From politics to publishing, and now venture capital, Itamar Weizman
provides a fascinating look at the climate tech landscape in Israel and
Ep.#51 Itamar Weizman @ Firstime VC - Tech4Climate Podcast by Startup
PART 1: Meet the investor
In today’s episode, we are speaking with Itamar Weizman, Partner and
Head of Climate Investments @ Firstime VC, one of the key players of the
climate tech landscape in Israel. Itamar’s career began in non-profit
activism with Greenpeace and political campaigning, but a few years ago,
he made the shift toward climate and came in to lead climate tech at
Firstime VC. He now also runs a non-profit publishing company to promote
sustainable thinking in Hebrew.
I was excited to have Itamar on the show and to learn from his extensive
knowledge of the climate tech ecosystem in Israel. It was particularly
interesting to learn what advantages he thinks Israel brings to the
table in terms of the global ecosystem, and why Israel is such a leader
in foodtech, transportation, and mobility. Above all, Itamar provided
an interesting glimpse of how he arrived at leading climate tech at
Firstime VC, and what his journey looked like along the way, peppered
with book recommendations and the seminal studies he learned from that
informed his thinking.
In this episode, Itamar explains his drive to protect humanity from
itself. In doing so, he explains how he joined Firstime VC, how he
partners with founders, and how he measures impact versus greenwashing,
to ensure that his fund truly contributes to climate efforts. Most
importantly, he explains how he maintains his optimism on how we can
solve climate change, despite the challenges, and how he avoids feeling
demoralized about the challenging times ahead..
Part 2: My secret sauce:
In the second part of the show, Itamar gives a run-through of what he
looks for in the companies he invests in. Itamar is a self-professed
podcast and book enthusiast, so he also gives an extensive list of the
podcasts and books that have been useful to him in understanding the
climate tech space.
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