Event Date/Time: Jun 18, 2009
End Date/Time: Jun 18, 2009
Jun 18, 2009
Cleantech is an all-encompassing industry with verticals like biofuels, solar energy, energy storage, clean coal and smart grid to name a few. Cleantech promises to be the next giant wave that will offer employment and growth opportunities. But that is just the tip of the iceberg! The revolutionary products from this sector will have far reaching consequences for future generations.
Our speakers represent the whole ecosystem of Cleantech - ranging from award winning companies with products from Smart grid to wind power to energy storage. Come and hear what VCs want and what funds are available from the government sector!
If you have ever wondered about: Where are the investment dollars going? Who to turn to for investment? How to secure Government funding? Where are the jobs being created? What regions of the world could you expect to work in if you were to join one of the verticals of Cleantech? Or simply want to know about the award winning products that the entrepreneurs have ventured onâ€¦come to this mini-conference!
Principal â€“ Lightspeed Venture Partners
Andrew joined Lightspeed in 2006 and focuses on investments in cleantech, Internet and software. Andrew helps lead Lightspeed's investment efforts in cleantech and has been involved in completing Lightspeed's investments in Coaltek, Exclara, LS9, Mobius Power, MSP/Drilex, PCH, Serious Business, Solazyme and Stion.
Andrew chairs the Cleantech Advisory Board for The Indus Entrepreneurs Group (TiE), serves on the Advisory Board for Stanford Energy Crossroads, and is involved with the Clean Tech Open. Andrew has also testified before the Lieutenant Governor and California Commission for Economic Development on cleantech- and energy-related policy issues.
Prior to Lightspeed, Andrew worked at Bain Capital and TL Ventures, where he supported leveraged buyout and venture investments in software, semiconductors and healthcare. He also co-founded UberWorks, an e-commerce content aggregation software startup incubated at Trilogy, and directed product management at OnStation, a CRM software company. Prior to UberWorks, Andrew was a strategy consultant with Bain & Company in Greater China.
Andrew earned his BA in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University and holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Councilman of District 2 in SJ â€“ SJ Mayorâ€™s Office
Ash is the first Indian-American to be elected to the San JosÃ© City Council. Council member Ash Kalra earned his seat in the November 4, 2008 election. He represents Council District 2, which is located in the Southern region of San JosÃ© bordering Morgan Hill. Councilmember Kalra sits on the Community & Economic Development Committee, Association of Bay Area Governments Board, Federated Employees Retirement Board, and Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan Liaison Group. He is also a liaison to the Planning Commission, where he previously served for over 2 years prior to taking office. Ash serves on the Valley Transportation Authority Board for which he is a representative on the Caltrain and Capitol Corridor Boards.
Councilmember Kalra earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a law degree from Georgetown University. For 11 years, Ash Kalra worked as an attorney for the Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office representing indigent clients in Drug Court prior to being elected. He has been a resident of San JosÃ© for over 30 years and is proud to be the first Oak Grove High School graduate on the San JosÃ© City Council.
VP of Business Development â€“ Mariah Power
Mariah Power is the WINNER of the TiE50 award for 2009!
Jeff Gigoux joined Mariah Power in June 2008 as Vice President of Business Development. His responsibilities include managing the external product development activities necessary to position Mariah Power as an industry and technology leader in the small wind market, including overseeing independent testing, product certifications and state rebate incentive programs. Jeff has more than 20 years of experience working in the Silicon Valley in a variety of marketing, product management and business development roles. Prior to joining Mariah Power, he worked for Procera Networks, Intel Corporation, Apple Computer and several start up ventures. Jeff holds a BA from the University of Colorado, and an MBA from Thunderbird, The School of Global Management.
Founder & CEO - MeterVision Inc.
Winner of the Plug and Play Expo 2009 Award!
Afshin Shaybani is the CEO and Founder of MeterVision, a Bay Area startup founded in 2009 working on Smart Metering solutions "Smartifying" legacy meters and gauges. Afshin has been involved in marketing and executive management of high tech companies since 1993 and is the founder of 3 startups. Most recently, he was the founder and VP of Marketing at MediaPhy, a fabless semiconductor company in the Mobile and HD TV fields. Afshin holds a MSEE from Texas A&M University and a BSEE from Sharif University of Technology.