In Episode 58 of the Investing in Impact podcast, we speak with Michael W. Sonnenfeldt, Entrepreneur, Investor, and Philanthropist on his life’s journey and the future of climate investing and climate startups.
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Michael W. Sonnenfeldt is an accomplished entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. With a visionary mindset, he spearheaded the groundbreaking transformation of the Harborside Financial Center in Jersey City, NJ during the 1980s, making it the largest commercial renovation project of its time.
Michael went on to establish and lead Emmes & Company, a distinguished real estate investment boutique specializing in the acquisition of distressed portfolios.
Having an extensive background in renewable energy, Michael’s journey in this sector began with the creation of SOL, a solar company that he built from the ground up.
Eventually, SOL was acquired by Carmanah Technologies Corp., a reputable Canadian company engaged in the manufacturing and distribution of solar products and systems. His knowledge and expertise in renewable energy span over several decades.
Educationally, Michael holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, further enhancing his foundation for success.
Building upon his entrepreneurial achievements, he founded Tiger 21, an esteemed learning and investment network catering to high-net-worth individuals. This platform offers a unique space for peers to engage in open discussions about family, legacy, and investment, allowing Michael to share his evolving priorities.
Michael’s dedication extends beyond his professional endeavors. Over the past twenty-five years, he has actively contributed to numerous non-profit organizations focusing on crucial causes such as the environment, climate change, national security, Middle East peace, international peacekeeping, the US/UN relationship, and communal development.
His commitment to these important issues influences both his business and philanthropic work, shaping the mission of MUUS to invest in a more sustainable and livable future.
About MUUS Climate Partners
MUUS Climate Partners, led by Partners Michael W. Sonnenfeldt and Ben Wolkon, positions itself as an investor operating at the vital intersection of decarbonization and advanced technology.
With a unique investment approach known as the “Convergence Thesis,” the firm identifies and supports companies that leverage technology to drive accelerated emissions reduction, particularly those on the brink of commercialization.
To date, the portfolio consists of some amazing climate forward startups including:
- Monarch Tractors
- Harvest Thermal
Check out the full portfolio here.
About Tiger 21
TIGER 21 members form an esteemed and confidential community, offering a trusted platform for ultra-high-net-worth individuals to engage in valuable learning experiences with their peers.
Within this community, members gain insights and support in navigating the complexities and opportunities that arise from their exceptional success.
Whether participating in a local group, a family office group, or a virtual group, TIGER 21 ensures that members have access to a personal board of directors.
These trusted forums foster open and candid discussions, delving into crucial topics such as wealth creation and preservation, family dynamics, legacy planning, and philanthropic endeavors.
Through these meaningful exchanges, TIGER 21 enables its members to make informed decisions and shape their paths to continued success.
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