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Welcome to another episode of Category Visionaries — the show that explores GTM stories from tech’s most innovative B2B founders. In today’s episode, we’re speaking with Joselyn Lai, CEO & Co-Founder at Bedrock Energy, a distributed geothermal energy company that has raised over $9 Million in funding.

Here are the most interesting points from our conversation:

  • Origin Story: Joselyn was drawn to the potential of geothermal energy due to its proven, yet underutilized capability for scalability and immediate impact on the climate crisis. The technology’s readiness aligned perfectly with her passion for sustainability.
  • Technology Application: Bedrock Energy is innovating in the geothermal space by significantly reducing the cost and expanding the feasibility of geothermal systems, making sustainable heating and cooling solutions more accessible and financially viable for urban developments.
  • Market Differentiation: Unlike traditional energy sectors, distributed geothermal energy has not been caught up in cultural or political conflicts, making it broadly acceptable across different stakeholders, which simplifies market entry and scaling.
  • Economic and Environmental Impact: Joselyn highlighted how geothermal systems can provide financial returns to property owners while contributing to environmental sustainability, emphasizing the dual benefit of their technology.
  • Pilot Projects and Learning: The recent pilot in Austin with CIM Group not only demonstrated the practical application of their innovations but also provided crucial learning opportunities about integrating geothermal technology with existing building infrastructure.
  • Vision for Geothermal Energy: Joselyn shared a compelling vision for the future, where geothermal energy solutions are ubiquitous, providing cost-effective and environmentally friendly heating and cooling solutions worldwide.

 

Actionable
Takeaways

Leverage Existing Technologies for New Applications:

Joselyn's approach to adapting technologies developed for oil and gas for geothermal energy illustrates the potential for innovation within sustainable industries. Founders can explore how existing technologies might be repurposed to solve different environmental challenges, enhancing scalability and impact.

Identify and Address Market Gaps:

The geothermal energy market was limited by high costs and logistical challenges. Joselyn's focus on making geothermal solutions more affordable and feasible for urban settings highlights the importance of addressing specific barriers to broaden technology adoption. This approach can be a blueprint for entrepreneurs looking to innovate in established but stagnant sectors.

Develop Dual Value Propositions:

By demonstrating how geothermal systems can be both economically beneficial and environmentally sustainable, Bedrock Energy creates compelling reasons for adoption. Founders should aim to align their product benefits with both financial incentives and broader social or environmental gains to enhance attractiveness to potential adopters.

Engage with Stakeholders Early:

The early involvement of real estate developers and property owners in the pilot projects facilitated real-world applications and feedback. Startups should engage potential clients and key stakeholders early in the development process to tailor solutions that meet actual market needs and refine their product offerings.

Utilize Strategic Education and Awareness Campaigns:

Since geothermal energy is relatively underutilized, part of Bedrock's strategy involves educating potential customers on its benefits. Similarly, startups introducing novel solutions should invest in strategic education efforts to increase market acceptance and reduce barriers to entry.

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