My name is Colby Self. I’m the Founder and Managing Director at Carbon Checkout.
After more than a decade working on environmental initiatives at the international level, I grew tired of the perpetual regulatory delay while industry and governments negotiated our future. And while these policy instruments may bring about change in 2050, Carbon Checkout was designed to bring change NOW.
Carbon Checkout is a plug-in software application that integrates into existing ecommerce stores, giving millions of individuals, like you and I, the convenient opportunity to balance the carbon footprint of our online transactions, in one-click, at checkout. We pool these micro-contributions into a fund, and invest in renewable energy infrastructure on our customers’ behalf.
We’ve worked with thousands of eCommerce partners to date, and are currently plug-in compatible with over 20% of all ecommerce sites. As we scale, we’ll build compatibility across additional platforms to reach over half of the ecommerce market by 2022.
We have unique domain expertise in environmental and carbon markets, we’ve also been on the cutting edge of ecommerce with our development team having honed their skills while working for the tech giants in Silicon Valley.
Our team has gained the confidence of many throughout our journey, from the Government of Chile and the Startup Chile network in Santiago, to the European Commission and the European Innovation Council in Brussels, to Deccelera and ICEX in Spain, to The World Bank and Google for Startups at large.
Building on our past experiences and expertise in environmental markets, we’re excited about the opportunities in front of us.
Colby is a serial social entrepreneur having founded four tech startups spanning three continents, from California to Chile to Spain. His experience centers on addressing environmental challenges by applying emerging technologies to new sectors, from renewable energy and carbon solutions, to eCommerce software applications, to big data and consumer product life-cycle analysis. In all instances, Colby has developed data-driven solutions that quantify problems and address them with measurable solutions.
Colby has also worked for over 12 years as a consultant, serving NGOs, UN bodies, government agencies and private industry in global efforts to advance environmental initiatives. He has been an advocate of environmental justice throughout his career, representing views of civil society at UN diplomatic conferences, working to extend the reach of international environmental law and to broaden the application of the Universal Declaration of Human Right to all peoples, in all places. His work in Brussels to advance environmental policy initiatives at the EU, has given him great insight into the European political process and the role progressive government plays in transforming industry. On the opposite end of the spectrum, his work in Washington to advance U.S. environmental policy initiatives and enforcement capabilities has shed light on the role of progressive industry to move ahead of government when the law fails to provide adequate protections.
These experiences have focused Colby’s entrepreneurial ventures on consumer advocacy, realizing that informed consumer choices can transform markets and improve environmental and social conditions with a speed unlike any multi-stakeholder process.
Colby has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Policy, Planning and Development from the University of Southern California. He was a visiting scholar at Oxford University and a select member of the Cambridge University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Cambridge-MIT Institute Enterprisers. Colby is also a member of former Vice President Al Gore's Climate Reality Leadership Corps.