Need help on how to start looking for executive positions in clean energy startup companies


I have 25+ years of experience in the tech industry. I am really good at building teams and driving cloud-architectures. In my current company, I grew a team from 3 to 37 dev and 7 managers in 3.5 years. I would like to use these skills to become a co-founder / own all of software engineering or cloud engineering in a clean-energy startup. I have been going thru companies listed in VC portfolios or climate job listings and sending linkedIn messages or general company contact info. Blind messaging like this is not very fruitful - I was hoping that people here might have some ideas on what to do / where to start? More specifically - if I would like to connect with somebody here - - how do I do it?

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thank you Rachel. I am part of a women in startups forum that YCombinator is running. I will see how that goes and will definitely take up your offer if needed.
@Shubhashree if you're looking to go down the co-founder route, I'd recommend YCombinator's co-founder matching: It can be a great way to meet others looking to build a startup. It looks like On Deck is also building something similar: Boundary Layer specifically, do you have any mutual connections (or even 3rd degree connections) with any of the team on LinkedIn? Or any affiliations with the schools they went to? I'd start by trying to find someone you know who could intro you to someone else and make your way to a warm intro to one of the founding team members.Happy to chat more about either of the above if it's helpful!
thanks Summer. I am part of a women in startups forum that YCombinator is running. I will see how that goes. I might definitely look into the options you mentioned about joining as a co-founder. Boundary Layer is funded by YC and I now have connections there - would that help ?
That's great! I think that would definitely help. I believe that a warm intro from someone is always the best way to get noticed. I'd ask some of the partners/mentors at YC if they know anyone at Boundary Layer and would be willing to make an intro.
Hi Summer, could we chat sometime? I would like to explore the options you mentioned above - but I am not seeing how I can do it
thank you so much - I set up a 30 min window on tuesday