Big Data and the Cloud in the Energy Sector




    Big Data and the Cloud in the Energy Sector

    The convergence of big data and cloud computing promises to provide enormous value, allowing businesses and individuals to obtain real-time results and gain new insights. What opportunities will this convergence present in the energy sector? Join us for an in-depth discussion with investors, technologists and entrepreneurs as we explore how businesses today are harnessing big data in the energy sector to meet pressing challenges, provide market opportunities and offer products and services that help businesses optimize the way they use energy. We’ll also offer insights into how federal and state policy initiatives and public utility commission proceedings are impacting the market.

     8:00am      Registration and Breakfast    
     8:30am      Panel Discussion          
     9:30am      Audience Q&A/Networking
     10:00am   Event Concludes

    Rachel Barge, Greenstart
    Roy Johnson, EcoFactor
    Michael Murray, Lucid
    Jason Riley, Genability
    Andy Tang, AutoGrid
    Abe Yokell, RockPort Capital Partners
    Moderated by: Robert O'Connor, WSGR

    Speaker Bios:

    Rachel Barge, Partner, Greenstart
    Rachel Barge is a partner and head of communications at Greenstart, the venture firm and design studio for cleanweb startups. Greenstart invests capital and design services into seed-stage companies that are solving energy and resource problems with information technology. Rachel is a master at distilling the complex information in the heads of startup founders into crisp and actionable messages, and crafts stories around them that stick. As in-house communications and media advisor to Greenstart portfolio companies, she helps founders get their messages in front of the right audiences, including national media. Deeply involved in the ecosystem of impact startups and cleantech, Rachel is a natural leader in a broad network of energy and green technology professionals. Rachel founded her first social enterprise at age 22, a consultancy that raised $16M for energy efficiency and clean energy projects at universities across the country. She then directed the Business Council on Climate Change, a network of CSR professionals in the Bay Area. After a 7-month stint in India, she developed expertise in cleantech entrepreneurship as Executive Director of CleantechU, a project of the Schoenfeld Foundation. Rachel was recently named a “30 under 30” in energy by Forbes, and is known for throwing the best parties among her fellow energy nerds. Rachel holds a BS in Conservation and Resource Studies and Forestry from the University of California – Berkeley. She is a recipient of the David Brower Youth Award, Wild Gift Fellowship, and is a Morris K. Udall Scholar.

    Roy Johnson, CEO, EcoFactor
    Roy comes to EcoFactor after four years as CEO at Calisolar, Inc., a vertically integrated manufacturer of solar silicon, wafers and high-performance cells. Prior to his time at Calisolar, Johnson was CEO of Redline Networks, where he guided the team to an industry leadership position in the Application Front End market, from pre-revenue to a successful acquisition by Juniper Networks for $132 million in May 2005. Previously Johnson also held the post of vice president of marketing and business development at 2Wire and spent 13 years at 3Com Corporation. He holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and an AB in Economics from Dartmouth College.

    Michael Murray, CEO, Lucid
    Michael is Lucid's co-founder and CEO, having led the company since its inception in 2004. A LEED Accredited Professional, he has ten years of experience working with metering and building automation systems. Prior to joining Lucid, Michael specialized in Ecological Footprint applications for governments, non-profits and corporations with Global Footprint Network. His work included environmental assessments of electric utilities; commercial real-estate corporations; the Australian, British and Canadian governments; and numerous international non-governmental organizations. He has led original research evaluating payback of photovoltaics at the Lewis Center for Environmental Studies in Oberlin, Ohio. Michael holds a BA with highest honors in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College.

    Robert O'Connor, Partner, WSGR
    Robert O'Connor is a corporate partner with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and a leader in the firm's energy and clean technology practice. He was instrumental in establishing this key practice and works with a dedicated team to identify opportunities for growth and expansion. Bob primarily focuses on the representation of technology enterprises, with an emphasis on those in the clean technology space, in raising capital through private and public debt and equity financings, including their initial public offerings. His practice also includes advising companies in connection with a broad range of mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions, as well as the sale, development, and finance of renewable energy projects. In addition, Bob advises many leading venture capital and private equity firms in connection with their portfolio company investments and advises investment banks in connection with initial public offerings and other capital markets transactions.

    Jason Riley, Founder & CEO, Genability
    Jason is the founder and CEO of Genability. Prior to founding Genability, Jason co-founded and was Chairman of Entessa, a provider of enterprise software solutions to Fortune 500 companies. Entessa merged with Energy Solutions International (ESI) in June 2010. Post-merger, Jason was an investor and adviser to ESI until September 2010, when ESI was sold to GFI Energy Ventures, a division of OakTree Capital Management. Jason was born in England and educated in Scotland.

    Abe Yokell, Partner, RockPort Capital Partners
    Abe is a Partner at RockPort Capital Partners and helped spearhead the opening of RockPort’s Menlo Park, CA office.  He has worked in all realms of cleantech and on specific investments in solar, energy storage, energy efficiency, transportation, lighting, smart grid, green buildings, water, wind, and advanced materials, among other sectors.  Abe has been with RockPort for over nine years and has been directly involved in over 25 initial investments.  He currently holds board seats at EcoFactor, Qnovo, Solar Universe, and Flywheel Software, and has was previously involved with Enphase Energy (NASDAQ: ENPH), Recurve (acquired by Tendril), and Eka Systems (acquired by Cooper Power), among others.

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