Building a Talent Magnet
Tisha Schuller welcomes Chase Lochmiller and Cully Cavness, co-founders of Crusoe Energy Systems, to the Energy Thinks Podcast. Crusoe provides companies flare mitigation by redirecting flare gas to power computation.
Tisha, Chase, and Cully discuss:
• Using excess natural gas to power computer processing, including digital currency;
• Developing a company that is a magnet for talent;
• Cultivating an idea meritocracy and tapping into an organization’s collective genius;
• Leading three distinct workforces within one culture;
• Focusing on DEI in recruiting;
• Approaching innovation incrementally; and,
• Building Crusoe’s sustainable and economic business strategy.
Prior to becoming the CEO of Crusoe in 2018, Chase Lochmiller utilized his skills in computer science as a quantitative researcher at GETCO and Jump Trading. He also served as a general partner at Polychain Capital. Chase has a master’s in computer science with a specialization in artificial intelligence from Stanford University and undergraduate degrees in math and physics from MIT.
Cully Cavness, president of Crusoe, puts his financial and leadership experience in the oil and gas sector to use. He has served in multiple positions including business development manager at Recurrent Engineering, CFO at Sword & Plough, and associate of energy investment banking at Petrie Partners. He was the vice president at Highlands Natural Resources for two years before. Cully has an MBA from the University of Oxford and a BA in geology from Middlebury College. He also completed the Executive Education program for Strategic Negotiations, Transaction Design, and Negotiation at Harvard Business School.
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[Interview recorded on February 9, 2022]