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#162 Impact Metrics Liability, Navigating Reporting, Profit-First, & More w/ Zécca Lehn (Responsibly Ventures)

#162 Impact Metrics Liability, Navigating Reporting, Profit-First, & More w/ Zécca Lehn (Responsibly Ventures)

🌎 Welcome back to the CleanTechies PodLetter, VC edition.

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Today, we are talking to Zécca Lehn from Responsibly Ventures.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he uses data in impact reporting and communicating with LPs

  • How Responsibly Ventures maintains an ethical and integrity-based focus in their investing

  • Maintaining focus and presence in what you do despite the noise

And a lot, lot more.

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The Guest: Zécca Lehn

  • Zécca is the GP at Responsibly Ventures where he invests at the Pre-Seed stage in sustainability and social good

  • Zécca was interested in sustainability from when he was a child, before cleantech 1.0 and majority of what we know as climate tech today

  • He started off his career as an environmental economist and data scientist, two skills that clearly benefit his ability to lead an impact-focused fund today

  • He was able to combine his passion for economics and environmental consulting into running a fund which today is Responsibly Ventures

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The VC: Responsibly Ventures

Responsibly Ventures is a PreSeed VC Impact Fund, backing remarkable teams, focused on both Sustainability and Social Good.

They encourage competitive moats, rapid scale, all aspects of inclusion, 
ethics, integrity, and customer love.

They support our Founders in achieving Venture Scale Positive Impacts, considering a company’s impact-moat to be their financial opportunity. 

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📝 Show Notes:


  • 1:45 Introduction and Background

  • 10:23 Early Interest in Sustainability

  • 13:43 Investing in Sustainability and Social Good

  • 15:52 What is Customer Love?

  • 17:13 Ethics and Honesty in Investing

  • 25:26 Balancing Returns and Impact

  • 27:21 Data and Reporting in Venture Investing

  • 30:52 Subjectivity in Measurement and Reporting

  • 31:57 Challenges of Collecting and Using Data

  • 34:05 Privacy and AI Concerns in Impact Investing

  • 37:09 The Power of Follow-on Investors

  • 39:50 Maintaining Focus and Presence

  • 42:08 Climate Anxiety and Perspective

  • 45:16 The Role of Returns in Climate Investing

  • 52:04 Addressing Desertification as an Impact

  • 54:05 Takeaways


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