08 Mar '12, 7pm

How the Heck Did We Get Here?: Over the next few columns I’m going to talk about what I see as a critical

Over the next few columns I’m going to talk about what I see as a critical set of lessons and paths forward for cleantech venture capital. But first, I thought it would be necessary to set the table by laying out my own vastly oversimplified version of how cleantech venture capital got to this point. Where to begin? In the 1990s, there were a very few venture investors tackling alternative energy and environmental technologies. They had small funds and invested mostly in hardware plays of some kind. Sectors like solar and electric vehicles certainly didn’t dominate. Then the dot-com bubble and IPO frenzy happened. This rising tide lifted a lot of boats, including in this sector. There was a one-year spike of venture investments by generalist firms into what would later be termed “cleantech." As the issue of global warming gained attention, and as hype built around technolo...

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