Welcome to another episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast!
In this week’s episode, Caleb, Jeff, and Matthew talk with Norman Crowley, entrepreneur, and climate change enthusiast. By the time he was 40, Crowley founded and sold three companies for upwards of three-quarters of a billion dollars. Now, Crowley is the CEO of the Cool Planet Group and focuses on finding solutions for climate change. Tune in to this episode and you will hear about the businesses Crowley founded, how we can create cool, sexy solutions to climate change, encouraging the younger generations to innovate, and an electric 1963 Corvette Stingray with 1,200 brake horsepower!
(1:45) Introducing Norman Crowley
(12:18) Separating climate change from other agendas
(19:39) Predicting how the energy landscape will change in future decades
(26:48) Three areas Cool Planet Group is focusing on
(29:10) Norman’s opinions on alternative civilization settings
(32:45) The importance of galvanizing innovators in the younger generation
(37:36) Norman gives advice to his younger self
“People just want to live their lives. They don’t want to be constrained, and they don’t want to hear about what they can’t do. They want to hear about what they can do.” (12:04)
“There are people in Bangladesh dying because water levels are rising, right? And then that has nothing to do with the fact that you would like rich people to be less rich, right? And it’s really dangerous tying both of those things together because when you tie both of those things together you alienate whole swathes of the population. And then poor people in Bangladesh drown because you’ve got some other agenda.” (14:16)
“Find a way of becoming wiser earlier, right? And then trust yourself once you are becoming
wise. None of us are perfectly wise, but find a way of listening to and trusting yourself.” (40:29)