Cleantech by any other name

On June 19, 2013, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

How relevant is the term cleantech today? Has it had its day in the sun? It’s a heretical question for someone who’s spent much of the last 10 years of his career furthering the cleantech meme globally. A former Managing Director of an organization that gets much of the credit for coining the phrase to begin […]

Crowdfunding Coming Of Age In Cleantech

On March 8, 2013, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

With early stage capital for cleantech innovation becoming increasingly scarce, crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo and a new crop of clean/green ones are beginning to emerge as significant sources of funding for selected next-gen clean technologies. Hurdles remain, particularly for investors seeking returns, but I’m more optimistic about these sites’ usefulness to cleantech entrepreneurs than I used to […]

A Crystal Ball for 2013

On December 31, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Happy new year everyone.  As we reflect upon the year now past us, it’s also that time of year to look ahead. For the cleantech sector, Dallas Kachan from Kachan & Co. recently put his neck on the line with his “Predictions for Cleantech in 2013”.  It’s a good read, well-reasoned.  The sound-bite version: Cleantech […]

Cleantech Venture Investing: On the Deathbed or Merely Resting?

On December 17, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Two weeks ago, I sat on a panel of eminent (that is, other than myself) cleantech venture capitalists at the New England Venture Summit to discuss our sector as we approach the end of 2012. The basic theme being explored was whether we should be optimistic or pessimistic about the current state of affairs for […]

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Cleantech to “Backtrack” in 2013?

On December 4, 2012, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

Our firm, Kachan & Co., has just published its latest annual set of predictions for the cleantech sector for the year ahead. To our analysis, 2013 is shaping up to be something of a year of backtracking for the cleantech industry, a year that calls into question some of its traditional leading indicators of health, and […]

Cleantech VC Etiquette

On October 15, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Being a venture capitalist is not easy.  Being a cleantech venture capitalist is especially not easy. I remember Ira Ehrenpreis of Technology Partners, one of the deans of the cleantech VC community, commenting archly several years ago at one of the too-many cleantech investment conferences:  “We need a poster child for cleantech venture capital success.”  Well, generally speaking, […]

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A Cleantech State of the Union

On October 5, 2012, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

With October now upon us, data providers are beginning to issue their preliminary analyses of cleantech investment in the third quarter of 2012 that just closed. This quarter, the Clean Energy pipeline service of London’s VBResearch is the first to weigh in, counting cleantech venture capital & private equity investment (excluding buyouts) as approximately $1.7 billion. Data from […]

Chief Blogger’s Favorite Cleantech Blogs

On September 21, 2012, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I’ve personally written hundreds of articles over the years.  I selected a few I thought were pretty timeless or prescient, and worth rereading: What is Cleantech?  Always a good starting point: or try, The Seminal List of Cleantech Definitions   The “Rules” in Cleantech Investing – Rereading this one after the cleantech exits study we […]

Cleantech Venture Backed M&A Exits? Well, Yes, Sort of . . .

On September 17, 2012, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

When people ask me, are investors making money in cleantech, I tell them yes, but not by whom or in what you thought they were. Most of the analyses of cleantech exits do not differentiate for venture backed companies.  So we conducted our own study. In the last 10 years, Cleantech.org’s Cleantech Venture Backed M&A […]

CleanWeb: The Intersection of IT and CleanTech

On June 4, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

For many observers, the bloom is off cleantech venture investing.  The challenges are numerous and increasingly well-known:  capital requirements are too large, the non-market (i.e., regulatory/political) forces are too influential, the incumbents are too strong, the sales cycles among risk-averse customers are too long, the technological issues are too profound.  As reported in this posting, […]

Venturing Into The Future

On May 7, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Last week, I attended a breakfast hosted by the Michigan Venture Capital Association, at which the President of the National Venture Capital Association, Mark Heesen, made some comments and fielded Q&A about the state of the U.S. venture capital sector. Mark presented a mixed picture.  On the one hand, the VC industry is clearly contracting:  […]

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The State of Cleantech Venture Capital

On December 12, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

I generally like creating my own content, riffing off other newsy material I find in the print or electronic press, but sometimes someone writes such good stuff that it’s really hard to improve on it.  This is one of those times. Also, sometimes I’m just too busy to come up with original material or do […]

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Predictions For Cleantech In 2012

On December 1, 2011, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

It’s December again (how did that happen!?) and our annual time for reflection here at Kachan & Co. So as we close out 2011, let’s look towards what the new year may have in store for cleantech. There are eggshells across the sector for 2012. Global economic uncertainty in particular is leaving some skeptical about […]

Cleantech Investing: A Primer on Risks

On June 21, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

I sense that many in the cleantech world generally hold a negative view of venture investors.  Although rarely worded as such, I can almost hear the pleas:  “Why don’t you invest more in cleantech?  Why don’t you do more cleantech deals?” Well, as a venture capitalist, I can tell you plainly that our capital is very […]

Billion Dollar Opportunities in Cleantech

On January 6, 2011, in Blog, by David Anthony

by David Anthony It’s true. Cleantech investment hasn’t worked out exactly how people dreamt it would back in the overly-optimistic days of the last decade. One of the main obstacles deterring venture capital investors from the sector is the frequently lengthy time lag between investment and commercialization. More importantly, the number of successful cleantech exits […]

Israel Awakening to Cleantech

On January 3, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi In early November, I  participated in a week-long delegation concerning energy in Israel, at the invitation of Project Interchange, an educational program of the American Jewish Committee.  In addition to learning a tremendous amount about Israel’s history, culture and political situation, my fellow travelers and I were fortunate to talk with many leaders active in various aspects […]

Global Cleantech 100

On October 18, 2010, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi This past week in New York, at its annual East Coast investor forum, the Cleantech Group released its 2010 Global Cleantech 100, profiling the private cleantech companies that a set of panelists thinks has the most promise for large long-term impact. Some highlights from the list and the report: In the […]

Why Smaller Venture Funds Do Better

On July 30, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Guest Blog – Max Branzburg, Clean Pacific Ventures Despite cries to the contrary, the venture capital industry is not broken. The poor performance over the past decade leading critics to write VC off as “fun while it lasted” has been driven by an isolated segment of the industry: large funds. The red flags are ubiquitous, […]

A Few Conversations on the State of Cleantech

On July 8, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I’ve had a number of conversations in the past couple of weeks about the state of cleantech and the various sectors that make it up. No real answers, just food for discussion. The IPO market – a few threads that keep perking up.  A need for the IPO market in cleantech to get healthy.  A general […]

Clean Technology Venture Investment Increases 65 Percent in First Half of 2010

On July 7, 2010, in Blog, by John Addison

Matches 2008 Investment Record The Cleantech Group and Deloitte released preliminary 2Q 2010 results for clean technology venture investments in North America, Europe, China and India, totaling $2.02 billion across 140 companies. Cleantech venture investment was up 43 percent from the same period a year ago. The number of deals recorded in 2Q10 was down […]

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