Episode 10 - Turning from a for-profit into an impact entrepreneur - Interview with Christian Vollmann - founder of Carbon One (C1).


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In this episode of the SustainNOW Podcast, I am talking to Christian Vollmann - Founder of Carbon One.
In this episode, she is talking with Christian Vollmann, a serial digital entrepreneur who transformed from a pure profit to an impact entrepreneur. He co-founded companies such as iLove, eDarling, video platform MyVideo and social network nebenan.de. Christian was Business Angel of the year in 2017 and invested into more than 70 companies.

In 2022, he co-founded Carbon One with the vision to replace fossil fuels based methanol with green methanol for the shipping and chemical industry.

Carbon one is building a platform to re-design the production process of methanol with quantum-chemical simulation with the aim to save several gigatons of CO2 every year.

In this episode, Christian Vollmann is sharing insights to his journey to be an impact entrepreneur, why it is so difficult to solve the climate crisis, why shipping industry is a good place to start and how to be successful as a digital entrepreneur in the chemical industry.

In this episode we are addressing the following questions:

  • “Turning from "for-profit" entrepreneur into "impact entrepreneur". Can you please explain what you mean by that? 2:01
  • What was the moment you realized that you need to change from a digital entrepreneur into an impact entrepreneur? 4:49
  • What kind of skills can you use in that new industry? Or any other digital entrepreneur who is turning to impact 7:21
  • What makes you in general optimistic that we will solve the climate crisis? 9:51
  • What are the biggest challenges in solving the climate crisis in your own words?11:23
  • Coming now to Carbon One. The vision of the company is "Establish closed carbon cycles in shipping and chemical production via green methanol". Can you please explain the vision and how you want to achieve it? 16:16
  • What is the input you need (biomass, capture co2, etc.) to create 63’000 gallons of green methanol fuel? 21:26
  • What is the biggest challenge in the production process? 27:01
  • Why not electrify container ships or use hydrogen?

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