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There’s a gold rush investment fever and it goes by the name of clean tech. And just like past venture boom-lets, there’s a lot of money (and too little experience) chasing deals. Fourteen percent of all VC dollars invested this past year went into clean tech, which is 14 times more than just five years ago.

What are the fundamental growth markets in clean tech and which ones are saddled with risk and big unanswered questions about rewards? What early stage investment opportunities sit outside the spotlight of the bulk of investors?

In this panel, we’ll look at a few of big myths in clean tech and take a closer look at a few of the key areas of technology innovation ranging from renewable energy to distributed grid, solar and others. Our well-seasoned panel of venture experts will examine the business assumptions driving a few of these sectors and share their insights and perspectives about this important emerging market opportunity.

September 18, 2007
5:00PM -9:00PM
KPMG, Mountain View
Schedule
5:00PM-6:00PM Poster Sessions/ Buffet Dinner/ Networking
6:00PM-7:00PM Startup Company Presentations / Q & A
7:00PM-7:30PM Poster Session/ Break
7:30PM-8:30PM Panel Discussion
Topic:
"Emerging Clean technologies: Reality, Myths and Opportunities"
8:30PM-9:00PM Poster Session/ Networking

Moderator: Lee Bruno Editorial Director, The 451 Group

 

Lee Bruno

Prior to joining the 451 Group in January 2006, Mr. Bruno was senior editor at the weekly business and technology magazine Red Herring from its re-launch in September 2003 to December 2005. And before coming on board with the restart, he assigned and edited the briefing section of Red Herring from 1999 to 2003, until it ceased publishing operations. Those monthly briefings explored the new trends and technologies in various hi-tech industries like software, chips, communication, energy and biotech. During the last year of Red Herring, he wrote the Lab Rat column twice a month which reported on the most compelling research and development taking place in large and small corporate labs and prestigious universities. Mr. Bruno has written for computer trade magazines, Popular Science, Scientific American and The Economist. Before Red Herring in 1999, Mr. Bruno was a senior editor covering networking technologies at McGraw Hill’s Data Communications magazine. He has appeared on CNN and radio programs, providing commentary on technology and business issues. Mr. Bruno also founded and edits Innovation Pipeline, an online publishing entity focusing on early stage innovation and start ups coming out of university research labs. Mr. Bruno graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from San Francisco State University and received a Master’s degree in Journalism from Boston University.
Panelist: David Aslin, Managing Director, AslinVC

 

David Aslin

David Aslin is a venture advisor, entrepreneur and coach with emerging companies in materials, cleantech and wireless devices. As a Partner at global VC firm 3i, he created and led the west coast early stage practice, leading investments including Bitfone (acquired by HP), Triage Wireless and Nanostellar, where he continues to serve as an independent board member. During his operating career David created and built successful technology businesses at major corporations (Life Science International plc, Hewlett Packard (now Agilent) and Applied Biosystems) and as CEO/COO of private companies. He led business units with global operations that developed, manufactured and marketed materials and instrumentation for environmental, agrochemical, pharmaceutical, biotech research and oil & gas applications. He has served on boards of many public and private companies and holds an MS in Chemistry from Imperial College, London; BS in Chemistry and Electronics; and business qualifications from top European business schools: London, Warwick and INSEAD.
Panelist: Thomas R. Baruch Founder and Managing Director, CMEA Ventures

 

Thomas R. Baruch

Tom Baruch began to build breakthrough companies that will transform markets at Exxon Corporation in the 1970's and early '80's. At Exxon, he managed investments and created several early-stage technology companies applying materials science and semiconductor-industry technologies such as Supertex (SUPX). Tom formed CMEA Ventures with New Enterprise Associates (NEA) in 1989 after previously having founded and served as CEO of Microwave Technology, Inc., a supplier of GaAs integrated circuits and value-added sub-systems. Tom was one of the original investors in Aclara Biosciences (which merged with Monogram Biosciences - NASDAQ: MRGM), Flextronics (FLEX), Netro (NTRO), Silicon Spice (acquired by BRCM), and Symyx Technologies (SMMX). He currently serves on the boards of Alien Technology, Entropic Communications, Foveon, NewPath Ventures, Raven Biosciences, RF Magic and Symwave. He continues to engage in his passion for early-stage investments by serving as Chairman of the Board of materials and energy companies including: Codexis, Inc., Intermolecular, Superprotonic and Wildcat Discovery Technologies. He currently also serves on the board of Solyndra.
Panelist: Jeff Barnes, General Partner, Clean Pacific Ventures

 

Jeff Barnes

Jeff Barnes, has had three successful results with start-ups, providing a strong operational and strategic experience base for managing venture investments. Prior to co-founding Clean Pacific Ventures, Jeff spearheaded business development and marketing for Novazone, a venture-backed clean technology water and food purification company with a long list of Fortune 500 customers. Jeff also was the first marketing and business development executive of two successful technology start-ups, VocalPoint (acquired by Telecom Italia) and Acendi. Previously, Jeff spent 5 years at Bain & Company in the Private Equity and Technology practices consulting to private equity funds and to major technology companies. Jeff has invested in SunLink, Marrone Organic Innovations, Blingo (acquired by Publishers Clearing House), VocalPoint (acquired), Advanced Educational Corporation (acquired), and Novazone. Jeff holds a BBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University and a MS in Management from the London School of Economics.
Panelist: Dr. Douglas C. Cameron, Chief Scientific Officer, Khosla Ventures

 

Douglas Cameron

Dr. Cameron a director of LS9, Gevo, LanzaTech and Segetis, all companies focused on fuels and chemicals from renewable resources. From 1998 to 2006 he was director of biotechnology at Cargill, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN where he built the Cargill Biotechnology Development Center. From 1986 to 1998, Cameron was a professor of chemical engineering and an affiliate of the molecular biology program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and did pioneering research in the field of metabolic engineering and the microbial production of chemicals. He is a fellow of the Society for Industrial Microbiology (SIM) and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Wisconsin and a consulting professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. Cameron received his B.S.E. in biomedical engineering from Duke University in 1979 and his Ph.D. in biochemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986.

Panelist: David Dreessen, Partner, Battery Ventures

 

David Dreessen

David joined Battery in 2006 and focuses on investments in the clean technology sector. Before joining Battery, David spent seven years at Nth Power, where he completed 16 clean technology investments including Evergreen Solar (NASDAQ: ESLR), Northern Power (acquired by Distributed Energy) (NASDAQ: DESC), and Lion Cells. David also served in interim senior management positions for three portfolio companies. Before starting his venture capital career, David was a founding member of the Structure Group, which he helped build into a leading consulting and software firm serving the power industry. Prior to that, David worked for Accenture, where he focused on strategic, process and system consulting for the deregulating power markets. Earlier in his career, David was a Naval officer and engineering program manager for the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program Headquarters, which is responsible for all aspects of the design, operation, repair and disposal of U.S. Navy nuclear propulsion plants. David holds bachelor's degrees in Chemical Engineering and Economics from the University of California, Davis, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.
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