Project Vesta

Turning the Tide On Climate Change With Green Sand Beaches


The Gold Standard in Nootropics


Eric Matzner

Eric is currently working to galvanize the world to begin large scale carbon dioxide removal immediately and is on a "work stop" / sabbatical from all of his other projects until he is convinced the world is on the right path to prevent catastrophic climate change from occurring.

Eric is more widely known for his past work as a biohacker, futurist and in his advocacy for human cognitive enhancement and life extension. Eric strives to make continual, incremental improvements (kaizen) towards optimal performance. Eric focuses on human optimization of input and output (I/O), and he can read at over 1000 wpm and type at over 150 wpm.

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Eric Matzner is the co-founder of Project Vesta, a non-profit working to advance the technology of coastal enhanced weathering for carbon dioxide removal (CDR). It is clear from both the IPCC's Report on limiting Global Warming to 1.5ºC and the 2019 Emissions Gap Report, that humanity is not only not on target to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, but that those goals themselves can now no longer be achieved without gigatonne scale CDR on the order of 1 trillion tonnes of CO2 by the end of the century.

Even while these reports call for large scale CDR, they make clear that none of the available technologies have the ability to scale up to the levels needed to prevent catastrophic warming of the planet. To help solve this, Eric has taken a sabbatical from all of his other work and companies to focus on this singular problem. After a thorough analysis of all CDR processes, he determined that coastal enhanced weathering of olivine offers the greatest promise.

Coastal enhanced weathering of olivine is the only permanent, inexpensive, efficient, method of CO2 removal that does not compete for arable land use, freshwater resources, or require any new technology to scale to gigatonne levels. It is as simple as quarrying rocks and transporting them to beaches, where wave energy dramatically accelerates the breakdown of the rock. This reaction causes dissolved CO2 to become bound in solid form as bicarbonate, which is used by corals to build their skeletons. Eventually, it settles as sediment and limestone on the seafloor, where it is stored for millions of years. This CO2 removal process also de-acidifies the ocean.

Project Vesta is a nature-inspired solution that utilizes human ingenuity to accelerate Earth's main CO2 removal process that otherwise would take millions of years. Partially due to the simpleness of the solution, no commercial entities have worked to develop the process beyond the lab research. Project Vesta was formed to bring together the science, funding, and know-how needed to bridge the technological readiness gap and get this process to a deployable level.

Project Vesta will soon begin a Phase Ia Safety trial, which is the first step in proving the viability of this process and the project is currently seeking tax-deductible donations to help advance the necessary these experiments.

Carbon Shift: Cash Boost for Innovative Carbon Removal 2:21
Reuters Crushed green rocks and almond shells figure in two small-scale CO2 capture projects attracting funding that might have been spent on carbon offsetting in the past.

What is biohacking? Meet the biohacker who refuses to age 4:389

Australian Broadcasting Company clip from the anti-aging documentary “Staying Younger For Longer” with Dr. Sarah McKay

How to Live Forever: The Morning Routine of a Biohacker 1:38
NPR wanted some tips on how biohacker and Nootroo founder, Eric Matzner, starts his day, so he showed them the Nootroo Protocol.

ABC Nightline News Feature On Nootropics 2:27
Nightline News dropped by to see what all the hype over nootropics is about. They interviewed a Nootroo customer to find “the secret to her work hard play hard lifestyle.”

BBC’s Health Episode of “Billion dollar Deals and How They Changed Your World” 3:44
The BBC came to check out what is going on in Silicon Valley with those choosing to enhance their biology and push forward science, to see if they just might end up pushing forward the world.

Project Vesta

Project Vesta is working to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere through the accelerated weathering of a rock called olivine on tropical beaches. Each 1 ton of olivine that breaks down, removes 1.25 tons of CO2. A volume of 7 miles cubed (11 km^3), placed on 2% of the world’s shelf seas each year could remove more CO2 than all of humanity’s yearly output. We are bringing together a coalition of global scientists to make this a reality.


Nootropics enhance learning and memory while being protective of the brain. Nootroo formulates powerful stacks of synergistic nootropic ingredients with a focus on using only the highest quality and purest ingredients possible. Originally coined in 1972, the word nootropic means “towards the mind” from the Greek words “noos” meaning “mind” and “tropein” meaning “towards.”

Meditation Battle League

Eric is the Co-Commissioner of the Meditation Battle League (MBL), a meditation competition where players where EEG headsets and compete “head-to-head” to “put their practice to the test.” While it sounds counter-intuitive, the MBL is about giving meditators a chance to practice meditating while under pressure. Competitors battle in an audio “arena” soundscape such as Traffic, Office, Playground, while ambient background sounds play. With the players’ brainwaves being projected on a screen between them, as one takes the lead, in the speaker nearest them, sounds such as a firetruck in the Traffic Arena, or a fax machine in the Office Arena play loudly in an effort to distract them. At the end of the time period, the meditator with the most time in a “meditative” state (as determined by the algorithm) wins. is where Eric writes his thoughts on technology and the future. A techno-optimist at heart, he focuses on how as a society we can take an active role in nourishing and guiding technology into existing vs watching it fail. His goal is to help pull the “slack” out of adoption of technology, to help us bring the future forward more quickly.

“We’re talking about...a new type of biology where we’re taking these things into our own hands but also to try and proactively go from baseline to above,” said Matzner.

A real-life 'Limitless' pill? Silicon Valley entrepreneurs pursue brain hacking with nootropics, or 'smart drugs'

Nootropics are a broad category of cognitive-enhancing supplements that include a range of compounds to improve memory, focus and mood...Matzner said he wants to “get these things out to as many smart people as possible so people could get smarter and make the world better.”

'Nootropics’ gain momentum as 'smart pills’

Eric Matzner tells me he takes 30 to 40 pills a day. He is 27 and perfectly healthy. Thanks to the pills, he says he hasn't had a cold in years. More importantly, the regimen is supposed to optimize the hell out of his brain, smoothing right over the ravages of aging, sleep deprivation, and hangovers... Matzner is the founder of Nootroo, one of the many companies now purveying nootropics, or brain enhancement drugs...

Nootropics and the Lab Rats of Reddit

I am trying to make a smarter, better populace to solve all the problems we have created.

Get ahead in Silicon Valley: take nootropic brain drugs

"Eric Matzner is a Nootropics pioneer. He believes that so-called smart drugs can significantly improve your brain capacity."

Billion Dollar Deals and How They Changed Your World | Health

“Look to how you can optimize yourself,” Matzner said, using one of his favorite verbs. “The body offers plenty of weaknesses that can potentially be overcome.” Midway through the presentation, he unleashed one of his favorite theories: “If somebody invented a drug that improved the brains of the world’s 10 million scientists by 1 percent,” Matzner said, paraphrasing the Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom, “it would be like creating 100,000 new scientists.”

The Brain Bro

At an afterparty, I met Eric Matzner, a young entrepreneur who's determined to get more out of his brain. But Matzner is more than a hobbyist in human perfection. He's also an entrepreneur at the vanguard of a commercial boom in biohacking products. His company, Nootroo, sells a pair of proprietary pills that Matzner created after an extensive study of the existing literature—and no small bit of self-experimentation. He started the company, he told me, so that he could help those who might be curious but don't have the time to study up or the know-how to get their hands on experimental compounds from, say, Russia. He himself takes up to 60 different supplements a day. “But I like to tell journalists it's 30,” he said. “It makes me sound less crazy.”