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Cody Finke

Co-Founder & CEO at Brimstone

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Employees 21–50
Headquarters Oakland, California, United States
Founded in 2019, Brimstone is a developer of a novel process that produces cement without carbon emissions while maintaining cost competitiveness with traditional cement.

The world produces over 4 billion tons of cement annually—a number only expected to grow. The problem is that cement production accounts for 7.5% of global CO2 emissions, with a total climate impact just behind cars. Brimstone has developed a breakthrough carbon-negative process to produce the same ordinary Portland cement and supplementary cementitious materials used today. These materials have the same quality and performance builders have trusted for over 150 years — now with a positive climate impact. Brimstone's investors include Breakthrough Energy Ventures, DCVC, Collab Fund, Amazon Climate Pledge, and Fifth Wall.

Notable Achievements

  • Developed the world's first process to make industry-standard portland cement without process emissions as certified by a third party and covered in the Washington Post.
  • Raised a $55M Series A from leading climate investors, including Breakthrough Energy Ventures, DCVC, Collaborative Fund, Fifth Wall, S2G Ventures, Amazon Climate Pledge, Acceler8, Gatemore, Impact Science Ventures, Osage University Partners, and SystemIQ.
  • Solution has been recognized by the International Energy Agency, the Washington Post, CNBC, CBS, and honored as one of TIME's Best Inventions of 2023.

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