On this week’s Found podcast, we sat down with Dandelion Co-Founder and President Kathy Hannun. Kathy came up with the idea for Dandelion while working at Google X to address some of the world’s hard-to-solve problems and use technology to make them understandable. Kathy realized that the use of geothermal energy was a way to bring an entirely new category of sustainable energy to large scale in markets where it made the most sense over other green energy options.
Kathy told us all about how she got her dream job at X and then decided to take the leap from that to building her own business from scratch to find a solution that she saw an obvious need for. She also explains how, despite dealing with Natural Cheat Syndrome in Google’s Moonshot department, she solves problems with some of the smartest people in the world, but also how her natural inclination is to believe that they can face any challenge she is faced can resolve through a combination of engagement and learning.
We also heard from Kathy that she made the difficult decision to change a fundamental element of how Dandelion’s business worked fairly late in the game after discovering the existing strategy wasn’t working. Her harsh reputation literally came while climbing a mountain – it’s hard to get more allegorical.
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