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Free Audio Available of “Funding Social Enterprises” Panel at Stanford University

On Sunday, February 24, a panel session entitled Funding Social Enterprises took place at Stanford University.  The panel was part of Stanford’s recent Entrepreneurship Week and was sponsored by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the Digital Vision Program at Stanford.  More than 150 people attended this panel, which discussed strategies for financing social enterprises.  Panel participants were:

The following free audio (MP3 format) of the event is available:

Astia and SDForum to Present Panel “Solar Technology – Will Thin Film Take Over?” (2008 Clean Tech Breakfast Series)

On Tuesday, March 18, Astia and SDForum will present the first program in the 2008 Clean Tech Breakfast Series.  This program is entitled "Solar Technology – Will Thin Film Take Over?" and will feature a panel that will provide insights into the challenges and opportunities in thin film, crystalline, and other solar technologies.  The panelists invited for this program are:

This program will be held from 8:00 am – 10:00 am at the office of Nixon Peabody, One Embarcadero Center, 18th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111.  The cost for SDForum members is $25 and $30 for non-members.

In addition, the schedule for future programs in the 2008 Clean Tech Breakfast Series is:

For more information:

Solar Technology Innovation in Silicon Valley Highlighted by The New York Times

Silicon Valley Starts to Turn Its Face to the Sun is an article in the February 17, 2008 issue of The New York Times that highlights the increasing interest and activity in Silicon Valley in the solar technology sector.  In addition, the article describes both the positive belief held by some people in Silicon Valley that it can become a leader in a significant new global market (a so-called "Solar Valley") as well as cautionary perspectives expressed by others regarding the long-term sustainability of this sector.

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SDForum to Present First Event in New “Green and Clean” Evening Series

On Thursday, February 28, SDForum will present the first program in its new "Green and Clean" evening series.  This initial event is entitled "Challenges of Global Enterprises" and will provide insights from the corporate, customer, and venture communities on the challenges and opportunities pertaining to an issue faced by global enterprises — powering data centers. 

This program will be held from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm at the NetApp Founders Theater, 495 E. Java Drive, Building 1, Sunnyvale, CA 94089.  The cost for SDForum members is $20 and $30 for non-members.  For more information:

Fat Spaniel Technologies Receives $18 Million in Series B Financing

Fat Spaniel Technologies, Inc., a San Jose, California-based company which provides of monitoring and reporting services for renewable energy systems, announced that it closed an $18 million Series B round of financing.

Ignition Partners led this funding round, with follow-on investment from Element Partners and Chrysalix Energy. Other investors in this round were PCG Clean Energy & Technology Fund and Applied Ventures (the VC arm of Applied Materials). 

John Ludwig, founding partner of Ignition Partners, will join Robert L. Puette, David F. Lincoln, Thomas J. Starrs, Mike Walkinshaw and Fat Spaniel President Chris Beekhuis on the company’s Board of Directors.

Churchill Club to Present Program “The Green Rush: Prospects, Perils, and Opportunities” on January 29

On January 29, 2008, the Churchill Club, in partnership with the Thunderbird Global Private Equity Center (TPEC), will present a program entitled "The Green Rush: Prospects, Perils, and Opportunities."  This program will provide an overview of the cleantech industry and discuss topics such as what are promising green technologies and whether investments in cleantech/greentech will continue at their recent record pace.  The panelists for this program will be:

This event will take place at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm buffet) at the SRI International Building, 333 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park, California.  The advance registration cost for the program is $58 for Churchill Club members and $72 for non-members.  The on-site registration price is $70 for Churchill Club members and $85 for non-members.  For more information:

SDForum and FountainBlue to Present “Clean Energy Entrepreneurs’ Forum” on January 25

On January 25, 2008, from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm, SDForum and FountainBlue will present the Clean Energy Entrepreneurs’ Forum on the topic of "Policy and Its Implications for the Clean Energy Entrepreneur."  Presenters at this event will include policymakers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and investors.  Highlights of the program include:

Keynote addresses

  • California’s Investment in the Clean Revolution
    Bill Lockyer – Treasurer of California
  • Clean Energy Opportunities and Challenges: the Venture Perspective
    Scott Sandell – NEA 


  • A Corporate Perspective: "Doing Well While Doing Good"
    Janice Berman – PG&E
    Reed Content – AMD
    Annette Finsterbusch – Applied Ventures
    Christina Page – Yahoo!
    Craig Lobdell – KPMG (moderator)

The program will be held at the AMD Commons Auditorium, 991 Stewart Drive, Sunnyvale, CA.  The advance registration cost for the program is $50 for SDForum members and $80 for non-members.  The price will be $100 if you register on the day of the event. For more information:

SVASE to Present Program “Clean Tech: What Corporate & Venture Investors Really Want To See” on January 24

On January 24, 2008, SVASE will present a program in Palo Alto, California entitled "Clean Tech: What Corporate & Venture Investors Really Want To See."  The panel for this program will be:

The program will be held from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm at the Palo Alto office of Cooley Godward Kronish LLP (3175 Hanover Street).  The advance registration cost for the program is $20 for SVASE members and $49 for non-members.  The price is an additional $10 if you register at the door.  For more information:

Cleantech Forum XVI is February 25–27 in San Francisco

Cleantech Group LLC will present Cleantech Forum® XVI in San Francisco, California from February 25–27, 2008.  The theme of this event is "Crossing the Chasm: From Roadmap to Purchase Order – Accelerating Global Cleantech Market Demand." 

The Cleantech Forum® is a leading cleantech investment event that brings together investors, senior executives, entreprenuers, policymakers, and scientists.  Highlights of the San Francisco event include investor presentations from more than 20 promising companies, two tracks of educational panel presentations, a Cleantech Limited Partners Roundtable, and an awards dinner.  For more information

“Advancing the New Energy Economy in California” Summit to Take Place in San Francisco on January 14

On January 14, a summit entitled "Advancing the New Energy Economy in California" will take place in San Francisco.  This event is hosted by the California Public Utilities Commission, the Willie L. Brown Jr. Institute on Politics and Public Policy, the California Clean Energy Fund, the Apollo Alliance, and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

The goal of this summit is to advance long-term investment, job creation, and financial growth within the green technology industry in California, with a focus on engaging low-income communities.  There will be participation from leaders in diverse and relevant sectors including investment, cleantech / greentech, workforce development and public policy. 

Key summit sessions are listed below.  For addition information on this event, including registration, please visit

Welcome/Opening Address
• Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown Jr. (Master of Ceremonies)
• Commissioner Timothy Alan Simon, California Public Utilities Commission
• San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom

Preparing for a Booming Clean and Green Economy
• Phil Angelides, Chairman, Apollo Alliance (moderator)
• Van Jones, Co-founder, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
• Peter A. Darbee, Chairman of the Board, CEO and President, PG&E Corporation
• Nancy Pfund, Managing Director, JPMorgan
• Dr. Marshall Drummond, Chancellor, Los Angeles Community College District
• Jay Hansen, Legislative and Political Director, State Building & Construction Trades Council

Advancing Investments and Innovation to Commercialization and Jobs
• Special Topic Address: Speaker Fabian Núñez, California State Assembly
• Dan Kammen, Professor of Energy, University of California, Berkeley (moderator)
• Julie Blunden, Vice President, Public Policy and Corporate Communications, SunPower
• Dan Reicher, Director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives, (invited)
• Nancy Floyd, Founder and Managing Director, Nth Power

Afternoon Keynote "Grening the Golden State: Committing to an Eco-Economy in California"
• Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, State of California (invited)
• Miichael R. Peevey, President, California Public Utilities Commission

Bridging the Gap: Clean Energy Investments and a Diverse Workforce (Interactive Session)
– Tim Rainey, Director of the Workforce and Economic Development Program, California Labor Federation
• José Millan, Vice Chancellor of California Community Colleges Economic Development and Workforce Preparation Division
• Bernadette Del Chiaro, Director of Global Warming Programs, Environment California
• Paul Frankel, Director, Aquillian Investments

Pathways and Partnerships: Steps to New Investment, Jobs and Growth in the New Energy Economy
• Special Topic Address: Congresswoman Hilda Solis (invited)
• Bob Epstein, Co-founder of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2); Director, New Resource Bank; Trustee, Natural Resources Defense Council (moderator)
• Raquel Pinderhughes, Ph.D., Professor of Urban Studies, San Francisco State University
• Peter Liu, Founder and Vice Chairman, New Resource Bank
• Dr. Philip R. Day, Chancellor, City College of San Francisco
• Tom Martinez, National Electrical Contractors Association

Living Green and Driving Growth in The Green Sector
• Ed Begley, Jr., Green Reality Star, Host of "Living With Ed," Author of "Living Like Ed"

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