once aspired to produce algae-based biofuel. The company has settled on being a supplier of algae-based ingredients and is looking for a replacement for CEO Jonathan Wolfson, who is now assuming the role of chairman of the board. The firm is changing its name to TerraVia as it focuses on food, nutrition and specialty ingredients.Louis-Philippe Lalonde
is now chief marketing officer at Ygrene Energy Fund, a provider of property-assessed clean energy (PACE) financing for residential and commercial sites. Previously, Lalonde served as GM at Akeena Solar and VP at Enecsys.Michael Kanellos
is now head of corporate communications at OSIsoft. As Jeff St. John reported, OSIsoft develops data historian software for North American utilities, and uses geographic information system (GIS) software tools from big utility vendors such as Esri. Most recently, Kanellos was editor-in-chief at SanDisk. He also served as GTM's editor-in-chief a few years back.Richard Huntley
has joined EEme, a "disaggregation-as-a-service" platform, as a sales and business development executive. Huntley has held leadership positions with Oracle, Retroficiency and Aclara.Forum Equity Partners
named Nikolas Novograd as principal for energy and renewables. Most recently, Novograd was VP of origination at Renewable Energy Trust Capital. Before RETC, he was a director in Wells Fargo’s Renewable Energy and Environmental Finance Group. Forum is an investment firm with a focus on renewable energy and infrastructure with $1 billion in assets under management.
has left his technology development manager role at Duke Energy in order to become manager of energy market design at the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO).Cary Hayes
, formerly VP of sales and marketing at Pristine Sun, has joined Clean Focus as VP of sales and business development. Clean Focus is a commercial and utility-scale solar developer, financier and independent power producer.Tabuchi Electric
just opened a 40,000+ sq. ft. headquarters for its solar-plus-storage technology in San Jose, Calif. The company claims that it will triple its headcount in the next three months.Andrew NicholsJames Bickford
, formerly of Sunverge and Tigo, is now the Powerwall program manager at Tesla Motors.Nate Beckett
9to5Mac covers Tesla's rampant poaching of Apple's elite engineers, including a duo of chip designers, feeding the rumor that Tesla intends to design its own silicon.
Rest in peace, Andy Grove:
From last week's column:
RIP Andy Grove. The best company builder Silicon Valley has ever seen, and likely will ever see.— Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) March 22, 2016