The Paxtier Report: 3 algae-tech lessons from 3 founders

In this edition of the Paxtier Report: EnviroStrat, Pale Blue Dot and Australian Seaweed Institute

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to the Paxtier Report!

Back in action now after moving to the UK.

Here are 3 algae and climate-tech related thoughts to consider this week…

Pale Blue Dot VC: Hampus Jakobsson

“I’m super interested in biodiversity. I think we’re going to wake up one day and realise that we’ve missed the problem. We’re all talking about carbon, but we don’t talk about the thing that creates it. When we fixate on carbon that way, then carbon offsetting works and planting eucalyptus trees works, but these solutions can be terrible for biodiversity. Ecosystems are highly complex. They need a predator-prey system, they need different hierarchies, and different things keep everything in check. I fear that we’re building a system where we promote the destruction of biodiversity in the name of climate.”

Check out our conversation here.

EnviroStrat: Dr Nigel Bradly

“The biggest thing I’ve learned is how distant the world of investing can be from the world of project developers. It is essential that these two players engage as early as possible to understand one another. Unravelling the motivations of each investor is critical and we’ve managed to really recognise and adapt to this now.

Overall, if projects are not big enough, nor mature enough in their depth of analysis, you can end up with an impasse. In these situations, the project developers don’t get the money and the investors don’t get the project. It’s a vicious circle.”

Check out our conversation here.

Australian Seaweed Institute: Jo Kelly

“Our niche has become the development of seaweed biofilters to protect the Great Barrier Reef. I’m so excited with this area. It involves using a network of native seaweed biofilters in targeted locations across the Great Barrier Reef catchment that will remove nitrogen and carbon dioxide loads that are damaging coastal ecosystems. The harvested seaweed is then sold as a beneficial ingredient for use in bioproducts such as animal feed and fertiliser.”

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Seaweed biofilters (credit Australian Seaweed Institute)

Until next week!

Peter Green
Blue Tech Base

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