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Why Old-School VCs Struggle to Get Into Climate Investing? With Rodrigo Sepulveda Schulz

Why Old-School VCs Struggle to Get Into Climate Investing? With Rodrigo Sepulveda Schulz

Update: 2022-04-25
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The public sector could boost climate tech development when many funds struggle with fitting climate into their 10-year lifecycle, says investor Rodrigo Sepúlveda Schulz, who was co-founder of impact investment firm Expon Capital and an early investor in companies like GetAround and Glovo.

In the podcast interview, Sepúlveda Schulz also outlined the 12 questions startups have to answer to raise venture capital.

In the NatureBacked podcast of Single.Earth, Tarmo Virki talks with investors and entrepreneurs about their vision of the new green world.

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A few key takeaways from Rodrigo Sepúlveda Schulz:

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"There are a number of new funds coming up, focusing exclusively on Climate Technologies. It has a number of challenges, but it has to be done. First is the 10-year timeframe for a fund to return the money is maybe too short for those guys; maybe we need to go to a 15-year timeframe."

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"What do you do with all the old equipment? Do you throw it away or just reuse it? I repair most of my stuff. And if something's I don't buy new stuff, you know, I love brands such as Patagonia, which you could go and take your jacket repaired for the rest of your life. We just need to be more conscious of what we do in our choices. I think the younger generation gets it, but it might be too late for them."

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"In my personal time, I spend a lot of time with wine. So people think it's like a funky hobby, but in wine, we've seen in the past 10, 15 years, harvests happening two to four weeks earlier than they used to historically. It's not a joke. When Donald Trump says global warming is a joke, it's not a joke."



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Why Old-School VCs Struggle to Get Into Climate Investing? With Rodrigo Sepulveda Schulz

Why Old-School VCs Struggle to Get Into Climate Investing? With Rodrigo Sepulveda Schulz

Tarmo Virki