene Powell Jobs and also a key partner of Elemental. We had a great discussion about the areas Elemental has invested in and the multifaceted ways it supports its portfolio companies. I learned a lot and I hope you will as well. Enjoy the show! You can find me on twitter @jjacobs22 or @mcjpod and email at info@myclimatejourney.co, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.

51 MIN1 w ago
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Ep 92: Dawn Lippert, CEO of Elemental Excelerator

Ep 91: Kingsmill Bond, Energy Strategist at Carbon Tracker

EToday's guest is Kingsmill Bond, Energy Strategist at Carbon Tracker. Carbon Tracker is a nonprofit financial think tank that carries out in-depth analysis on the impact of the energy transition on capital markets and the potential investment in high-cost, carbon-intensive fossil fuels. It has cemented the terms “carbon bubble”, “unburnable carbon” and “stranded assets” into the financial and environmental lexicon. Having a long career in banking and finance, Kingsmill has written about the impact of the energy transition on financial markets, domestic politics and geopolitics, and authored a series of reports on the myths of the energy transition, looking at the many arguments made by incumbents to deny the reality of change. This episode is an interesting one in that Kingsmill has strong opinions, not just about what needs to happen, but also what is already happening and inevitable as it relates to the phasing out of fossil fuels and the phasing out of fossil fuel companies. I thought this was a great one and I learned a lot. I hope you do as well. Enjoy the show! You can find me on twitter @jjacobs22 or @mcjpod and email at info@myclimatejourney.co, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.

41 MIN1 w ago
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Ep 91: Kingsmill Bond, Energy Strategist at Carbon Tracker

Ep 90: Rich Sorkin, Co-Founder & CEO of Jupiter Intelligence

EToday's guest is Rich Sorkin, Co-Founder & CEO of Jupiter Intelligence. Jupiter provides data analytics to help governments, corporations, and society manage risks from climate change, natural disasters, and sea level rise. Led by industry veterans and distinguished experts from across disciplines, the firm offers services to predict weather risks from one hour to 50 years into the future. In his three-decade-long career as a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, Rich has led breakthrough companies in numerous industries. He has focused on commercializing transformative technologies, with a significant concentration on financial services, energy, media, politics, and the environment. It's great to hear what Jupiter is doing in this area and learn more, not only about Jupiter and their role, but also about the topic of adaptation and resiliency in general, where we are, where we need to be, and how to get there. Enjoy the show! You can find me on twitter @jjacobs22 or @mcjpod and email at info@myclimatejourney.co, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.

47 MIN2 w ago
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Ep 90: Rich Sorkin, Co-Founder & CEO of Jupiter Intelligence

Ep 89: Jeffrey Schub, Executive Director at the Coalition for Green Capital

EToday's guest is Jeffrey Schub, Executive Director at the Coalition for Green Capital (CGC). CGC is an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit that finances clean energy investments in the U.S. and in developing nations through the incubation of “green banks.” These banks, in turn, invest in mission-driven projects that may not otherwise be able to access capital on the commercial market. In its decade-long history, CGC has deployed over $2 billion in clean energy investments throughout the world. Jeff manages the organization and leads all business development, fundraising, and project management activities. His work in over a dozen states in the U.S. has led to green banks securing and investing hundreds of millions of dollars into clean energy. This episode cleared up some misconceptions that I had about what green banks are, their significance in addressing climate change, and how to go about establishing them. I hope you find this discussion as fascinating as I did! Enjoy the show! You can find me on twitter @jjacobs22 or @mcjpod and email at info@myclimatejourney.co, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.

54 MIN2 w ago
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Ep 89: Jeffrey Schub, Executive Director at the Coalition for Green Capital

Ep 88: Daniel Huppmann, Energy Research Scholar at IIASA

EToday's guest is Dr. Daniel Huppmann, an energy research scholar at IIASA, The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. IIASA is a research consortium based outside of Vienna, Austria, whose member organizations represent countries throughout the world. Its research focuses on urgent global concerns, such as climate change, energy security, population aging, and sustainable development. Dr. Huppmann was an author of the 2018 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C (SR15). We had a great discussion about how the report's "Sustainable Development Goals" were created and how the layperson should be thinking of them. You don't want to miss this episode!

46 MIN3 w ago
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Ep 88: Daniel Huppmann, Energy Research Scholar at IIASA

Ep 87: Alessandra Biaggi, New York State Senator

EToday's guest is Alessandra Biaggi, Democratic New York State Senator. Representing her home district of Bronx, Westchester, Senator Biaggi is the Chair of The Revived Ethics and Internal Governance Committee. In her tenure, Senator Biaggi has chaired the first public hearings in 27 years on sexual harassment in the workplace, and led the charge in New York to pass legislation that strengthens protections for survivors and holds employers accountable for addressing sexual misconduct. The Senator worked to pass legislation including tenant-centered housing reforms, climate-change initiatives, criminal justice reform, comprehensive workplace protections, and expansive legislation making it easier to vote. We had a wide ranging discussion in this episode, including Senator Biaggi's unlikely path to holding elected office and the challenges she experienced. We also discussed the nature of the climate problem, where it fits on the New York state policy agenda and opportunities to take action on both the state and federal level. And finally, Senator Biaggi has some great advice for what people like you and I can do to help if we're concerned about this issue. Enjoy the show! You can find me on twitter @jjacobs22 or @mcjpod and email at info@myclimatejourney.co, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.

41 MIN3 w ago
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Ep 87: Alessandra Biaggi, New York State Senator

Ep 86: Zahra Hirji, Energy and Climate Reporter at Buzzfeed News

EToday’s guest is Zahra Hirji, Energy and Climate Reporter at Buzzfeed News. Zahra has been a reporter at Buzzfeed since 2017, where she’s focused on how Trump Administration policies, federal agencies and Congress have impacted climate change. Priding herself on holding all parties to account, she recently wrote an article, titled “How A Bad Boss Remade Himself As a Climate Hero,” shining light on the intersection of the MeToo Movement and climate change within the scientific community. Prior to joining Buzzfeed News, Zahra held a career steeped in climate change journalism, spending several years as a reporter for InsideClimate News, one of the earliest publications dedicated to covering the impact of climate change. Zahra offered a unique perspective not only to thinking about the ongoing challenges in climate change but also of the role of journalism. I very much enjoyed this conversation and think you will too! Enjoy the show! You can find me on twitter @jjacobs22 or @mcjpod and email at info@myclimatejourney.co, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.

46 MINMAR. 2
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Ep 86: Zahra Hirji, Energy and Climate Reporter at Buzzfeed News

Ep 85: David Heinemeier Hansson, Co-Founder & CTO at Basecamp

EToday’s guest is David Heinemeier Hansson (aka @DHH), Co-Founder & CTO of Basecamp, an online collaboration tool. David is a prominent figure in the tech industry and a polymath whose writings and opinions have touched upon a range of subjects, including technology, the future of work, entrepreneurship and most recently climate change. Outside of Basecamp, David is also known around the world as the creator of the popular programming framework, Ruby on Rails. In addition, he’s cowritten several books with his Basecamp cofounder, Jason Fried, on the subject of work, with titles that include “It Doesn’t Have To Be Crazy At Work” and “Rework.” David is also an avid race car driver, having won his class in the 82nd running of the Le Mans endurance race. Having connected on the topic of climate change via the magic of Twitter, David and I had an interesting discussion in which he shared his personal views on the crisis, steps he’s taken in his personal life, and where he thinks we’re headed. While his opinions aren't directly aligned with mine, it was good to get his take and hear from someone going through his own climate journey. And we will turn him into an optimist, yet! Also, please note that this episode was recorded live and broadcast on twitter, so it is not edited like a normal one. Audio quality a little worse, but even more authentic! Enjoy the show. You can find me on twitter @jjacobs22 or @mcjpod and email at info@myclimatejourney.co, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.

56 MINFEB. 27
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Ep 85: David Heinemeier Hansson, Co-Founder & CTO at Basecamp

Latest Episodes

Ep 94: Robyn Beavers, Co-Founder & CEO of Blueprint Power

EToday's guest is Robyn Beavers, Co-Founder & CEO of Blueprint Power. Blueprint Power is a NYC-based startup, unlocking new revenue for real estate owners by transforming their buildings into power plants and connecting them to new energy markets and customers. It offers commercial property owners a suite of data-driven machine learning tools that automate the management, aggregation, orchestration, and market transactions of energy assets across their entire portfolio. Blueprint’s vision is to work with the real estate industry to transform America’s cities into new urban energy markets. Having began her career at Google spearheading green operations and strategy, Robin developed deep experience in the energy sector at a variety of companies and organizations. Her time at Lennar, overseeing investments in real estate tech companies, was a pivotal foundation that would lead her to combine her experience in energy and real estate and found Blueprint Power. I had a great discussion with Robin in this episode about clean energy, the grid, the regulatory landscape and her experience pitching to early-investors. Hope you enjoy our conversation. Enjoy the show! You can find me on twitter @jjacobs22 or @mcjpod and email at info@myclimatejourney.co, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.

45 MIN2 d ago
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Ep 94: Robyn Beavers, Co-Founder & CEO of Blueprint Power

Ep 93: Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University

EToday's guest is Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. Naomi is a world renowned geologist, historian and public speaker, and a leading voice on the role of science in society and the reality of anthropogenic climate change. Naomi has authored several prominent books, including "The Collapse of Western Civilization," "Discerning Experts," "Science on a Mission: American Oceanography From The Cold War to Climate Change," and most recently "Why Trust Science." Arguably her most well-known publication to date, "Merchants of Doubt" was the basis of the 2006 documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.” We have a great discussion in this episode, including Naomi's journey beginning as a geologist to becoming a standard-bearer of public awareness on climate change. We also dive into the legacy of climate denialism, promulgated by the fossil fuel industry. An outspoken critic of the industry’s record of disinformation, Naomi shares her personal experience of being attacked and threatened as part of a larger campaign, led by special-interest groups, to discredit climate science. Finally, Naomi articulates why the public should trust science, and the answer may surprise listeners! Enjoy the show! You can find me on twitter @jjacobs22 or @mcjpod and email at info@myclimatejourney.co, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.

48 MIN6 d ago
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Ep 93: Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University

Ep 92: Dawn Lippert, CEO of Elemental Excelerator

EToday's guest is Dawn Lippert, CEO of Elemental Excelerator. Elemental Excelerator is a clean tech accelerator program incubating the next generation of companies tackling various environmental and climate-related issues. In operation as a nonprofit for nearly a decade, the program invests across several key sectors: mobility, food & agriculture, water, circular economy and energy. Each year it backs 15 to 20 companies up to 1 million each to improve systems that impact the planet and people's lives. Beginning her career working in the alternative energy space at management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, Dawn eventually went onto leading innovation and community at the Emerson Collective, the investment and philanthropic platform led by Laurene Powell Jobs and also a key partner of Elemental. We had a great discussion about the areas Elemental has invested in and the multifaceted ways it supports its portfolio companies. I learned a lot and I hope you will as well. Enjoy the show! You can find me on twitter @jjacobs22 or @mcjpod and email at info@myclimatejourney.co, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.

51 MIN1 w ago
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Ep 92: Dawn Lippert, CEO of Elemental Excelerator

Ep 91: Kingsmill Bond, Energy Strategist at Carbon Tracker

EToday's guest is Kingsmill Bond, Energy Strategist at Carbon Tracker. Carbon Tracker is a nonprofit financial think tank that carries out in-depth analysis on the impact of the energy transition on capital markets and the potential investment in high-cost, carbon-intensive fossil fuels. It has cemented the terms “carbon bubble”, “unburnable carbon” and “stranded assets” into the financial and environmental lexicon. Having a long career in banking and finance, Kingsmill has written about the impact of the energy transition on financial markets, domestic politics and geopolitics, and authored a series of reports on the myths of the energy transition, looking at the many arguments made by incumbents to deny the reality of change. This episode is an interesting one in that Kingsmill has strong opinions, not just about what needs to happen, but also what is already happening and inevitable as it relates to the phasing out of fossil fuels and the phasing out of fossil fuel companies. I thought this was a great one and I learned a lot. I hope you do as well. Enjoy the show! You can find me on twitter @jjacobs22 or @mcjpod and email at info@myclimatejourney.co, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.

41 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Ep 91: Kingsmill Bond, Energy Strategist at Carbon Tracker

Ep 90: Rich Sorkin, Co-Founder & CEO of Jupiter Intelligence

EToday's guest is Rich Sorkin, Co-Founder & CEO of Jupiter Intelligence. Jupiter provides data analytics to help governments, corporations, and society manage risks from climate change, natural disasters, and sea level rise. Led by industry veterans and distinguished experts from across disciplines, the firm offers services to predict weather risks from one hour to 50 years into the future. In his three-decade-long career as a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, Rich has led breakthrough companies in numerous industries. He has focused on commercializing transformative technologies, with a significant concentration on financial services, energy, media, politics, and the environment. It's great to hear what Jupiter is doing in this area and learn more, not only about Jupiter and their role, but also about the topic of adaptation and resiliency in general, where we are, where we need to be, and how to get there. Enjoy the show! You can find me on twitter @jjacobs22 or @mcjpod and email at info@myclimatejourney.co, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.

47 MIN2 w ago
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Ep 90: Rich Sorkin, Co-Founder & CEO of Jupiter Intelligence

Ep 89: Jeffrey Schub, Executive Director at the Coalition for Green Capital

EToday's guest is Jeffrey Schub, Executive Director at the Coalition for Green Capital (CGC). CGC is an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit that finances clean energy investments in the U.S. and in developing nations through the incubation of “green banks.” These banks, in turn, invest in mission-driven projects that may not otherwise be able to access capital on the commercial market. In its decade-long history, CGC has deployed over $2 billion in clean energy investments throughout the world. Jeff manages the organization and leads all business development, fundraising, and project management activities. His work in over a dozen states in the U.S. has led to green banks securing and investing hundreds of millions of dollars into clean energy. This episode cleared up some misconceptions that I had about what green banks are, their significance in addressing climate change, and how to go about establishing them. I hope you find this discussion as fascinating as I did! Enjoy the show! You can find me on twitter @jjacobs22 or @mcjpod and email at info@myclimatejourney.co, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.

54 MIN2 w ago
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Ep 89: Jeffrey Schub, Executive Director at the Coalition for Green Capital

Ep 88: Daniel Huppmann, Energy Research Scholar at IIASA

EToday's guest is Dr. Daniel Huppmann, an energy research scholar at IIASA, The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. IIASA is a research consortium based outside of Vienna, Austria, whose member organizations represent countries throughout the world. Its research focuses on urgent global concerns, such as climate change, energy security, population aging, and sustainable development. Dr. Huppmann was an author of the 2018 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C (SR15). We had a great discussion about how the report's "Sustainable Development Goals" were created and how the layperson should be thinking of them. You don't want to miss this episode!

46 MIN3 w ago
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Ep 88: Daniel Huppmann, Energy Research Scholar at IIASA

Ep 87: Alessandra Biaggi, New York State Senator

EToday's guest is Alessandra Biaggi, Democratic New York State Senator. Representing her home district of Bronx, Westchester, Senator Biaggi is the Chair of The Revived Ethics and Internal Governance Committee. In her tenure, Senator Biaggi has chaired the first public hearings in 27 years on sexual harassment in the workplace, and led the charge in New York to pass legislation that strengthens protections for survivors and holds employers accountable for addressing sexual misconduct. The Senator worked to pass legislation including tenant-centered housing reforms, climate-change initiatives, criminal justice reform, comprehensive workplace protections, and expansive legislation making it easier to vote. We had a wide ranging discussion in this episode, including Senator Biaggi's unlikely path to holding elected office and the challenges she experienced. We also discussed the nature of the climate problem, where it fits on the New York state policy agenda and opportunities to take action on both the state and federal level. And finally, Senator Biaggi has some great advice for what people like you and I can do to help if we're concerned about this issue. Enjoy the show! You can find me on twitter @jjacobs22 or @mcjpod and email at info@myclimatejourney.co, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.

41 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Ep 87: Alessandra Biaggi, New York State Senator

Ep 86: Zahra Hirji, Energy and Climate Reporter at Buzzfeed News

EToday’s guest is Zahra Hirji, Energy and Climate Reporter at Buzzfeed News. Zahra has been a reporter at Buzzfeed since 2017, where she’s focused on how Trump Administration policies, federal agencies and Congress have impacted climate change. Priding herself on holding all parties to account, she recently wrote an article, titled “How A Bad Boss Remade Himself As a Climate Hero,” shining light on the intersection of the MeToo Movement and climate change within the scientific community. Prior to joining Buzzfeed News, Zahra held a career steeped in climate change journalism, spending several years as a reporter for InsideClimate News, one of the earliest publications dedicated to covering the impact of climate change. Zahra offered a unique perspective not only to thinking about the ongoing challenges in climate change but also of the role of journalism. I very much enjoyed this conversation and think you will too! Enjoy the show! You can find me on twitter @jjacobs22 or @mcjpod and email at info@myclimatejourney.co, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.

46 MINMAR. 2
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Ep 86: Zahra Hirji, Energy and Climate Reporter at Buzzfeed News

Ep 85: David Heinemeier Hansson, Co-Founder & CTO at Basecamp

EToday’s guest is David Heinemeier Hansson (aka @DHH), Co-Founder & CTO of Basecamp, an online collaboration tool. David is a prominent figure in the tech industry and a polymath whose writings and opinions have touched upon a range of subjects, including technology, the future of work, entrepreneurship and most recently climate change. Outside of Basecamp, David is also known around the world as the creator of the popular programming framework, Ruby on Rails. In addition, he’s cowritten several books with his Basecamp cofounder, Jason Fried, on the subject of work, with titles that include “It Doesn’t Have To Be Crazy At Work” and “Rework.” David is also an avid race car driver, having won his class in the 82nd running of the Le Mans endurance race. Having connected on the topic of climate change via the magic of Twitter, David and I had an interesting discussion in which he shared his personal views on the crisis, steps he’s taken in his personal life, and where he thinks we’re headed. While his opinions aren't directly aligned with mine, it was good to get his take and hear from someone going through his own climate journey. And we will turn him into an optimist, yet! Also, please note that this episode was recorded live and broadcast on twitter, so it is not edited like a normal one. Audio quality a little worse, but even more authentic! Enjoy the show. You can find me on twitter @jjacobs22 or @mcjpod and email at info@myclimatejourney.co, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.

56 MINFEB. 27
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Ep 85: David Heinemeier Hansson, Co-Founder & CTO at Basecamp
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