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12 Predictions for ‘12

Rob Day: December 28, 2011, 4:52 PM

'Tis the season for making year-end predictions, and even though I'm clearly not very good at it, I got dragged into doing them a while back. So here are some for 2012. Enjoy these with the appropriately sized grain of sodium chloride.

1. Both dollar totals and deal totals for U.S. cleantech venture capital will be up more than 20% over 2011.

I'm basing this on the hope of a bit more economic stabilization, allowing some of the currently fundraising venture funds in the sector to successfully close and start writing checks. Furthermore, more and more corporate and other large investors are putting money directly into venture capital type investments in the sector, and I...

Looking Back on 2011 Cleantech Investing Predictions

Rob Day: December 27, 2011, 2:30 PM

It's been a tumultuous year for a whole lot of folks, and the cleantech market has been no exception. As we near the end of 2011, I thought it would be good to look back on how our predictions from a year ago turned out.  

Here's what I predicted last December:

1. The cleantech venture capital shakeout will become more obvious.

I'd say this has been true. At least to entrepreneurs seeking financing, especially early stage. A few of us in Boston were recently trying to figure out who's still actively investing in the sector in this region -- and it was a shockingly short list. I suspect the same is true in other regions as well.  Score: +1.

2. 2011 will be the Year of Energy...

Quick Hits: Boston’s Super-Angels, Nordan’s Smart Thoughts, and More

Rob Day: December 15, 2011, 9:06 AM

Been caught up in a number of year-end projects and thus am way behind on topics I've wanted to write about, so here's a quick set of thoughts on a few unrelated topics, Peter King "Monday Morning Quarterback" style:


Had dinner last night with several of Boston's most active cleantech angel investors (thanks to Bic Stevens for the invite).  No, none of this went on -- just some thought-provoking conversation over a great Italian meal. One thing that struck me, though, was hearing that Boston-area cleantech VCs are now doing only around three or four Series A rounds per year, and yet at that table were angels who had done eight and six deals over the past year themselves.