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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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Aug. 5, 2010 SDF Water Crisis

On Thursday, August 5, 2010 in Menlo Park at Orrick, the SDForum Green and Clean Evening Series presented “The Water Crisis: An Update on the Challenges in Water Efficiency and Treatment?” Mitch Zuklie of Orrick moderated panelists Anup Jacob of Virgin Green Fund, Bill Kocher of Santa Cruz Water Department, City of Santa Cruz, Bruce Keiser of Cohesive Ventures and Tamin Pechet of Banyan Water.

The panel talked about the global water crisis and what could be done about better water efficiency and treatment. Americans don’t think much about how much water because on average they pay little for it. The cost is higher elsewhere. Around the world over two billion people don’t have safe drinking water or proper sanitation.

Most water is used for agriculture with hundreds of million of dollars spent on dams, canals, pipelines, pumps and all the energy to keep it running. The current California system of extraction is not sustainable must be replaced with systems that reclaim or desalinate water.

We must manage the demand for water the way we manage the demand for electricity. This is where entrepreneurs can step in. Most water utilities have infrastructure that is near a century old and needs upgrading as badly as the technology networks to manage it. There are opportunities for companies offering better data collection and analysis. The challenge is putting together an experienced team. Investing in water is not like investing in software. Investors need to commit to nearly ten years before they might see an exit.

James Downey of Dell  has written a summary of this event at:


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