What do product leaders need to consider when building a differentiated decarbonization platform? The scale and urgency of the transformation required to fight climate change has never been more clear. Building hardware and software products, acquiring the funding and creating a diverse community to enhance talent capacity and to drive innovation, is essential to tackling this global environmental crisis. In this podcast, host and Silicon Valley Bank, a division of First Citizens Bank, Climate Tech & Sustainability SVP Maggie Wong will be interviewing Gravity Climate Founder & CEO Saleh ElHattab to discuss combining software and physical solution in decarbonization, positioning their product to provide sustainable value and how diversity impacts understanding customer needs and product go-to-market.

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Show Notes

  1. Gravity Climate is a startup addressing climate change through sustainable products and solutions.
  2. Salah is the co-founder of Gravity Climate, which marries software and hardware to help industries reduce emissions.
  3. Gravity Climate’s platform aims to make climate transition economical for industries through tailored solutions.
  4. Gravity Climate focuses on underserved industries like manufacturing and warehousing.
  5. Gravity Climate differentiates by addressing supply chain emissions often overlooked by other carbon accounting companies.
  6. Gravity Climate offers a comprehensive decarbonization platform including emissions identification, strategy, supply chain engagement, and project execution.
  7. Transitioning from software to physical solutions introduces new complexities in hardware deployment.
  8. Government programs like the IRA and Jobs Act have funneled capital toward climate technologies.
  9. Target customers may abstain from participation due to perceived economic setbacks of climate action.
  10. Pragmatic approach will help Gravity scale through economic headwinds by focusing on value-driven solutions.
  11. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are emphasized in Gravity’s founding and product development.
  12. Personal experiences help understand target customers like those in warehouses.
  13. On-the-job learning is inevitable for those new to climate tech due to its broad impact.
  14. Functional skills like data analytics and customer empathy are important traits to have in climate tech.
  15. Product management should maintain ownership across an organization regardless of size.
  16. Specialization can reduce customer empathy, creativity, and talent utilization.
  17. Empathy, strategic thinking, and stakeholder management are keys to success.
  18. Women make up over half of chief sustainability officers.
  19. Climate tech offers opportunities for diverse talent and backgrounds.

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