March 2011 source: Financial Executives International (download a pdf reprint of the article) Over the years, venture capitalists have invested in clean technology and renewable energy with the expectation that returns will take a long time. The VCs were right. Development of technologies such as solar cell manufacturing, utility-scale renewable energy projects and genetically engineered […]Read More
With California’s population of more than 37 million people and standing as one of the world’s largest economies, it’s no surprise that one of the key focuses of the state Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program is the beneficial use of electricity and its environmental impacts. PIER spends a lot of time and […]Read More
There is a peculiar character associated with approaching the finish line. Something goes wrong. For those fresh entrepreneurs in the throes of company construction, here is a rule that I have always (almost always) found true. As you get very close to the completion of a deal, something will appear that seemingly derails it. It could […]Read More
I spoke to Venture Capital Journal’s reporter Mark Boslet about the Cleantech market recently. My thoughts appeared in the November issue of the publication. Here is an excerpt of what we discussed. It has been a long time coming, but 2011 is looking like a pivotal year for cleantech IPOs. Suddenly the IPO market for […]Read More
Earlier this year, Bloom Energy announced their Bloom Box. It’s a solid oxide fuel cell that uses liquid or gaseous hydrocarbons (such as gasoline, diesel or propane produced from fossil or bio sources) to generate electricity on the site where it will be used. Bloom Energy representatives assert that it is at least as efficient […]Read More
There is a brilliant investor/venture capitalist who lives in Berkeley California named Moshe Alafi. He was a big supporter of my first company, TOPS, and of my third company, Cybergold. After I sold TOPS to Sun Microsystems in 1987, the venture fund that had invested in TOPS offered to make me a partner. I remember […]Read More
Claremont Creek Ventures was founded in 2005 by Nat Goldhaber, John Steuart and Randy Hawks to pursue early stage investing in exceptional technology startups.