Astrid Scholz: Sharing, Adapting, & Scaling Solutions as “Zebras” Unite [Ep. 176]

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Dr. Astrid J. Scholz is Managing Partner and CEO (“Chief Everything Officer”) of Sphaera, a system design and technology firm dedicated to co-creating global, distributed, democratic infrastructure for mobilizing data, innovations, and capital to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Astrid was previously President of Ecotrust, a conservation-based development organization with $150M in AUM, where Sphaera was incubated. Astrid is a founding director of the XXcelerate Fund, a revolving loan fund and mentorship program created for and by women entrepreneurs that is piloting in her home state of Oregon, USA. She is also a founding director of Zebras Unite, a growing global community of founders, investors, and allies who are creating a more ethical, inclusive, collaborative, and sustainable approach to building businesses. Astrid holds degrees from the University of St. Andrews, the University of Bristol, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Photo Credit:   Adrian Hallauer

Photo Credit: Adrian Hallauer

Interview Highlights:

  • Astrid shares the progression of her various roles at Ecotrust, a pioneering bioregionally-focused organization, to incubating Sphaera, a company to help share and scale solutions and innovations across bioregions and other areas which are often trapped in silos.

  • The past, present, and possible future of Sphaera, an organization which offers a platform through which organizations can more easily find, share, and adapt existing solutions to new contexts and geographies.

  • How listeners can join a more ethical and inclusive global movement of companies to counter existing startup and venture capital culture through the Zebras Unite community (see links below for more).


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