Carmichael Roberts, Sean O’Sullivan will share insights into climate tech and investing at Disrupt

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The effects of a warming planet, from frequent and extreme floods to hurricanes and droughts, have prompted activists and governments to take action. It has also inspired a growing number of entrepreneurs to launch technology startups focused on mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.

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At the heart of this activity are venture capitalists deciding which startups – and technology – have the best chance to decarbonize the planet while still providing returns. Unlike other categories, climate technology is particularly complex as it extends to many different industries. Investors can meet on Monday with a founder trying to develop a plant-based fabric that claims to have developed cutting-edge carbon capture technology on Tuesday.

Nerdshala is excited to announce that Carmichael Roberts, who co-leads the investment committee at Breakthrough Energy Ventures, and Sean O’Sullivan, Managing General Partner at SOSV, will join me on our virtual stage at Nerdshala Disrupt 2021. Virtual conference started. Runs till September 21st and September 23rd.


Roberts and O’Sullivan will look at what climate technology means — and what it doesn’t — their investment approach, the hottest and most promising technology within the sector, and the risk of not getting it right.

The pair have the expertise to weigh in. Roberts is also the co-founder and managing partner of Material Impact, a fund that builds flexible technology companies developing products to solve real-world problems using innovative materials. Prior to becoming an investor, Roberts co-founded several ventures in which he served as chairman and CEO or chairman. He also worked in business development at GelTex Pharmaceuticals, acquired by Genzyme for $1.3 billion, and in new product and business development at Dow Chemical (formerly Union Carbide Corporation).

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Before joining Sullivan SOSV, one of the world’s most active venture investors, he founded MapInfo. The company became a $200 million revenue public company with over 1,000 employees, and popularized street mapping on computers. He also founded Netcentric, which is credited as a co-creator of the term “cloud computing,” and co-founded Dial2Do.

The panel is one of several investment-focused discussions we will have in Discipline 2021. But as a moderator, this is what I am most looking forward to!

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