I am Yishan Wong, founder and CEO of Terraformation. I was previously CEO of Reddit. I’m here to talk about whatever you want. Ask Me Anything!
Aloha Reddit. Yishan here, and I’m here to talk climate change and Terraformation, but you can ask me about anything else, like:
- Terraformation, and how we can solve climate change with mass-scale native forest restoration
- living and working in Hawaiʻi
- working in the tech industry
- advice on career, life, or romance
- old Reddit stuff, if you insist
- Proof: https://imgur.com/a/2bhePQi
Terraformation is raising $5M in a crowdfunding round on Republic.co. We’re doing it because we want regular people to be able to invest in startups too. The recent SEC crowdfunding rules now allow private companies to raise up to $5M from non-accredited investors, so we’re making it possible to invest in Terraformation at the same valuation as our recent Series A. Here is a longer blog post explaining more details.
I also happen to be running a Solarpunk Art Contest, with awards totaling $18,500 for the ten best pieces of original solarpunk art. We need a new and optimistic vision of our world’s future, and to help bring that about, we need not just science and technology and better politics, we also need art and music and film and even advertising that paints the picture for us of what our future can be, if only we are willing to work together and build it.
Seriously though, I’m here to talk about how massive reforestation (or more accurately, native forest restoration) is an affordable and immediately-scalable solution to climate change, and we should be pursuing it with all due haste.
Recent declines in the price of solar mean that green desalination can produce the necessary water to irrigate previously unusable land, hugely expanding the amount of land available for reforestation, enough to offset all or most human emissions.
 don’t follow my advice unless you are ok ending up like me; use at your own risk
UPDATE: sorry about the slow rate of answering! I'm doing this during my workday, but I promise I'm going to get to every question!
UPDATE 2: for answering questions about Terraformation as a business, I should add the following disclaimer since we're in the process of fundraising:
Certain statements herein may contain forward-looking statements relating to the Company. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and undue reliance should not be placed on them. Although any forward-looking statements contained in this discussion are based upon what management of the Company believes are reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management’s estimates or opinions should change except as required by applicable securities laws. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.