Video Interview: Jonathan Wolfson, CEO, Solazyme

TriplePundit attended the Sustainable Brands 2013 conference earlier this month. Follow along on this page for ongoing video interviews with sustainability thought leaders, corporate change agents and entrepreneurs who are leading the way to a more sustainable future.

solazymeAccording to Wikipedia, an oil is “any neutral, nonpolar chemical substance, that is a viscous liquid at ambient temperatures.”  That covers everything from olive oil you might eat and cook with, to the petroleum we use to power the majority of our transportation needs and many, many things in between. Solazyme is a well known Bay Area company that is using algae to produce (in theory) almost any kind of oil.

The implication for sustainability are clearly enormous – from  cleaner burning bio-fuels that don’t involve drilling, drastically healthier cooking oil, to better soaps.  From a business perspective it’s a wonderful win as well given that all of these oils can be produced from a single facility and switched out depending on needs.

I got a few minutes with CEO Jonathan Wolfson to go over an introduction to what Solazyme does and the types of oils that will soon be hitting the market.

Video below…

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.