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Aug 6, 2018

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In episode 72 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with the CEO of The Collider Josh Dorfman.  The Collider is a non profit organization working with individuals and companies to develop big data climate applications. They also are fostering the development of a climate ‘ecosystem’, through networking and creating a major hub for adaptation in Asheville, North Carolina. Josh also shares his experiences as The Lazy Environmentalist. It’s a fun, informative conversation with a new, innovative voice in the adaptation universe.

Topics covered:

  • History and purpose of The Collider;
  • Commercialization of climate tech ventures through startup bootcamps, skills-based workshops, and mentorship programs;
  • Connecting industry leaders, entrepreneurs, academics, adaptation innovators, and climate scientists at conferences, climate data hackathons, and business;
  • Creating a climate adaptation ecosystem in Asheville, North Carolina;
  • The challenges of doing reliable business of big data risk modeling;
  • The Lazy Environmentalist;
  • Is there a need for The Lazy Adapter
  • Josh and Doug discuss The Hopeful Adapter and much more!

Josh Dorfman is Chief Executive Officer of The Collider. An environmental entrepreneur, author, and media personality, he focuses on scaling mission-driven organizations and connecting them to mainstream audiences. He was Vice President of Marketing for GoodGuide, a “TechCrunch 50” provider of information on the health, green, and ethical performance of consumer products. Josh was also founder & CEO of Vivavi, a pioneering retailer of modern, sustainable furniture, named to Inc. Magazine’s “Green 50” as an innovator accelerating the green economy.  Josh is perhaps best known as the Creator and Host of The Lazy Environmentalist, an award-winning reality TV show on Sundance Channel, radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio, book series, and blog. He and his ventures have been widely profiled including in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times and on Morning Joe, Fox & Friends, and The Big Idea with Donnie Deutsch. Before joining The Collider, Josh led Venture Asheville, a public-private initiative to grow Asheville’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. He co-founded and directed Asheville Angels, an early-stage angel investor group with portfolio investments in cleantech, EV infrastructure, and numerous other industries.  Josh holds an MBA from Thunderbird, The School of Global Management, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

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