by Y Combinator1/28/2020
Diego Saez Gil is the founder of Pachama (YC W19). Pachama is building a marketplace where companies can support carbon offset projects.
He talks to Craig Cannon and YC partner Gustaf Alströmer about how Pachama uses technology to help solve climate change.
00:00 – Welcome Gustaf and Diego
01:19 – Diego’s background
06:50 – What is Pachama?
09:25 – Using remote sensing to track carbon
11:37 – Connecting disparate groups
13:04 – How much carbon does a typical company offset?
15:28 – How big is the reforesting opportunity?
17:09 – What are the incentives to offset carbon?
18:40 – Why don’t people trust carbon offsets?
20:33 – What are the different forest conservation methods?
25:20 – How does Pachama use technology?
29:00 – Growth challenges
30:20 – Who are the customers?
32:12 – The future of the carbon market
32:48 – Fundraising for a climate startup
37:50 – Advice for people that want to start working in the climate change space.
41:38 – Climate policy
43:23 – What are the most important things happening in the space?
45:10 – The benefits of agroforestry and permaculture
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