Lowercarbon acquires green jobs site Climate Draft
Billionaire Chris Sacca's climate investment firm acquired jobs site Climate Draft, Axios has learned.
Why it matters: The deal adds considerable fuel to a website striving to become the go-to resource for finding climate jobs and addressing a green-workforce labor shortage.
The big picture: Climate employers have long lamented a shortfall of workers, especially tradespeople like electricians.
- Climate Draft is one of several sites looking to help fill that gap, along with others like Climatebase, MCJ Collective and Terra.do.
Driving the news: Lowercarbon acquired Climate Draft in September.
- The startup by then had raised a little under $300,000, including from Sacca and his wife Crystal via their family office.
- Galvanize Climate Solutions also invested via its management company, as well as Incite.org and climate investor Mad Impact.
Of note: The site drew backing from individuals including Sierra Peterson of Voyager Ventures, Matt Eggers of Prelude Ventures, Andrew Beebe of Obvious Ventures, Paul Straub of Wireframe Ventures, and Hunter Walk of Homebrew.
What they're saying: "The idea is to enable us to work on it full time," founder Jonathan Strauss tells Axios.
- The company had two full-time employees: Strauss and co-founder Ed Casabian.
How it works: Climate Draft had charged companies a membership fee to access its talent directory.
- It also offered primers and online events to draw potential job candidates.
What's next: Climate Draft plans to re-launch the site in Q1, with an eye toward becoming a hub for finding work in climate tech.
- It'll host its own jobs board and direct job hunters to other talent networks. It'll also continue planning boot camps and similar opportunities.
- "We're going to try to keep our membership fees as low as possible," Strauss says. "Really be a front door for climate tech and help route people to all of the resources that exist."