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#127: From $0 to $125M and 450 Investors for Climate in 2 Years — Jacqueline van den Ende, CEO at Carbon Equity

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⭐ My guest today is Jacqueline van den Ende, Co-founder & CEO at Carbon Equity, a fintech platform that seeks to power the world's most impactful climate technology solutions with retail capital. 

In under two years, they’ve mobilized $120M across 450+ high net worth and mass affluent individuals to invest in professionally managed VC and private equity climate funds.

As for background, she spent approximately half her career investing in companies, as a partner with Peak Capital and as an investor at HAL Investments, and the other half building and leading companies.


🎙️ In this episode, we talked about:

- The relative risk of investing in fund of funds vs. individual angel investments

- What “mass affluent” means and how a larger portion of their $177T in assets can be mobilized for climate

- How to motivate new hires by focusing on what you can offer them (e.g., flexibility) instead of what you can’t (e.g., high salaries)

- A new interpretation of The Golden Rule

- How to learn by doing, through experiments, instead of relying on Excel and Powerpoint

- What she means by saying “money as a means”

- Their goal of moving $1B into climate within five years

- How to interpret the quote “This Too Shall Pass” during great and hard times as a founder

- Why she wakes up at 5 am

- And lots more


🙏 Hope you enjoy it!

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