• State of the Green Clean Industry Friday, January 30, 2009 - 08:30AM to 03:00PM
    Sun Microsystems
    4030 George Sellon Circle
    Santa Clara, CA
    Clean Tech Breakfast Series

State of the Green Clean Industry



  • State of the Clean Green Industry


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    Friday, January 30th

    SDForum, in partnership with FountainBlue, is delighted to invite you to our second annual State of the Clean Green Industry, featuring policy-makers, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and investors, updating the larger Silicon Valley community on the opportunities and challenges in the clean green space.


    Registration & Networking


    Welcome Remarks 


    Opening Keynote: Mayor Chuck Reed, City of San Jose


    Question and Answer Session with Mayor Reed


    Panel Discussion: 'Where's the Green in Clean?' This discussion will feature a wide range of
    investors in clean energy organizations, from angels to VCs to investment bankers
    Kjerstin Barley, GE Commercial Finance
    Steve Eichenlaub, Intel Capital
    Nancy Pfund, CalCEF
    Laurie Yoler, GrowthPoint Technology Partners
    Moderated by: 
    Quentin Falconer, SVB




    Panel Discussion: 'Doing Well While Doing Good' Panelists will discuss what their organization is
    doing internally to minimize their carbon footprint, and how their products and services are better
    serving their customers, how their efforts will stimulate innovation in clean technology.

    Subodh Bapat , Sun Microsystems
    Peter Graf, SAP
    John Skinner, Intel Corporation
    Rich Lechner , IBM
    Anne Marie Feldhusen, Hewlett Packard
    Moderated by: 
    Deborah Gage, San Francisco Chronicle




    Panel Discussion: 'Clean Green Success Stories'
    Tom Balkum, Balkrete
    Donnie Foster, Power Assure
    Matt Golden , Sustainable Spaces 
    Jason Wolf, A Better Place
    PR Yu, Optony
    Moderated by: Dan Lankford, Wavepoint Ventures


    Closing Remarks




    Speaker Bios:

    Tom Balkum, Founder and CEO, Balkrete, Inc. Mr. Balkum invented Balkrete Custom Aggregates™, lightweight high-strength concrete aggregates produced from non-recycled waste plastics.   He later received patents for them, presented the same at the Research in Progress session at the American Concrete Institute 2006 Fall convention, and has more than 35 years of design, engineering and operational experience.  Mr. Balkum leads the technical development of Balkrete, as well as corporate strategy.

    Prior to Mr. Balkum’s development of Balkrete Aggregates, he served start-ups and high growth enterprises as a manufacturing and operations management specialist with direct profit and loss responsibility.   In these positions, Mr. Balkum applied his extensive knowledge in product and process development and re-engineering, modular demand flow manufacturing and distribution systems, production planning, inventory control, quality assurance and contract administration.   Later, Mr. Balkum managed small to mid-size companies, providing products and services for consumer, industrial and government markets.

    Working in the recycling industry from 1995-1996 to create new markets for scrap tire by-products, Mr. Balkum gained valuable insight into the difficult task of separating, cleaning, processing, and reselling recovered materials profitably.   Plastic recycling efforts proved even more difficult, given the unique characteristics inherent in plastic polymers.  Nevertheless, Mr. Balkum reasoned and later proved that if concrete aggregates could be produced with plastic recovered from the waste stream, it would be possible to reduce the weight of concrete (30 – 40%), outperform existent concrete technology (improving insulation values by 300%), sequester CO2 inside plastic aggregates (diverting plastic from being incinerated, where every ton of plastic emits 3 tons of greenhouse gas) and create a profitable construction supply product which uses as it principal ingredient, millions of tons of non-biodegradable plastic waste - annually. 

    Subodh Bapat, Vice President and Distinguished Engineer, Sun Microsystems Inc. Mr. Bapat is a vice president and distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems, responsible for driving Sun's systems level energy strategy. This includes energy management architectures, specifications, tools and standards for the entire stack, from the microprocessor and system level up through the system software, including the virtualization and operating system layers. Mr. Bapat has served as CTO for Sun's volume systems division, in which role he drove the expansion of Sun's product portfolio to include Opteron-based systems. He was responsible for the overall technology direction for Sun's blade servers, rack-mount servers, telecom-optimized servers, technical compute servers and workstations. In that role, he drove architectures and strategies for next-generation system architectures, interconnects, and networking standards. Most recently, he also served in Sun's software division as CTO for Sun's systems management and connected services product line.

    Kjerstin Barley, Senior Vice-President and Industry Leader, Technology and Business Services, GE Capital. Kjerstin E. Barley is Industry Leader, Technology and Business Services and a Senior Vice President at GE Capital. With a global portfolio of over $7B in assets, GE is a significant provider of capital to companies across technology sectors.
    Kjerstin has more than 18 years of experience in technology and financial services. She joined GE Commercial Finance's Media, Communications & Entertainment business in 2005, responsible for debt and equity investments in venture-backed, privately held technology companies. Prior to GE, Kjerstin held progressively senior roles in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications investment banking practices at Bear Stearns & Co. and JP Morgan.

    Earlier in her career, Kjerstin held a variety of operating roles at Brown Venture Associates, Silicon Graphics, Inc. and Franz Inc.

    Kjerstin received her MBA from New York University Stern School of Business and her BA in political economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

    Stephen Eichenlaub, Managing Director, Emerging Platform Technologies and Cleantech Sector, Intel Capital. Stephen Eichenlaub joined Intel Capital in 1998, and is a voting member of Intel Capital’s investment committee.  As managing director of strategic investments aligned with Intel Corp's central research laboratories and head of the Cleantech investment focus, Steve leads a team of investment managers driving equity and technology licensing relationships with external companies. The objectives of his team’s efforts are to expand, align and accelerate the frontiers of technology via strategic relationships with early and mid-stage start-ups in the context of driving significantly positive financial returns for Intel. Prior to Intel, Steve worked at leading software and solutions companies such as Adobe Systems, Mentor Graphics, Silicon Compiler Systems, and GammaMetrics, across a variety of roles including venture investing, mergers & acquisitions, business development, strategic marketing, product management, sales management, and investor relations. He holds a BS in Electrical and Nuclear Engineering from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

    Quentin Falconer, National Cleantech Coordinator, Silicon Valley Bank. As National Cleantech Coordinator, Quentin Falconer leads the business development efforts for the cleantech industry at SVB Silicon Valley Bank.  SVB is the premier commercial bank for technology and life science companies of all sizes.  SVB currently banks half of all venture-backed companies nationwide.  Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., the company serves clients around the world through 27 U.S. offices and international operations in China, India, Israel and the U.K.

    Formerly an engineer with Bechtel Corporation, Quentin began his commercial banking career in 1990 and has been with Silicon Valley Bank since 1999 working with emerging and mid-stage technology companies. He provides and oversees commercial and merchant banking, investment management and global treasury services for his portfolio of clients.  Quentin sits on the Advisory Council for the Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum and is a member of Financial Executives International. He earned Bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and music from Tufts University and a master’s of business administration from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

    Anne Marie Feldhusen, Marketing Manager, Green Business Technology Initiative, Hewlett Packard. Anne Feldhusen is the Marketing Manager for HP's Green Business Technology Initiative. The initiative supports enterprise clients in achieving business outcomes while at the same time reducing environmental impact. Anne has held leadership roles in HP Services Marketing and Australia's field sales organization. In 2007, Anne launched HP’s first large-scale solar installation.

    Anne joined HP from Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Business. Prior to HP, Anne worked in financial services and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial management and industrial engineering from Purdue University.

    Donnie Foster, Founder, President & CEO, Power Assure, Inc. - Holistic Power Management. With over 30 years in the High Tech, Pharmaceutical, and Biotech industries, he is experienced in providing executive, business, people and information technology management. Prior to Power Assure, Donnie held numerous executive positions most notable as the General Manager (P&L responsibility) at Hewlett-Packard for America’s Region for custom software solutions, and set-up business development, R&D and delivery capabilities using local and offshore resources. Over his distinguished career at HP, he served in many roles including Software R&D Manager, E-Services Business Organization, Division Professional Services and Support Manager - India Support Organization, Facilities, IT Systems and Programming Manager.

    Donnie stepped into his first data center more than 30 years ago and felt the cold air on the hot IBM and Amdahl mainframes… and has watched over the years as minicomputers and then servers have multiplied in numbers, power and cooling requirements and believes that he and his team have found a more sustainable model.

    Donnie’s specialties include Green Power Management, Executive Program and Project Management, Business Transformation, Executive Transition Management and International IT, Data Center, R&D, and Outsourcing Expertise. Donnie is an experienced CEO and business executive who collaborates and challenges colleagues, board members, and staff to excel in dynamic, high-pressure situations using results-oriented leadership, financial analysis, and proven project management techniques. He creates a catalyst for improved bottom-line results with a team-oriented approach and problem-solving demeanor.

    Donnie is active with the DOE, EPA, and Silicon Valley Leadership Group, among others promoting energy efficiency and improved sustainability techniques for high tech companies. Donnie lives with his wife and daughter in Mountain View, California and is active in community affairs.

    Deborah Gage, Senior Technology Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle. Deborah is a senior technology reporter covering green technology, security, privacy, venture capitalists and Silicon Valley startups. She is also a technology blogger for The Tech Chronicles. Deborah joined the San Francisco Chronicle as a senior technology reporter in December 2007. She previously was a senior writer for Baseline magazine in New York. She has covered the high technology industry since 1994 and has won over a dozen national and regional editorial awards, including the Grand Neal and Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards in 2005 for a story on how American-made software contributed to the deaths of cancer patients in Panama.

    Matt Golden, Co-Founder and President, Sustainable Spaces. Matt Golden is the co-founder and president of Sustainable Spaces. Prior to founding the company in 2004, Matt worked as an Energy Consultant, helping homeowners and businesses develop solar power systems. He soon realized that he was offering only a point solution and was not truly addressing most homeowners' desires to make their homes and lives more sustainable. Matt developed the concept for Sustainable Spaces to meet this market demand by providing a single, full-service resource and a brand homeowners can trust to help them improve the comfort, health, and efficiency of their home.

    Matt speaks extensively on building science and integrated green design to groups such as the AIA (American Institute of Architects), West Coast Green, Build it Green and others. Matt has authored a number of articles for Home Energy Magazine and has been featured in the SF Chronicle, USA Today, KQED Radio, and the Ellen Degeneres Show. He currently resides on the following boards: Department of Energy (DOE) Home Performance Council, California Building Performance Contractors Association (CBPCA), Build It Green, and Fine Home Building Magazine Green Building Advisory Board.

    Peter Graf, Executive Vice President, SAP. Peter Graf, executive vice president, is head of sustainability at SAP. Reporting to board member Jim Hagemann Snabe, he leads SAP's overall sustainability solutions and ensures sustainable operations at SAP itself.  Based out of SAP Labs Offices in Palo Alto, CA, Peter holds a Masters degree in computer science and economics as well as a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence.

    Dan Lankford, Managing Director, Wavepoint Ventures. Dan 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, where he took the company from early-stage through IPO and raised more than $100 million in the private and public markets. BOLDER was an energy technology company that, among other things, supplied the batteries for the original Chrysler hybrid electric vehicle project. Before joining BOLDER he was the 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.
    Prior to moving to Europe, Dan served as vice president of marketing for AT&T's $2.5 billion worldwide microelectronics business. He was also part of the team that commercialized the UNIX business at Bell Labs. He has been involved with early-stage technology ventures for more than 20 years as an investor, board member, executive, and consultant.

    Dan has a Master’s degree in management from Stanford Business School where he was a Sloan Fellow; he also has a Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering (with honors) from Johns Hopkins University and has attended the Senior European Executive Program at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.  Dan is a former Commissioner on the Colorado Governor's Commission on Science and Technology and has presented at the White House Conference on Alternative Energy.

    Rich Lechner, Vice President, Energy & Environment, IBM. Mr. Lechner was named vice president, Energy & Environment in September 2008. In this role, he leads IBM’s efforts in helping clients address the issues and opportunities around energy, the environment, and sustainability. He is responsible for defining strategy and managing the broad portfolio of capabilities and offerings that leverage IBM’s technology innovation, deep industry insight, and business process strategy.

    Mr. Lechner has a strong track record for driving key cross IBM initiatives that deliver value to clients of all sizes including virtualization, Project Big Green, and IBM’s New Enterprise Data Center Strategy. Previously, he was vice president for Enterprise Systems addressing IBM’s large enterprise customer base and market opportunity by bringing to market a unified set of systems, software and services designed to optimize large-scale IT infrastructures. He has held a number of other senior leadership positions at IBM across the hardware, software, and services organizations including: IT Optimization, Storage Systems, Mainframes, Software Strategy, and Systems Management. Mr. Lechner spent ten years as a programmer for IBM and began his career as a micro-code programmer in the Financial Services Industry.

    Nancy E. Pfund, Managing Partner, DBL Investors and CalCEF Board Member. Ms. Pfund is a Managing Partner of DBL Investors, an investment firm focused on delivering strong financial returns together with positive social, environmental, and economic impact. DBL Investors drives sustainability through a combination of investing in cleantech companies as well as in companies from more diversified sectors and then helping these companies realize the economic benefits of environmental stewardship and branding. DBL Investors’ first fund, the Bay Area Equity Fund, implements this strategy with top-tier returns in a portfolio of investments in emerging growth companies located in lower-income neighborhoods of the San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Pfund currently sponsors or sits on the board of directors of a number of private companies, including Tesla Motors, Pandora Corporation, Brightsource Energy, SolarCity, and eMeter.

    Originally a regional venture capital group within JPMorgan, DBL Investors spun out as an independent firm in January 2008. Ms. Pfund joined JPMorgan (then Hambrecht & Quist) in 1984 as a securities analyst and later joined its venture capital department as Principal and then Managing Director. In addition to her private equity responsibilities, Ms. Pfund also built and directed H&Q's external affairs and philanthropic programs from 1996 to 2001.

    In 1988, President Bush appointed Ms. Pfund as a charter member of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology. In 1999, Ms. Pfund was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the Congressional Web-Based Education Commission. Currently, Ms. Pfund is a member of the board of directors of the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), a not-for-profit fund mandated by the California PUC to invest in companies pursuing alternatives to a fossil-fuel dominated economy, and is an Advisor to its newly-created CalCEF Angel Fund. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the UC Davis Center for Energy Efficiency, and is a founding officer and director of ABC 2, a foundation aimed at accelerating a cure for brain cancer. Most recently, Ms. Pfund has been appointed as a member of the Task Force on California’s Energy and Environmental Challenges, an initiative of the Pacific Council on International Policy. Ms. Pfund speaks frequently on subjects relating to environmental investing, environmental policy, and mission-related investing.

    Prior to joining JPMorgan, Ms. Pfund worked at Intel Corporation, Stanford University, the State of California, and the Sierra Club. Ms. Pfund received her BA and MA in anthropology from Stanford University, and her MBA from the Yale School of Management.

    Chuck Reed, Mayor, City of San Jose. Chuck Reed is the 64th Mayor of San JosÉ. Elected on November 7, 2006, Chuck was sworn into office the following January by his daughter, Air Force Major Kim Campbell. Chuck was born on August 16, 1948 and was raised in the small farming town of Garden City, Kansas. His family lived in a public housing project, teaching him from an early age the importance of government aide for working families. A strong work ethic was evident during childhood as he took jobs sweeping floors while still in elementary school. Chuck dug ditches, shoveled gravel, and worked in the fields before becoming a teenager. While in high school, Chuck worked part time operating a bull dozer and driving an 18 wheeler semi truck. Chuck left Kansas to attend the United States Air Force Academy and went on to serve in Thailand during the Vietnam War. He received a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University and graduated from Stanford Law School. After passing the bar, Chuck began working as an attorney in San JosÉ handling environmental, employment, land use and real estate law, and commercial litigation. Chuck’s success as an attorney gave him the opportunity to devote time to serving the community. He began offering free legal advice to tenants in housing disputes and helping local non-profit organizations. Chuck has served on more than 20 boards, commissions, committees, and task forces. After two decades of civic participation, Chuck ran for City Council in 2000. Winning the seat, Chuck represented District 4 including Berryessa, North San JosÉ, and Alviso. As a councilmember, Chuck openly opposed issues that he believed were not in the best interest of San JosÉ’s long term future. He became the independent voice on the City Council and gained a reputation for his commitment to fiscal responsibility. As Mayor of San JosÉ, Chuck is committed to improving the quality of life in the City, boosting the public’s trust in local government, and fixing the City’s structural budget deficit.  The Reed Reforms, a comprehensive strategy to return honesty, fiscal responsibility, and open government to City Hall, are part of Chuck’s vision to make the political process more accessible to the general public. The reforms require further disclosure from elected officials, add restrictions on lobbyists, and increase the role of citizens in San JosÉ government. Chuck and his wife, Paula, have been married for over 35 years. Paula manages a medical clinic specializing in the care of cancer patients. They have two children, Kim and Alex, who both attended public schools in San JosÉ. Kim is a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force with more than 100 combat missions. Alex works in Washington D.C. to help prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

    John Skinner, Director of Marketing, Eco-Technology, Intel Corporation. John Skinner is the Director of Marketing for Eco-Technology at Intel Corporation, where he is responsible for managing alliances and communications related to Intel’s “Eco Technology” thrusts: Energy Efficient Performance, Sustainable Manufacturing, Design for the Environment, and Policy and Industry Leadership. In this capacity, John is co-chair of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative marketing council, and supports Intel’s activities within The Green Grid consortium. John is a 24 year veteran of the computing industry, with significant experience in business development, marketing, and technology program management. As a district manager at Intel, John was responsible for growing sales within his group to $1B in annual revenue. John was later the worldwide manager of Intel Enterprise Marketing, and established Intel's first Enterprise Co-Marketing alliance with Microsoft. For four years, John was managing director of Intel’s Global Software Alliances group, overseeing all joint engineering and business development activities with Oracle, SAP, Adobe, and others. Most recently, John was Director of Software and Enterprise Programs for Intel’s relationship with Apple Inc. John is a passionate advocate for the potential of technology to help address the challenge of climate change, and enable a more sustainable world. John is an active leader within the Intel Employee Sustainability Network, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and the California Clean Tech Open communities. John received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Cornell University, and a Master’s degree in business administration from Rutgers University.

    Jason Wolf, Business Development , North America, Better Place. Jason Wolf is responsible for business development in North America for Better Place. In this role, he strives to form strategic partnerships with energy companies, automobile manufacturers, investors, governments and other key parties in an effort to create infrastructure for the mass adoption of electric vehicles.

    Jason brings more than 11 years of management experience in the IT industry, having held various positions in strategic planning, product rollouts, sales and professional services. In his last role, Jason served as president of Sterna Technologies USA, the pioneer of Business Positioning Systems software. Prior to joining Sterna, he held a number of positions during a 10-year career at SAP AG, including senior vice president of Strategic Initiatives and senior vice president of New Product Introductions.

    Jason holds a B.A. in Economics and Psychology from the University of Tel-Aviv, and an MBA from San Jose State University. From 1986 to 1993, he served as an officer in the Israeli military.

    Laurie Yoler, Managing Director, GrowthPoint Technology Partners. Laurie Yoler is a Managing Director at GrowthPoint Technology Partners, an investment bank that helps innovative technology and clean technology companies to raise capital, build strategic alliances and complete M&A transactions. She has been helping emerging technology companies grow for over twenty years as an executive, advisor, investor and board member. She has served on the boards of public companies, private companies, and non-profit organizations.  Ms. Yoler currently serves on the board of advisors of Tesla Motors, the board of directors of the Washington State University Research Foundation, the advisory board of DNA Direct, and the TIE Clean Tech Advisory Board.

    Previously, Yoler was chief development officer at Intellectual Ventures, working with Nathan Myhrvold exploring invention and investment opportunities in a wide variety of technology areas ranging from software, user interface design, semiconductors, electronic devices, consumer products, lasers, biotechnology and medical devices.

    Before joining Intellectual Ventures, Yoler was vice president of marketing and business development for Packet Design LLC, a networking R&D firm started by Judy Estrin, Bill Carrico and Van Jacobson.  She was instrumental in helping Packet Design spin out three networking companies: Vernier Networks, Packet Design Inc., and Precision I/O.

    Yoler was previously a director at Sun Microsystems for seven years where she held a number of corporate development, business development, marketing and sales management positions, including three years based in Geneva, Switzerland as the sales director for financial markets for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

    Prior to Sun, Yoler was the director of product development and management at Visa, where she designed and implemented new banking products, like the Visa Check Card.  Before joining Visa, she was a manager in the advanced technology practices of Accenture and PwC.

    Yoler previously served on the board of directors of Tesla Motors since its founding, the public company Interactive Investor (acquired by AMP) and the technical advisory board of Index Ventures.

    Yoler graduated summa cum laude from Washington State University with a B.A. in management information systems. She also completed a year abroad in the international business program at the University of Copenhagen. She completed executive management programs at both Kellogg and INSEAD.

    PR Yu, CEO and Co-Founder, Optony. Dr. PR Yu is the CEO and co-founder of Optony Inc., a solar startup that is pioneering the commercialization of proprietary TFC Solar TM technology.  With financial support from the U.S. Department of Energy and angel investors, and technical support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Optony has demonstrated certified world-record performance solar prototypes which it continues to refine in preparation for high-volume manufacturing.

    Dr. Yu is a serial entrepreneur with a history of innovation in the solar industry.  Prior to Optony, Dr. Yu was with Innovalight where he developed the company’s first prototype solar cells as well as several key patent applications which laid the foundation for the company’s growth.  Before that, Dr. Yu worked at NREL where he was part of a team that made major solar breakthroughs that received Eni Award, touted as the Nobel Prize of energy research.  While in graduate school, Dr. Yu co-founded international education service company Ansipen Co., and took it to profit.  Dr. Yu is an invited cleantech speaker in the US and China.  He received his Ph.D. from University of Colorado at Boulder, and B.S. from Peking University.  

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