Seattle-based startup Nori is hoping to deliver what Al Gore, the Paris climate accord and others have not: a market-driv...
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Nori is a blockchain-based marketplace to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The NORI token works as a medium of exchange for Carbon Removal Certificates (CRCs).
The Nori marketplace is being built right now and we project to launch both the market and tokens for real carbon removal transactions in Q1 of 2019. This offering is for Token DPAs, a convertible security that can be converted to NORI tokens if certain terms and conditions are met.
We are all affected by climate change. And most people feel like we’ve run out of options for dealing with it. Many have tried lobbying their government for action, but the response has been slow and insufficient.
Nori is putting the power to reverse climate change back into your hands. Our marketplace incentivizes people to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. By buying our tokens, you can use them to pay others for removing CO2.
One NORI token can be used to buy one Carbon Removal Certificate (CRC), representing one tonne of CO2 removed. The person who removed the CO2 gets paid with that NORI token and can trade that for cash or any other cryptocurrency. By creating a marketplace where people can easily pay for carbon dioxide removal, Nori will incentivize more people to remove carbon dioxide and ultimately reverse climate change.
Suppliers of CRCs get paid in NORI tokens for how much CO2 they’ve removed. It’s a way to monetize activities they might already be doing or inspire new entrepreneurs and businesses to invest in carbon removal.
Verifiers of CRCs vet carbon removal claims made by suppliers, and in turn get new opportunities for expanding their businesses as they innovate more accurate methods for verifying CO2 has been removed.
Buyers of CRCs get verified certificates that prove carbon dioxide has been removed. They can use these certificates for meeting carbon reduction obligations and for corporate social responsibility reports.
Per leading economists and policymakers, it’s clear that we need a price on carbon. The NORI token delivers that for the world. The price of NORI should be similar to how the Brent Crude Oil reference price functions for oil prices. It’s one single price that reflects true market demand for carbon dioxide.
One NORI token will always pay for removing one tonne of CO2 from the atmosphere. The price of the NORI will change over time as the demand for removing CO2 changes.
As the price of NORI increases, so too does the incentive for people to remove carbon dioxide. We envision an entirely new industry of businesses, jobs, products, and overall value being created to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. The more the NORI token is worth, the more people will take action to reverse climate change.
There are already many different methods available that can remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and safely store it so that it no longer impacts global warming. We group them into three broad categories: ecological, industrial, and hybrid.
Farmers can change their agricultural practices to store more carbon in soils. Forest managers can grow trees that sequester the CO2. Kelp and seaweed can be grown in waters all around the world and then dropped to the bottom of the ocean.
Technology like direct air capture can be used to create artificial trees that absorb CO2 from the air. That captured CO2 can be pumped underground where it will turn into rock, or it can be used to manufacture products like plastics, tennis shoes, and carbon fiber.
Hybrid approaches combine both ecological and industrial methods. Crops can be grown that are burned in power plants for energy, and their emissions are captured for storage in underground reservoirs. Minerals like olivine can be forced to absorb CO2 through a process called enhanced weathering. Construction materials like carbon-negative cement and sustainably-harvested timber can be used for buildings.
While Nori plans to enable a suite of carbon removal technologies in its marketplace, we will initially focus on carbon removal through soils. Agricultural practices have contributed to over one-third of the CO2 emitted into the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution. By changing to practices of no-till, cover-cropping, and crop rotations, farmers can not only store more CO2 in their soil, but also better retain water and grow crops with higher yields. Soil carbon removal comes with an incredible range of benefits to the farmer, and so an incentive to participate in the Nori marketplace already exists.
Shortly after forming the company, we entered and won the ConsenSys Blockchain for Social Impact Hackathon in the Energy & Environment category.
In April 2018, Nori hosted the first-ever Reversapalooza conference in Seattle, WA. We brought together over 100 of the world’s leading experts in carbon removal, regenerative agriculture, and carbon markets to discuss the Nori market design. Footage of the entire conference is available on the Nori YouTube page.
Since Reversapalooza, we’ve been gathering feedback from market participants on our methodology designs in a series of webinars found here.
Our podcast, Reversing Climate Change, is the only podcast dedicated exclusively to a discussion around carbon removal. We’ve had over 19,000 downloads since we launched it in December 2017.
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We are creating a total of 500 million tokens. Six million are offered for sale in this crowdfunding campaign. Ninety-four million will be sold to accredited investors in a Regulation D securities sale.
Two hundred and fifty million tokens will be sold after the Nori marketplace has launched. One hundred million tokens will be held as an insurance reserve (to pay for invalid CRCs in order to make the buyers whole), and 50 million are reserved for the Nori team. These tokens for the Nori team will be distributed over a four-year vesting schedule.
Nori founders, from left to right: Alexsandra Guerra, Christophe Jospe, Ross Kenyon, Jaycen Horton, Aldyen Donnelly, Paul Gambill, Paul Carduner
We come from a variety of backgrounds, but are all united in purpose and mission to reverse climate change:
Aldyen Donnelly has been an expert on carbon markets and carbon pricing for over 25 years, and she wrote the very first soil carbon contract for the Iowa Farm Bureau at the turn of the century.
Paul Carduner sold a startup to Facebook and went on to found and lead the engineering teams for Facebook’s photos and videos products.
Michael Leggett worked at Google and Facebook and led the design teams for Gmail, Google Inbox, Google Finance, and Facebook Messenger.
Christophe Jospe worked as the Chief Strategist at the ASU Center for Negative Carbon Emissions.
Paul Gambill founded the first-ever networking group for carbon removal and is an experienced software product manager.
Alexsandra Guerra is an environmental engineer who was inspired at the age of 15 by Nori advisor Klaus Lackner to build machines that could remove carbon dioxide.
Ross Kenyon is an experienced blockchain community expert and has worked with Tezos, Sweetbridge, ZenCash, Indiegogo, and Blue Frontiers.
Jaycen Horton is co-organizer of the largest blockchain meetup in Arizona, and previously worked as a lead software engineer for Dell and Wells Fargo.
Our advisors are industry leaders in carbon removal, clean energy, and the technology industry at large.
Ramez Naam is a futurist, sci-fi author, and the Co-Chair for Energy and Environment at Singularity University at NASA Ames. His book, The Infinite Resource, was an early inspiration for Nori co-founder Paul Gambill.
Bob Beth has founded several software companies, and is currently a Special Advisor to the World Business Academy for their Clean Energy Moonshot in California.
Nori is building a marketplace so that anyone in the world can make it their mission to reverse climate change.
Use NORI tokens to offset your carbon footprint, invest in a new commodity for carbon removal, and spark the growth of a new industry that can restore the balance of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The more people buy and use NORI tokens, the more we collectively incentivise farmers, entrepreneurs, and businesses to remove carbon dioxide across the globe.
All contents of this deal page are qualified in their entirety by the latest Form C found here:
Forward Looking Statements: These materials contain forward‑looking statements concerning trends or anticipated results which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward‑looking statements are not guarantees of the Company’s performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties related to Company’s operations and business plan. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the timely availability of financing on acceptable terms, the Company’s ability to develop and operate its business and network in a timely and efficient manner, the availability of future purchasers and sellers of carbon reduction credits, and other future events and conditions. These projections are based on a number of assumptions and estimates made by management and Company’s actual results or activities, or actual events or conditions, could differ materially from those projected in these materials.
The smallest investment amount
that Nori is accepting.
Token DPA (Late Stage with Escrow)
If the campaign is successful, you’ll receive a Token DPA for your investment.
The DPA is not equity or a token itself, but a loan that payable in tokens in
the future, with interest.
If the campaign is successful, you’ll receive a Token DPA for your investment. The DPA is not equity or a token itself, but a loan that payable in tokens in the future, with interest.
The amount of time Nori has to pay out your investment in tokens.
If the DPA isn't repaid with tokens after that time, it will be payable in cash
The interest amount that will accumulate on your investment
if it’s paid back to you in cash.
The interest amount that will accumulate on
your investment if it’s paid back to you in tokens.
50% of net debt amount before 2 years
How much you can get back of your investment if you choose to cancel
the Token DPA before it’s paid back.
$50,000 – $1,070,000
Nori needs to raise
$50K before the deadline.
The maximum amount Nori
is willing to raise is
Nori needs to reach their minimum funding goal before the deadline
If they don’t, all investments will be refunded.
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