December 9, 2023

The modern world is a concrete jungle, and cement — a binder — is a key ingredient in concrete. It is also one of the most climate-unfriendly materials. Used for housing, transport and commerce, it generates nearly 10 percent of the world’s carbon pollution. But concrete that removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere could change all that.

We’re excited to announce that three-time NBA champion, philanthropist, serial entrepreneur, and now startup founder Rick Fox will join us on the Sustainability Stage at TechCrunch Disrupt 2023 in a session titled “Take Concrete Action on Climate” conference, which was held in San Francisco from September 19-21.

You may know Rick Fox from his small forward role with the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, or from his many acting roles in film and television. Now, as founder and CEO of carbon-negative concrete startup Partanna, he’s focused on “leaving something behind” by reducing climate change.

We look forward to learning more about Fox’s journey as a startup founder, Partanna’s origins, and why he chose concrete. We’re also curious to see how the company plans to use its recent $12 million in pre-seed funding from Cherubic Ventures, its current product needs, timing of its Series A round, and future growth.

Obviously, we have a lot to talk about. Don’t miss this meeting with a startup that has the potential to turn concrete jungles into giant carbon sponges.

Rick Fox: Founder and CEO, Partanna

After retiring from the NBA, Rick Fox pursued a career in television and entertainment, bringing championship-level leadership to the worlds of show business and business. As an actor or producer, he has written more than 200 films and television episodes.

In 2015, Fox became a pioneer in the field of esports, establishing the Echo Fox game series, which has been instrumental in shaping the industry.

Earlier in his career, Fox worked with Fortune 500 brands such as American Express, Asus, AT&T, Comcast, Ford, HP, PepsiCo, T-Mobile, Verizon and Walt Disney on their global growth initiatives.

Fox currently serves as Ambassador-at-Large for the Bahamas, helped create the Bahamas Relief Foundation, and brought real estate development opportunities to the region.

Hear more conversations with leading experts in the Sustainability Stage on topics including cultured meat, energy, fast fashion, green infrastructure, sustainable agriculture and more. This is just one of six new phases in Disrupt’s six breakthrough areas.

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