Newsletter features Jason Grillo of AirMiners

There’s an African proverb: ‘If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together,’ and while we have far to go to remove the first gigaton of carbon, the strength of our community means we can do it.” 

This newsletter issue features Jason Grillo, Partnerships and Operations Director for AirMiners

Jason Grillo works with AirMiners to develop the Launchpad program, host events, and create community iJason Grillo works with AirMiners to develop the Launchpad program, host events, and create community in carbon removal. Having gained extensive experience doing market development in biopharmaceuticals and healthcare, Jason dedicated his career to climate solutions focused on carbon removal, striving to resolve the gap between cutting-edge innovations and real-world customer needs. He holds an MBA from Duke, and an undergraduate degree from Harvard. Jason enjoys communicating in many different languages, participates in endurance sports, and has collected an extensive collection of Dad jokes, having started decades before he became a Dad!

How did AirMiners begin? 

AirMiners was founded in 2017 with the goal to be “the LinkedIn for Carbon Removal”. When I joined in 2019, there were 400 people in the AirMiners community. There are now over 1,600! 

We estimate there are only a few thousand people in the entire world involved with carbon removal, many of whom do not know that there is an entire group of people dedicated to carbon removal. Our goal is to help them by introducing them to a diverse group of people with a shared professional interest.

There’s an African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together”, and while we have far to go to remove the first gigaton of carbon, the strength of our community means we can do it.

Originally, AirMiners started out through an organization called ManyLabs. At that time the intent was to track the existence of carbon removal companies, which still continues today through our AirMiners Index

As for the name “AirMiners”, Sarah Harrison and Marc O’Brien of The Determined (and now, Climate Designers) came up with it by challenging themselves to describe the activities of removing carbon without using the word “carbon.” And the name stuck! 

How would you describe AirMiners today?

We have three people in our core team: Tito Jankowski (Co-Founder), Adina Mangubat (Acclerator Director), and myself (Operations and Partnerships).

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