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The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of CO2 Utilization

November 14, 2014 by Noah Deich

CO2 Utilization

The concept of CO2 utilization goes something like this: instead of releasing CO2 into the atmosphere through industrial processes, we could instead capture CO2 from smokestacks (and/or the ambient atmosphere) and use this CO2 to manufacture carbon-based products.[read more]

My Top 5 Reasons Cleantech Is Alive and Well

July 18, 2014 by Scott Edward Anderson

Cleantech Industry Health

Cleantech isn't dead. Cleantech hasn't crashed, cleantech hasn't lost its value, and cleantech has only grown more important and necessary. Cleantech is, in fact, alive and well. So here in this post are my top five reasons cleantech is alive and well.[read more]

The State of Cleantech Entrepreneurship in 2014

June 20, 2014 by Rob Day

I put "sector" in quotation when talking about the cleantech sector because we all know that this is really a collection of a wide variety of markets and applications gathered under a consistent investment thesis. Cleantech isn't a sector; it's a lens for finding big opportunities across sectors.[read more]

Opinion: EPA Acknowledges CCS Potential but Fails to Create Right Investment Incentives

June 11, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

CCS and the EPA

In general, when discussing global progress on climate change the ideas often floated have two starting points: They either propose a carbon tax on emissions – meaning that a price is basically set for the extraction as well as the burning of fossil fuels – or they set the level of admissible emissions.[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]

So Who's Still Funding Early-Stage Cleantech?

May 20, 2014 by Rob Day

I'm generally an optimist, and there's lots to be optimistic about right now in the cleantech sector. That said, I have to say I was surprised when I did a little research project recently and had the distinct impression that very little at the early stage was getting funded.[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]

New York Green Bank Open for Business, Deals in the Works

April 9, 2014 by Jared Anderson

New York Green Bank

No you can’t deposit your money in a bank powered solely by wind and solar (well, maybe you can) but that’s not what the New York Green Bank is about. This bank manages a pool of state money to help finance private sector renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other projects.[read more]

Raymond James' Pavel Molchanov Sees Stars in the Expanding Cleantech Universe

April 4, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Pavel Molchanov joined Raymond James & Associates in 2003 and began work as part of the energy research team, becoming an analyst in 2006. He initiated coverage on the alternative energy/clean technology sector in 2006, followed by the integrated oil and gas sector in 2009.[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]

Is It Getting Any Easier for Cleantech Firms to Cross the 'Valley of Death'?

February 27, 2014 by Martin LaMonica

Quick: name five cleantech companies that have successfully brought technology from the lab to market. Don't be surprised if you struggle. Some of the best minds in energy innovation at the MIT Energy Conference last week fumbled through that question as well.[read more]

Corporate Venture Perspectives: Are Most Cleantech Inventors 'Screwed'?

February 26, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

America's energy innovation agency, ARPA-E, is now five years old. Since it was officially funded in 2009, the agency has helped to leverage hundreds of millions in private dollars for various early-stage technologies that are still being proven in the lab.[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]

Like Michael Jordan Playing Baseball

February 7, 2014 by Robert Rapier

60 Minutes and Cleantech

Cleantech often requires much longer time horizons and higher capital expenditures before a VC has a chance of seeing a return on the investment. You can’t really afford to have a 10 percent success rate if that entails building 10 capital intensive biofuel plants before achieving success.[read more]