China may “clean the clock” of the U.S. in clean technology

Nat Goldhaber

The United States has embraced clean technology relatively aggressively, but is it enough? In particular, is it enough in comparison to the pace of clean tech development in China?

I addressed this topic September 28 at the AlwaysOn GoingGreen 2011 conference, and the answer is that the U.S. isn’t doing enough. China is much more aggressive than the United States in developing clean technology projects and could dominate clean technology development globally for . . .
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Entrepreneurs: The End Is Near. Refinance.

John Steuart

September 28, 2011 source: Wall Street Journal

All good things, unfortunately, come to an end. The last year or two have been spectacular for entrepreneurs. Investor enthusiasm has been intense, meaning that start-ups had the upper hand and could get financing at extraordinarily generous terms.

But I’m afraid that the curtain is about to fall. All signs point to the imminent arrival of a radically different funding environment. When? Perhaps as early as . . .
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Claremont Creek Ventures portfolio company Clean Power Finance partners with Google creating a $75 Million Fund for residential solar projects

clean power finance

Two years ago Claremont Creek Ventures determined that the best opportunity to invest in solar would be in downstream distributed generation and that the right business model could create tremendous value for investors, for consumers, and for the U.S. at large. We then found that model with Clean Power Finance. That is why we are proud of Google’s announcement yesterday about their new partnership with Clean Power Finance along with an . . .
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Goldhaber claims there’s still plenty of investor enthusiasm for companies that are installing or financing solar projects

September 23, 2011 source: Forbes

What the Solyndra Bankruptcy Means for Cleantech Investors

by Jennifer Kho. Forbes Contributor

As executives of defunct solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra keep mum in Washington, Silicon Valley and Wall Street are discussing what the bankruptcy – and the federal investigation – could mean for investors.

“It has an impact; it’s such a big story,” says Sheeraz Haji, CEO of research firm Cleantech Group.

In what some are calling “the . . .
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Claremont Creek Ventures portfolio company Adura Technologies selected by AlwaysOn as a GoingGreen Global 200 Winner

adura technologies

September 22, 2011 source: Adura Technologies

Recognized for creating new opportunities in green technology

SAN FRANCISCO, September 22, 2011 – Today, Adura Technologies, a leading wireless lighting controls company, announced that the company was chosen by AlwaysOn as one of the GoingGreen Global 200 winners. Inclusion in the GoingGreen Global 200 signifies leadership amongst its peers and game-changing approaches and technologies that are likely to . . .
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AOL.com names Claremont Creek Ventures’s Nat Goldhaber & Paul Straub as one of theTop Five Clean Energy VCs and Principals

top 5 aol energy

September 17, 2011 source: AOL Energy

Although venture capitalists have taken a battering in the renewables sector, as seen in the sorry Solyndra saga, investors continue to see value in smart grid investments, biofuels and electric vehicles.

But the stakes are usually high, the capital costs expensive and the path to profit unclear in uncertain political and economic times in the US. But the gains for the US economy are clear.

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IPOs look dicey, but private equity may pick up some of the slack

Randy Hawks

September 15, 2011 source: Xconomy

For a while, I was optimistic that 2011 would be a good year for venture capital-backed IPOs, and it wasn’t just wishful thinking. There were 72 VC-backed IPOs last year—six times as many as in 2009. The year ended with a bang and 2011 got off to a good start. In the first half of 2011, there were 36 IPOs, right on target for at least a replay . . .
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Tougher venture funding environment ahead; entrepreneurs—get your rounds closed.

John Steuart

Entrepreneurs and venture-backed companies seeking financing in the near term, take notice. The hot market for companies is going to cool off in 3 to 6 months. Hurry up and get your round closed before it gets harder and terms get tougher.

In my 20 years of participating in the venture market both as a VC and an entrepreneur seeking VC funds, VC funding cycles follow the success or lags in the NASDAQ and . . .
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Claremont Creek Ventures portfolio company Alphabet Energy gets $12M to convert waste heat to electricity

Don't waste enerty

September 15, 2001 source: Greentech Media: Enterprise

Using silicon nanowires to tap an enormous potential energy source

Alphabet Energy just raised $12 million in round A funding, led by TPG Biotech along with Claremont Creek Ventures and the CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund, to develop thermoelectrics. The firm had received a $1 million seed round in 2010. The firm has also received some SBIR funding.

Thermoelectrics are semiconductors . . .
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Why Dear Abby loves this company (and you should, too)

Gene Security Network

Claremont Creek Ventures portfolio company Gene Security Network (GSN) achieved a technical breakthrough that even Dear Abby can crow about. Never before, have scientists and clinicians been about to measure fetal DNA in a pregnant woman’s blood with enough accuracy to determine paternity or relevant information about the baby in utero — until now. If you are curious why this service might be helpful, see Dear Abby’s recent column below.

In . . .
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