Today’s guest is Kathy Hannun, the co-founder & CEO of Dandelion. Originally conceived at X, Alphabet’s innovation lab, Dandelion is now an independent company offering geothermal heating and cooling systems to homeowners, starting in the Northeastern US.
Previously, Kathy was a product manager and Rapid Evaluator at Alphabet's X. Prior to Dandelion, Kathy led a team that created technology to extract carbon dioxide from seawater to create carbon-neutral fuel.
Kathy has been recognized as one of Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business, one of Albany Business Review's 40 under 40, and as a Leader of Tomorrow. Kathy graduated from Stanford with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and M.S. in Computer Science.
In today’s episode, we cover:
Founding story of Dandelion
Overview of geothermal and how it works
Its market potential and what has been holding it back
Why now is the right time for it to flourish and how Dandelion plans to make that happen
The process that went into identifying the Dandelion opportunity, and what led to the decision to spin out from X
What utilities like about the approach
The impact Dandelion/geothermal can have @ scale on decarbonization
How special it is that a high impact opportunity like this fits neatly in the venture capital model and timelines
Whether the process to select Dandelion could be repeatable to find other ideas
The pros/cons of launching at X vs independently and how to decide
The magic of finding a solution that makes people’s lives easier while having a meaningful impact
Some key wishes Kathy has for things that would change that would help accelerate the clean energy transition
Some surprising advice Kathy has for people concerned about climate change for how you can help
Links to topics discussed in this episode:
Kathy Hannun Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cooperkathy/
Dandelion website: https://dandelionenergy.com/
Google X: https://x.company/
Impossible Foods: https://impossiblefoods.com/
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