• Clean Tech Breakfast Series 6 Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 08:00AM to 10:00AM
    The CabaÑa Hotel & Resort- Palo Alto
    4290 El Camino Real
    Palo Alto, CA 94306
    Clean Tech Innovation Breakfast

Clean Tech Breakfast Series 6



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    Series Description:
    SDForum, in conjunction with Astia, closes its third year of the Clean Tech Breakfast Series. You are invited to attend the sixth breakfast: “Next Generation Biofuel Feedstock" to take place October 21st at 8:00 am to 10:00 am in in Palo Alto, at the Cabana Hotel.  We are pleased to announce that The Clean Tech Breakfast Series is being sponsored by Nixon Peabody and Moss Adams.

    Topic Description:
    Algae is regarded as ideal for large scale energy production such as ethanol and bio diesel.  It has the potential to grow 10-100 times more energy per acre than land crops and does not adversely impact food production. To date it has attracted about 20+ companies into different areas of opportunity.  However many challenges to commercialization including production rates, yield, processing and scaling.  There are several different approaches being pursued to address these issues, such as genetic engineering; closed system bioreactors and different algae species.   The panelists will cover the state of technology and commercialization as well as their recommended solutions to these issues as well as alternatives to algae in the biofuels sector.

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    8:00am: Registration and breakfast
    8:30am: Panel: "Next-generation biofuel feedstock "                      
                            David Blume,
    BioFuels Expert
                            Will Coleman, MDV
                            James Horn, Noventi
                            Matt Jones, Nth Power

                            Moderator: Derek Dowsett, Moss Adams
    9:15am-9:30am:  Audience: Question and Answer
    9:30am-10:00am: Networking

    Speaker Bios:

    David Blume, Expert, Alternate Fuel Technology. David has been at the forefront of alternative fuel technology since the 1970s, when he was a member of the Mother Earth News Eco Village alternative energy team. He has personally taught over 7000 people how to produce and use low-cost alcohol fuel in intensive workshops, and he wrote and hosted the 10-part PBS series Alcohol As Fuel. Dave has also been a pioneer in community-supported agriculture, and he is Executive Director of the International Institute for Ecological Agriculture, where he teaches permaculture. He consults for governments, farmers, companies, and others interested in turning waste into fuel and profitable products. His recently issued patent for a process using alcohol fuel production byproducts as a nontoxic replacement for poisonous herbicides and fertilizers has the potential to revolutionize American agriculture. 

    Will Coleman, Partner, Mohr Davidw Ventures Will brings a background in energy-related technology, development, and policy to the MDV team. He focuses on cleantech investments. In addition to investing, Will supports MDV cleantech companies.

    Prior to MDV Will worked in Washington, DC as the legislative director for the Renewable Energy Action Project, and as an independent consultant for private equity and project finance clients focusing on the energy sector. In 2004, Will was invited to sit on the California Energy Commission's Biofuels Working Groups to formulate strategies for reducing California's dependence on petroleum. Will has also worked for GE Wind in the commercial operations group, Xseed Capital, and on a variety of renewable energy deployment projects in China, India, and West Africa.

    Derek Dowsett, CPA, Business Assurance Partner. Derek is the regional practice leader of the Moss Adams Technology and Life Sciences Industry Group and a member of the firm’s SEC/Corporate Finance Group.  He has over sixteen years of public accounting experience working with technology and life sciences companies ranging from early stage start-ups to multi-national public entities.  He consults with clients on private placements, public stock offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and SEC compliance matters.  He also advises clients on technical accounting issues related to revenue recognition, equity and debt transactions, stock-based compensation, valuations of private company stock, asset impairments, corporate restructurings, and segment reporting.

    James Horn, Managing Director, Noventi. James served as a Principal with RSA Ventures, a venture capital fund sponsored by RSA Security, Inc. Its focus was on early to mid-stage companies in the areas of enterprise software, Internet infrastructure, and wireless applications.

    Before joining RSA Ventures, James served as a Senior Investment Manager at Intel Capital for four years where he most recently managed investments in wireless content and services. He also played a founding role in conceiving, creating and raising the $250 million Intel 64 Fund. The fund was Intel’s only fund with outside investors and included major computer manufacturers and a diverse group of Fortune 500 companies.

    Matt Jones, Partner, Nth Power joined Nth Power in 2000. His main focus at Nth Power is on deal origination, due diligence and deal structuring. He has been the lead principal on 10 investments in the areas of materials and nanotechnology, distributed generation and storage and biofuels. Mr. Jones serves on the boards of Pentadyne Power Corporation and XeroCoat, and is an observer on the board of Superprotonic.

    Prior to joining Nth Power, Mr. Jones was a consultant for Accenture in the utility practice group. He advised clients on market restructuring, cost reduction, risk management and information technology initiatives. He helped create a new organization within an investor owned utility for the purpose of interacting with the deregulated energy market.

    Price: Members:$25, Non-Members:$30, Platinum Pass:$0

    The CabaÑa Hotel & Resort- Palo Alto
    4290 El Camino Real
    Palo Alto, CA 94306