Tag Archives: Rachel Sheinbein of CMEA Capital

Oct. 16, 2012 SVForum Cleantech Mash-Up

On October 16, 2012 in San Jose at PwC, SVForum held “The Cleantech Mash-Up: How Convergence & Innovation is Creating New Business Opportunities.” Rob Shelton of PwC moderated panelists Diarmuid O’Connell of Tesla Motors, Rachel Sheinbein of CMEA Capital and Clint Wilder of CleanEdge. Wilder is co-author of “Clean Tech Nation: How the U.S. Can Lead The New Global Economy” with Ron Pernick.

Clean tech disrupts existing economic, social and political structures. Our identity may be determined by our access to information as well as energy. It is as much about online speed as physical distance. There may be a convergence coming. Imagine using your iPhone to order a Tesla electric vehicle on Zipcar that drives itself to your house and takes you to work while you catch up on your messages. We are closer than you think. See picture below.

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Jan.19, 2012 SVForum Clean Tech Sustainability

On Thursday, January 19, 2012 in Palo Alto at SAP, SVForum held a Clean Technology Conference on Sustainability. Industry leaders noted the continued demand for sustainable technolgies and business processes. A PWC report that $891 million dollars were raised by 80 startups during the third quarter of 2011.

Rami Branitzky of SAP welcomed the attendees. Chris Gill of SVForum introduced Thilo Koslowski of Gartner who gave the overview on electric vehicles. Koslowski then moderated Aaron Cohen of Coda Automotive, Harry Hobbs of InterContinental Hotels, Geoff Ryder of SAP and Byron Shaw of GM Advanced Technology. They discussed the market for new electric vehicles. It will take lots of subsidies and time convert a sizable portion of the existing fleet from gasoline to electric vehicles.

Abby Johnson of Abacus Property Solutions moderated panelists Asim Hussain of Bloom Energy, Alain Poivet of Sunplanter, Swapnil Shah of FirstFuel and Andrew Yip of PG&E. They discussed the long and short term advantages of green buildings.

Steve Bengston of PWC moderated panelists Jason Matlof of Battery Ventures, Rachel Sheinbein of CMEA Capital and Dylan Steeg of Intel Capital. The heyday of startups getting large investments for untried technologies without existing infrastructure are over.

Gil Perez of SAP moderated panelists Erich Klawuhn of Soladigm, Tsafir Oranski of Panoramic Party, Tamin Pechet of Banyan Water and Benzi Ronen of Farmigo. They talked about the specific advantages of their technologies.

Peter Graf of SAP gave the closing keynote.

John Jung and Kate Reimer of Greensmith answered questions about their advanced energy storage technology.

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