New Optimism For a Cleantech Future

On October 24, 2013, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

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. We had the chance to take a close look at the fundamentals of cleantech over the last two months in co-authoring a new (and free!) 38-page […]

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 […]

The Economics of Cleantech Investing

On December 13, 2012, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I drafted this memo in early 2003 for a venture capitalist friend of mine, well before the bubble in cleantech.  In light of the back and forth on the recent Solar City IPO, I thought it was worth revisiting.  Some of the points were pretty prescient, calling out many of the challenges cleantech investors and […]

Top 10 Cleantech Subsidies and Policies (and the Biggest Losers) – Ranked By Impact

On July 31, 2012, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

We all know energy is global, and as much policy driven as technology driven. We have a quote, in energy, there are no disruptive technologies, just disruptive policies and economic shocks that make some technologies look disruptive after the fact.  In reality, there is disruptive technology in energy, it just takes a long long time. […]

David Anthony’s Last Question – Can We Power the US Solely off of Solar?

On July 10, 2012, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

By Tao Zheng, with David Anthony, an active cleantech venture capitalist, who passed away in April 2012.  The sun is the champion of all energy sources, in terms of capacity and environmental impact. The sun provides earth with 120,000 terawatt (TW) energy, compared to technical potential energy capacity of single digit TWs from other renewable sources, […]

A Tale of Venture Capital Wanted

On April 14, 2011, in Blog, by admin

by H Lee Rust Not long ago I had a visit from my friend Al B. Rich. I had seen Al a year ago just after he completed the concept design for an Internet B2B portal for buyers of eye glass hinges and screws. I had explained then that the Internet bubble had already burst […]

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Where Be the Debt in Cleantech?

On April 7, 2011, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

A large portion of the energy and ag sectors cleantech targets are strongly backed by liquid and well developed debt markets and lending practices.  But in cleantech, basic nuts and bolts debt has been scarce or weird. We have cleantech companies, venture capitalists and pundits babbling self servingly about a “gap in the capital markets” that we […]

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Brightsource, Fisker and Solyndra – Soul Crushingly Bad Numbers Make up 17% of Near Record 1Q11 Venture Investment

On April 5, 2011, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

GreentechMedia and Cleantech Group this quarter reported near record levels of cleantech venture capital investment. Nearly $2.6 Billion in deals.  No, quantitative easing hasn’t made the dollar slide that much yet, the numbers are real – mainly as the solar and transport  deals vintage 2004-07 are getting deep into their capital intensive cycles.  But a […]

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How to know when a venture capitalist may really be your friend

On March 15, 2011, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Live from the Cleantech Forum, the largest investor conference for energy and environmental technologies, our take on how to tell if the venture capital investor you are talking to really may be your friend. Only partly tongue in cheek. 1) when you ask how things are going, he moans about all of his portfolio companies […]

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In Defense of the Venture Capital Herd Mentality

On February 18, 2011, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Every few conversations about venture capital, someone laments the “herd mentality” of the venture capital sector.  That is, the tendency of venture capital investors to invest in similar areas.  It’s a favorite topic of cleantech afficianados as well, both before cleantech got hot, and since then.  I’d like to ask though, are we sure the […]

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A Cleantech Energy Funding Adventure

On December 23, 2010, in Blog, by admin

by Jason Barkeloo, CEO of Pilus Energy My business partners and I discovered an innovative way to unlock energy stored in carbon compounds. After a little back-slapping and “atta-boys,” we sought to raise the capital to launch a pilot. This led to another discovery; the destructive impact the economic crisis is having upon the capital […]

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Cleantech Blog Power 5 – Top Investors in Cleantech

On December 3, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

It’s been a long year and a half or so since we published our last Cleantech Blog Power 5 on the top investors in cleantech.  Time for round two. As usual the criteria for inclusion. Investor made a significant contribution to the cleantech investment sector More smart looking investments than stupid looking investments On balance, I’d […]

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Predictions for cleantech in 2011

On December 2, 2010, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

Here’s what Kachan and Co. believe we can expect for the new year in cleantech worldwide… and the outlook is positive, if that darn economy thing doesn’t get in the way.

New Models For Clean Technology Incubation and Commercialization

On October 27, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

By Sanford Selman We live in an age of intense global competition for more sustainable ways of providing food, water, energy and transportation to a growing population against a backdrop of diminishing and deteriorating natural resources. And thus, the race is on to create the next generation of technologies, business models and companies to provide […]

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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 […]

The Carbon Industry Is the Unsung Hero in the Cleantech M&A

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

Voices from the cleantech venture sector whine at least once a quarter about lack of M&A activity.  In carbon that hasn’t been the case this year (though only a handful of US venture capitalists could stomach that “obscene” foreign policy risk in carbon, and so largely non traditional investors made the bucks).  Despite the carbon […]

Kleiner Perkins on Biomass

On August 23, 2010, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi I was recently forwarded an article by Amol Desphande, partner of the renowned venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, entitled “Investing in the Biomass Industry”, which appeared in the September 2009 issue of BioCycle magazine. No doubt seeking to contrast Kleiner Perkins from its peers, Deshpande questions the prudence of investing in […]

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The Cleantech LP Conundrum

On August 25, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Cleantech limited partners have a big conundrum. It’s called unrealized gains. After years of struggling, cleantech investors are now quietly but optimistically beginning to talk about impressive gains in their funds. Unfortunately, the elephant behind them that LPs are beginning to talk about is the prevalence of massive unrealized gains from the behemoth solar, biofuels […]

The Rules in Cleantech

On July 7, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I’ve now been asked enough times, that at the risk of destroying what little edge Jane Capital may have in cleantech, I finally got around to blogging our “Rules” in cleantech investing and business in general. Hopefully it will stimulate some good debate. One of the things that makes cleantech different from other investing areas, […]

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