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#183 Smart Cities, Climate FinTech, Urban Tech, VC Fundamentals, & More w/ Rahul Parekh (2150)

#183 Smart Cities, Climate FinTech, Urban Tech, VC Fundamentals, & More w/ Rahul Parekh (2150)

How 2150 is built (pun intended) for success in decarbonizing urban environments

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🌎 Welcome back to the CleanTechies PodLetter, Investor edition.

Today, we are talking to Rahul Parekh of 2150.

Rahul broke down the nitty-gritty of how 2150 built (no pun intended) a leading ClimateTech VC fund focused on decarbonizing the built environment.

We talked investing, fund modeling, learning from general VC, FinTech in ClimateTech, & more. This was a VC-fundamental extraordinaire, and super informative for anyone looking to learn more about venture capital.

AND let’s not forget, Rahul spent his holiday with us to do this. Cheers to him.

Enjoy 🥳👏.

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The Guest: Rahul Parekh

  • Rahul is a former investment banker and derivatives trader from Goldman Sachs (GS)

  • After GS, he spent a year as Managing Partner of the venture firm, Rocket Internet SE

  • He then spent 4 years building and then exiting his FoodTech company called EatFirst

  • Now, at 2150, he invests in ClimateTech companies decarbonizing the urban environment, specializing in climate fintech

The Company: 2150

One Liner: global VC fund investing in sustainable urban tech to decarbonize and enhance city resilience

They back tech entrepreneurs with “Constructive Capital”, so they can reimagine and reshape the Urban Stack, for good.

They support companies that leverage structural shifts, kill inefficiencies, remove pain points and enhance environmental upside and create billions in commercial value and lower gigatons of emissions.

2150 is a part of Urban Partners, a platform of vision-aligned, differentiated, investment strategies shaped around urban problem solving.

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📝 Show Notes:


  • 03:025 Introduction

  • 05:01 Home Decarbonization

  • 08:19 Government Incentives and Policies

  • 24:37 The Breakdown of Investments in 2150

  • 33:29 Intentional Modeling and Entry Prices

  • 42:05 Finance x Climate

  • 45:20 The Urban Stack and City Resilience

  • 47:29 Adding Value Beyond Capital


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