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Guy is currently a special advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google. He is also a co-founder of Alltop as well the author of APE, What the Plus!, Enchantment, and nine other books. He is a founding partner of an angel investor matchmaking service, Garage.com. Version 2.0 of Garage.com was an investment bank for helping entrepreneurs raise money from venture capitalists. Today, version 3.0 of Garage.com is called Garage Technology Ventures; it is a venture capital firm and makes direct investments in early-stage technology companies.
Previously, he was the chief evangelist of Apple – “evangelized Macintosh to software and hardware developers and led the charge against world-wide domination by IBM.” He also founded a Macintosh database company ACIUS which published a product called 4th Dimension. In 1989, he co-founded another software company, Fog City Software which created an email product called Emailer, which was later sold to Claris.
Guy has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.
Bill Ritter Jr. is the Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University. The Center works directly with governors, legislators, regulators, and policymakers to provide technical assistance in creating policies and practices that will facilitate America’s transition to a clean-energy economy. In 1990, Bill took on a position in the US Attorney’s office, and returned to the Deputy DA’s office two years later. In 1993, Ritter was appointed as Denver’s District Attorney. As DA, he created one of the nation’s first drug courts, as well as taking on white collar crime in metropolitan Denver. He worked extensively on the prosecution of sexual abuse and domestic violence, as well as criminals offending senior citizens. He advised United States Attorney General John Ashcroft on affairs after the September 11, 2001 attacks and during his time as the Denver DA, he served as Vice President of the National District Attorneys Association, Chairman of the American Prosecutors Research Institute, and a member of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Bill was elected as Colorado’s 41st governor in 2006. During his 4 year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy by building a New Energy Economy in the state. As a result of that work, Colorado created thousands of new jobs and established hundreds of new companies. In total, Governor Ritter signed 57 clean energy bills into law including a 30% Renewable Portfolio Standard and the nation’s first statutory plan to convert aging coal units to natural gas. Bill is a member of the Board of the Directors of the Energy Foundation; and also a Senior Fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the Advanced Energy Economy Institute.
Rick joined Google in 2008. His team leads efforts to invest in large scale renewable energy projects, make Google’s corporate offices more energy efficient and sustainable, install renewable energy, and engage with employees on green benefit programs. In the past, this team led the effort to install one of the largest corporate solar arrays in the US, and more recently led over $900m of investments in several wind farms, centralized and distributed PV systems, a large solar thermal plant, and an offshore transmission line. Prior to joining Google, Rick worked at DEKA Research where he led business development efforts and managed several technology development projects in clean energy, medical products, and robotics including the development of one of the most advanced upper prosthetic arms. Rick worked at Bain & Company and served as a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. He holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the US Naval Academy, an MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT where he attended as a Draper Fellow, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
James Sweeney’s professional activities focus on economic policy and analysis, particularly in energy, natural resources, and the environment. He currently is Senior Fellow of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research; Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace; Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; Woods Institute for the Environment; Precourt Institute for Energy.
Sweeney is a Senior Fellow of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics, a lifetime National Associate of the National Academies, a council member and Senior Fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology, and a member of the External Advisory Council of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Sweeney earned his B.S. degree from MIT in electrical engineering and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in engineering-economic systems.
Anup Jacob is Director Of Masdar Capital,a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Government-owned Mubadala Development Company and is guided by the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, a program driving new sources of income for the emirate and strengthening Abu Dhabi’s knowledge-based economic sectors. Masdar Capital is the investment arm of Masdar. Masdar comprises four thematic based businesses: Infrastructure, Real Estate, Asset Management and Education. This holistic approach keeps Masdar at the forefront of the global clean energy industry, while ensuring it remains grounded in the pursuit of pioneering and commercially-viable technologies and systems. Prior to Masdar, Anup was the co-Founder and Partner at various Private Equity firms including Virgin Green Fund (a Virgin Group sponsored fund), Aqua International (a TPG sponsored fund) and DLJ (working in the Energy Investment Banking and Merchant Banking groups). He has served on several private and public company boards, investment committees and chaired both audit and compensation committees of VGF, TPG and DLJ portfolio companies. Anup is also on the non-profit board of a children’s charity in India and Grid Alternatives in the US, which aims to bring renewable energy to low income homeowners. He has served a National Judge for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, the Financial Times/Just Means Social Innovations Awards, the MIT Clean Energy Prize and keynoted at several conferences including the Norwegian Government’s Enova Initiative, California’s BlueTech Valley, Yale SOM, Sloan & HBS. Anup holds an Economics degree from the University of Chicago.
For the past year Craig has overseen the Packard Foundation’s drive to achieve net zero energy at its new LEED platinum-certified headquarters in Los Altos, CA. Craig also oversees grant -making operations, accounting, information technology, program-related investments, facilities and workplace services. Formerly, he served as Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for The Nature Conservancy, where he worked for nearly 15 years. At the Conservancy, Craig exercised oversight for nearly $2 billion of investment assets, which primarily consisted of the Conservancy’s endowment for conservation lands, capital for the Conservancy’s conservation projects and planned giving investments. Craig has also served as Chief Financial Officer for the Marguerite Casey Foundation, an organization dedicated to the needs of low income people, and as Trustee and Treasurer for Plymouth Housing Group, a Seattle-based charity working to eliminate homelessness by developing and operating safe, decent, affordable housing. He currently serves as a Board member for Sempervirens Fund, which works to protect redwood forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. Craig is a graduate of Wharton Business School as well as the University of Oregon. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), attained the Certified Investment Management AnalystSM (CIMA®) designation and was admitted to the Oregon State Bar.
Ira is a General Partner with Technology Partners. He has been with the firm since 1996. Ira leads Technology Partners’ Cleantech investment practice, investing in Energy Technology, Water Technology, and Advanced Materials opportunities. Ira is a recognized leader in both the venture capital industry and the Cleantech sector, and in 2007, was named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Men Under 45” by Details Magazine. In the venture community, Ira has served on the Board and Executive Committee of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and on the Board of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC). He served as Chairman of the 2010 NVCA Annual Meeting. Ira also serves as the Co-Chairman of the VCNetwork, the largest and most active California venture capital organization. In the Cleantech sector, Ira has served on several industry Boards, including the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee (ERAC), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Advisory Council, the Clean-Tech Investor Summit (Conference Chairman in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013), Cleantech Venture Network (Past Chairman of Advisory Board), ACORE (American Council on Renewable Energy), Energy Investors Forum (Past Conference Chairman), Energy Venture Fair, and California Climate Change Advisory Board. He has also served on the Advisory Boards of the Southern California Tech Coast Alliance and Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE). Ira is also an active leader at Stanford University, where his contributions have included teaching the course on Venture Capital, serving on the Board of Visitors of Stanford Law School, and being an advisory board member of the Stanford Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP). Ira received his JD/MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of Stanford Law Review. He holds a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude.
Chuck Reed was elected as the 64th Mayor of San José in 2006, after serving six years on the City Council as an independent voice for fiscal responsibility and reform. Since taking office, Mayor Reed has been committed to improving the quality of life in the city, boosting the public’s trust in local government, and eliminating the City’s structural budget deficit. His Reed Reforms have required greater disclosure from elected officials, toughened restrictions on lobbyists and increased the role of citizens in San José government. In 2007, he launched his Green Vision, an ambitious 10-point plan to invigorate the economy and improve the environment over the next 15 years. Mayor Reed was re-elected in June 2010 with a landslide 77% of the vote. His top priorities during his second term are to restore police services after a decade of budget cuts, bring new jobs to San José, and implement much-needed fiscal reforms to solve the City’s enduring budget problems. In 2012, he successfully pushed for a comprehensive set of pension reforms (approved by nearly 70% of San Jose voters) that will protect the long-term health of the City’s retirement plans and generate the savings necessary to begin restoring core services to the community.
Mayor Reed was born and raised in the small farming town of Garden City, Kansas, where he lived in a public housing project and held jobs throughout his childhood sweeping floors, working in the fields and operating a bulldozer. He left Kansas to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy and served in Thailand during the Vietnam War. He also received a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University and graduated from Stanford Law School. After passing the bar, he worked as an attorney in San José handling environmental, employment, land use and real estate law, as well as commercial litigation.
Alicia leads MassCEC’s efforts to accelerate the success of the clean energy technology sector in Massachusetts.
Since her appointment as CEO in August, 2012, MassCEC’s programs have helped deliver record job growth in the clean energy technology sector, while seeing rapid expansion of clean energy projects throughout Massachusetts. The programs support for all aspects of the sector from early stage technology innovation, to clean energy project deployment and workforce development. MassCEC has expanded its focus to new areas such as water innovation, and made history by breaking ground on the construction of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal – America’s first offshore wind facility.
Prior to joining MassCEC, Alicia served as Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Planning at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection where she oversaw policy and regulatory matters. She lead several priority efforts at the agency including MassDEP’s Action Plan for Regulatory Reform and the MassDEP Clean Energy Results Program. Alicia also served as Assistant Secretary for Environmental Review, Director of the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) office and Deputy General Counsel at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Alicia practiced environmental law with the Boston firm Foley Hoag LLP. She obtained her Bachelor of Science from Ohio State University and completed her law degree at Boston College Law School.
Scott covers business and technology on NBC Bay Area’s weekday morning news program, Today in the Bay. Scott McGrew thrives at the intersection of entrepreneurship and venture capital. He is host of Press:Here, a weekly roundtable features world class technology reporters in conversation with Silicon Valley CEOs. Press:Here airs on NBC Bay Area Sunday mornings at 9am and on cable in Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Dallas, Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York City. Joining Scott each week is a team of contributors including reporters from the BBC, Forbes, Fortune, Wired, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Scott also reports on technology and money during business reports on KNBR 680 in San Francisco. He also contributes to the John Batchelor show on WABC AM in New York City.
Scott was the first journalist to reveal the crimes behind the combat death of a South Bay Marine and the only reporter in the world allowed to fly F-16 Combat Air Patrol as part of Operation Enduring Freedom following 9/11. He’s been an eyewitness to a firing squad and chased greased pigs at the Iowa State Fair. Scott is an active speaker on technology and television at Stanford, Brigham Young and other universities as well as numerous conferences. He is also a regular emcee and host for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the Global CleanTech Forum, United Way, Juvenile Diabetes and the Cornerstone Project. Scott is a part-time Cessna 172 pilot, MIG and TIG welder, CSS coder and a lector in the Episcopal Church. None of which he does very well, he claims, but he says he’s trying.
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