Insights

The Gist is the monthly newsletter of The Ad Hoc Group that covers everything at the intersection of climate tech and policy. Subscribe at the link here to have The Gist mailed to your inbox each month.

Multiple solar panels, pollution-free green energy base.

The Ad Hoc Gist: It’s Getting Hot In Here

As I write this note, half the country faces a record-setting heat wave while wildfires burn north of Los Angeles. This month, I interviewed Katie MacDonald, the cofounder of Tailwind, on how to get more investors to back resilience tech.

unnamed

The Ad Hoc Gist: Beware Climate Tech’s Pits of Despair

In this month’s Gist, my colleague Max Tuttman draws on his Ad Hoc and ARPA-E experience to explain how climate tech startups can avoid falling into some common traps, which he calls the “Pits of Despair.”

Untitled design(1)

The Ad Hoc Gist: Geothermal, It’s So Hot Right Now

Geothermal technology is getting a lot of attention lately. There are essentially two types: geothermal power and geothermal heating and cooling. The former can deliver clean power 24/7, while the latter can heat and cool buildings super efficiently.

We enlisted two experts, Joselyn Lai, CEO of Bedrock Energy, and Michael Campos, investor at Energy Impact Partners, to help us understand the enthusiasm, challenges, and bold predictions for the future of geothermal technologies.

Blog

Follow our blog for updates from The Ad Hoc Group.

People as Moat – Ad Hoc Expands into Search

In climate tech, we talk a lot about, well, technology. But talk with most CEOs and they’ll share that the hardest part of their job is figuring out how to hire and retain the right people. In my experience, a company’s ability to hire and effectively onboard the right people is what differentiates successful businesses from those that falter. Because, as a CEO, you can have a great vision, but if you don’t have the right people, you can’t execute it.

A Conversation with Vida and Devin

We invited two leaders, Devin Hampton, CEO of UtilityAPI, and Vida Asiegbu, principal at Energy Impact Partners, for a candid conversation on equity and representation in the energy transition.

Press

sunset glow reflected on solar panels with bangkok skyline

Silicon Valley Bank Collapse Could Slow the Transition to Clean Energy

The bank cast a wide shadow over climate tech, with half the start-ups in the sector doing business with it.

The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank has created new challenges not just for the nation’s banking system, but also for the Biden administration’s climate agenda, following a harrowing weekend in which many major clean tech companies faced insolvency.

Read More @ Washington Post

3d rendering group of EV charging stations or electric vehicle recharging stations

Investors Putting Billions Into Climate Tech Don’t Plan to Stop

Bill Gates is worried about a dark period ahead for the global economy. “We’re going to go through a winter period for a number of years,” he warned a room full of go-getting green entrepreneurs last week, lamenting at a TechCrunch event that their success had come up against bad timing.

Read More @ Bloomberg

Hear more from our leadership on My Climate Journey and Technopolis.

Technopolis