Cleantech Forum: An Insider’s Look at Cleantech Investing

This week, we’re podcasting to you from the Cleantech Forum in Washington, DC. This forum is a gathering place for early-stage investors who are pouring capital into renewable energy, smart-grid technologies and advanced materials. We’ll talk with some analysts and investors who will give us an inside look at the evolution and current status of the market.

Brian Fan, Senior Director of Research at the Cleantech Network, talks about what makes a sustainable cleantech company and lays out where most investments have taking place so far in 2008.

Scott MacDonald, a Partner with Emerald Technology Ventures, tells us about the history of the sector and about how venture capitalists strategically space their investments in this very capital-intensive industry.

Scott Faris, CEO of Planar Energy Devices, describes his company’s new solid-state lithium-ion battery and talks about how he’s using his experience in the venture capital space to grow his company during its early stages.

Finally, Ted Howes, leader of the Business and Sustainability Program at IDEO, gives us the broader perspective on what all the growth in the cleantech space means for corporations and their customers.

Inside Renewable Energy offers the latest in renewable energy news and information.

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