Announcement of an interesting looking Cleantech forum coming up in Palo Alto, put on by the Asia America MultiTechnology Association.
Clean Technology: Investments, Technology, and Policy
Date: Tuesday – June 27, 2006
Cost: $25 for Members, $45 for non-Members; +$15 after June 21th; +$15 at the door
Location: Ming’s Restaurant – 1700 Embarcadero Road Palo Alto, CA
Moderator:John Denniston – COO and Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Vikas Desai – General Manager, North America. SunPower Corp
Bryant Tong – Managing Director, Nth Power
David Pearce – President & CEO, Miasolé
David Wooley – Vice President, The Energy Foundation
Clean Technologies have the potential to reshape our future. Now the 5th largest category in venture investments, and out-performing the market by a ratio of 3 to 1, clean technologies are gaining huge attention while addressing some major global environmental issues. Energy, manufacturing, nanotechnology, transportation, water and air quality, automotive, and semiconductor industries are rapidly joining the “cleantech” movement. Rising energy prices, dependence on oil, and the rapid development of China and India are also accelerating the demand for innovative solutions to address these issues. In 2005, China became the number one investor in solar technology and its largest IPO was a “cleantech” company.
Is the U.S. getting left behind on this opportunity? Is “cleantech” just a buzz word or is it the future’s most important technology? What policies are affecting the market and potential for new technologies to emerge? What kinds of returns are expected? Is this the perfect marriage between business and a lasting, positive impact on society and the environment? Please join us as we discuss the investment, technology, and policy behind Clean Technology, and the impact on our future.
Contact Information Name: Paul Leow Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 650.738.1480
John Denniston – COO and Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers – John came to Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers from Salomon Smith Barney, where he was a Managing Director and head of Technology Investment Banking for the Western U.S., and also served on the Investment Committee for Salomon’s direct investment venture fund and its venture capital fund-of-funds. Prior to Salomon, John was a Partner with the law firm Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, where he was the head of Brobeck’s Venture Capital Practice Group, Co-head of its Information Technology Practice Group and a member of the Investment Committee for its venture capital fund.
Vikas Desai, General Manager, North America. SunPower Corp – Vikas has extensive leadership experience in the management of hi-tech power products and product teams. Having started his career as a design engineer, he has since managed product, operational and customer issues in almost every part of the world, dealing with some of the world’s largest companies in variety of manufacturing sectors. In his last role, he headed up the Global Product Management and Product Support Group at Emerson Electric’s industrial automation division, Control Techniques where he was responsible over 11 product lines with total annual revenues > $250 million. Vikas has a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Power Electronics. In 2004, he graduated from the MBA program at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.
Bryant Tong – Managing Director, Nth Power – Mr. Tong has led Nth Power’s investments in Accelergy, NanoGram Corporation and Envenergy, Inc. (merged with Encorp, Inc.) and he serves on the board of each of these companies. Mr. Tong also led Nth Power’s investment in NanoGram Devices Corporation and later successfully sold the company to Wilson Greatbatch in March 2004. Previously, Mr Tong was founder, President and CEO of Pacific Venture Capital, LLC (PVC), the venture capital arm of the PG&E Corporation. At PVC, Mr. Tong led investments in the energy and telecommunications sectors. A native of San Francisco, California, Mr. Tong received his Bachelor of Science in business administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Tong is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and also serves as a member of several industry advisory boards including the Energy Venture Fair and the Golden Capital Network. Mr. Tong also founded and chairs the China/U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance.
David Pearce – President & CEO, Miasolé – Mr. Pearce has over 30 years of broad-based business, sales, operations and financial management experience in both private and public high-technology companies. He has been at the CEO level for the past 18 years. Mr. Pearce is a serial entrepreneur, having founded four venture-backed companies. Prior to founding Miasolé, Mr. Pearce founded two companies focused on the optical communications industry; OptCom, Inc. in 2000 and SciVac, Inc in 1997. OptCom manufactured precision thin-film optical filters while SciVac designed and manufactured vacuum-deposition equipment. From 1992 to 1994 Mr. Pearce, served as president and co-founder of JTS Storage, a pioneer in the design and production of hard disk drives. Mr. Pearce holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas, Austin, and a Bachelor of Science, Industrial Management, from Georgia Tech.
David Wooley – Vice President, The Energy Foundation – David Wooley currently serves as Vice President of the Energy Foundation, with responsibility for a $17 million portfolio of grants on domestic energy policy reform. In 2004-5 he led a team that helped develop the greenhouse gas emission reduction target for California announced by Governor Schwarzenegger on June 1, 2005. From 1999-2003 he served as the Director of American Wind Energy Association’s Northeast State Policy Project. David was appointed to Governor Pataki’s Greenhouse Gas Taskforce in 2002. The recommendations of the task force led to the NY Renewable Portfolio Standard and the Northeast states’ Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). David previously served as Professor for Environmental and Energy Law, and as Executive Director to the Pace Energy Project, at Pace University School of Law. David was lead counsel for a coalition of national and state environmental groups in the electric utility restructuring proceedings before the NY Public Service Commission. One outcome of the cases was the establishment of an $87 million/year fund to support energy efficiency services and commercialization of renewable energy technologies.