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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Trading Devices for Dollars In The News: ecoATM in The Economist

Randy Hawks

December 10, 2012 source: The Economist

It’s the holiday season and this year, 4G smartphones and tablets are the gifts most desired under the Christmas tree. But buying that new iPhone or Android could have its consequences. As mobile-phone technology advances by the minute, holding on to yesterday’s popular cell phone make and model becomes passé, and unfortunately, more likely than not, that “old” cell ends up in the dump. Market-research firm . . .
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Claremont Creek Ventures Predicts Energy Independence By 2025

Nat Goldhaber
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17CBdznh-hU

An energy-independent United States is an achievable goal by 2025, according to new research commissioned by Claremont Creek Ventures. In order to achieve this audacious goal, the United States needs to clear an important set of hurdles. . . .
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Will China Clean Our Clock in Cleantech?

Nat at GoingGreen 2011

In September 2011, I gave a keynote at the AlwaysON Going Green conference. It was extremely interesting preparing for the speech, and I just learned that the video of my keynote is up on the site. Click on the image below to watch the video, and I hope you enjoy it. You also must find the place in the speech where I blurted into song.

GoingGreen 2011Where Green Entrepreneurs Meet Big Money & . . .
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Claremont Creek Ventures’ portfolio company EcoATM featured in article: The Internet of Things meets cell phone recycling

ecoatm kiosk

January 16th, 2012 source: GigaOm

We are excited by the promise of EcoATM as I mentioned in a prior post. Although a lot of these kiosks won’t be in place for a couple of years, they are gaining traction. As reported by Katie Ferenbacher in the GigaOm article, the company’s secret sauce is the kiosks’ ability to automatically estimate — using electronic and visual techniques — a . . .
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Claremont Creek Ventures’ portfolio company ecoATM moves to Northern California: Turn in those cellphones for CASH!

Randy Hawks

This week ecoATM (www.ecoatm.com) began deploying its revolutionary recycling kiosks in Northern California. Up until now, I’ve been telling folks how intriguing this company and its recycling kiosks are, but they had to travel to Southern Cal to see them installed in retail malls. Now local folks can go to a mall, get realtime pricing on their used cellphones from the worldwide recycle/refurbish markets and trade in for cash….on the spot! It is a . . .
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Claremont Creek Ventures’ portfolio company Gene Security Network in race for prenatal test

Photo: Spencer Brown The winner “is the company that’s going to help families,” says GSN CEO Rabinowitz.

September 9, 2011 source: originally published in the San Francisco Business Times

Photo: Spencer Brown The winner “is the company that’s going to help families,” says GSN CEO Rabinowitz.

Gene Security Network’s race to develop safer, more accurate prenatal test is all business for Matt Rabinowitz — and it’s personal.

A relative of Rabinowitz, Gene Security Network’s CEO, took a blood test for the likelihood of Down’s syndrome in her unborn baby . . .
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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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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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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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