We all understand the threat that climate change presents. Our warming atmosphere puts us on a collision course with extreme weather, food shortages, mass extinction, and social unrest. We’ve already emitted more carbon than is safe, and we’re not reducing fast enough. The threat is real, it will affect everyone, and we’re almost out of time.
To avoid climate catastrophe, we need to radically reduce our carbon emissions and remove the excess from our atmosphere. The problem is, our current economic system makes it easier and more profitable to emit carbon than to avoid doing so. Maintaining this status quo doesn’t just guarantee climate change, it also prevents businesses doing what they’re best at to be part of the solution. It shouldn’t be this way.
Instead, we need a platform that makes it easy to fund carbon removal. A platform that allows businesses to help repair our planet by removing any carbon emissions they can’t yet avoid creating. An open platform that everyone can invest in with confidence, no matter how big or small their contribution. A platform that allows individuals, businesses, and nature to thrive, while creating a legacy we can be proud of.
By creating a massive marketplace for carbon removal, starting with regenerative agriculture projects that store carbon in the soil, we can repair our climate and fund a better future.
Summer 2017: ConsenSys Blockchain for Social Impact Hackathon
Nori co-founders built an MVP business plan and won the Energy and Environment category.
Fall 2017: Nori Founded
Hackathon win validates carbon removal idea enough to incorporate Nori as a business.
Spring 2018: Started Nori US Croplands Methodology
Nori started work on its US Croplands Methodology and continued it through early 2019.
Spring 2018: Reversapalooza
In 2018, conversations about carbon removal at scale were rare and theoretical. Nori gathered 100+ stakeholders in Seattle and we shared our vision to make large-scale carbon removal possible.
Fall 2018: UN IPCC Published Report on 1.5C
The UN IPCC Report acknowledged that carbon removal was necessary to achieve the Paris climate goals; the world began to take carbon removal solutions more seriously.
Winter 2018: Republic Crowdfunding Campaign and Meet the Drapers
Nori raised $145,548 on Republic's crowdfunding platform when Nori CEO Paul Gambill pitched Nori on an episode of Meet the Drapers, starring VC and Bitcoiner Tim Draper and his legendary family—in partnership with Republic, Sony, and The Times Group.
Summer 2019: Published Nori US Croplands Methodology
Nori publishes first draft of its US Croplands Methodology.
Fall 2019: Techstars Sustainability Accelerator in Partnership with The Nature Conservancy
Nori was accepted into Techstars which provided key training, funding, partnerships, and mentorship.
Fall 2019: Nori Removal Tonne (NRT) launch
The first batch of Nori Removal Tonnes (NRTs) were sold and retired at Harborview Farms, signaling Nori’s 1st successful marketplace transaction of carbon removal.
Spring 2020: Pre-Seed Funding
Nori closes $1.3M in pre-seed funding.
Fall 2020: Seed Funding
Nori closes $4M seed round led by Placeholder (Chris Burniske), who back Filecoin, Polkadot, UMA, and more.
Winter 2021: Mainnet token launch
Nori's token, NORI, is scheduled to launch on Ethereum's blockchain.
Director of Corporate Development
While growing up in Miami FL, Alexsandra learned of the real impacts that climate change could have on our lives. Driven by a deep sense of urgency to prevent the pending disasters of sea-level rise on the place she loved and called home, Alexsandra explored carbon removal, thermodynamics, sustainable energy, and smart grid technology throughout her career. She worked at Southern California Edison before giving into her entrepreneurial nature and joining an amazingly talented team of founders at Nori with the joint mission of reversing climate change through enabling global-scale carbon removal and storage. Her current focus is customer discovery for buyers of carbon removal, looking at the various market trends and forces driving global adoption of carbon removal both including and beyond the corporate sector.
Senior Product Designer
Amanda is Nori's product designer who loves identifying and solving problems in a visual way. She approaches design with active listening to understand what matters to users, gathering learnings, and taking action. She spent the last 5 years building a sales and marketing company from the ground up, seeing it grow from 7 – 400+ people. She's now taking her learnings and applying them towards a problem she's passionate about - reversing climate change.
Amie took a less traditional path to software engineering, first earning a B.S. in Chemistry and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College before eventually pursuing a Master's of Computer Science from the University of Oregon. As a graduate student she performed research on blockchain consensus algorithms. After graduating and working for the blockchain and fintech company Ripple, she decided to combine her passions for the environment, sustainable agriculture, data, and blockchain technology and she joined Nori's fight to reverse climate change.
Christi studied Psychology and Global Studies as an undergraduate at UCLA, fascinated by the intersection of human behavior and global phenomena— like climate change. She interned in communications roles for nonprofit and artist management companies before graduating and switching gears to focus on climate work. Christi worked as a writer and marketer for a sustainability-focused startup before joining Nori’s team. Now, Christi is focused on developing Nori’s marketing strategy and expanding the carbon removal community in an effort to reverse climate change. She enjoys painting, skiing, cinnamon rolls, and reading books by the fireplace.
Head of Product
Evangeline's career has spanned augmented reality to management consulting. She's an expert in spatial computing - software that has to work in the physical world - and in product strategy. Formerly she led strategy for mixed reality at Microsoft, led a Swedish 3D data optimization company acquired by Microsoft, founded a mobile development studio, and made video games from a lounge chair on a beach in Thailand. She is a marathon swimmer and dog mom.
Three years ago, Giovanni found himself working for a mission oriented start up aiming to rid the world of unnecessary single-use plastic water bottles. Here, he was exposed to the many problems our society and the ecosystems around us face due to climate change and pollution and became fixated on advancing solutions. After this exposure to the world of venture capital, start ups, design thinking, and climate solutions, Giovanni began to search for the best place to explore these verticals and apply his skill set. Since discovering Nori, he spends his days learning about carbon removal and working with the world of businesses who choose to use their platform to build a climate positive future.
Supply Account Manager
Jada works as a Supply Account Manager enrolling farmers in the Nori marketplace. Previously, she worked as a crop insurance agent, insuring the production and revenue of crops across Washington State. She holds a B.S in Economics from Central Washington University and an M.S in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Creighton University.
Principal Blockchain Architect
Coming from a background focusing on peer to peer and distributed technical architectures, Jaycen Horton has worked as a Lead Software Engineer for Dell, ASU Decision Theater, and MapStory. Additionally, he worked as an Information Security Engineer for companies including Wells Fargo and other smaller start-up companies. He is also currently the co-organizer of the largest blockchain meetup in Arizona.
Chief Executive Officer
Paul is the CEO and one of the co-founders of Nori. In 2015, Paul founded the first known community dedicated to carbon removal called Carbon Removal Seattle. Prior to founding Nori, he was a product manager working at various agencies including Deloitte Digital, where he led teams building mobile apps for Fortune 500 clients including Nike, Showtime, Target, and Starbucks. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Arizona State University, and his Master of Engineering Management degree from Duke University. Follow Paul on Twitter at twitter.com/paulgambill.
Head of Supply and Methodology
Radhika leads the supply and methodology group at Nori where she is responsible for operationalizing supply into the Nori marketplace and developing new methodologies. Prior to working at Nori, she led the battery-electric bus program at King County Metro.
Agriculture Supply Lead
Rebekah combines her experience in agronomy, science, and crop modeling to help effectively enroll farmers into the Nori marketplace. She earned her B.S. in Biochemistry from Biola University and M.S. in Agronomy and Plant Genetics from the University of Minnesota.
Richard was the first Computer Science major from Whitman College. With experience in Full Stack development and a background in Liberal Arts, he has developed a passion for designing and developing simple solutions for complex problems, and changing the way we think about our world. Richard has also produced multiple public health and safety multimedia campaigns, and successfully crowdfunded a microbiome research project as an undergraduate.
Ross Kenyon is a cofounder and Nori's Creative Editor. Ross has had a varied career, working at an academic center and taking PhD coursework in political philosophy before deciding to play with ideas in filmmaking; primarily screenwriting and producing. He has also worked in technology communications in the blockchain space. He currently leads the development of Nori's podcasts and other types of media.
Scott currently leads the engineering team at Nori. His career has spanned a number of nonprofit, social good and healthcare organizations. He was most recently a software architect with Salesforce.org and prior to that was the founding CTO of AlayaCare -- now the market leader in Canadian home-based healthcare technology. Outside of work Scott loves baking, gardening, tinkering with 3D printers and CNC machines and spending time outside with his family.
Supply Account Manager
Sean was pre-med throughout his undergrad at UC Santa Barbara, but a study abroad trip in Costa Rica on biodiversity, conservation and sustainable agriculture made him seriously reconsider his career. He then pursued his Master’s at California Polytechnic State University in Agriculture, BioResources and Systems Management. Since grad school he has published thesis research on controlled environment agriculture (CEA), scaled technology for an indoor farm startup, and implemented farm management systems for large-scale U.S. farms at Granular. Sean works on the Supply and Methodology team, helping suppliers enroll projects into the Nori platform as well as improving and expanding methodologies for NRT quantification and issuance. He likes skiing, hiking, backpacking, pickleball, fringe hobbies like yo-yo and juggling, making beer, and binging reality tv.
Director of Carbon Economics
Aldyen Donnelly has been a small business developer and consultant for over 40 years. In the mid-1990s, Aldyen started to work on market-driven strategies to reduce atmospheric carbon concentrations. Having gathered together an "emission reduction credit" or "ERC" buyers group, Aldyen developed and executed the world's first major forward ERC purchase agreement to finance carbon sequestration in agricultural soils, as well as the first ERC sales-financed carbon capture and storage project.
Bob Beth is a life long tech startup guy and integrative visionary as well as an adventurer and South Pacific sailor. His pioneering involvement with software began in 1974 and he has led the invention of several software products in advanced computing environments. Bob received his degree in Economics from UC Berkeley with an emphasis on market formation.
Several of his advanced computing customers have been change makers in the financial markets, including at the outset of program trading and derivatives.
Through his involvement with the World Business Academy, an early climate change think tank and action incubator, Bob acts as a Special Advisor to the Academy’s bold Clean Energy Moonshot for California. He collaborates globally with thought leaders exploring backing cryptocurrencies with improvements in our planet’s natural capital. Bob is currently the co-founder of the Impact Procurement Network.
Carbon Removal, Innovation and Net Zero Manager
David Addison works for Virgin on climate action, innovation, purpose and sustainability. For more than 8 years he managed the Virgin Earth Challenge: Sir Richard Branson’s USD $25 million innovation prize for scalable and sustainable ways of removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and permanently sequestering them.
He is a co-founder of the non-profit UK-based Carbon Removal Centre; volunteers in an advisory role to ClimateScience – making learning about climate change accessible and fun for all; served as an advisor to Carbon180 from its inception; and was part of the community of advisors to the New York Times Best Seller: Drawdown: the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming.
David also serves as a member of the jury of the annual German Energy Agency’s Startup Energy Transition Award; and was formerly Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Student Energy: a global charity inspiring the next generation of leaders to unlock a sustainable energy future.
CEO of Outlines Venture Group
Gillian is the CEO of Outlines Venture Group and General Partner of the Sybilla Masters Fund. She is also the cofounder of Moz, the world's most popular provider of digital marketing software and analytics and brettapproved, the world's fastest growing site for travelers with disabilities and mobility challenges.
An investor, advisor, and board member on four continents, Gillian serves as a mentor at numerous accelterators and programs including the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. State Department, TechStars, Microsoft Azure, Women in Cloud, and Chinaccelerator. Over the course of her career, she has helped more than 1,000 companies to launch, grow, pivot and thrive.
Digital Marketing & Analytics Expert
James Lancelot is a veteran of the Marketing Technology space. James has earned degrees from the University of Florida in Marketing, Entrepreneurship and a Master's of International Business. James also holds an Executive MBA from Babson. James has had the pleasure of working at Right Media (Acquired by Yahoo), Turn (Acquired by Singtel) and Invite Media (Acquired by Google). James now heads up the Strategic Engagement Group at Google. This group helps the world's most advanced marketers build differentiated marketing and analytics practices. He is an advisor and investor in the Green Tech Space and is currently helping amazing companies in AgTech (Wexus), Solar (PickMySolar) and Carbon Removal (Nori). James lives with his cherished family in San Francisco. James is also a living kidney donor.
Environmentalist, Philanthropist & Investor
K.D. is an accredited investor with E8 and Alliance of Angels, a strategic advisor and board member for environmental startups, and a Northwest Conservation fellow. She is on the national council for Earthjustice and the Conservation Committee for The Nature Conservancy. K.D. is a retired Microsoft vice president with a passion for addressing environmental issues.
K.D. brings to the environmental space the experiences, talents, and skills developed during her 35+ year career in the global software industry. During her nearly 25-year tenure at Microsoft, K.D. held both software and/or hardware leadership positions in Office, Windows, Visual Studio, and Research. K.D. served as a corporate technical strategist where she was an advisor to Microsoft’s CEO’s was responsible for setting Microsoft’s semiconductor vision, strategy, and architecture.
Among her most notable accomplishments include deal lead for various acquisitions and industry impacting efforts such as the 2010 ARM architecture license, 2015-2016 Nokia (semiconductor), and Perceptive Pixels, Inc. K.D. led the development efforts in Natural Language technology which transformed how humans interact with computers through written and spoken human languages. She has a knack for building high performing, high morale teams. She holds over 25 US and European patents.
Director of Center for Negative Carbon Emissions
Dr. Klaus Lackner is the director of Center for Negative Carbon Emissions and professor at the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University. Trained as a theoretical physicist, Lackner's work has spanned modular energy systems, automation, direct air capture, carbon sequestration, numerical algorithms and innovative carbon financing. Notably, he is a founder and inventor of the world's first commercially demonstrated direct air capture units. He has held senior positions at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Columbia University, where he was director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy.
His work has recently been featured in the New Yorker, Scientific American, and the Washington Post.
Angel investor, public speaker and award-winning author
Ramez Naam is a computer scientist, investor, and award-winning author of five books, including The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet, which charts a path to innovating our way beyond the challenges of climate change, ocean destruction, food, water, energy, population, and more.
Ramez is the Co-Chair for Energy and Environment at Singularity University at NASA Ames. He speaks around the world on innovation, exponential technology, solving environmental challenges, and disruptive energy technologies.
Ramez’s seminal 2011 Scientific American article, “Smaller, Cheaper, Faster” observed that the price of solar power was dropping exponentially and would eventually be lower than that of any other energy source. He’s since detailed the exponential trends in wind power, energy storage, and electric vehicles. His observations have been quoted by Nobel laureate Paul Krugman and by energy, climate, and financial analysts around the world. Ramez’s work has appeared in or been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Atlantic, Slate, Business Week, Discover, Wired, and Scientific American.
In addition to his energy analysis, Ramez is an angel investor in numerous clean energy startups, a board member of E8 Angels, and the founder and leader of the first AngelList syndicate devoted to clean technology.
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