Noah understands that DAC is not only necessary to counteract climate
change, but is an important tool for carbon-producing countries to take
responsibility for their emissions.
Ep.#50 Noah McQueen, Co-Founder and Head of Research at Heirloom
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PART 1: Meet the founder: Noah McQueen, Co-Founder and Head of Research
During this new episode of our Founder Series, we are sitting down with
Noah McQueen, Co-Founder and Head of Research at Heirloom. The DAC
technology developed by Heirloom enhances a natural process called
carbon mineralization, which helps minerals absorb CO2 from the ambient
air in days rather than years. By combining the best of engineering and
nature, Heirloom can offer the most cost-effective and scalable Direct
Air Capture solution in the world.
I was very much looking forward to speaking with Noah, whose academic
background in chemical engineering provided valuable insight into the
Direct Air Capture landscape. Noah has long been an activist and is
primarily motivated by advocacy through a social justice lens, beginning
with working for several years with LGBTQ+ students in STEM. During
their PhD studies, Noah concentrated on DAC technology but realized the
huge gap between the science on an academic level and the need to
commercialize these technologies, a realization that coincided with
meeting their co-founder and starting Heirloom.
In this episode, Noah helps us visualize Heirloom’s direct air capture
process, what minerals they use, and how they plan to scale their
technology to reach 1 billion tons of CO2 captured by 2035. Not only
that, but Noah explains the regulatory landscape and how we need to
create a sustainable global carbon market, so that we grow compliance
markets to match voluntary markets. Above all, Noah provides a detailed
explanation not only of how to implement direct air capture, but also
why it is critical for climate equity and justice.
PART 2: My secret sauce: (AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS ONLY - More info on our
During the second part of the talk, Noah offers a few tips for
fundraising, specific for non-software companies, and how they have
successfully onboarded big names like Stripe or Wise. Noah also explains
how they manage a work-life balance as co-founder, and what they read,
and do to take time off.
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