Highlights from the GreenBeat 2009 Conference presented by VentureBeat. Featuring clips from speakers John Doerr, Jim Rogers and Steve Westly.
John Doerr was founding CEO of Silicon Compilers, a CAD software company and co-founder of the first broadband cable network, @Home.
He came to Silicon Valley in 1974 and joined a small chipmaker, Intel, just as they invented the legendary 8080 microprocessor. He worked in engineering, marketing, and sales, where he was a top-ranked sales executive.
James Rogers was named president and chief executive officer of Duke Energy following the merger of Duke Energy and Cinergy in April 2006. Before the merger, he served as Cinergy's chairman and chief executive officer for more than 11 years. Prior to the formation of Cinergy, he joined PSI Energy in 1988 as the company's chairman, president and chief executive officer.
Prior to his utility career, Duke Rogers served as deputy general counsel for litigation and enforcement for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); executive vice president of interstate pipelines for the Enron Gas Pipeline Group; and as a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. Prior to those appointments, he served as assistant to the chief trial counsel at FERC; as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Kentucky; and as assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, where he acted as intervener on behalf of state consumers in gas, electric and telephone rate cases. He was also a reporter for the Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader.
Steve Westly is currently founder of The Westly Group, one of the larger clean tech venture funds in the US. Prior to founding The Westly Group, he served as the Controller and Chief Fiscal Officer of the state of California â€“ the worldâ€™s sixth largest economy. As Controller, he chaired the State Lands Commission and served on 63 other boards and commissions, including CalPERS and CalSTRS, the nationâ€™s two largest public pension funds, which together invest more than $350 billion. During his four-year term, Steve Westly spearheaded innovative tax programs that helped close the State's budget deficit. He also led an effort to commit more than $1 billion to clean technology investments. Before running for office, Steve Westly helped guide the online auction company eBay through a period of rapid growth, serving as the senior vice president of marketing, business development, M&A and international. Steve Westly helped bring eBay to Europe and Asia, and developed the marketing and acquisition strategies that paved the path for the firm's exponential growth. In 2008 Steve Westly served as the California Co-Chair for the Obama for President Campaign.
He began his career in Washington, D.C., where he worked first on Capitol Hill and later in the Office of Conservation and Solar at the U.S. Department of Energy. Steve Westly then returned to California to become special assistant to the president of the California Public Utilities Commission. While there, he published two books on alternative energy and the utilities. Steve Westly also worked for four years as a program manager for Sprint. Steve Westly has a BA from Stanford University and a MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business, where he served on the faculty for five years