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This week, we present an original podcast episode, brought to you by Wunder Capital. This is the third part of our three-part series produced with Wunder.
In this episode, we’ll hear the story of Dave Riess, the co-founder and chief technology officer of Wunder.
Well before co-founding Wunder, Dave found himself in a tricky spot. Even after building a successful career in software development, he was uninspired: “I’m working really hard solving these problems and fundamentally I'm helping big brands spend money more effectively on Facebook. And, nobody cares about that, including me.”
So Dave created a framework for evaluating his career path. And it took him in an entirely new direction into solar.
“The framework is quite simple. If I’m going to characterize myself by the work that I do, then why would I not work on the most important problem?”
Dave eventually landed on energy, education and health care as the main problems to solve. “Energy, in my opinion, is the obvious winner of those three. You can have a fantastic education system and a fantastic health care system, but if you don’t have a planet to live on it’s not a very bright future.”
So how did he establish the framework? And how did he make the decisions that ultimately led him to co-found Wunder?
This week, we present an episode about first principles: we cover the value of the beginner’s mind; 10x problem solving; and how to design a career, a product, and a startup team with intention.
Listen to our other episodes produced with Wunder:
Meet the Women Doing Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Solar Deals
How a Solar Bromance Cracked the Code for Commercial Solar
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