January Lunch: Changing the ClimateTech Game

At our first lunch of 2022, Venture Connectors was pleased to feature Louisville-based Climavision’s founder and CEO, Chris Goode, who shared how his weather services and intelligence platform recently raised $100 million in equity funding. He talked about what the process was like, and how the company kept it “under the radar.” He also shared why he […]

At our first lunch of 2022, Venture Connectors was pleased to feature Louisville-based Climavision’s founder and CEO, Chris Goode, who shared how his weather services and intelligence platform recently raised $100 million in equity funding. He talked about what the process was like, and how the company kept it “under the radar.” He also shared why he believes the Louisville region is undervalued by investors, and how his company is providing cutting-edge weather data and forecasting tools that fill in the “observation gaps” to better prepare communities for major weather events. 

For almost 30 years, Goode has pioneered technology that merges big data with meteorology and remote sensing — a lifelong passion culminating in the launch of Climavision, a gamechanger in ClimateTech. After decades in weather tech, Chris knew intimately the value and the limitations of weather data networks. Climavision addresses this problem, expanding access to high-integrity weather information. Through strategic partnerships and a $100 million strategic investment from TPG’s The Rise Fund, his team is alleviating the burden of expensive weather infrastructure and rolling out a proprietary network of radio-occultation satellite and ground-based sensors to help mitigate the risks of increasingly volatile weather.

Before Climavision, Goode leveraged weather data to serve industries such as aviation, energy, media, insurance, defense and international governments. As the CEO for the world’s leading manufacturer of weather sensors and software, and a former vice president at weather heavyweights AirDat, The Weather Channel and WSI (now IBM), Goode helped craft national remote sensing networks for more than 90 countries and led the development of innovative software and data solutions that has changed the way the world sees weather data today. Some of these innovations include smoke detection, commercial dual-polarization, bird-tracking and volcanic ash detection.

A U.S. Air Force veteran, Goode holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Montana.

2022 Rechter Fellows Announced

On December 1, 2021, the Project on Positive Leadership announced the latest cohort of the Sam and Bonnie Rechter Fellowships in Positive Leadership. Since 2020, Rechter Fellows have developed tools and conducted research that supports the advancement …

On December 1, 2021, the Project on Positive Leadership announced the latest cohort of the Sam and Bonnie Rechter Fellowships in Positive Leadership. Since 2020, Rechter Fellows have developed tools and conducted research that supports the advancement of virtue and excellence in leadership. The Rechter Family Trust generously funds the fellowships, bestowing up to $5,000...

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Betting on Yourself

On the verge of applying for his MBA at UofL, Damon Mims was unsure that graduate school was for him. Like a single cloud passing in front of the sun on an otherwise perfect summer day, doubt can cast a lingering shadow. “I was clicking through the Uof…

On the verge of applying for his MBA at UofL, Damon Mims was unsure that graduate school was for him. Like a single cloud passing in front of the sun on an otherwise perfect summer day, doubt can cast a lingering shadow. “I was clicking through the UofL website, seeing all these successful people and...

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Dr. Manju Ahuja Named a 2021 AIS Fellow Award Recipient

Dr. Manju Ahuja, Frazier Family Chair of Computer Information Systems, has been named a Fellow of the Association of Information Systems (AIS) in recognition of her significant global contributions to the information systems discipline.  Being nam…

Dr. Manju Ahuja, Frazier Family Chair of Computer Information Systems, has been named a Fellow of the Association of Information Systems (AIS) in recognition of her significant global contributions to the information systems discipline.  Being named a Fellow is one of the highest academic honors faculty members can receive, as it is recognition by their...

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