Clean Energy Entrepreneurs' Forum



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    SDForum, in partnership with FountainBlue would like to introduce to you the annual Clean Energy Entrepreneurs' Forum on the topic of 'Policy and Its Implications for the Clean Energy Entrepreneur,' scheduled for Friday, January 25, 2008.

    Entrepreneurs, tech executives, investors, policy-makers, and other stakeholders have been analyzing the burgeoning clean energy industry, both from the technology side and from the business opportunity side.

    From the technology side, we are leveraging learnings and successes from many industries, from the semi-conductor and automobile industry to the nanotechnology and life science industries, to the chemistry and geology industries.

    From the business side, we are seeing the potential global impact of clean energy solutions, identifying the need for partnerships locally and globally, and examining the implications of policy on clean energy entrepreneurs.

    This annual event will bring together policy-makers, corporate executives, entrepreneurs and investors, presenting differing perspectives on 'Policy and Its Implications for the Clean Energy Entrepreneur'.


    Speaker Bios:

    Keynote: Bill Lockyer, Treasurer of CA
    Californians on November 7, 2006 elected Bill Lockyer as the 32nd State Treasurer. As State Treasurer, Lockyer is committed to using the tools of the Office to help provide residents what they need to create a stronger California – more jobs, superior education, improved transportation, quality health care, more affordable housing and a cleaner environment.

    From 1999-2006, Lockyer served as California Attorney General and left a lasting legacy at the Department of Justice. In his eight years, he helped revolutionize crime fighting in California by creating and maintaining the nation’s most sophisticated DNA forensic crime laboratory. He also cracked down on Medi-Cal fraud, established the Megan’s Law website, and recovered billions of dollars for defrauded energy ratepayers, consumers and taxpayers.

    Prior to his election as Attorney General in 1998, Lockyer served for 25 years in the California Legislature, culminating his Capitol career with a stint as Senate President pro Tempore. In that leadership position, Lockyer crafted agreements to balance the state budget and reform government programs to make them run more efficiently and effectively for taxpayers.

    Afternoon Keynote: Scott Sandell, General Partner, NEA joined NEA in 1996 as an Associate, became a Partner in 1999 and a General Partner in 2000. Scott focuses on investments in information technology and alternative energy, and is responsible for NEA’s activities in China. 

    He also serves as Co-Chairman of the board of the Software Development Forum. He has sponsored investments in 3ware (acquired by Applied Micro Circuits Corporation), Amplitude Software (acquired by Critical Path), Fineground Networks (acquired by Cisco), Neoteris (acquired by Juniper Networks, (NASDAQ: JNPR), NetIQ (NASDAQ: NTIQ), (NYSE: CRM) and WebEx (NASDAQ: WEBX). Scott started his career at the Boston Consulting Group and later joined C-ATS Software as the company's first salesman. He founded and ran the European Subsidiary before attending Stanford Business School. During and after business school, Scott was a Product Manager at Microsoft, where he worked on Windows 95. In addition to an MBA from Stanford, Scott holds an AB in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College.

    Janice Berman, Senior Director, PG&E.  She is responsible for four departments at PG&E:Customer Generation, Sustainable Communities, Pricing and Emerging Products, and New Revenue Development.

    Prior to her current position, Ms. Berman has held numerous regulatory, financial and operational positions at PG&E, including Director of Rates and Tariffs, Director of Revenue Requirements, Director of Business Development, and Director of Gas System Operations. 

    Reed Content, AMD Fellow, has more than twenty years of environmental management experience in the semiconductor industry. Reed joined AMD in 1989 and is an AMD Fellow in the Global Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) organization. His responsibilities include managing AMD’s Extended Producer Responsibility and EHS/Technology Integration programs, directing AMD’s efforts to address EHS considerations in product design and advanced process technology development. Reed leads development of AMD’s annual Global Climate Protection Plan, first published in 2001.  AMD’s climate protection plan details the company’s strategic approach to achieving energy efficiency and emissions reduction through product design, industry initiatives, and sustainable manufacturing operations.

    Annette Finsterbusch, Director, Applied Ventures in the Corporate Business Development group of Applied Materials since 2004, responsible for identifying, recommending and managing venture capital investments. She is also a Kauffman Fellow.

    Prior to joining Applied Materials, Ms. Finsterbusch was the CEO at, an investment manager for DaimlerChrysler Venture Capital , and lead the business development efforts in Russia at Applied Materials.

    Dan Lankford, Managing Director, Wavepoint brings more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications equipment, software, semiconductor, and energy technology industries to Wavepoint, including senior leadership roles at AT&T/Bell Labs/Agere Systems and several early-stage companies.

    Prior to Wavepoint, Dan was Chairman and CEO of BOLDER Technologies, CEO of AT&T Microelectronics (Agere Systems) Europe, where he increased revenues from $15 million to $250 million in five years and established the company as one of the leading chip, opto-electronic, and power systems suppliers to the European electronics industry.

    Paul McGrath, CEO of RideSpring. Paul is on a mission to make using an alternative commute as easy and as rewarding as possible. Driven by the idea that a company-focused web service could provide the most rapid and environmentally sound way to address the monstrous problems of traffic congestion, Paul gave up a career as an analog IC design engineer in 2005 to develop the RideSpring service. Clients nationwide are now using RideSpring.

    Selected as a finalist in the California Clean Tech Open and as community hero by the United Way for his work in reducing single passenger auto use, Paul is enjoying the many challenges and rewards of starting a clean tech business.
    BSc. Engineering, Lancaster University, England

    John Melby, President &CEO  of APX, Inc. Under his leadership APX has become North America's leading infrastructure provider to create, track, manage, and retire environmental commodities in renewable energy, energy efficiency and greenhouse gases including carbon. APX is the system of choice for all major renewable energy markets in North America and has extended this technology to greenhouse gas markets worldwide including carbon offset credits and emission allowances.

    Chris Page, Director, Yahoo! joined the Yahoo! team in July of 2007 and is the director of Climate and Energy at the company. Page is responsible for overseeing the company’s climate-neutral program, efficiency and clean tech initiatives, and providing technical support to Yahoo!’s all-volunteer Green Team, an employee group that harnesses the collective energy of Yahoos around the world to reduce our carbon footprint.

    Prior to joining Yahoo!, Page was a senior consultant on the Energy and Resources Team at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), sShe also provided counsel to business networks on corporate social responsibility practices, and has led regular lectures on sustainable business practices at National Taiwan University, Peking University, and University of Colorado Leeds School of Business. Prior to working at RMI, Page was a field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School and a writer/editor for National Public Radio's "Living on Earth.”

    Gregory Pal, Senior Director, Corporate Development LS9, is responsible for marketing and business development at LS9. Prior to joining LS9, Mr. Pal spent 6 years at Tellme Networks, where he helped grow company revenue to over $100 million per year (a 50x increase). He combines a passion for building sustainable businesses with a pragmatic approach to problem solving. At Tellme Networks, Mr. Pal held various positions, including Director, Vertical & Corporate Marketing and Director, Financial Planning & Analysis, and was involved in all aspects of the business - from strategic planning, market selection, and product management through pre-sales activity, contract negotiation, and post-sales account management and P&L optimization.

    Ted Samson, Senior Analyst & Blogger, InfoWorld Ted is Media Passionate, about both environmental issues and technology, InfoWorld Senior Analyst Ted Samson tracks green-tech trends in his Sustainable IT blog . Ted works out of his home office in Sacramento, Calif. His kitchen appliances are all Energy Star-compliant -- but he does not currently own a hybrid.

    Price: Non-Member $80, Member price $50, Platinum Pass $0
    Please Note that the price for tickets the day of the event will raise to $100

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    Host Sponsor:

    AMD Commons Auditorium
    991 Stewart Drive,
    Sunnyvale, CA 94085




    8:30am-9:00am Networking and Registration
    Welcome and Introductions
    9:15am-10:15am "California's Investment in the Clean Revolution"

      Keynote speaker, Bill LockyerTreasurer of CA


    A Corporate Perspective: "Doing Well While Doing Good"
    Janice Berman,  PG&E

    Reed Content,  AMD
    Annette Finsterbusch, Applied Ventures
    Christina Page,  Yahoo Inc.!

    Moderator: Craig Lobdell, KPMG

    11:30am-12:15pm Lunch Break

     "Lessons Learned from Around the World" 
    Dan LankfordWavepoint
    Paul McGrath, Ridespring
    Gregory PalLS9, Inc.                                                                          John Melby, APX

    Moderator: Ted Samson, InfoWorld Media


    "Clean Energy Opportunities and Challenges: the Venture Perspective" 

    Keynote Speaker, Scott Sandell, NEA 

    2:00pm Closing Remarks by DLA Piper and Networking