Bringing together investors, LPs and entrepreneurs, NextWave Greentech Investing will provide a forum to describe and discuss the opportunity around greentech market reinvention.

Investing in the Future of Cleantech

Despite the challenges in achieving positive returns on investments in greentech startups in the past, a next wave of investors and entrepreneurs are re-imagining the sector. This next wave is taking shape as investors bring new investment models and new sources of capital, while in parallel many entrepreneurs are thinking broadly about new business models and other ways to tackle this multi-trillion dollar market opportunity.

Join Greentech Media for this inaugural NextWave conference where we will bring together investors, LPs, entrepreneurs, and service providers. NextWave will provide a forum to describe and discuss the opportunity around greentech market reinvention and sustained returns to an investor community looking for the right time to put money back to work in this critical sector.


Rob Day
Partner, Black Coral Capital

Rob Day is a Partner with Black Coral Capital, based in Boston.  He has been a cleantech private equity investor since 2004, and acts or has served as a Director, Observer and advisory board member to multiple companies in the energy tech and related sectors, currently including Digital Lumens, Next Step Living, Noesis and Powerit Solutions.

Rob was previously a co-founder of the Renewable Energy Business Network, a non-profit organization which was acquired in 2009 by the Clean Economy Network, and he currently serves on the Board of the New England Clean Energy Council.  Since 2005 he has also authored the website Cleantech Investing, which currently appears on GreentechMedia.com.

Formerly a consultant with Bain & Company, Rob has worked with companies and evaluated private equity transactions in the energy/ utilities, telecom, IT, medical/pharmaceutical, and retail industries.  Earlier in his career, Rob was a member of the World Resources Institute's Sustainable Enterprise Program, where he co-authored the report The Next Bottom Line: Making Sustainable Development Tangible.

Matthew Nordan
Vice President, Venrock

Matthew Nordan is a vice president at Venrock, one of the oldest and best-performing venture capital firms. He is a board observer at FinSIX and Boston-Power, and has been closely involved with portfolio companies Phononic Devices and Nest Labs. In prior lives, he co-founded the energy/materials analyst firm Lux Research and forecasted technology futures at Forrester Research. Matthew graduated from Yale, where he conducted cognitive neuroscience research on emotion and memory.

Kevin Self
Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development, Johnson Controls

Transformation in the Built Environment: Design, Intelligence, & Energy Awareness
Kevin Self is Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development at Johnson Controls’ $15B Building Efficiency (BE) business. As a member of the senior leadership team, his responsibilities include: Leading global strategy development and the resulting action plan to drive greater growth and continued margin expansion; driving collaboration across BE to assure business portfolio and technology developments align with strategy; developing a portfolio approach to manage BE’s global businesses; leading external/competitive analysis; managing the investment portfolio, including investments in cleantech venture capital firms & individual companies; leading BE’s inorganic growth processes, including acquisitions, integrations and divestitures. Prior to joining Johnson Controls, Kevin led the integration of MillerCoors (the US entity created by SABMiller and Molson Coors) from 2008 to 2010 and from 2007 to 2008 he led corporate strategy for Miller Brewing Company. Kevin was Director of Business Development from 2001to 2007 at GE Healthcare, leading various acquisitions, divestitures and strategy development. He also worked at McKinsey & Co. from 1993 to 1997 and was a Senior Design Engineer at Baxter Healthcare Corporation from 1987 to 1992. Kevin holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern University, a Masters Degree in Bioengineering from The University of Michigan and a Bachelors degree in Engineering Science from The University of Michigan.

Sunil Paul
Co-Founder & CEO, SideCar Technologies, Inc

Sunil Paul is co-founder and CEO of rideshare community SideCar. SideCar has operations in San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia, Austin, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Brooklyn, NY and Washington DC. Sunil has co-founded and led several of the Internet’s most innovative companies including Brightmail, the leading anti-spam company that was sold to Symantec and FreeLoader, the first web-based push technology service he co-founded in 1995 with Mark Pincus and sold for $38 million five months later. Sunil coined the term “cleanweb” to describe the aggressive application of social, mobile, and Internet media to accelerate cleantech deployment and restructure sectors as diverse as hotels, automobiles, agriculture and food, clothing, buildings, lighting and renewable finance. SideCar is a realization of Sunil’s cleanweb vision.

SideCar is a product of Sunil’s decade-long vision to enable communities to create their own transportation networks. In 2011, Sunil successfully lobbied the California legislature to pass Assembly Bill 1871, which allowed private car sharing. SideCar holds the US Patent #6356838, issued to Sunil Paul in 2002. This patent covers a method for accepting a transportation request for passenger pickup, determining location and directing a vehicle to the requested location.

Sunil has a long track record of investing in companies that have the promise to become major, disruptive forces in solving the climate crisis and reducing energy dependence. He founded the Gigaton Throwdown Initiative as a project to inspire and scale climate stability solutions, energy independence and economic opportunity. He was a first investor in Cleantech companies Nanosolar, Advent Solar, Oorja Protonics, Solazyme, and Zeachem. He also co-founded the Gigaton Awards with Sir Richard Branson and the Carbon War Room to recognize the leaders in carbon reduction. In 2009, Sunil co-founded the Clean Economy Network (CEN), which became the largest cleantech organization in the US and merged with Advanced Energy Economy (AEE).

Vanessa Green
Chief Executive Officer, FINsix

Vanessa is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of FINsix. Most recently, Vanessa was a business development manager at TECOM Investments (Dubai, UAE) where she led business development and strategy for Enpark, a 1.4M square foot sustainable real estate project and investment vehicle. Vanessa worked with the Monitor Group from 2005 – 2007 and is a board member of Community Water Solutions, a non-profit she co-founded in 2008. In 2011, Vanessa won the Patrick E. McGovern Entrepreneurship Award, and was selected as a Boston Business Journal Innovation All-Stars Rising Star and Forbes 30-under-30 in Energy. Vanessa holds a M.Eng. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management and a B.A. in Environmental Science from Dartmouth College.

Gordon Fyfe
President and CEO, PSP Investments

Gordon Fyfe shared some insights into the origins, strategy and operations of a low-profile organization that has grown from nowhere to assets of $70 billion-plus in little more than a decade. He discussed how and why a number of big Canadian funds, PSP included, are being hailed these days in global investment circles as models to emulate.
Mr. Fyfe was appointed President and CEO of PSP Investments in October 2003. PSP Investments is one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers. It invests funds for the pension plans of the Public Service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Forces and its Reserve Force.
Prior to joining PSP Investments, Mr. Fyfe held the position of President, CDP Capital – World Markets. Before joining CDP Capital, Mr. Fyfewas President and Chief Operating Officer of TAL International, a division of TAL Global Asset Management. He was previously a Vice President at JP Morgan in London, England.
Mr. Fyfe is a member of the Board of Directors of Revera Inc., Telesat Canada and TimberWest Forest Corp. He also serves as Chair of the Emory Center for Alternative Investments in Atlanta and as Chair of the Pacific Pension Institute (PPI). He is a graduate of INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France and UBC, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Scott Henneberry
Vice President, Smart Grid Strategy, Schneider Electric

Scott Henneberry has 30+ years in the Electrical Industry.  During the first 20 years of his career he worked for Siemens, in both Raleigh, NC and Orlando, FL.  This encompassed various Marketing and Operational Mgmt positions in the Switchgear and Power Quality fields including Marketing Director for the Substation Automation and Protective Relaying Division.  The next five years were spent as an executive officer of Power Measurement, Inc., a small high-tech company in the electrical industry bringing turnkey hardware and software solutions to Utility and Industrial customers in the Power Monitoring field where he was responsible for all aspects of Marketing, Business Development, Strategy and M&A.  Since acquisition of PMI by Schneider Electric in 2005 Mr. Henneberry has focused on the strategic aspects of the Power Monitoring & Control business for Schneider, and most recently has been assigned to the global Corporate Strategy Dept of Schneider Electric responsible for defining and coordinating the implementation the Schneider Electric Smart Grid Strategy.

Scott Harmon
CEO, Noesis

Scott has 20 years of senior leadership experience with enterprise software companies. As CEO of venture-backed AlterPoint, he helped orchestrate a strategic sale of the business. He also co-founded Motive Communications, which grew to nearly $100 million in revenues and a successful IPO under his leadership. In the early 1990s, he was part of the pioneering team of Tivoli Systems; upon its acquisition by IBM, he served as VP of Marketing and Strategy for the combined business. Scott graduated from Iowa State University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

agenda 2013 Conference Themes
  • The State of Cleantech Venture Capital
  • NextWave Greentech Investing
  • Entrepreneurs: Financing Experience and Business Models
  • Investor presentations
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