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SDForum to Present All-Day Program “Crafting a Fundable Roadmap for Your Startup” on January 10

On January 10, 2008, SDForum will present an all-day program in San Jose, California entitled "Crafting a Fundable Roadmap for Your Startup" for early-stage technology entrepreneurs who are developing a business plan and are considering seeking angel or venture capital funding. Highlights of this program include:

Workshops

Panels

The program will be held at the SDForum office in San Jose, CA.  The advance registration cost for the program is $60 for SDForum members and $75 for non-members.  The price is an additional $10 if you register at the door.  For more information:

Vinod Khosla, Founder of Khosla Ventures, Profiled by San Francisco Chronicle

Today’s edition of the San Francisco Chronicle profiles Vinod Khosla (founder of Khosla Ventures) in one of its 2007 year-in-review "Faces of Business 2007" stories.  The profile describes Khosla’s background and his current approach to investing in clean tech / green tech, for example:

His willingness to buck conventional wisdom and finance big, game-changing ideas has placed Khosla at the forefront of green tech. Here, all the challenges are huge, and the technology is disruptive. If things go the way Khosla wants, our entire fossil fuel-dependent energy system will get turned on its head.

One of his startups, Range Fuels, is building a bio-refinery in Georgia that will make ethanol from wood scraps left over from timber harvests. Another, Ausra, plans to build large solar thermal power plants in Central and Southern California, generating power for far less money than rooftop solar panels can. Similar solar plants have been in use in California for decades, but Ausra uses a unique design that should be cheaper to mass produce.

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San Jose Mercury News Highlights Growing Role of Silicon Valley in Clean Tech

The San Jose Mercury News highlights the growing role of Silicon Valley in clean tech / green tech in one of its 2007 year-in-review stories.  The article (Clean Tech Paves Way for New Silicon Valley industry) includes comments from Eric Straser, a general partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, a Menlo Park, California-based venture capital firm:

Eric Straser, a general partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, leads that firm’s venture capital investments in clean tech. He sees 2007 as the year that Silicon Valley cemented its leadership position in environmental technologies.

"The valley is doing what it’s always done: identify and highlight those problems and then attack it with great technology and labor force," Straser said. "It’s no surprise to me that three or four years into the clean tech movement, the valley is a leader."

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