Yoram Bernet, Founder of Scope 5, Jewish Business News Entrepreneur Of The Month

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Yoram Bernet is an Israeli American entrepreneur and the founder of Scope 5. Based in Seattle, the young company helps protect the environment by improving corporate inefficiencies and by cutting waste.

In this way, Yoram is one of the high tech business leaders who are not just looking for the next billion dollar exit or just coming up with a new game or form of social media. He is working to make the world a better place for future generations.

Founded in 2011, Scope 5 offers data management software tools designed for sustainability professionals to quickly, easily and cost-effectively translate disparate bits of information into meaningful, relevant business intelligence. It boasts that its cloud-based software solution helps organizations improve costs and revenue while mitigating risks with accuracy and transparency.

Sustainability professionals work to help companies cut back on waist and preserve natural resources so that they can meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

More and more entrepreneurs are starting companies to help the environment and develop green tech. While many are involved in renewable energy projects like solar and wind based power, many more are working from the ground up, finding ways to cut expenses while preserving resources. And Yoram Bernet is one such entrepreneur.

Yoram grew up in Israel, but has lived in America for 30 years now. He has been a partner in Social Venture Partners Seattle for the last 15 years. The philanthropic organization amplifies the impact of those out to do good by cultivating effective philanthropists, funding and strengthening nonprofits and investing in collaborative solutions to help kids and protect the environment.

And he previously worked as a Senior Software Architect at Microsoft for almost a decade.

How does Scope 5 operate?

Its software solution gathers data into a centralized cloud database. The data can be manually entered, uploaded, or pulled electronically. Stakeholders inside and outside the organization are informed through customized reports and dashboards. Scope 5 turns all that data into intelligence that users can act on. It identifies outliers that use much more (or less) energy per square foot than expected or product lines that generate high carbon emissions.

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Yoram explained what led him to establish Scope 5. After more than 20 years of working for other people and doing quite well for himself in the world of high tech he wanted to do something which would leave his kids a better world in which to live.

“I served on social venture partners environmental grant committee, around the same time my second son was born. I realized I wanted to apply the skills that I had acquired in 20 years of high-tech, to leave a better world for my boys.”

Being involved in his local Jewish community led Yoram to be more concerned about the world in general.

“I was also on the board of Kavanah, a Jewish havurah/collective, running their social justice program. As part of that program, we had congregants track their carbon emissions on a spreadsheet and helped each other find ways to reduce them. That grew into the Jewish Climate Challenge in Seattle and eventually the broader Carbon Salon project.”

The Jewish Climate Initiative is a not-for-profit organization created for the purposes of Tikkun Olam – literally “Repairing the World” in Hebrew – by providing a Jewish response to the climate change crisis that threatens the ecosystems of our planet during our lifetimes and the lives of our children.

“Carbon Salon was a labor of love but eventually, enough users were saying ‘my company needs this’ and we morphed into scope 5, bringing a consumer user interface and the accessibility of carbon salon to large enterprises, Fortune 500s and municipalities around the world and expanded from just carbon emissions to include many more sustainability metrics.”

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So what exactly does Yoram do on a given day?

“I study the latest news, meet with and coordinate the product development group, consul an account management group, sales group and marketing group, conduct business development, write whitepapers to set company direction, contribute to industry standards, make coffee and sweep the floors.”

Wow! That sure is a lot. And this from a man who could have just sat on his stock options and continued to make money for himself without doing a fraction of the work which he does today.

Yoram Bernet, our Entrepreneur of the month.

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