16 Apr '12, 8pm

LumaSense and the Smart Grid Sensor Platform-by-Acquisition Solution: We’ve seen a number of greentech star...

LumaSense and the Smart Grid Sensor Platform-by-Acquisition Solution: We’ve seen a number of greentech star...

We’ve seen a number of greentech startups, flush with VC cash, go on buying sprees to try to make themselves into the be-all, end-all of the industry. The track record of such companies -- GridPoint and Arcadian Networks come to mind for the smart grid, and Serious Energy for green buildings -- hasn’t been good so far. LumaSense , a startup founded in 2005 with the stated goal of acquiring its way to dominance in its chosen smart grid field of dissolved gas analysis (DGA) sensors, is a bit different. First of all, it has raised $70 million from Oak Investment Partners and other investors with the specific purpose of buying up companies, not as a shift from its initial business model. Secondly, it’s bought profitable companies, founder and CEO Vivek Joshi told me in an interview last month. In fact, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company has been profitable since 2007, when ...

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