Climate friendly investing when you’re using passive ETFs and tracker funds

Passive ETFs and tracker funds have become common way to achieve a low-cost diversified portfolio across global indices. The proportion to which the biggest greenhouse gas emitters feature in these indices, and correspondingly in my own passive investments bothered me, so I wanted to see what options I had to tackle it. Typically there are two options to potentially influence… Read more “Climate friendly investing when you’re using passive ETFs and tracker funds”

Supporting the (digital) climate strike

Next Friday (September 20th), millions of people will join young climate strikers in a Global Climate Strike on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. Tumblr, Atlassian, Kickstarter, WordPress, BoingBoing, Imgur, BitTorrent, are among the many companies to support the Global Climate Strike, along with over 1,000 websites joining the Digital Climate Strike, in response to the… Read more “Supporting the (digital) climate strike”

Tech for refugees: Volunteering at a refugee camp (part 1)

Crawling along a snowy road in early January in my cheap rental car, I was heading towards a small town in northern Greece. There was heavy snow falling, not a house in sight, no mobile signal and only the fading tail-light of a 4×4 in the distance. It was slowly dawning on me that following Google Map’s alternative route after… Read more “Tech for refugees: Volunteering at a refugee camp (part 1)”

Getting started with #techforgood – what I’ve found so far

I first started exploring ways to do more good with technology last summer having left my role as CTO at FundApps. At the time, I found it hard to know where to start, especially when it came to finding concrete actions I could take. I’ve learnt a lot since then, so wanted to share some of the amazing organisations out… Read more “Getting started with #techforgood – what I’ve found so far”

Have you taken the Founders Pledge?

In the midst of growing FundApps, I gave far less time to charity than I’d have liked. Despite the generous volunteering policy we established, at a personal level my charity amounted to a few small donations, a little micro-finance, and some occasional volunteering. I countered this feeling of ‘I should do more’ with a vague notion. That is, if against… Read more “Have you taken the Founders Pledge?”

Replacing maternity & paternity with parental leave

A friend of mine recently went to his head of HR to arrange shared parental leave. They had no clue how the process worked, asked him how he was going to cover the work, and warned that it might not be possible. My friend had to calmly point out that this was in fact their problem, not his – and… Read more “Replacing maternity & paternity with parental leave”

Exploding cows in Minecraft…

Last weekend I was at Womad festival, helping kids fire exploding cows from catapults in Minecraft. Not my usual line of work as CTO, or typical festival experience for that matter! I was volunteering with Devoxx4Kids who organise events worldwide where children can develop computer games, program robots and also have an introduction to electronics. CERN had invited Devoxx4Kids to… Read more “Exploding cows in Minecraft…”