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An Interview with Dan Goldman, Clean Energy Ventures

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We’ve had the opportunity to speak to some of the pure play cleantech VCs in Europe over the last few months, this time I was delighted to reach out to Dan to share his thoughts from a US perspective. I really like Dan’s approach to both technologies and management teams, and his efforts and take on the diversity and inclusion issue. I hope you enjoy the conversation.

About Dan Goldman: 

Dan Goldman is the co-founder and managing director of Clean Energy Ventures, a $110 million early-stage, advanced energy technology venture fund focused on investing in companies commercializing breakthrough technologies addressing climate change. Dan has over 25 years of energy industry operational and investment experience and has been involved in over $4 billion of energy infrastructure and venture finance transactions.

Prior to Clean Energy Ventures, Dan co-founded Clean Energy Venture Group, one of the most active early-stage advanced energy investors in the U.S. with over thirty portfolio investments between 2007 and 2018. Dan holds board roles at REsurety, SparkMeter, LineVision and ConnectDER, as well as a number of board observer and advisory positions. He also serves as vice-chair of the board of the Northeast Clean Energy Council. Prior to that, Dan served as president and CFO at GreatPoint Energy, a venture/strategic-backed clean energy technology company that raised $280 million to commercialize gasification technology. 

Dan received a B.S. from Cornell and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and is a member and the past chair of the board of Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.

About Clean Energy Ventures:

Clean Energy Ventures funds startups developing early-stage breakthrough technologies and services that decarbonize parts of incumbent technologies and industries. A $110M fund, Clean Energy Ventures has a strong track record of companies within its portfolio. The firm’s founders have been investing in, supporting and mentoring early-stage clean energy startups together since 2005, and work with a deep bench of venture partners to find and fund the most promising clean energy startups with the potential to mitigate 2.5 gigatons of carbon emissions between now and 2050.


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Matt Chester on Oct 15, 2020 11:07 am GMT

I really like Dan’s approach to both technologies and management teams, and his efforts and take on the diversity and inclusion issue.

Thanks for covering these issues as just as important as the tech behind it all, David!

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