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Solving Climate Change the American Way: Saul Griffith’s Vision for an Electric Future

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(AUSTRALIA OUT) Saul Griffith is an American-Australian inventor and physicist based in Austinmer on … [+] Fairfax Media As a venture investor, I have the privilege of meeting amazing people. But there’s one group of individuals who I think are something else. Women and men who are supremely talented, endlessly curious, passionately committed, and unconstrained by disciplinary boundaries. I think people like these are uniquely designed to solve the world’s most critical and intractable problems. I refer to these extraordinary folks as “missionary misfits,” and every so often, I’ll introduce readers to one of them.

Saul Griffith is many things — an inventor, an environmentalist, a MacArthur “Genius” Grant winner, and a founder. But in my mind, Saul is one of those rare people who is both practical and an optimist. He got his Ph.D. from MIT in 2004, studying the intersection between materials science and information theory; it was clear even then that he fit the description of the missionary misfit. Which is why after he left the MIT Media Lab to move West, I recruited him to join us at Foundation Capital for a stint as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence in 2009.

Since then, he’s led projects for various […]

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