S3 | The high school dropout leading a green revolution

November 21, 2017

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Hjalmar Nilsonne is the CEO of green energy startup Watty, which raised more than 3 million dollars in 2016 and was recently listed as among the 100 hottest startups in Europe by Wired magazine. The company makes a gadget designed to help users save money on domestic energy bills and cut down on carbon emissions. But by tracking when things are switched on or not, it’s also transforming the way customers interact with their homes, from checking they remembered to turn off their hair straighteners or iron, to checking up on kids who claim they haven’t spent the day gaming.

In this episode Hjalmar answers questions including:

  • Why did you drop out of school?
  • How did you get funding for your startup?
  • We’ve known about climate change for years, why has progress in tackling this problem been slow?
  • What impact do you hope Watty can have?
  • Where would you like to be in 20 years?

Our favourite quote from Hjalmar:

Finding investors is a lot like getting married. You only need one ‘yes’. So you can go on 100 dates and if 99 of them are bad it doesn’t matter, if you find one that’s like ‘oh this is the mission I want to be on’.”

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