By Sanford J. Selman In its majority opinion of January 21, 2010 (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission), the US Supreme Court overturned decades-old rules prohibiting unlimited spending by corporations and unions on election advertising. This ruling is certain to have a far reaching impact as it gives complete freedom to corporate interests to use […]
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
Believing in cleantech should mean walking the walk. Believing that technology can change the world, but that consumers have to play their part. Not just believing that technology will fix everything at the same price or that we can offload our problems to policy makers who can’t stumble out of their own way. Not slamming […]
An open letter to Ban Ki Moon in support of an extraordinary friend Dear Mr. Secretary General, I am sure that in your position, the volume of unsolicited outreach you receive must be truly breathtaking. I will not add to your never ending inbox, but rather will simply post this note on a friendly blog, […]
In the midst of the debate over exactly what commitments will come out of the Copenhagen Accord follow-up discussions, and how a cap and trade system to incorporate those might work, we asked long time carbon trader Olivia Fussell, the CEO of Carbon Credit Capital in New York, to opine a bit on myths on […]
Just on the eve of the industry headliner San Francisco Cleantech Forum, Bloom Energy finally blooms? Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) like the Bloom Box have been under development for a couple of decades, and many of the major firms both in the US and abroad are still at it. The issues, questions and performance/cost/longevity […]
by Tom Rooney Something’s gotten into those Gators. First, they won back to back championships in college basketball. Then they added a national football title to the mix, along with a Heisman trophy. Now the city surrounding the University of Florida is doing something of even greater national import. Something that just might be remembered […]
Today, reading back through President Obama’s 2010 State of the Union address I went looking for his discussion of energy and cleantech. I counted Energy with 15 mentions, crushing Healthcare at 7, and losing out to Jobs at 26. Of course, God only got 2 mentions in the final line (1 more than George W. […]
Dear Friends, We know 2009 has been a rough year up and down, but we are proud to have had some great highlights to share. And as always, after 9 years in business as one of the leading merchant banks and advisors to the cleantech sector, Jane Capital is looking forward to our 10th Spring […]
Bill O, the Art of Journalism and Me.By Tom Rooney, CEO of SPG Solar Journalism, says the wag, is the art of speaking with absolute authority about something you know nothing about. Earlier this week, America’s most dominant cable TV news host, Bill O’Reilly, of course, took that definition to a new level when he […]
My good friends over at Cleantech Group put out their 10 for 2010 cleantech predictions after Thanskgiving, and after our usual “webside” chats on the future of the sector, chastened me into responding with a set of counter predictions. What’s in store for cleantech 2010? 1. Private capital recovers. Nick Parker predicts that private capital […]
Thomas Friedman, one of my favorite authors, had an editorial this week entitled, “America must lead in energy technology“. As with most of his recent writings and speeches, it’s targeted around the thesis of his Hot, Flat and Crowded book, which basically argues that a combination of climate change, globalization, and population growth are creating […]
Ok, I couldn’t resist. GM is running a contest to name the silver green color for the Volt. Winner gets to go to the LA auto show and drive a pre-production Volt. So if any of you have a few minutes to amuse yourself, add your color name idea in the comments to this post, […]
by Molly Aeck While channel surfing a few months ago, I came across a Law & Order episode, in which the murder victim had been running a carbon credit scam… seriously. It’s no wonder that when people ask me what I do, I never tell them that I work for a “carbon credit” company or […]
by Gypsy Achong Joule Biotechnologiesʼ recent press release has stimulated a bit of excitement and speculation on their technology, including by our own blogger Paul O’Callaghan. A quick look at Joule Biotechnologiesʼ patent filing suggests that they are engineering a fast growing bacterium – Escherichia coli – capable of converting light and carbon dioxide into […]
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 […]
We are really excited to present our first Professional Education Webinar, part of a Webinar Series with DNV, called Carbon Projects 101, How Carbon Offset Projects Work. Details are below, but we have a special promotion running, our friends at NetSuite.org have sponsored a 100 attendees to receive a discounted price of $95, a$200 savings. […]
About 2 to 3 years ago, CPV was all the rage among solar startups and especially their venture investors. But none of them ever came to market. I’ve been calling this one a siren’s song since the beginning. An artificial market enabled by venture capitalists desperate to find the next big thing. The story ran […]
In the run up to Copenhagen and the debate over Waxman-Markey, I think it’s worth laying out some of the key debating points on how cap and trade works and why it’s been our weapon of choice to date in the climate change fight. I like to think of our carbon and energy problem as […]
Walmat announced this week a drive to survey, and create from their supplies a comprehensive database and index of the environmental footprint of the products it carries. Given the heft of Walmart and the ubiquity of its supply chain, I’d argue that its move may be the only way to bring such an index into […]
Short and sweet. Boone Pickens announced this week that his mega wind farm was icing an eventual 4,000 MW windfarm this week. Apparently he’s looking for buyers for $2 Bill in turbines. A far cry from a year ago when your credibility as a wind developer hung in part on whether or not you had […]