Startup Success Manager - Third Derivative

Program Overview

New technologies and business models are critically needed for the energy transition but suffer from inadequate investment. D3 is a joint venture between Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and New Energy Nexus that reimagines how early-stage cleantech is brought to market by combining an accelerator, 8+ integrated VC funds ($800M+ in capital), 15 global corporate partners (including Microsoft, AT&T, Wells Fargo, Shell, and others), and RMI’s knowledge, expertise and network. Vertically integrating an early stage accelerator and VC fund with corporates’ resources and know-how will overcome the capital intensity and timeline challenges of cleantech investing. 


Position Overview

Third Derivative is seeking a Startup Success Manager to help guide D3’s annual cohort of startups. At the start of each cohort, the Manager works with startups, VC investors, and corporations to develop customized investment and partnership roadmaps for each startup. Over the course of the program, the manager advises the startups, liaises between them and VC, corporates, and the wider energy ecosystem, helps them access D3 and RMI’s resources, facilitates peer-to-peer learning, monitors their progress, and helps organize D3 events. Startups that make substantive progress are likely to receive follow-on VC investment or corporate partnerships. 


Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as a resource and mentor to climate tech startups

  • Facilitate critical conversations by serving as an interface between portfolio startups, VCs, corporates, and RMI

  • Monitor cohort startups’ progress

  • Help select D3 cohort and provide input to investment team’s due-diligence

  • Help generate emerging technology and investment thought leadership

  • Support D3’s biannual events

  • Eventually manage a team of associates


Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor of Arts or equivalent 

  • 4+ years experience working directly with startups

  • Operations and commercialization experience preferred

  • Experience interacting with large corporations and investors

  • Passionate about building climate technology startups

  • Strong facilitation and networking skills

  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to juggle multiple tasks

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Experience working in a startup preferred



We offer a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance

  • 403b Retirement Options (5% match immediately)

  • Generous PTO

  • Parental leave 

  • Life, AD&D, Short Term and Long-Term Disability

  • Commuter and Wellness Benefits




Increasing the diversity of thought, perspectives, ideas, and opinions within RMI is a critical change element supporting our long-term sustainability and mission to build a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future.  


We strive for a level of diversity that reflects the communities we serve. Achieving this—regardless of ability, race, ethnicity, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, socioeconomic class, educational attainment or other social identities—is critical to the success of each RMIer and collectively as an organization, ensuring that we:  


  • Have the different array of thinking that comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures, enabling us to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.  

  • Strive for a culture of inclusion and belonging by treating others with dignity, respect and appreciation enabling them to feel welcomed, supported and valued.  

  • Effectively connect, communicate and build long-lasting relationships with decision makers, stakeholders and constituents within diverse communities.  

 Rocky Mountain Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  


RMI US office. Locations include Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Oakland, CA; Washington, D.C. Note that the position will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic.


Rocky Mountain Institute

Rocky Mountain Institute transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. That is our mission. That is our passion. And every day, every member of our team of 250+ works tirelessly to achieve it. We are driving the global energy transition from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables by working in partnership with businesses, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs to advance market-based solutions. We achieve this by developing breakthrough ideas, testing and refining them, reshaping markets, and bringing solutions to scale. RMI is a fast-growing, independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a 2020-2021 annual budget of $70 million and offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Oakland, CA; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.  


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