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Monday January 23, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM PST

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Hanson Bridgett LLP 
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San Francisco, CA 94105

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Opus Connect's San Francisco Chapter January Event:

For GreenTech:  The Future is Now!

From the consumer standpoint, major GreenTech news in 2011 included Tesla’s multi-billion dollar market cap, Solyndra’s bankruptcy and the occasional Chevy Volt catching on fire.  From a corporate perspective, however, 2011 was a landmark year for GreenTech investors and companies alike.  

The first quarter of 2011 saw venture capital invest $1 billion in Bay Area cleantech and PE firms such as Silver Lake announce a $1Bn+ fund with George Soros (called Kraftwerk) to provide growth capital to energy and resource sectors.  Historically, businesses labeled as “green” or “clean” were almost synonymous with unprofitable.  Advances in clean technology and improved functionality are changing that perception.  Green products are now selling based on revenue enhancement and business value characteristics as opposed to the purely philanthropic appeal historically.  

Come hear about the latest trends and investment themes in the GreenTech/CleanTech sector from investors, entrepreneurs and deal makers who have lived through the dynamic past 3 years and are focused on the possibilities for 2012.  




This event is hosted and sponsored by Hanson Bridgett LLP, and co sponsored by Sapient Investigations, Avid Bank, PNC, Burr Pilger Mayer and Comerica Bank.

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Daniel Shapiro (Moderator)

Mr. Shapiro  is a relationship manager at Comerica Bank within the firm’s Middle Market Banking division. He joined Comerica in 2010 and brings over a decade of experience working with middle market businesses in various capacities including financial advisor, private equity buyout lender and commercial banker. Mr. Shapiro works closely with middle market businesses in the Bay Area to deliver loans and other banking products to suit the needs of growing, profitable businesses.  Before coming to Comerica, he spent eight years with GE Capital’s sponsor finance group, GE Antares, which is the single point of contact for private equity into GE.  At GE Antares, he was responsible for the sourcing and underwriting of private equity sponsored transactions and delivering the products and services of other GE businesses to private equity sponsors.  Mr. Shapiro started his career in the investment banking division of Robertson Stephens and has a degree in Economics from the University of Michigan 

Kristian Hanelt

Mr. Hanelt is Senior Vice President at Renewable Capital Markets. Mr. Hanelt has spent his career financing energy projects across a variety of energy sectors. He comes to Clean Power Finance from Tioga Energy, a leading developer of commercial solar systems. As the Vice President of Project Finance and a member of the founding team at Tioga, Mr. Hanelt was instrumental in both project finance and corporate fundraising initiatives. Previously, he was the financial manager for Gunnison Energy Corporation, where he controlled all finance-related activities for the startup natural gas producer, including budgeting, market analysis, and management of gas trading activities. He has also worked for Goldman Sachs in their Industrial and Natural Resources group, and PA Consulting in their Wholesale Energy Markets practice. Mr. Hanelt has a BS in Business Administration from Boston University and an MBA from Stanford University. 

Randy Hawks

Mr. Hawks is a Managing Director at Claremont Creek Ventures, bringing more than 25 years of technology industry experience as a senior general manager and venture investor to the group. Mr. Hawks invests in Information Technology and has a special interest in Sensor Networks and Security. In the years prior to co-founding Claremont Creek Ventures, he  was a General Partner at Novus Ventures and a Venture Partner at Horizon Ventures. Before his venture capital career, he  had startup experience as CEO at Captiva Software and as COO at Identix (from its founding through IPO and life on NASDAQ). He served as Senior Vice President at AT&T Paradyne and as a Vice President of Marketing and Division General Manager at ITT Information Systems (Qume). Early in his career, Mr. Hawks served in a variety of roles in the minicomputer business at Texas Instruments and began work as a computer research engineer at Cornell Aeronautical Lab

Mr. Hawks holds a BSEE from University of Arkansas and has completed the Stanford University Executive Management Program. He serves as a Committee Chair for Keiretsu Forum and is a member of the US Secret Service Electronics Crime Taskforce

Peter Petitt

Mr. Petitt serves as Head of Semiconductor banking and Co-Head of Alternative Energy Banking and is Managing Director at Cowen and Company. His coverage extends across the semiconductor and solar sectors, as well as related and emerging clean technologies. Prior to joining Cowen in 2004, Mr. Petitt was a Vice President with SoundView Technology Group, where he covered companies in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. From 1999 through 2002, Mr. Petitt worked in Robertson Stephens' Technology Investment Banking Group in San Francisco and in London, where he most recently covered semiconductor companies throughout Europe. He also worked in the M&A practice of Chase Securities Inc in New York from 1994 to 1997


Andrew Tang

 Andrew Tang is a Managing Director of ABB Technology Ventures (ATV), the strategic investment arm for the The ABB Group which is one of the largest conglomerates in the world (Forbes rank #143).  Mr. Tang has over 15 years of operating, R&D, investment banking and investing experience in the IT industry and focuses on clean technology and industrial applications. Prior to joining ATV, Mr. Tang was a founding
Managing Director of the DFJ DragonFund China, Draper Fisher Jurvetson’s DFJ's sole China affiliate venture capital fund. Most recently, he was a partner and member of the investment committee at
Infineon Ventures. Prior to Infineon Ventures, he was an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston's technology group in Palo Alto. Before CSFB, Mr. Tang was a senior engineer and marketing
manager at Intel Corporation where he was responsible for chip design and market enablement for the Pentium and Itanium processors. Mr. Tang holds an MBA from the Wharton School as well as MSEE and BSEE degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Texas at Austin, respectively. He also holds one US patent for silicon germanium thin-film transistor applications.


Abe Yokell 

Mr. Yokell is a Partner at RockPort Capital Partners and helped spearhead the opening of RockPort’s Menlo Park, CA office.  He has worked in all realms of cleantech and on specific investments in solar, energy storage, energy efficiency, lighting, smart grid, green buildings, water, transportation, wind, and advanced materials, among other sectors.  Mr. Yokell has been with RockPort for over seven years and has been directly involved in over 20 initial investments.  He currently holds board seats at EcoFactor, Qnovo, and Solar Universe and is an active observer at Enphase Energy and Recurve.


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