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Many VCs have pulled back from funding energy technologies and cleantech startups, and have been replaced by corporate venture capitalists.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 Predicts Energy Independence By 2025

Nat Goldhaber
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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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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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Claremont Creek Ventures portfolio company Billeo’s data reveals what rewards consumers find most appealing

Randy Hawks

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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Trend Spotting: 12 Greentech Startups to Watch in 2012 includes two of our portfolio companies

Nat Goldhaber

December 29, 2011 source: GreentechMedia

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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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Entrepreneur’s Perspective, part two: : Frank Richards, serial entrepreneur and former CEO of SmartZIP: The Building of a Company

Frank Richards

Guest Post by Frank Richards The Building of a Company As an avid fan and investor in real estate I identified a significant gap in the residential investment market around 2004. I noted that 15-20% of all homes sold in the US are for investment. But I also discovered that there were no national platforms or proprietary algorithms that could help people identify the best investment markets and the best properties. Essentially there was no Charles Schwab for the residential investment market. I realized there was a great opportunity for a private banking platform to help people research, plan, acquire and manage residential real estate investments nationwide. . . .
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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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CleanTech Remains Hot In A Post-Solyndra World

Nat Goldhaber

December 12, 2011 source: originally published at

Pessimism about the clean tech space has been on the rise recently, thanks in part to a pair of high profile failures of government-backed companies. Congress and the media have pounced on the carrion like starving scavengers.

In the frenzy of sensationalism, it is hard for the public to derive a reasoned understanding of the facts and even more difficult to feel comfortable about the . . .
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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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AOL.com names Claremont Creek Ventures’s Nat Goldhaber & Paul Straub as one of theTop Five Clean Energy VCs and Principals

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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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