Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Smart Grid Debacle and What to Do about It

tl;dr: Use less electricity, win valuable prizes. Look at the picture above. Stare long and hard. First of all, this is the least-cool protest I’ve ever seen. Second, is this what the smart grid has bought us? With north of … Continue reading

Posted in Consumers, Smart grid | 3 Comments

What It Takes to Build a Cleantech Winner

(A version of this post also appeared at Thanks Dan!) tl;dr: It’s the team. I entered the venture capital business two years ago, focusing on seed/Series A cleantech start-ups. It’s kind of like picking a future NBA draft by … Continue reading

Posted in Numbers, Venture capital | 7 Comments

Solyndra Observations

tl;dr: There’s a reason they call it risk capital. As you’re doubtless aware, Solyndra announced yesterday that it’s shutting down. The CIGS-on-tubes solar module maker raised nearly $2 billion in capital, including more than $1 billion from venture investors and … Continue reading

Posted in Current events, Solar | 1 Comment