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#153 The Most Valuable Data in ClimateTech, Confusing AI with Efficiency, and The Power of Tea w/ Peter Sun (Climactic)

#153 The Most Valuable Data in ClimateTech, Confusing AI with Efficiency, and The Power of Tea w/ Peter Sun (Climactic)


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🌎 Welcome back to the CleanTechies PodLetter, VC edition.

Today, we are talking to Peter Sun from Climactic

The major topics we covered were…

  • Peter’s experiences hosting his very popular tea series ☕️

  • What data is most valuable in ClimateTech 💻

  • What AI can and can’t do…for now

Ask yourself this: is the content we put out valuable enough to you that you’d be willing to buy us a latte 🍵 once a month?

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The Guest: Peter Sun

  • Peter has launched a popular tea series where he brings together all types of people to talk about important topics in ClimateTech

  • He co-founded the Duke Impact Investing Group, which led to the relationships that ultimately enabled him to join Climactic

  • Being on the founding team of Climatic, he has lots of insights into the current state of launching a fund and where trending topics like AI fit into his investing thesis

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The VC: Climactic

Climactic invests in visionary founders solving our planet’s greatest challenges: battling climate change, achieving sustainability, and creating a more circular economy.

They focus early stage venture investments in climate tech for the enterprise and mobility. Their experience ranges over 20+ years of general tech experience, spanning 4 successful startups and two VC firms.

Founded by serially successful entrepreneurs who are also seasoned venture capitalists and growth execs, Climactic will help engineer the next wave of multi-billion dollar companies aligned with planetary and societal prosperity - proving that capitalism and impact are not in conflict.

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📝 Show Notes:


  • 02:16 Overview of Climatic

  • 05:05 Applications of AI in Climate Companies

  • 09:30 The story of WeaveGrid

  • 11:58 Evaluating Companies for Automation and Efficiency

  • 16:50 Challenges in Implementing Transmission Lines

  • 19:20 The Value of Data in Climate Tech

  • 23:43 Starting a Climate VC Fund

  • 27:03 Climate VC vs. Impact VC

  • 30:12 The Difficulties for Founders in Climate Tech

  • 34:35 Starting a Fund in the Current Fundraising Environment

  • 52:45 Exit Strategies in Climate VC

  • 54:00 Competitiveness in Climate Investing

  • 56:00 The Blend of VC and Real Asset Industries

  • 58:29 The Rise of Hyper Specialist VCs

  • 01:00:20 Building a Personal Brand

  • 01:04:28 Habits for Success


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