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Aug. 3, 2011 SVForum Green Transportation

On Wednesday, August 3, 2011 in Menlo Park at Orrick’s Silicon Valley Office, SVForum held a Green and Clean Evening “Trends in Green Transportation.” Greg Heibel of Orrick moderated panelists Paul McGrath of RideSpring, Geoff Ryder of SAP, Brien Seeley of CAFE Foundation, Matt Trevithick of Venrock and Ian Wright of Wrightspeed. They discussed the trends and opportunities in a world of rising fuel costs and temperatures.

Oil prices continue to fluctuate upward forcing people to look at natural gas, with its own production and distribution costs. Getting the gas out of the ground can cause environmental and safety headaches. The amount or molecular density of natural gas pumped into a vehicle may vary if it is fueled on a hot or cool day, leading to “range anxiety.” Electric cars have the similar issues but are rapidly gaining storage capacity and charging stations. Besides, it is possible to generate electricity without burning any fuel and increasing greenhouse gases.

Public transportation is very efficient in energy but not always on time, as anyone waiting for a bus will tell you. Better location based services and social media for ride sharing can help. There are also personal space and security issues. People like “pod” space around them.

The ultimate futuristic transportation would be the auto-pilot flying car. No more delays or searches at an airport but door-door service in a quiet electric vehicle. The air traffic control would be managed at a better level than today’s archaic system. The skies might be friendly again.

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May 3, 2011 SDF Waste Management And Recycling

On May 3, 2011 in Menlo Park at Orrick, SDForum’s Green and Clean Evening Series presented “Waste Management and Recycling.” Greg Heibel of Orrick moderated panelists Nick Drobac of The Clean Oceans Project, Randy Hawks of Claremont Creek Ventures, Annie Hazelhurst of Draper Fisher, Haider Nazar of Verliant and Julie Rapoport of CalStar Products. Text from DJCline.com

More people means more waste and the challenges to deal with it. This meeting of emerging waste mitigation companies, socially responsible venture investment firms, non-profit environmental groups discussed building sustainable and environmentally compatible products for full life cycle of consumer waste management, treatment, recovery and containment. Opportunities exist in sorting and conversion of waste into energy and fuel needs. Flyash from coal burning plants can be made into bricks. A vending machine can recycle an old cell phone and pay you for it. Fishnets can have identifying fibers that can be traced back to the manufacturer. Dairy farms can recover methane for fuel.

In each case, entrepreneurs look for a steady supply of waste and the market for it. They do not build their business plans around constantly changing government policies that vary around the world.

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Feb. 4, 2010 SDF Consumer Clean Tech Trends

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On February 4, 2010 in Menlo Park at Orrick, SDForum held a Green and Clean Evening presenting “Consumer Clean Tech Trends.” Greg Heibel of Orrick moderated panelists Sara Batterby of Akel Ventures, Tod Francis of Shasta Ventures, Jan Pepper of Alameda Municipal Power, Scott Potter of San Francisco Equity Partners and Pete Davies of TerraPass. They discussed if greening of the American consumer is a fad or a fundamental change in their everyday life. If this is a tipping point, where should investors look for opportunities over the next four years?

About two percent of consumers base their purchasing decision solely on whether a product is green or not. Most consumers are concerned these days about cost and efficiency. Oddly enough the 1950’s “keeping up with the Jones” may become the 21st century’s “keeping down with the Jones” as people compete to be more energy efficient with their neighbors. The competitive consumer dynamic that got us into this mess may get us out of it.

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Note: Sara Batterby of Akel Ventures 08-14-17 NE22nd St Portland OR

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