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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
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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]

Everybody Solar and RE-volv: Solar Crowdfunding Pioneers

January 24, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Andreas Karelas and Youness Scally, founders of RE-volv and Everybody Solar, have been busy. Since founding their solar crowdfunding nonprofits in 2011, they’ve shown that their ideas are more than just ideas by making actual projects happen.[read more]

Cleantech Investing: Ten Predictions for 2014

January 15, 2014 by Rob Day

The sun is shining, the Boston snow is mostly melted away, and dilettante "news" programs have moved away from talking about cleantech to talking about doping in baseball. And my 2013 predictions weren't so bad for once. So why not throw some 2014 predictions out there...[read more]

Don't Think of a Cleantech Elephant

January 8, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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Cleantech Elephants and 60 Minutes

Don’t think of an elephant. Can you get that elephant out of your mind? I have an elephant in mind now. It’s an elephant called “Cleantech Crash,” a much-discussed 60 Minutes segment that has the blogosphere livid. Now a lot of people may get a very wrong idea about “cleantech.”[read more]

Predictions for Cleantech in 2014

December 11, 2013 by Dallas Kachan

Cleantech in 2014

Continuing a tradition since 2007, once again cleantech research & consulting firm Kachan & Co. brings us some end-of-year thoughts about where it thinks the cleantech investment theme is going. This year, industry-watchers should take heart. Especially if you’ve been on the page that cleantech is past its prime.[read more]

Military Continues to Move Forward on Clean Energy

December 2, 2013 by Peter Lehner
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Speaking at a conference on international security last week, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said: “Climate change does not directly cause conflict, but it can add to the challenges of global instability, hunger, poverty, and conflict."[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]

New Optimism for a Cleantech Future

October 28, 2013 by Dallas Kachan
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Cleantech Industry Development

If you've not been paying much attention to cleantech in the last little while, it's time to sit up and take notice. Because post-Solyndra, cleantech has been quietly gaining momentum. Cleantech is still, even after a downturn, attracting a quarter of global venture capital available.[read more]

How to Make Money with Cleantech Energy (It Can Be Done!): Interview with Pavel Molchanov

September 26, 2013 by Jim Patrick
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Pavel Molchanov joined Raymond James & Associates in June 2003 and has worked as part of the exploration and production research team since that time. He also initiated coverage on the alternative energy sector. Molchanov became an analyst in 2006.[read more]