How Can Entrepreneurial Zeal Address Climate Change? | David Giuliani | TEDxSanJuanIsland

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Published on Oct 09, 2019 at 09:10 pm

What if we bring entrepreneurial zeal to the challenge of responsibly addressing climate change and carbon reduction at the state level? Leveraging resources, telling the truth, and seeking better collaboration between government and the private sector all offer opportunity for progress. David Giuliani is a Northwest serial entrepreneur, electrical engineer and inventor. David grew up in the semiconductor industry, designing some of the world’s first LED products. He then pivoted to medical applications, resulting in over a dozen US patents and multiple business successes.

David co-invented the Sonicare(R) toothbrush, and as CEO it became the fastest growing private company in the US, before selling it to Philips Electronics. David also co-invented the Clarisonic(R) face brush, and sold that business to L’Oreal. He was the national Small Business Person of the Year, and the national Entrepreneur of the Year for manufacturing. Best of all he and his teams had fun doing it.

David now applies his talents to improving society. He and Howard Behar, former Starbucks president, founded the Washington Business Alliance to solve the state’s most critical problems. The Alliance launched the Low Carbon Prosperity Institute last year, sensing the need to reframe climate issues from “win-lose” to “win-win.”

David lives in Friday Harbor and in the Seattle area, and enjoys his family, nature, photography, music, and the human spirit. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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