Dec 8, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Climate intelligence company aims big

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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

In announcing Tuesday that it's going public via a special purpose acquisition vehicle (SPAC), climate intelligence company signaled its intent to become a top provider of weather and climate risk information in an increasingly risky world.

The big picture: The extreme weather and climate risk services space is getting more crowded. Boston-based offers a wider array of services than most of its fellow upstarts and now competes with bigger companies like IBM and Verisk Analytics.

What they're saying: Shimon Elkabetz, co-founder and CEO, told Axios in an email that while there are many players seeking to do similar things, the company's business model is more comprehensive than its competitors.

Yes, but: has expanded unusually rapidly for a weather and climate risk firm, and is set to go public at a time of growing investor skepticism in some SPAC deals.

  • It remains to be seen whether it can secure the funding needed to pull off everything it has set out to do, from a phone-based weather app to the satellite constellation.

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