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Many VCs have pulled back from funding energy technologies and cleantech startups, and have been replaced by corporate venture capitalists.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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The human genome evolved for us as Paleolithic cavemen, arming us to cope with leopards, communicable diseases, infections, parasites and starvation. But modern society has succeeded in taming most of those risks, and now, ironically, our biggest health challenges are largely a byproduct of our success. As we extend our lifespan, cancer and cardiac disease increase in incidence. We confront an epidemic of diabetes and obesity related diseases largely caused by overconsumption and inactivity. Our genome never evolved to benefit obese 70 year olds. Cavemen didn’t typically live past 40 and didn’t drink high-fructose corn syrup in Big Gulps. . . .
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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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August 27, 2012 source: originally published on
The average American generates 4.6 pounds of garbage every day, making the U.S. one of the biggest throwaway societies on the planet. E-waste, including cell phones, TVs, and computers, is a huge part of the problem. In 2009, this country generated 3,190,000 tons of e-waste, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The vast majority of that e-waste (82.3%) ended up in landfills and incinerators, with only . . .
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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 the 1990’s, just . . .
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Anders Will Specialize in Energy Technology – Hiring Confirms Commitment of Seed and Early Stage VC firm to Energy Market
OAKLAND, CA (May 8, 2012) — Underscoring its ongoing commitment to energy technology investing, Claremont Creek Ventures today announced the hiring of Hanns Anders as a new associate in the firm’s energy technology practice.
Anders, 30, will draw upon his experience in the alternative energy and environmental services industries to evaluate investment opportunities . . .
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On March 20, 2012, the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship proudly recognized biotech pioneer Moshe Alafi with its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at a special awards dinner. A Berkeley alumnus, Mr. Alafi is one of the founders of the biotechnology industry. He has funded and helped start over 60 companies through his venture capital firm Alafi Capital. Many of these firms have created entire new industries including such pioneers as Cetus, Biogen, Applied Biosystems, and Amgen. His life is an incredible inspiration to entrepreneurs as a successful investor and startup partner as well as one who has done an incredible amount to improve our health and scientific knowledge with biotechnology breakthroughs. . . .
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March 25, 2012 source: GigaOM Earth2Tech
Update: March 27, 2012 – see GigaOM’s followup article: The story of Energy Cache, a drop-dead simple energy idea by Katie Fehrenbacher from an extensive interview with the founder and President of Energy Cache, Aaron Fyke, giving the details of how the technology works, how the company came into being, where it’s headed and how Bill Gates and Bill Gross became involved.
Energy Cache, one . . .
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March 22, 2012 source: Billeo
Recently, one of our portfolio companies Billeo, Inc. released data on current online shopping trends from its network of over 100,000 online shoppers. The findings suggest that the rewards offered by a loyalty program can have a large impact on online shopping behavior. One statistic I found to be intriguing is that shoppers are almost five times more likely to use a reward offering the ability . . .
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by Nat Goldhaber and John Steuart
Moshe Alafi, a former mentor to both of us and investor in our startups earlier in our career, won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Haas School’s Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley last week. There wasn’t any doubt that he fully deserved to win this highly prestigious award.
Moshe, after all, has been called one of the founders of biotechnology. We believe he is the most successful . . .
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