Last night while watching Office reruns, I realized I’d been remiss, and a lot’s had been happening in the public equities end of the cleantech sector. Not to mention yesterday’s billion dollar BK broiler announcement by the one-time Next Greatest Thing, Solyndra. So, with my usual aplomb, I thought I’d simply peanut gallery what’s “Hot or […]
About Neal Dikeman
Neal is a venture capitalist and executive. He is currently Senior Venture Principal of Royal Dutch Shell, and concurrently serves on the board of American Electric Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:AETI), as well as Chairman of Greenhome LLC. He was a founding partner of Jane Capital Partners LLC, a cleantech merchant bank whose clients have included the technology arms of multinational energy companies. He has served as a director of several technology companies, is chief blogger for Cleantech Blog, named one of the 50 Best Business Blogs by the London Times, and chairs industry portal Cleantech.org.
He is a cofounder of venture backed smart grid company Smart Wire Grid, Inc., where he served as founding CFO and director, and venture backed carbon IT startup Carbonflow, a Jane Capital spin-out in SaaS worfklow for the carbon markets where he served as founding CEO and raised the first two rounds of finance.
He advised Meridian Energy Ltd of New Zealand on the creation and launch of its solar business, and prior to that he cofounded Jane Capital spin-out SC Power Systems, Inc. and its successor Zenergy Power plc (AIM:ZEN) in superconductor technology for the power grid, helped launch WaiterPad POS Systems, Inc. in wireless hospitality POS solutions, and led the spin-out of Fideris, Inc. in fuel cell test & measurement. He previously served as Director of Business Development for Globalgate, the parent company of Yellowpages.com, and as an associate at private equity fund manager Doyle & Boissiere. Before entering private equity, he began his career in energy investment banking at Bankers Trust, and has a B.A. from Texas A&M University.
Note: all comments and opinions written on this site are his alone, and do not reflect policy or opinion or Shell, Greenhome LLC, or American Electric Technologies, Inc.
Entries by Neal Dikeman
By Neal Dikeman I had a chance to chat today with Dr. Charlie Gay, the President of Applied Material’s solar division. You may recall, we broke the story in the blogosphere 5 years ago about Applied’s entry into solar, which was anchored with a highly touted and very aggressive strategy for turnkey large format amorphous […]
Energy is life, the rest runs on it. Since the 70s through every presidential administration and every Congress, we have had an energy policy that boiled down to fighting the cold war through oil and getting lucky on locally sourced coal and gas. It’s not a zero planning energy policy, we’ve spent money, defined policies, […]
Large scale energy has proven almost as elusive a Yeti, and perhaps almost as all world saving juicy as the silver bullet for the werewolf or the Holy Grail itself (and not the Monty Python kind). Energy storage for nearly 15 years has been the energy tech and cleantech version of the ultimate “but-if”. I.E., […]
The Economist had an article in a recent issue about the “anthropocene” period, our new geologic era, where mankind is the dominant force in the geology of the planet. A period where our agriculture, cities, dams, etc literally have and will permanently change the face of the earth itself, forever. The article suggests that we […]
It struck me the other day that I may have been looking at the recent spate of cleantech IPOs backwards. Perhaps instead of lamenting the dearth of profitable healthy companies going public on major exchanges in our sector, what we should be considering is whether early and still risky IPOs mean cleantech venture capitalists are […]
It dawned on me today, that after buying green ecommerce store Greenhome.com 8 months ago, we put up links to the site on CleantechBlog.com, and included special coupons for all our Cleantech Blog readers and Cleantech.org members in the monthly emailings. Here I thought people who were making a living off cleantech might *gasp* care […]
Reading cleantech news and SEC filings this last couple of weeks makes for a holy moly OMG damn that takes guts set of moments. Well, the cleantech sector is nothing if not entertaining. I’m obviously going to have to up my game and find more entertaining deals. Total buys controlling stake in Sunpower. Sunpower […]
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 […]
Cleantech has a very short history, and an even shorter memory. I’ve written over and over again about how it’s all about policy, and that there is no disruptive technology in cleantech. Now I’m telling you that’s not quite true, the exception proves the rule. I’d like to ask you to do some reading on […]
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 […]
I’m watching a CNN special on reinventing Los Angeles, and calling on suburbs as dead, time to move on. But I LIKE suburbs. I like grass. I like trees. I like quiet. I like space – both in my house and between my neighbors. I don’t like my neighbors waking me up with loud sex […]
Three comments I really liked from the premier conference on cleantech: Art Rosenfeld, California Energy Commission – It’s all about cool white roofs to combat climate change. Art is one of the deans of energy efficiency in California. It’s been long known that white roofs can cool a building and help reduce the heat island […]
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 […]
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 […]
I drove my first Nissan Leaf on Saturday. The ultimate cleantech car. Not Cleantech Blog’s first EV drive, as our blogger John Addison has blogged on the Leaf and other EVs numerous times before. But only my second EV drive. My Leaf test drive followed a previous conversation with Mark Perry, one of the senior product guys […]
We’ve been meaning to publish a Cleantech Blog Bookshelf for a while. Cleantech Blog has always had a strong cadre of published and bestselling authors in our blogger roster, and I was recently included one of my essays on carbon credits alongside a star studded cast in an anthology called The Green Movement. So enjoy, […]
Dear Friends, We think it’s time cleantech grew up and learned to play with the big boys of energy and consumer goods. That means learning cost down and scale like nobody’s business. We think it can. We think green is going mainstream – for good. We think LEDs are going to win. We think wind […]
Will the 21st century be the fossil fuel century? Whether it’s peak oilers, climate scientists, renewable and sustainable gurus, or cleantech venture capitalists, we all talk like that’s not an option. We’ve preordained that the 21st century is a green energy, renewable power, cleantech century. And I’d like to believe that. But it’s not a […]
Five things I’d like to see in cleantech 2011. A fuel cell in one of my blogger’s houses. This one’s actually in progress, so hopefully it’s a gimme. So come on Marc, we’re waiting for the pictures and the blog! More cleantech IPOs. Come on guys, the market’s been rolling, we ought to be able […]