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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]


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]

Clean Energy Investments Hit Record Highs in 2011

March 14, 2012 by Joseph Romm

Last year saw record levels of investment in solar, biofuels, and wind energy. Those 3 markets rose 31% to $246 billion, according to the Clean Energy Trends 2012 report (here) issued today by the research and advisory firm Clean Edge, Inc. The report is filled with some great charts. For instance, if you thought clean tech VC...[read more]


Archive: "How to Save a Planet On a Budget" Part 3 - Lessons For Cleantech

December 19, 2011 by Amelia Timbers

This third hour focuses on the venture capital environment for cleantech. Cleantech VC Environment, Moderated by Jesse Jenkins Featuring: Will Coleman, Scott Edward Anderson & Dan Shugar[read more]

Top 5 Things Cleantech Entrepreneurs Fail to Understand About Raising Venture Capital

October 17, 2011 by David Gold

As a venture capitalist, I review hundreds of business plans each year and physically meet with roughly a hundred entrepreneurs seeking capital. I have the advantage of doing this through the eyes of someone who has been on the other side of the table, having raised venture capital for my own start-up before becoming a VC. And while there are certainly numerous exceptions, there are themes I see across cleantech start-ups that are not specific to their technology or market but which nonetheless impede their ability to raise capital. Here is the top five…[read more]

Solar Companies Turning to Corporate Partnerships For Capital

April 13, 2011 by Reginald Norris

By Matthew K. Norris, Contributing Writer to MyEnergySolution.comFor many start up companies, venture capital financing remains one the signature corporate events in the history of the company.  Not only does venture financing provide the company capital to advance their product but it is also somewhat of a stamp of approval that...[read more]

The Smart Grid and Venture Capital

December 20, 2010 by Christine Hertzog

Tis the season for the final flurry of business conferences before the Christmas holiday.  Last week I attended a Venture Capital Summit and an event focused on Emobility.  Emobility covers electric vehicles (EVs) and electrified transportation for individual or mass use.  There were two common messages within these...[read more]