One of the things I was very interested in hearing Michael Liebreich talk about when we sat down for a long chat over dinner in Abu Dhabi (during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week) was the origin of Bloomberg New Energy Finance and how it grew from a humble startup (initially named New Energy Finance) to a global leader (or the global leader) for information regarding clean energy and electric vehicle markets.
One fun connection for me was that the first guy who Michael got to work on the idea was a Polish programmer (in case you aren’t aware, I’ve been living in Poland for several years).
As is the case with the founders of many successful startups, Michael was wearing numerous hats in order to get New Energy Finance in the big theater — from structuring the database, to making sales calls, to closely following industry news, and so on. Clearly, his multi-role performance worked, as the company got acquired by Bloomberg to become Bloomberg New Energy Finance in just a handful of years, and it basically stands alone now for the high level of information it offers.
Of course, the blood of interns was also a good part of the company’s growth, as Michael humorously discusses: