Energy Innovation: Cleantech 2.0 - A New Shade of Green



  • Energy Innovation
    Cleantech 2.0: A New Shade of Green
    Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 8:00am -10:00am
    SAP, Palo Alto

    Updates from the Event

    Dec. 4, 2012 SVForum Cleantech 2.0 - D.J Cline,

    Is Cleantech Wearing Down? - Michal Lenchner,



    Online registration is now closed. Walk-ins welcome. Additional $10 at the door.

    Contrary to the popular press, cleantech is not dead.  But it has morphed substantially over the past few years.  Financial investors are backing away, recognizing that investments are capital intensive and returns are long term.  Even the public excitement around green and clean has faded.   Still, the global market needs innovations in materials science, renewable resources, transportation, manufacturing, clean water, energy generation, energy efficiency, and energy storage.  As venture capital firms are shrinking from these sectors, corporate investors are stepping in with a strategic investment point of view.  For investors in Cleantech 2.0, the interest is not so much in the popularity of green as it is in the business necessity of green.  Corporations that are making 20 to 40 year investments in manufacturing and industrial facilities understand the imperative of investing in new technologies and materials that are likely to change the way their businesses have operated in the past.  As a result, corporate investors are putting more emphasis on tapping the innovation ecosystem to insure they remain competitive in the decades to come. What sectors received the most funding in 2012? What should we expect in 2013?

    8:00am      Registration and Breakfast    
    8:30am      Panel Discussion          
    9:15am      Audience Q&A
    9:30am      Networking
    10:00am    Event Concludes

    Confirmed Speakers:
    Drew Clark, IBM
    Jai Das, SAP Ventures
    Mark Perutz, DBL Investors
    Bill Reichert, Garage Technology Ventures
    Moderated by: Eric Wesoff, Greentech Media

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    Speaker Bios:

    Drew Clark, Director of Corporate Strategy, Venture Capital Group, IBM. Drew Clark, a champion for innovation across IBM and its global ecosystem, is co-founder of and lead strategist for IBM's global venture capital group. Drew works with IBM’s key business imperatives including Sustainability / Cleantech, Smarter Cities, Smarter Planet, Big Data, Mobile and Cloud Computing. At the other end, Drew works closely with the global venture capital community across multiple IBM brands and industry sectors to help drive new business opportunities. As a serial “intrapreneur", Drew has led a range of internal startup initiatives, including a key role in formation of IBM's Internet Division. Later, Drew led IBM's search, unstructured information management, social media and Web 2.0 initiatives.
    Jai Das, Managing Director, SAP Ventures. Jai is looking for the next-generation of iconic start-ups which are focused on Cloud computing, Analytics, Digital Media and Mobility and which are leveraging trends like Big-data, Consumerization of IT and Social-local-mobile Internet.  He also leads SAP Ventures’ investment activities in India where he is looking for growth stage private companies that are building on the proliferation of mobile-internet savvy Indian consumers and that are building world-class enterprise applications to be delivered globally from India via the cloud.  He spent seven years designing and building software applications as a lead architect and as a product manager at Oracle and at several start-ups.  He was also an entrepreneur before deciding to focus on investing in high-growth technology start-ups. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business where he was awarded the George Hay Brown Prize for academic excellence.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Brown University.
    Mark Perutz is a Part­ner at DBL Investors. Pre­vi­ously he was an invest­ment pro­fes­sional at JPMor­gan help­ing to man­age the Bay Area Equity Fund from 2003 through the spin-??out of the Bay Area Equity Fund from JPMor­gan and the found­ing of DBL Investors in Jan­u­ary 2008. He is on the board of Rev­o­lu­tion Foods and has worked with the fol­low­ing port­fo­lio com­pa­nies: Primus Power, Solaria, SolarCity, Tesla Motors, Pow­erLight, eMe­ter, Solex­ant, Lab­cyte, XDx, Ben­tek and ReShape. Pre­vi­ously, Mark was an equity research ana­lyst at Robert­son Stephens. At Robert­son, Mark focused on the enter­prise soft­ware sec­tor, where his area of cov­er­age included com­pa­nies such as: BEA Sys­tems, Ink­tomi, Doc­u­men­tum, Inter­wo­ven, Broad­Vi­sion, Allaire, Sil­ver­Stream, Iona, Per­sis­tence and iMan­age. Mark has also worked in busi­ness devel­op­ment at Inter­wo­ven, a web con­tent man­age­ment com­pany; per­formed tech­nol­ogy and mar­ket research at the Tower Group; and built com­puter sys­tems as a sys­tems inte­gra­tion con­sul­tant for Accenture. Mark received a BS and MS in Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing from MIT, and received a MBA from the Sloan School of Busi­ness at MIT.
    Bill Reichert is Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures, a leading seed-stage and early-stage venture capital fund, based in Silicon Valley.  Garage makes seed investments in promising early stage technology companies and works intensively with them to help them to the next step.  Some of Garage’s most successful startups include Pandora, Tripwire, LeftHand Networks, Coremetrics, Hoku Scientific, Kaboodle, WhiteHat Security and Simply Hired.Bill has spent most of his career as an entrepreneur and operating executive.  Prior to joining Garage in 1998, Bill was a co-founder and senior executive at several early-stage, venture-backed technology companies, including Trademark Software, The Learning Company, Infa Technologies, and Academic Systems.  Earlier in his career, Bill worked at McKinsey & Co. in Los Angeles, the World Bank in Washington, DC, and Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. in New York.  Bill earned his BA from Harvard University and his MBA from Stanford University.
    Eric Wesoff is Editor in Chief at Greentech Media. Prior to joining Greentech Media, Eric Wesoff founded Sage Marketing Partners in 2000 to provide sales and marketing-consulting services to venture-capital firms and their portfolio companies in the alternative energy and telecommunications sectors. Mr. Wesoff has become a well known, respected authority and speaker in these fields. He frequently consults for energy startups and Silicon Valley's premier venture capitalists.

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