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What Is the Appropriate Role for Government in Cleantech Innovation?

(This post originally appeared at Greentech Media.) It’s not a popular thing to argue right now, but yes, there certainly is a vital role for government in support of cleantech innovation. Let me start by acknowledging that I absolutely understand and quite often agree with the sentiment that government shouldn’t be in the business of...
What’s Going On With Corporate Investors in Cleantech?

What’s Going On With Corporate Investors in Cleantech?

(This post originally appeared at GreentechMedia.) Walt Frick posted a good rebuttal to the Wired “cleantech bust” article recently, in which he points out that venture dollars going into the sector remain high. This is true, but as one of my fellow panelists at the Kellogg PE/VC conference yesterday pointed out, a lot of those dollars...

Why I Believe 2012 will be a Record Year for Cleantech Innovation Financing

(Sheeraz Haji is CEO of San-Francisco-based Cleantech Group. This post originally appeared on Cleantech Group’s Cleantech Insights Blog.) The death of cleantech venture capital has been greatly exaggerated. Yes, there were a few massive failures in 2011, and of course it’s been difficult for a number of cleantech venture capitalists to raise funds. However, cleantech...
A Look at Cleantech VC in New England

A Look at Cleantech VC in New England

Much is written about cleantech venture capital globally and nationally, but much less is out there about investments at the state and regional levels. Courtesy of The Cleantech Group, I've charted cleantech venture investments in New England from 2007 through Q3 2011.
“How Do I Get a Job in Cleantech Venture Capital?”

“How Do I Get a Job in Cleantech Venture Capital?”

Around this time of year, the amount of inbound requests for coffees and "picking your brain" chats is always pretty overwhelming, as business school students and others start thinking about how they would love to be a cleantech venture capital investor. Unfortunately, much of what I have to give is simply tough love.
Looking Back on 2011 Cleantech Investing Predictions

Looking Back on 2011 Cleantech Investing Predictions

It's been a tumultuous year for a whole lot of folks, and the cleantech market has been no exception. As we near the end of 2011, I thought it would be good to look back on how our predictions from a year ago turned out.
Quick Hits: Boston’s Super-Angels, Nordan’s Smart Thoughts, and More

Quick Hits: Boston’s Super-Angels, Nordan’s Smart Thoughts, and More

Rob Day on angel investing, the state of cleantech VC, energy policy and more.
Summing up Cleantech VC

Summing up Cleantech VC

If you haven't been reading Matthew Nordan's posts at GigaOM this week on cleantech venture capital you've really been missing out. There are four posts in total, all of which are linked below and I strongly encourage you to take the time and read through all of them. But for those in a rush, here's...
How I've Failed

How I’ve Failed

I've heard it said that venture capital is an apprenticeship business, that it takes about seven years for a VC to become a proficient investor. As I now get close to my eighth year investing in the cleantech sector, that aphorism resonates with me -- especially as I look back at the many ways...
Q3: One Last Bloom Before the Winter?

Q3: One Last Bloom Before the Winter?

While the Q3 results are somewhat encouraging, it will be surprising to see that upward trend continue over the next few quarters.
Big Dreams and Narrow Niches

Big Dreams and Narrow Niches

For cleantech entrepreneurs out fundraising from VCs three years ago, it was easy: Just make the biggest claims possible. Talk about reinventing the entire planet, VCs wanted to think big. Bigger dreams just meant bigger rounds...
What Family Offices Should Learn From VCs

What Family Offices Should Learn From VCs

Just got back from attending Dealcatch earlier this week. Being there also really helped illustrate a contrast I've observed between institutional venture investors and many (but not all) family offices I've run across over the past few years: the willingness to actively engage in such conversations with each other.