Until reading about them in this newsletter I read each week, Blair Palese, Peter McKillop and the Climate & Capital Media team were not on my radar. Now they are, and I enjoyed reading what they have written to Jeff Bezos about changing the game:
- Following a stunning shareholder coup, Australian software billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes becomes the world’s first corporate raider with a mission to radically reduce Australia’s carbon footprint.
- Cannon-Brookes made billions in software, but he is not retiring from the game in order to “give back” in the gentlemanly pursuit of charity.
- His victorious raid demonstrates that real climate action requires more than just writing checks.
- Instead Cannon-Brookes channeled corporate raider Carl Icahn, investor Henry Kravis, feminist organizer Gloria Steinem, Cajun political strategist James Carville and to do what no person has ever done: Merge political, financial, shareholder, and climate action into a single, ground-breaking capitalist moment to take on global warming.
- We thought Jeff Bezos should know Mike.
Dear Jeff Bezos,
Greetings from Climate & Capital Media. We tried to send you a message on LinkedIn, but there are like at least two dozen Jeff Bezoses and you are not one of them. We applaud your commitment to climate action and setting up the $10 Billion charitable Earth Fund.
But word in New York is you are a tad frustrated with the fund’s impact. We’re told your entrepreneurial impatience is being tested by a fund that operates more like a multilateral institution than a Seattle start-up.
For a self-made, bootstrap tech capitalist like yourself, we can understand your impatience with the often insular, capitalism-lite, consensus-heavy, nature of large environmental groups.
Meet Mike Cannon-Brookes
That’s why we are so eager to connect you with Mike Cannon-Brookes. He’s Australia’s favorite billionaire entrepreneur, and boy does this guy think and act big. We think you guys would get along like a house on fire. He is kind of like you Jeff, though his style is more tech bro than Silicon savvy. But there is one other really big difference: He is addressing climate change, not as a check-writing philanthropist, but as a brass-knuckled capitalist. …
Read the whole letter at the source.