Tom Steyer is the founder and former head of Farallon Capital Management, climate activist, candidate for President of the United States in 2020, and most recently, co-founder of Galvanize Climate Solutions, a mission-driven investment platform addressing urgent climate solutions.
Our conversation covers Tom’s early career and founding of Farallon in 1986. We discuss his original strategy, history, and succession to new leaders at the firm. We then turn to Tom’s retirement from Farallon, work on the environment, and Presidential run. From there, we dive into Tom’s return to the investment business at Galvanize, covering his investment thesis, strategies to deploy, and creation of another investment organization today. All the way through, Tom shares a lifetime’s worth of investing and business wisdom.
6:19 Tom’s background
11:56 Stories from Goldman Sachs
13:47 Founding Farallon Capital
19:50 Lessons from building teams
23:04 Succession planning
27:31 Climate activism post-Farallon
32:44 Running for POTUS
37:38 Investing in climate solutions
49:02 Investment strategy at Galvanize
1:00:02 Building a new company
1:05:56 Closing questions