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In this captivating episode of the Dealmakers’ Podcast, we embark on an extraordinary voyage with Tony Pan, a visionary entrepreneur determined to combat climate change through groundbreaking technology.

From his early days growing up as the son of a Taiwan Navy officer to founding Modern Hydrogen, Tony’s journey has been nothing short of inspiring.

Listen to the full podcast episode and review the transcript here.

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A Technological Prodigy Emerges

Tony’s fascination with the natural world and the laws governing the universe fueled his passion for technology from an early age.

This tech nerd, shaped by his diverse upbringing in Taiwan, Scotland, and Korea, found himself drawn to the intricate workings of the universe and the mysteries of physics.

It was this insatiable curiosity that ultimately led him to explore the world of tech and its potential to revolutionize human civilization.

An Unintended Path to Finance

Life took an unforeseen turn for Tony when his father’s tragic battle with cancer thrust him into the world of finance.

Struggling to support his family, he found himself in Goldman’s mortgage department during the Great Financial Crisis.

Although finance was not his initial calling, this experience provided valuable lessons in understanding numbers, business dynamics, and human behavior. All the while, Tony’s heart remained set on returning to his first love: physics.

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The Birth of Modern Hydrogen

Tony’s journey to combat climate change was set in motion when he joined the Invention Science Fund, an incubator for breakthrough technologies. It was during this time that he realized his deep alignment with their energy and climate goals.

After ideating and discarding a bunch of potential innovations, Tony found himself writing an eighty-page white paper in over a month. Later, he presented the paper to Bill Gates over the course of a four hour meeting to see if he could attract interest in his ideas.

This is exactly what he did and eventually got the Microsoft icon Bill Gates to be his founding investor. Tony talks about his association and experiences working with Bill for over a decade and understands what makes him a genius.

Inspired to tackle climate change, Tony founded Modern Hydrogen, a company with a mission to decarbonize natural gas and generate clean hydrogen at the point of use.

This revolutionary approach holds the potential to reduce a staggering 10 gigatons of CO2 emissions annually, equivalent to 20% of all man-made emissions.

The Struggles and Triumphs of a Climate Tech Startup

Starting a climate tech startup was no easy feat, especially during the “cli-tech winter” when climate-focused investments were scarce. Acquiring funding for this venture wasn’t like a typical Silicon Valley venture.

Nevertheless, Tony and his team persevered, driven by their vision to make a positive impact on the planet.

In recent years, the tide began to turn, with increased momentum for climate change solutions. Government support and the rise of the ESG movement further fueled their mission to combat climate change through innovative technology.

Several legislations have been enacted, including the Inflation Reduction Act, which is essentially the Climate Bill. These developments have resulted in the energy sector becoming more resilient in the present-day high-interest rate environment.

Thanks to the possibility of the government allocating a trillion dollars to clean energy, the sector has become much more robust. As a result, Tony has successfully raised $100 Million for this venture.

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Modern Hydrogen’s Impactful Vision

At the heart of Modern Hydrogen’s technology is the mission to not only reduce CO2 emissions but also repair the damage done to the biosphere.

By pairing their technology with biogas, they can transform waste materials into valuable resources, actively working towards negative emissions and climate restoration.

Tony strongly believes that breakthrough energy technologies that can change the course of human civilization.

He now envisions a future where Modern Hydrogen technology leads the charge in creating a cleaner and greener world, mitigating the worst impacts of climate change.

Striving for a Cleaner, Greener Tomorrow

Tony Pan’s journey from a tech enthusiast to a climate tech pioneer exemplifies the power of passion, perseverance, and purpose.

Modern Hydrogen’s cutting-edge technology presents a glimmer of hope in the fight against climate change. With visionary leaders like Tony at the helm, the future holds the promise of a sustainable and thriving world.

As we strive for a cleaner and greener tomorrow, we look to pioneers like Tony Pan and Modern Hydrogen to lead the way toward a more sustainable and prosperous future for all.

Listen in to the full podcast episode to find out more, including:

  • The journey from a tech enthusiast to a climate tech pioneer demonstrating the transformative power of passion and purpose in driving innovation
  • Modern Hydrogen’s groundbreaking technology with the potential to decarbonize natural gas and reduce a staggering 10 gigatons of CO2 emissions annually, making a significant impact on climate change.
  • The climate tech industry challenges during the “cli-tech winter,” but recent momentum and government support creating a more favorable environment for climate-focused startups like Modern Hydrogen.
  • Modern Hydrogen’s vision beyond emissions reduction, aiming to repair the damage done to the biosphere by pairing their technology with biogas and achieving negative emissions.
  • Leadership and commitment to fostering a strong team culture being instrumental in the success of Modern Hydrogen, inspiring innovation, and creating a transformative impact on the future of clean energy.


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