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Rod MacGregor, Founder of GlassPoint, is a lifelong serial entrepreneur whose career trajectory changed after he read ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ by Al Gore.

“I read ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, as did one of my co-founders, and I thought, ‘We are engineers, we can help with the problem.’ We were inspired to make a difference at scale. That’s how we entered the industrial heat market because that’s where you can make the biggest difference the fastest.”

In the mid-1980s he entered the startup game as a young Scottish entrepreneur, and went on to build 5 venture-backed high-tech companies, resulting in an IPO on Nasdaq and some trade sales. But from 2009, he turned his attention to the climate crisis, tackling the tough-to-disrupt industrial heat market which is the largest end-use of energy, responsible for more CO2 emissions than electricity and transport combined.

The beauty of GlassPoint’s breakthrough solution lies in its simplicity: a wilderness survival technique involves using a magnifying glass to concentrate the sun’s heat to light a fire. GlassPoint amplifies the magnifying glass technique to dimensions never before seen. It captures and magnifies the sun’s heat in giant purpose-built greenhouses, using large, curved mirrors that concentrate sunlight onto pipes, causing the water inside them to heat til they reach boiling point and generate steam.

“We built GlassPoint up from just my living room to about $100 million in revenue, $400 million in enterprise value, and 300 employees worldwide. We have manufacturing in China and projects around the world,” says MacGregor.

From barely evading bankruptcy when struggling to secure investment in GlassPoint’s early days, to reaching $100 million in revenue, to being fired from the business by investors to being asked to come back as CEO to restart the company and redesign the business model after it went bankrupt during the pandemic, MacGregor has had both a rock and roll green techpreneur journey and an outsized impact on combatting climate change.

Today, GlassPoint is the only industrial solar thermal solution proven at scale critical to help the massive and underserved $444 billion industrial heat market meet net-zero goals. It recently closed an 8 million Series A round which it will use to develop the world's largest solar thermal project with Saudi Arabia's national binding champion, Ma’aden. The scale of the project is unlike anything the world has seen before, with GlassPoint greenhouses that span 6 kilometres in length and width.

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[-] bernieecclestoned@sh.itjust.works 79 points 4 months ago

HR is there to hire you and fire you, even their title is creepy, Human Resources

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[-] bernieecclestoned@sh.itjust.works 78 points 4 months ago

I remember this on Reddit, is Boris an edgy memelord?

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[-] bernieecclestoned@sh.itjust.works 128 points 4 months ago

Catapult the odd dead cow in for the lulz

[-] bernieecclestoned@sh.itjust.works 80 points 5 months ago* (last edited 5 months ago)

165 years for white collar crime, no fucking chance

They only made $322k, that's nothing.

What did the Enron guys get?

[-] bernieecclestoned@sh.itjust.works 71 points 5 months ago* (last edited 5 months ago)

Just eat plastic-eating bacteria, problem solved

[-] bernieecclestoned@sh.itjust.works 151 points 5 months ago* (last edited 5 months ago)

I remember when Google glasses came out, people got assaulted for wearing them

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/san-francisco-woman-says-she-was-attacked-for-wearing-google-glass/

Her Facebook post 💀

“OMG so you’ll never believe this but… I got verbally and physically assaulted and robbed last night in the city, had things thrown at me because of some ---- Google Glass haters,” Slocum posted to Facebook.

[-] bernieecclestoned@sh.itjust.works 94 points 5 months ago

Don't worry, you're stroganoff to cope

[-] bernieecclestoned@sh.itjust.works 112 points 5 months ago

The one boundary that is not threatened is atmospheric ozone, after action to phase out destructive chemicals in recent decades led to the ozone hole shrinking

So we can do it when we need to.

[-] bernieecclestoned@sh.itjust.works 102 points 6 months ago

Is he the guy that went to Russia for coma treatment?

[-] bernieecclestoned@sh.itjust.works 91 points 6 months ago* (last edited 6 months ago)

People are increasingly worried, full stop.

Doom loop news cycle doesn't help.

[-] bernieecclestoned@sh.itjust.works 70 points 6 months ago* (last edited 6 months ago)

We just need a TLDR bot for the TLDR bot

[-] bernieecclestoned@sh.itjust.works 93 points 6 months ago* (last edited 6 months ago)

Good, they'll be left with second rate wage slaves while other companies who trust their employees will be more productive and competitive as a result.

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