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September 27, 2022

The Intersection: Nuclear power is en vogue?

Energy fuels so many things in our daily lives, including the device you are reading this on right now, but do you ever pause to wonder: where exactly does this energy come from? In this episode of The Intersection, Steve Bowsher is joined by Dr. Scott Hsu, Senior Advisor, and Lead Fusion Coordinator in the Office of the Undersecretary for Science and Innovation at the US DOE. Listen to learn more about nuclear fusion and its difference from the current fission technology, why it’s being pursued as an alternative energy source, and what the status of this technology around the world currently looks like.

Takeaways:

• Difference between nuclear fission and fusion energy

• The obstacles to making nuclear fusion a reality

• Definition of fusion breakeven and the Lawson Criterion

• Legislation regarding public safety and security on nuclear fusion energy

• The timetable for nuclear fusion energy in the coming years

 

Featured in this Episode:

• Scott Hsu, Senior Advisor and Lead Fusion Coordinator, DOE

• Profile: https://arpa-e.energy.gov/about/team-directory/dr-scott-hsu

• Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottchsu/

• Twitter: https://twitter.com/scottchsu

September 13, 2022

The Intersection: Who Charges Your Batteries?

In this episode of The Intersection series, we are joined by battery and electric vehicles expert Steve LeVine, author and editor of The Electric, to explore how important batteries are and their supply chain. How does this affect the world in the future and who are the big players in the battery industry?

Key Takeaways:

– The current status of the battery supply chain and E-vehicle industry

– Top players in the battery supply chain around the world

– Lithium Ion and how will it shape the future

– Actions and laws to regulate the increasing demand for raw battery materials

August 30, 2022

The Intersection: Taking Calculated Venture Capital Risks and Navigating Market Downturns

In this episode of The Intersection, Steve Bowsher is joined by Bilal Zuberi, co-founder and partner at Lux Capital. Recorded at an event held in May, this discussion draws from Bilal’s experience in the world of venture capital, sharing insights on taking calculated risks, predicting which industries will rise to prominence, and coping with business cycles on a personal and company level. Listen to learn more about investors’ biggest considerations and how you can make the best out of economic downturns.

Key Takeaways:

  • Evaluating investment risk
  • Why deep technology is a growing industry
  • How to take advantage of contractions in the market
  • Impact of cryptocurrency
August 16, 2022

The Intersection: Over the Horizon Technologies to Help Shape a Better World

This episode of The Intersection shares a discussion between In-Q-Tel’s Dr. Megan Anderson and Dr. Sarah Sewall recorded at an event held back in May. Tune in to hear them explore innovative solutions to energy independence and over-the-horizon technologies to help shape a better world, including:

  • A U.S.-based ecosystem for battery production
  • Addressing vulnerabilities in critical minerals for energy production
  • Public and private efforts to achieve fusion
  • And more!

You can learn more about this topic and others on the IQT blog at www.iqt.org/blog.

May 10, 2022

The Intersection: Diversity & the Workplace

In this episode, Steve Bowsher is joined by John Rice, Founder and CEO of Management Leadership for Tomorrow, a national non-profit organization that empowers a new generation of diverse leaders to combat racial and economic inequality. Listen in as the two explore how the diversity of talents inside organizations is critical to attaining organizational objectives and developing the most innovative companies. The two explore best ways to obtain diverse talents, as well as how to build and nurture talents in an ideal setting that satisfies people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

March 31, 2022

IQT Explains: Climate Tech

The climate technology sector is a mature asset class that provides investors with considerable financial returns as well as the potential for outsized environmental and social impact. In this episode, we are joined by Victoria Chernow, A Technology Architect, who works on innovation in the next generation of nuclear energy and engineered biology for energy and materials manufacture, and Steve Taub, a recovering mechanical engineer with 10+ years’ experience as a corporate venture capitalist. Listen in to learn more about climate technology, including what it is, why it’s essential, and how we might utilize it to help design a brighter future for us all.

For more information, check out Steve and Victoria’s Climate Tech blog at iqt.org/blog.