Will 2011 Finally Be the Year of the Cleantech IPO?

November 24, 2010 source: TechCrunch GreenTech

Nat Goldhaber was interviewed by TechCrunch TV’s Sarah Lacy.

“In retrospect, Tesla may have been cleantech’s Netscape moment. It didn’t get off to the world’s greatest start, but like a few other venture-backed IPOs, lately it has been trading at nearly double its opening price.

Meanwhile, a few other cleantech companies have filed S-1s and several more are waiting in the wings, watching to see what the market does. . . .
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Ted Driscoll article featured on Venture Beat

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November 17, 2010 Source: Venture Beat

Ted Driscoll’s article The many definitions of a VC’s “no” was featured as a two-part article on Venture Beat.

 

 

“Last year, Claremont Creek Ventures was exposed to over 500 startup ideas and entrepreneurs. As is probably typical in most early stage technology VCs, we ultimately invest in less than 1 percent of the deals we see. That means we are saying “no” at . . .
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Venture Capital Journal interviews Micah Myers

Recently Mark Boslet, reporter at Venture Capital Journal asked me what my background as a fighter pilot in the Marine Corps had to do with being a better VC. A lot actually. Our service members get extraordinary opportunities to learn about integrity, leadership and teamwork first hand, myself included. Therefore my background shapes the way I evaluate entrepreneurs and their ability to influence and change the world. Here’s an excerpt from our interview.

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Cleantech Crystal Ball

I spoke to Venture Capital Journal’s reporter Mark Boslet about the Cleantech market recently. My thoughts appeared in the November issue of the publication. Here is an excerpt of what we discussed.

It has been a long time coming, but 2011 is looking like a pivotal year for cleantech IPOs. Suddenly the IPO market for cleantech companies looks more inviting. Electric carmaker Tesla Motors continues to trade above its June IPO price and biochemicals company Amyris . . .
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Claremont Creek Ventures’ portfolio company Adura Technologies wins three “Top 100″ Green Tech awards

source: Adura Technologies press release

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 11 ‐‐ Adura Technologies, a leading provider of wireless lighting and energy management solutions, has been named to three lists of “Top 100” green technology companies in the U.S. in the past five weeks.

The most recent, announced Wednesday, is the 2010 California Game Changer list sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Adura was one of 100 finalists selected from a list . . .
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Security Investment Perspective

Current Challenges

As the Managing Director investing in security, I find it disheartening that the economic recession of the last two years has dampened enthusiasm for security investment by corporate enterprises and government. But as the economy has stabilized, and some beginnings of reinvestment have emerged, I see new opportunities arising; although not as many as in year’s past.

This presents a challenge to early stage companies who are bringing new products and services to market. . . .
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The Flip Side of Smart Grids

November 4, 2010 source: getsolar.com

The concept of a smart grid looks pretty good on its face – and upgrading the grid would definitely pay dividends for utilities and energy consumers alike. However, there are some potential pitfalls – as illustrated by a discussion at the VentureBeat GreenBeat 2010 conference this week.

A smart grid could boost distributed, localized solar power generation by rewarding homeowners who install solar panels on their homes and feed . . .
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Smart grid could mean your energy bill goes up

November 3, 2010 source: techgearx

Here’s a novel thought — as homeowners slap solar panels on their rooftops and unplug from the grid, users of traditional energy could see their bills go up. On the “The Sultans of Storage panel at GreenBeat 2010 conference today, Nat Goldhaber, managing director at Claremont Creek Ventures, made the case for locally-generated energy and storage. Solutions that can store solar and wind energy and power . . .
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Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry Q&A with Ted Driscoll

October 2010 source: Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry online

The MX Q&A: Ted Driscoll, Claremont Creek Ventures

Fledgling device companies can get a leg up with VC firms by developing a product that is ‘unique and protectable,’ says Tibion’s anchor investor.

The cofounders of Tibion Bionic Technologies may want to send a thank-you note to Will Smith for helping their start-up get off on the right foot in 2004. Ted Driscoll, a . . .
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Gene Security Network Completes Funding to Expand Into New DNA Testing Markets

November 1, 2010 source: Gene Security Network (download the pdf press release)

REDWOOD CITY, CA – November 1, 2010 – Gene Security Network, Inc. (GSN) today announced the closing of its $12M Series C financing. The financing round was led by Sequoia Capital and included Claremont Creek Ventures, Founders Fund, and Lightspeed Venture Partners.

GSN is a molecular diagnostics company using data informatics to enhance genetic testing of DNA. . . .
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