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Are cleantech incubators the cure for the “valley of death”?

By Jim In a number of cases, including 1366 Technologies, we learned about the ominous phenomenon known as the “valley of death” in which firms that attempt to commercialize innovations in clean energy face multiple points in their lifecycle in which capital requirements necessitate either government intervention, extreme dilution of founders, or a handful of […]

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Bridging the Valley of Death

By Alex de P. In the case of 1366 Technologies when asked what types of financing options management should consider, I would rank DoE funding as a top candidate from the company’s perspective because of the favorable terms involved. But I also believe that from an investor’s standpoint, there is no entity better suited than […]

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1366 Technologies: Clean Tech & the Entrepreneurial State

By Anonymous The US has always had an active state industrial policy, just like every other industrial country. It’s been understood that a system of private enterprise can survive only if there is extensive government intervention. It’s needed to regulate disorderly markets and protect private capital from the destructive effects of the market system, and […]

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How do we mitigate the “distraction” factor?

By Anonymous Cook Composites and Polymer’s option to take their waste rinse styrene and turn it into a concrete coating would have been a profitable business for them with a decent return.  However, the company chose not to pursue the concrete coating product because their sales force was not incented to sell a low margin […]

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A real positive impact with KKR’s green fund

By Mabel Feng KKR’s Green Portfolio Program is a great example of how private equity can add real value. It has found a way to invest and promote sustainability and energy initiatives across firms. Moreover, it is shedding light on the opaque task of valuing energy awareness for a firm. I may be drinking the […]

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VC and Nuclear – The Next Frontier or A Recipe for Losing Money?

By Anonymous Nuclear technology startups offering the promise of cheap, abundant, and safe electricity for everyone justifiably generate enthusiasm in the VC community as well as in the classroom. However, having worked in the power business, this author’s sense was that it would be beneficial for all those interested in the space from an investment […]

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Are Nuclear Startups Too Ambitious?

By Stephen Renter I am a big fan of nuclear. It is as kind to the atmosphere as wind or solar and as safe for humans also; nuclear has caused far fewer injuries and deaths than coal mining, oil and natural gas drilling, and even hydroelectric dam breaks. There’s no denying that nuclear is one […]

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A Case for Government Investment in Innovation in Energy

By Lauren Burrows There is currently a debate raging in the U.S. about government’s role in investing in the clean energy industry. High profile bankruptcies such as Solyndra and A123 have convinced many that the government has no business investing in private companies, or “picking winners.” The often repeated refrain is that government should stick […]

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