Harsh Patel Joins Claremont Creek Ventures

Harsh Patel

I’m thrilled to welcome Harsh Patel as a Partner at Claremont Creek Ventures. We believe people and relationships form the core elements of any successful entrepreneurial venture. We typically get involved early in a company’s development, when a product is nascent and a market may barely exist. One of the distinguishing characteristics about Harsh is that he excels in the same type of early-stage, relationship-oriented investing that we value. . . .
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Alphabet Energy and Clean Power Finance honored at Global Cleantech 100 Gala

Paul Straub

The Global Cleantech 100 Gala honored and celebrated the achievements of the 2013 Global Cleantech 100 companies, the 100 top innovators in cleantech today.

Two of Claremont Creek Ventures portfolio companies, Alphabet Energy and Clean Power Finance were named to the list to the top 100 Global Cleantech companies. . . .
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The importance of getting out of the classroom

Paul Straub

Paul Straub

One of the toughest challenges for a startup is managing through a growth phase while still keeping an eye ahead to a strategy for the next phase. For the past few years I’ve enjoyed enlisting teams of Duke students to get out of the classroom and help company’s in our portfolio with a bit of market discovery. This year’s team just finished a project with Blue Pillar and described . . .
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Cleantech Startup Investing Out of Favor? Not So for Corporate Investors

Paul Straub

April 8, 2013 source: This article was originally published on PEHub

Many VCs have pulled back from funding energy technologies and cleantech startups, and have been replaced by corporate venture capitalists. Entrepreneurs and traditional VCs alike are finding opportunities where corporate partners provide a critical ingredient that substantially increases their likelihood of success.

During the past three years, players such as General Motors, BMW, and Shell have been among the 182 companies . . .
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Claremont Creek Ventures’ portfolio company Sentilla announces version 4.0 with analytics and planning capabilities

Paul Straub

December 5, 2011 source: Greentech Media

Claremont Creek Ventures portfolio company Sentilla, launched a software suite today that promises to help customers plan their data center needs . We are excited with the traction Sentilla is getting in the market and this greentech article captures the essence of this announcement well.

Sentilla Targets Business Beyond Data Center Efficiency

Sentilla wants to move from data center efficiency to data center planning.

Sentilla, . . .
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Robert C. McFarlane, former United States National Security Advisor, joins Alphabet Energy’s Advisory Board

Paul Straub

It’s nearly impossible to succeed as an energy startup without a little help from some friends and partners. It’s always challenging to perfect a new technology, launch a product and secure early customers in any market. In energy sectors, these challenges are amplified given the enormous investment in existing assets and infrastructure, well-established incumbents, regulation, and processes that place a premium on high reliability and minimizing risk. One step founders can take . . .
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Turbo Talks: Hiring and Building Great Startup Teams

Last week we held our third Turbo Talks event for CEOs of the companies that we have funded. Claremont Creek hosts a couple of these events each year for our portfolio company CEOs to network with and learn from each other.

Typically we focus each event around a theme and we gathered for dinner at the Epic Roasthouse in San Francisco to discuss “Hiring and Building Great Startup Teams”. To kick off a conversation . . .
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Cleantech May Not Be As Sexy As Facebook — But It’s Hot

I’ve recently noticed a disconnect between news commentary on clean tech and my own experiences with the market sector.

Investing in cleantech is not easy nor is it “cool” either. Some lament “if only clean tech were more like facebook.” Certainly, Hollywood stars aren’t yet being cast to portray the go-go cleantech startup experience. And, try as he might, the President appearing on a Discovery Channel science program won’t likely captivate most young . . .
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