For several years now, cleantech investing has been stuck in a rut—still perceived as too risky by some, too slow to grow by others. However, there’s no doubt that we need VC investors in cleantech startups. Whether it’s two years from now or ten, the future is written in our growing population, growing climate change, and growing demand for energy—all of which combats our decreasing safe drinking water, decreasing agricultural abilities and global financial instability.
If you’re going to invest in cleantech startups, here are a few points to remember: Continue reading “4 Points to Keep in Mind for Cleantech Startup Investments”
by Guest Blogger
In almost every aspect of life, there is opportunity to lead. As a spouse, a parent, a boss, or a citizen, applying leadership practices can make everyday duties and interactions more pleasurable and valuable. The challenge is that leadership is often misunderstood, and most would like to be a better leader, but don’t know where to start. Continue reading “How to Be a Good Leader at Home and At the Office”
There are a lot of hidden pitfalls in the area of Venture Capital. As corporate lawyer turned venture capitalist, I can personally attest to some of these pitfalls, and how to avoid them. Continue reading “The Hidden Pitfalls of Venture Capital”
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Over 50% of start-ups fail within the first four years, and for the most part it’s due to incompetence. Usually this is not because the leadership is incompetent (although that does happen), but rather a group of competent people are trying to do too much with their product or service, over-complicating a solution that is simple at its core. Continue reading “Most Business Opportunities are Over-Complicated; How to Simplify to Reach Your Business Goals”
When investors talk about their need to see a real business plan, what they mean is this: we want to understand the fundamental strategy, logic and assumptions of how a business is going to invest capital and generate cash or value at a rate of return that will be consistent with the investor’s objective. We want to see the words and not just the numbers. Continue reading “The Business Plan Investors Like to See – The 4 Key Elements”
A billion people will be starving within ten years if we continue to ignore the growing agricultural challenges that we now face. This is based on research and facts reported by the World Economic Forum, the Rockefeller Foundation, and other eminent authorities. So, why aren’t we talking more about it? Continue reading “First it was Climate Change, Now It’s Food: The World Agriculture Crisis”
What does it take to make it as a start-up? What about raising capital? How do you know which investors to go after, or when to accept an offer? Don’t guess! Here are my five rules for surviving start-ups and venture capitalists. Continue reading “Fives Rules for Surviving Start-Ups and Venture Capitalists”
Your first thought may be that, because I have been a renewable energy lawyer or investor for 38 years, my biggest concern for future generations is the health of our planet. Of course, it is surprising that it has taken 38 years for the human race to start to overcome its denial of the logic of science. Continue reading “My Number 1 Concern for Future Generations”
I’ve had several great mentors throughout my academic and professional careers, including three world-class mentors at Yale — Maynard Mack, George Lord and Yaroslav Pelikan (the eminent historian of the Eastern Orthodox Church) — and Archibald Cox at Harvard Law School. But the most important mentor in my life was my first — Sister Clementine from my primary grammar school, St. Dominic’s in New Orleans, LA. Continue reading “The Importance of Mentorship at a Young Age”
Private Equity vs. Venture Capital
There are several important distinctions to be made when discussing private equity. The first is the difference between venture capital and private equity.
Venture Capital is a uniquely American invention. The founder of American venture capital is often considered to be Laurance Rockefeller from the 1930’s, although there are others who also deserve a great deal of credit such as John Hay Whitney. Continue reading “What is Private Equity?”