Me-too, In-Fashion Investing Fueling A Social Media Bubble

John Steuart

I was struck recently by a piece in The Wall Street Journal by Pui-Wing Tam, The $1 Billion Club Gets Crowded, which highlights the amusing rate at which closely held, private US companies in the social media sector are garnering $1 billion-plus valuations. With 20 companies already fetching a 10-figure price tag— 15 of them since the beginning of last year— the bubble has swelled quickly. Even during the dot-com boom of . . .
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Trend Spotting: 12 Greentech Startups to Watch in 2012 includes two of our portfolio companies

Nat Goldhaber

December 29, 2011 source: GreentechMedia

Nat Goldhaber

Paul Straub

All of us at Claremont Creek Ventures are happy to congratulate our portfolio companies EcoFactor and Project Frog for making Greentech media’s top startups to watch in 2012. As an early stage investor in EcoFactor and Project Frog, we have been involved with the companies since the outset. Read the excerpts from Greentech Media’s article below or . . .
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Bill Gates blogs about Claremont Creek Ventures’ investment company, Energy Cache

Energy Cache uphill storage

November 16, 2011 source: the Gates Notes

Bill Gates has posted a really good writeup on energy storage and the innovative company Energy Cache on his blog, Taking Energy Storage to a Higher Level. Energy Cache is a recent early-stage investment of Claremont Creek Ventures and we’re excited about its new approach to storing electricity that could help lower the cost of clean, renewable energy for . . .
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How to survive the next bubble

July 13, 2011 source: GigaOm

Raise money when you can

Who: Nat Goldhaber, General Partner Claremont Creek Ventures

Bubble Cred: In 1994, Goldhaber founded an early web-advertising platform called CyberGold. In 1999, the company filed for an IPO and was valued at several hundred million dollars, or what we now call “ a rounding error,” says Goldhaber.

Interviewed by Cortney Fielding

Lessons Learned:

Raise money when you can. If there is a . . .
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Recording of “Technology Transfer in the 21st Century” webcast available

John Steuart

John Steuart was a panelist at The Deal’s webcast audio seminar:

Technology Transfer in the 21st Century, on May 12, 2011

(also participating as a panelist – Jeff Jensen, CEO, Fluxion Biosciences Inc. a Claremont Creek Ventures portfolio company)

A recording of the seminar is now available to play online or download through 8/12/2011.

Click here to access the recording. The slides from the webcast are . . .
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How VCs Use Advice From Experts

Recent media articles have scrutinized the use of doctors, scientists and experts by pharmaceutical companies and hedge funds, often casting them in an unflattering light. Experts can play a valuable role, but it is a case of caveat emptor – and sometimes for the expert, as well as the organization hiring him. Biotech or medical device companies that are trying to promote new products, for example, could undermine a medical expert’s perceived objectivity if financial . . .
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Can Tibion’s Bionic Leg Rewire Stroke Victims’ Brains?

December 13, 2010 source: Xconomy San Francisco (article published at Xconomy)

Can Tibion’s Bionic Leg Rewire Stroke Victims’ Brains? by Wade Roush

The conventional wisdom about stroke victims is that after about 12 months of rehabilitation aimed at restoring motor control, recovery levels off. Patients never regain more movement, never get beyond whatever plateau they’ve reached by that time.

But there’s a company in Sunnyvale, CA, that may be proving otherwise. Tibion . . .
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Portfolio company, Clean Power Finance’s CEO on CNBC

December 1, 2010 source: CNBC video

Claremont Creek portfolio company Clean Power Finance’s CEO Joseph Brakohiapa was sought for his advice on the CNBC video Small Business Council segment. Clean Power Finance is dedicated to the mass market adoption of renewable energy. The company partners with renewable energy providers and lenders to make residential and commercial systems easy and affordable. The company has programs for both property owners . . .
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First time judge; long time enthusiast.

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area means that many of my friends are either entrepreneurs or work at start-ups. It’s a culture that we breathe here. Optimism and ideas. Makers and inventors. So when I was given the opportunity to be a judge in the Semi-Finals of the Intel + UC Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge, I accepted the chance to experience innovation from a global perspective.

Now, I’m not someone . . .
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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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