Today’s guest is David Buzby.
David has been starting, building and investing in “impact” businesses for the last 27 years with an emphasis on renewable energy generation, energy storage/grid services, wastewater treatment and e-commerce.
He currently sits on the Board of Cambrian Innovation, Leading Edge Crystal Technologies, Paragon Power and Stem, as well as being a member of the Investment Committee at the PRIME Coalition.
He has in the past been a founding investor and director of SunRun (NASD:RUN), SunEdison (NYSE: SUNE), Valueclick (NASD:VCLK), Brilliant Light Power, Bright Plain Renewable Energy, Prevalent Power, Resource Holdings and Best Internet.
David has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BA from Middlebury College.
In this episode we discuss:
The two moments in David’s life that led him to focus on impact based businesses
How David got his start in the impact business world
Some of the companies that David has started, invested in, and advised
The criteria David uses for his investments and the dual focus on impact and profits
Some of the issues with funding impact businesses with traditional venture capital, and thoughts on how to solve
A teaser of what David is thinking about doing next
David’s thoughts on science risk, time horizons, upside, price on carbon, nuclear, and more
Links to topics discussed in this episode:
David Buzby LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-buzby-8840a217/
Johns Manville: https://www.jm.com/
Jigar Shah: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jigarshahdc/
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Enjoy the show!