About: VantagePoint Venture Partners is a leader in investing in 21st Century technologies and partners with entrepreneurs in the CleanTech, Healthcare and Information Technology sectors. With a large investment team of experts, a broad network of Strategic Partners and Senior Advisors, and more than $4.5 billion in committed capital, the Firm has the depth of resources to help build transformative companies that are clear leaders in their fields. The Silicon Valley Firm has investments in more than 70 companies, including notable CleanTech companies Better Place, BridgeLux, BrightSource Energy, Miasolé, Premium Power, Tesla Motors and others. VantagePoint is based in San Bruno, California with offices in Montreal, Beijing and Hong Kong.
Jim Marver, Managing Partner
Alan Salzman, CEO and Managing Partner
Managing Directors: Tom Bevilacqua, Annette Bianchi, Stephan Dolezalek, David Fries, Melissa Guzy, Bill Harding, Richard Harroch, Jim Mills, Marc Van Den Berg
Partners: Bernie Bulkin, Lee Burrows, Terry Chen, Duncan Davidson, Mike Fawkes, Bill Green, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Eve Kurtin, John Leggate, Brad Mattson, William McDonough, Mark Platshon, Rafael Simon, R. James Woolsey
Cleantech – Adura Technologies, AlertMe, Angstrom Power, Better Place, BridgeLux, BrightSource Energy, Chemrec AB, Cobalt BioFuels, iWatt, Mascoma, MiaSolé, New Energy Capital (M&A & IPO), Ostara, Premium Power Corporation, Senergen, SolarCentury, Solazyme, SuperBulbs, Tendril, Tesla Motors, Ze-gen
News: In June 2009, Tendril, creator of the Tendril Residential Energy Ecosystem (TREE) for utilities, energy retailers and their consumers, announced it has secured $30 million in Series C funding. The investment was led by VantagePoint Venture Partners, a recognized leader in the clean tech space, and includes Good Energies, the leading global investor in renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions, RRE Ventures, a builder of leading companies in the software, communications and financial services industries, Vista Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm based in Boulder, Colorado and Appian Ventures, an investor in software and technologies that improve business performance through the application and management of network connectivity.
In June 2009, Cambridge-based, England, AlertMe.com, the award-winning provider of smart energy saving systems for homes announced it has secured £8 million in Series B funding by investors Good Energies, Index Ventures, SET Venture Partners and VantagePoint Venture Partners. The financing will enable AlertMe.com to extend its product development program, continue to ramp up its distribution strategy and to expand the existing team.
In February 2009, US venture capital firm VantagePoint Venture Partners has appointed Robert F Kennedy Jr as a venture partner of its cleantech investment team. In his new role, he will become involved with VantagePoint portfolio companies, particularly those in the water sector. In conjunction with the appointment, Kennedy has taken board positions with two VantagePoint portfolio companies: Premium Power, a leading manufacturer of energy storage solutions, and Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc., a wastewater remediation company producing environmentally safe commercial fertiliser.
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