Rebooting Capitalism Podcast

Rebooting Capitalism is a podcast that digs into why traditional capitalism is broke and what people are doing to fix it.

We are hoping our guests and topics will inform and inspire others to use business as a force for good. 

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Rebooting Capitalism — Guest: Derek HansenEpisode #2 — Revolutionizing Commercial Real Estate for Sustainability and Social Impact

Derek HansenCEO and Co-Founder of Mynt Systems

We are going to dig into energy efficiency, climate change and how businesses can upgrade their building’s performance to not only make the inhabitants of that building healthier and more comfort, but lessen their carbon footprint as well as save some serious cash in the process.  

Welcome back to Rebooting Capitalism, everybody! We have another fantastic guest and topic to discuss today, and this time we’re diving a bit more into the environmental sustainability side of things. Our guest for this episode is Derek Hansen, the CEO and Co-Founder of Mynt Systems.

Mynt Systems was designed to meet the demand from many different industries for commercial energy efficiency. Mynt has taken a fragmented and confusing process and brought it under one roof, a one-stop shop for energy efficiency. They combine the assessment, engineering, design and implementation into one package that is easy to understand, financially appealing and ecologically responsible.

Mynt Systems has the ambitious goal of revolutionizing commercial real estate, and they are making their mark with big projects and impressive retrofitting efforts. Derek describes the ethos and history behind their approach, why we need ecologically sustainable and human-friendly commercial buildings, and some of the amazing technologies and strategies he and his team are implementing. Derek also talks about some of the most game-changing technologies and approaches that are coming down the pipeline, and what he’s done to enhance his personal commitment to sustainability in the last year.

What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

  • How Derek became interested in making commercial buildings more energy efficient and sustainable.
  • Simple things that commercial building owners can do to reduce their energy and environmental impact.
  • Common challenges for making commercial buildings more energy efficient.
  • Why creating a split incentive that benefits both building owners and tenants is a key part of Mynt Systems’ strategy.
  • How making a building more energy efficient – and even turning it into an energy generator – can have a big return on investment.
  • Some of the most interesting technologies Derek has seen coming down the pipeline, and why his company is invested in big, game-changing energy projects.
  • Why the triple bottom line (planet, profit, and people) is an integral part of Mynt’s ethos.

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Rebooting Capitalism — Guest: Kat TaylorEpisode #1 — Reforming Banking for the Greater Good

Kat TaylorCEO and Co-Founder of Beneficial State Bank

We all know the banking systems is broken. 2008 is proof of that. If we are going to reboot capitalism to work for the common good, then banking is going to have to be one of the first business sectors to rebuild their reputation and trust. Kat and I are going to dig into the history of banking, where it went wrong and what changes are needed. 

Welcome to the very first episode of Rebooting Capitalism! We are so excited to be bringing this show to you and having important conversations about capitalism, why it’s broken, and what people are doing to fix it. We have an amazing guest to kick things off with: Kat Taylor, the CEO and Co-Founder of Beneficial State Bank.

Beneficial State Bank opened in 2007 under a unique foundation ownership model and has 17 local branches throughout California, Oregon and Washington. They offer checking, savings, loans, credit cards, online and mobile banking and everything else you’d expect from a bank—but they exist to serve their customers’ prosperity and goals, not to profit from them.

In this interview, Kat Taylor talks about the history of banking, why banking needs serious reform, and how Beneficial State is creating a triple bottom-line bank that is accountable to its customers, our society, and the planet – rather than rich stakeholders. Kat shares important design decisions that form Beneficial State’s structure and ethos, and talks about why the banking sector can be a great lever for change.

What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

  • How and why business – and especially banking – can and should be harnessed as a force for positive change.
  • The history of banking in the US and why banks are distrusted by many Americans.
  • The role of banks in society and how they could help, rather than hinder, more people.
  • How Kat Taylor and Beneficial State Bank are redesigning the banking model and ownership structure.
  • How Beneficial State Bank is combatting discriminatory banking practices like redlining.
  • Why Kat believes businesses have to choose diversity consistently if we want more and different people in leadership positions throughout society.

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The Host

Jennifer Cantero

Jennifer Cantero

Jennifer brings more than 20 years of business and marketing experience to her role as Director of Marketing and Sustainability at Sensiba San Filippo, California’s first and only B Corp accounting firm. She is SSF’s B Corp champion, who led the firm’s B Corporation certification process and today leads the Firm’s B Corp Practice assisting clients with their B Corp certification journeys and sustainability stories.  

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