Interview with Alex Wright-Gladstein of Sphere on What Motivated Her to Start Her Company

Today on the Conscious Design Podcast Ian welcomes Alex, who starts off by a brief introduction. Alex introduces her company and talks about some of the problems she discovered that motivated her to start her company. Alex then talks a bit about how he cut expenses to make sure her funds remain attractive and affordable to the employers. Alex then explains that going green with your money is not always the expensive or unprofitable choice and that you might even end up better off as when you started and talks about the future of her company. Alex and Ian talk about how the public is reacting to this innovative idea. In the guest outro Alex shares her final thoughts and some contact details. 


  • 0:00 – Guest Intro 
  • 3:57 – Mechanics Behind 
  • 9:21 – Cutting The Expenses 
  • 16:13 – New Horizons 
  • 20:40 – Feedback 
  • 22:42 – Guest Outro 

About Alex Wright-Gladstein: 

Alex Wright-Gladstein is the founder and CEO of Sphere, a public benefit corporation that is amplifying a social movement to get retirement savings money out of fossil fuel companies. Sphere helps US employers provide employees with an authentic climate-friendly investment option in their 401(k)s and 401(b)s, without having to compromise on maintaining their fiduciary duty, with a quality product at reasonable fees. 

Prior to founding Sphere, Alex was founding CEO of Ayar Labs, an MIT technology spinout company that has raised over $100M and makes data centers and supercomputers faster and more energy efficient by using light to move data between chips. 

She has also been the energy entrepreneurship practice leader at MIT and an energy efficiency program manager and energy markets specialist at smart grid company EnerNOC (now Enel X). She received an MBA from MIT and a BA in Political Science and Economics from Tufts University.


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Hosted by: Ian Peterman, CEO and founder of the Peterman Design Firm

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