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Failed Fuel Cell Maker Lilliputian, Cleantech VC, and Due Diligence

August 26, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Investment, Technology, and Risk

Failed MIT spinout and consumer fuel cell startup Lilliputian Systems faces the sell-off of its assets and IP after more than twelve years of development and hype, $150 million in VC investment and dozens of press releases attesting to the strength of its portable charging technology.[read more]

Smart Investors, Not VCs, Are Funding Growth-Stage Cleantech Startups

June 11, 2014 by Rob Day

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote up an analysis of early-stage cleantech venture rounds so far this year. I came away with the conclusion that very little was happening, except for in cases where a startup could perhaps be considered "cleantech" but was actually funded for entirely different reasons.[read more]

Could Cleantech Lead the Democratization of Venture Capital?

June 2, 2014 by Rob Day

Recent numbers show that there are very few early-stage venture capital check-writers in the cleantech sector right now. By the time you peel out startups that wouldn't think of calling themselves "cleantech," the numbers dwindle down to only a very few deals at that stage. But there's good news.[read more]

Will SunFunder Unlock $1 Billion in Off-Grid Solar Venture Debt?

May 29, 2014 by Justin Guay

Off-Grid Solar Venture Debt

In a recent piece on early stage cleantech investing, Rob Day of Black Coral Capital had a really excellent piece of advice, to look beyond traditional sources of venture capital. It turns out that is sound advice for off-grid solar companies as well.[read more]

Venture Capital, Family Offices, and the Drive for More Cleantech Success Stories

April 23, 2014 by Rob Day

A while back, I wrote about the role “impact investors” could play in funding the next wave of cleantech startups. This week I had the opportunity to sit in on a conversation between several such investors from the family office community and some of the smartest generalist VCs still investing in the sector.[read more]

How to Succeed as a Cleantech Startup? Transcend the Category

March 25, 2014 by Rob Day

Was Nest a cleantech startup? Was Waze? To be blunt, who really cares? Taken from the standpoint of returns-maximizing VCs, it's quite a little bit irrelevant how you might have found the investment opportunity, if you were lucky enough to be a backer of Nest.[read more]

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Why Venture Capitalists are No Longer Seeing 'Green': And How the Sector Will Overcome

February 19, 2014 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute

VC and Green Investment

As a sector, cleantech did not prove to be a profitable investment for many of the venture capitalists who were zealous about the idea of a triple bottom line underlying their investments. Investment in cleantech, especially after 2005 when the price of gas hit $50 per barrel, seemed logical.[read more]

Venture Capital Deal Counting: What's Really Going On Behind the Numbers?

February 10, 2014 by Rob Day

Venture Capital Numbers

The latest PwC Cleantech MoneyTree report came out this week, and kudos to the team there for pulling together a helpful deal tally tracker. That resource, and the other tallies, provide a lot of useful insight on the current state of cleantech venture investing.[read more]

Mind The Gap: Funding Challenges For Capital Efficient Startups

December 23, 2013 by Rob Day

The venture capital model is predicated on one big concept: Investing capital in differently priced tranches over time as risk is removed from a developing entrepreneurial effort. It wouldn't make sense to invest all the capital a startup would ever need on day one -- how would you price it?[read more]

How Crowdfunding Could Impact Cleantech Entrepreneurs (And Why It Probably Won’t)

December 5, 2013 by Rob Day

Ever since the JOBS Act was enacted, there's been a lot of chatter about how crowdfunding could end up competing out venture capital as an asset category, and/or saving cleantech entrepreneurs during a time when generalist VCs have been backing away from the sector.[read more]

Know Your Audience (and Its Bite Size), Say Corporate VCs to Cleantech Entrepreneurs

November 21, 2013 by Scott Edward Anderson

Venture Capital and Cleantech

Corporate VCs are a little less risk averse than traditional VCs, in part because such companies are full of engineers who can scrutinize before an investment is made, but there seemed to be consensus that if the technology enables an existing technology perform better, it's going to be worth it.[read more]

Cleantech Investment and the Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

June 8, 2013 by Eric Wesoff

cleantech investment

 

Dow Jones VentureSource and Factiva combined their data sets to compare the number of venture deals across cleantech sectors to media mentions in those same sectors. The time frame is 2007 to 2012.[read more]

A Tale of Two Cleantechs

May 16, 2013 by Rob Day

There are cleantech markets that add up to trillions of dollars of revenue opportunity per year that are practically screaming out to be overtaken by new, more efficient technologies and market processes.[read more]

Venture Capit-oil: Energy Investment Outlook

April 19, 2013 by Mark Blackwell

energy & investment

The venture community in energy and cleantech took a major hit in 2012 with poor short-term performance causing venture capitalists to reassess their investment thesis and capital allocations in 2013.[read more]

Can Patent Registration Rates Predict the Success of the Cleantech Sector?

October 1, 2012 by Dallas Kachan

Anyone can look up at the sky and make a guess at tomorrow’s weather. But having actual data informs your opinion and makes your guess a little more accurate.Which is why, as a managing director of a leading cleantech data provider and responsible for the presentation of its quarterly global cleantech data, I developed a real respect for...[read more]