Ep32: Greg Jackson 'Building the Billion-Customer Energy Company'

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Joining Cleaning Up today is start-up legend, Greg Jackson. Greg is CEO and founder of Octopus Energy whose mission is to bring ‘power to the people’ by supplying their customers with 100% green electricity at fair prices.

Bio

Greg Jackson is the CEO and founder of Octopus Energy, the new renewable energy provider that started in the UK and is now expanding globally.

Greg has built one of the fastest growing energy firms – Octopus, with just under 2 million clients is on track to join the group of the Big Six utility providers. The key to company’s success is “elec-tech” software allowing customers to use electricity at the lowest rates possible – and once actually paying consumers to use electricity when renewables generation reached record highs. Greg believes electricity is becoming a tech sector – and his company is at the forefront of the ‘digital revolution’ in the energy space.

Before founding Octopus Energy, Greg has been active in the start-up world both as an investor and manager. His most high-profile role include being a Non-Executive Director at Zopa between 2010 and 2018 and being the Chairman of Consultant Connect UK since 2015.

Greg Jackson read Economics at the University of Cambridge. He’s interest in ecology and climate started long before founding Octopus Energy - he joined Greenpeace at the age of 16.

Outro

Amber Rudd will be joining us next week on Cleaning Up. She is a former MP for Hastings and Rye representing the Conservative party. She was also the Home Secretary for 2 years from 2016 and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from 2018 to 2019.

Links

Octopus Energy

https://octopus.energy/

Energy needed a digital revolution – and we are it (January 2021)

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/jan/02/energy-needed-a-digital-revolution-and-we-are-it

Octopus Energy is the Which? “Recommended Provider” for a record fourth year in a row (January 2021)

https://www.techradar.com/sg/news/octopus-energy-is-the-which-recommended-provider-for-a-record-fourth-year-in-a-row

Octopus Energy partners with Tokyo Gas to enter the Asian market (January 2021)

https://www.energylivenews.com/2021/01/04/octopus-energy-partners-with-tokyo-gas-to-enter-the-asian-market/

AWS helps power UK green electricity pioneer Octopus Energy (January 2021)

https://diginomica.com/aws-helps-power-uk-green-electricity-pioneer-octopus-energy

In our lifetimes, cities will smell like the countryside (December, 2020)

https://www.cityam.com/in-our-lifetimes-cities-will-smell-like-the-countryside/

Who is the diruptive firm aiming to be the ‘Amazon of energy’? (December, 2020)

https://www.businessleader.co.uk/who-is-the-energy-firm-aiming-to-be-the-amazon-of-energy/105401/

Octopus Energy chief Greg Jackson declares London world leader of green energy tech as it wins “double unicorn” $2bn status (December, 2020)

https://www.standard.co.uk/business/octopus-energy-double-unicorn-ovo-greg-jackson-tech-green-windfarm-solar-b459101.html

Earlier this week I sat down with Greg Jackson, CEO at Octopus Energy to talk about how we can build back greener. (November, 2020)

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/boris-johnson_earlier-this-week-i-sat-down-with-greg-jackson-activity-6719623292925296640-90bn/

Green Electricity Provider to Create 1,000 New Jobs in U.K. (October, 2020)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-10-04/green-electricity-provider-to-create-1-000-new-jobs-in-u-k

Under the Spotlight with Greg Jackson, founder and CEO of Octopus Energy (October 2020)

https://www.marketingsociety.com/video/under-spotlight-greg-jackson-founder-and-ceo-octopus-energy

Octopus Energy launches into US market with startup acquisition (October 2020)

https://www.smart-energy.com/regional-news/north-america/octopus-energy-launches-into-us-market-with-startup-acquisition/

Zopa

https://www.linkedin.com/company/zopa/

Consultant Connect

https://www.consultantconnect.org.uk/

A message from our founder, Octopus Energy

https://octopus.energy/message-from-our-founder/

Meet Greg Jackson, Founder and CEO of Octopus Energy

https://www.move-upstream.org.uk/news_post/meet-greg-jackson-founder-and-ceo-of-octopus-energy/

About Cleaning Up:

Once a week Michael Liebreich has a conversation (and a drink) with a leader in clean energy, mobility, climate finance, or sustainable development. Each episode covers the technical ground on some aspect of the low-carbon transition – but it also delves into the nature of leadership in the climate transition: whether to be optimistic or pessimistic; how to communicate in order to inspire change; personal credos; and so on. And it should be fun – most of the guests are Michael’s friends.

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