When navigating a space as large as climate tech, it's important to have frameworks to help you understand the space and place companies.
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The X-axis is from Fred Wilson's framework of whether the company's work is moving bits (leveraging software) vs atoms (leveraging hardware) or allowing bits to coordinate atoms (software enabling hardware).
The Y-axis blends heuristics from Project Drawdown, John Doerr's Speed + Scale, Bill Gates' How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by mapping out different ways to think about the end goal achieved with a solution.
A couple of ways you may use this framework in your software engineering climate tech job search:
- When encountering new companies, think about whether they are moving bits, moving atoms, or bits coordinating atoms. If they are moving atoms primarily, yet you come from a pure software/tech background, learn clearly about how your role as a software engineer will be different.
- When encountering new companies, in addition to thinking about their verticals, think about whether they are engaged in carbon/GHG stock reduction, flow reduction, adaptation, or enablement.
- You can use each group of companies as a jumping-off point to research similar companies.
We have a few other frameworks that we will write about soon (especially the Drawdown Solutions Framework), stay tuned.
This framework was originally written about in this MCJ Collective post.