Last Spring, our friend and colleague Dr. Ed Beardsworth undertook a new assignment as the Technology Director of the Hub Lab (in parallel with his continuing role at Jane Capital). Given the Hub Lab’s mission, and Ed’s role in the cleantech industry as the consummate technology scout since the mid 1990s before cleantech was cleantech, […]
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
Katie Fehrenbacher, writing on Earth2Tech, is one of the most prolific of the cleantech journalists. She compiled this week their 2009 top 10 cleantech predictions. Here’s my take, worth the electronic paper it’s printed on, of what she got right, wrong, “duh, of course”, and most understated. Just for fun, of course, Katie’s one of […]
The solar market is still going strong, despite the financial crisis, and turmoil in some of its key markets. But that doesn’t mean all is well on the venture financing end. As a number of longtime Silicon Valley solar darlings start to demand even more serious money to build plants for commercialization, the financing picture […]
At our company Christmas party this year we played Carbon Trading, The Game. Bascially, I devised a simple cap and trade game in a power sector, and then we played out four rounds to see what happened. The results were an interesting summary of how small rules can have big impacts in the outcome. And […]
Best of our Blogroll: I could not resist for a Friday afternoon offering up Michael Kanellos’ pithy (and dead-on) chronicling of the most paranoid startups in the cleantech world. Utterly hilarious. First Solar, Bloom Energy, EEStor and Solyndra of course make the list. And the Cleantech Avenger last week had some quite entertaining speculation about […]
While I don’t blog on it often, most of you know I was heavily involved in the founding of company called Zenergy Power plc (AIM:ZEN), one of the leading companies in high temperature superconductor technology. The origins of Zenergy began with the formation of SC Power Systems to commercialize a fault current limiter (“FCL”) technology […]
Here are my picks for the key Cabinet posts both for cleantech and the country – if we REALLY want change we can believe in: Secretary of State – Colin Powell. My longtime pick for the first non white President. He should have run. From either party. He would have had my vote. Smart, collected, […]
At the risk of sounding like I’m flip flopping, here are the top 5 reasons tonight’s election results mean lots of money for cleantech investors (and, unfortunately, my pocket). 1. An Illinois President and Democratic Congress equals good odds for corn ethanol and a Renewable Fuels Standard. 2. Think massive subsidies, loan guarantees and R&D […]
A few thoughts for our next President and Congress, whoever may win. You should run our country like we do our own households, live within your means. Spend what you have, not what you’d like to have. When in doubt, just say no. Just because the benefits of a policy are good, does not mean […]
Oil prices quietly (at least in the cleantech world), slipped below $80 last week, off some 50% from its highs a few months ago. Did I say 50%? Yes 50%. And gas has slipped, too, as with some variations, natural gas historically trades at a roughly 10:1 price ratio of Barrels to MCF. It’s easy […]
Leading cleantech venture capital firm VantagePoint Venture Partners this week lured away New Zealand power sector veteran Helen Priest to join its Silicon Valley office in cleantech. Helen had been heading corporate ventures for Meridian Energy, New Zealand’s largest and all renewable state-owned power company. With a reputation for being one of the largest cleantech […]
I had the opportunity recently to chat with Stephen Brand, the chief technology officer for ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), one of the largest major oil companies in the world. I have a long personal history with the ConocoPhillips organization. One of the first IPOs I ever worked on was the Conoco, Inc. IPO when DuPont spun it […]
Those of you that know me know that fighting climate change is an issue near and dear to my heart – and day to day life, since I am currently involved with a start up working on helping to deliver even better transparency and environmental integrity to carbon credits. So as a small government, energy […]
I wrote a piece last week arguing that McCain / Palin was my energy/cleantech dream ticket, and promptly got slammed by my readers on the left (who generally think McCain’s plans for the environment /cleantech investing are nowhere near aggressive enough and that Palin is way too conservative), AND friends on the right (who think […]
John McCain picked first term Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska as his veep choice today. I love this pick. She’s a 44 yer old first term, youngest and first, woman Governor of Alaska. She’s known as a maverick and anti-establishment in Alaska, and has taken on Republicans and the oil industry over ethics and pork. […]
By Neal Dikeman Google recently opened its Wikipedia competitor, styled “knol” or unit of knowledge. I wrote a definition of what is cleantech to put up on knol, and upon reflection, it’s probably an overview worth passing around. Cleantech, also referred to as clean technology, and often used interchangeably with the term greentech, has emerged […]
In his speech in Constitution Hall this week, former Vice President and renewable energy investor Al Gore extolled a stretch goal challenging America to achieve 100% renewable power within 10 years. The quote: “Today I challenge our nation to commit to producing 100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and truly clean carbon-free sources […]
I’ve been saying for a while, that with enough money, someone is bound to crack the CIGS nut in thin film, and deliver the cleantech sector another First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) like renaissance for the always around the corner technology. That’s not because it’s easy, or even because it’s a good idea to try, but when […]
As always, the venture community is looking for its next big thing. The cleantech world is no exception. Despite the dearth of exits, so much capital has flowed into the cleantech sector that investors need new places to put it. So despite my promise to certain friends not to blog certain funding rumors in each […]
Bloggers wanted. I have been blessed with leading a great group of bloggers on Cleantech Blog for nearly three years now, including people like Richard Stuebi (renewable energy and policy), Heather Rae (green marketing and home), John Addison (transportation), with recent additions Mark Henwood (stocks) and Cristina Foung (green consumer products), and support over the […]