Energy used to be a one-way street. Today, it's becoming a bi-directional superhighway with utility customers finally taking charge of their power use and how much they pay for it. Instead of drilling into short-term IT issues and arcane arm-chair politicking involved in this shift, GreenBeat 2009 maps out the hottest business and technology opportunities the Smart Grid has to offer.
Tom has a deep understanding of technology, operations and their business interface, and enjoys building businesses with genuine passion. He is a recognized leader in energy investing, cleantech technologies and information technology, having founded, grown and managed some of the leading organizations in these categories. He currently serves on eight corporate boards, two of which he chairs; has been a director in numerous public and private companies, and has overseen businesses in many countries around the world. For SAIL, Tom serves as a director in Xtreme Power, Enerpulse, SNTech, Townsend Advanced Energy, Kokam America, Ice Energy, Cleantech Capital Group, and Oryxe Energy.
Navin Chaddha is a proven serial entrepreneur and venture investor. Navin Chaddha was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009, ranked on the Forbes Midas List of top 100 dealmakers as #11 in 2009, #10 in 2008 and #58 in 2007.
He invests in the energytech, internet/digital media, enterprise, semiconductor, and service provider sectors in the U.S. and leads Mayfield's investments in India. Navin Chaddha has made over 25 investments in the past, of which 9 have had IPOs and 6 have been acquired. Prior to joining Mayfield, Navin Chaddha was a Partner at Gabriel Venture Partners and EIR at Mobius Venture Capital. He was founder and CTO of VXtreme, a streaming media software company that was acquired by Microsoft and became Windows Media. He served in various management roles at Microsoft after that. Navin Chaddha was also the co-founder of iBeam Broadcasting (NASDAQ IPO) and CEO and founder of Rivio (acquired by CPA2Biz). Navin Chaddha holds an MS degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University (received the Stanford and IBM Graduate Fellowships) and a B.Tech. degree in electrical engineering from IIT Delhi (received the Director's Medal for being first in his class) and was honored with the prestigious distinguished IIT Alumni Award in 2006.
Navin Chaddha is a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs and holds over 35 patents.
Alex Livingston is the CEO of R2EV.
As a Director in KPMG's Venture Capital Practice based in San Francisco, Craig Lobdell has over 18 years of experience in finance and strategy. Craig Lobdell focuses on serving venture capital backed clients: assisting clients with finance and accounting infrastructure planning; financial process improvement/redesign; IPO roadmap development and readiness assessments; cost take-out; strategic business and systems planning; vendor selection; operational risk assessments and contingency planning development; data integrity reviews; revenue enhancement; control transformation; chart of accounts design; customer information systems and energy trading and risk management systems assessments; organizational design and change management; and program and project management.
Prior to joining KPMG, Craig Lobdell provided management consulting services for a significant systems integration firm, a major accounting, tax and advisory services firm, and a reengineering consulting firm. In addition, he has work for GE Capital and the Department of Energy. Craig Lobdell has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and Strategy from Yale Universityâ€™s School of Management, a Masters in International Affairs (MA) from George Washington Universityâ€™s Elliot School of International Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Political Science and Economics from Carleton College. Craig Lobdell is also Six Sigma Green belt certified from the University of Michigan.
Paul Nagel is vice president of strategic development at Control4, where he oversees the company's partnership and business development efforts. Paul brings more than 20 years of hardware and software product experience to his current position including development expertise in WAN/LAN and wireless WAN products, including the Palm VII, CDPD/Cellular PC cards, and VOIP LMR products. Paul holds eight patents in the area of communications.
Before Control4, Paul has held executive roles with other leading technology companies, including Compaq Computer, Megahertz / US Robotics, 3Com, emWare, and IPMobileNet.
Paul holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Utah.
Sunil Paul, the founder of Spring Ventures, has a track record of forming successful companies as well as making high performance investment decisions. He began cleantech investing in 2002 because he believed that the macro forces of environmental regulation combined with climate change and energy security are creating new pressures on the energy market. In conjunction with new technological advances from a variety of fields (e.g., semiconductors, biotechnology, the Internet, computer science, surface science, and nanotechnology), Sunil believes these forces can and will produce profound breakthroughs when applied to the problem of climate change and the issues inherent in the energy and transportation industry.
Rich Wong joined Accel in 2006, with a focus on mobile services, enterprise software/SaaS, and energy technologies. Rich currently serves on the board of AdMob, the largest mobile advertising player, Parature, a leader in SaaS based customer support, SunRun, the leading provider of residential solar power, and works closely with the management team of Getjar Networks, the largest mobile development community and open mobile app store. Prior to Accel, Rich Wong also served as a board advisor to Plaxo (acquired by Comcast), Sana Security (acquired by AVG), and Simplicita (acquired by Sandvine). Prior to Accel, Rich Wong was SVP/GM of Products at Openwave and previously GM of Messaging Products, and Chief Marketing Officer at Openwave. While at Openwave, Rich Wong founded and chaired the Messaging Anti Abuse Working Group, a consortium of ISPs and technology providers working together to combat internet abuse. Previously Rich Wong was the Chief Marketing Officer and EVP/GM of Value-Added Services at Covad Communications, the DSL provider. Preceding Covad, he was a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, focusing on software and consumer technology.
Rich Wong remains active as an EVP of the MIT Club of Northern California, Board Member of the MIT CNC - Entrepreneurship Program, and the CTIA Wireless Internet Caucus. At CTIA 2008, Rich Wong was awarded a "Mobile Six" award as one of the 6 most influential individuals shaping the wireless industry by executives in the InMobile.org community. Rich Wong holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Brendan is a graduate student in the Design Program at Stanford University. He is from Toronto, Canada, and holds a BComm from Queen's University, and a BFA from Ryerson University's New Media program. He has worked as an interaction designer, technology consultant, educator, and new media artist. His current research explores how design can be leveraged to stimulate behavior towards energy consumption.
Audrey Zibelman is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Viridity Energy, Inc. Ms. Zibelman formed Viridity after more than 25 years of electric utility industry leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. Ms. Zibelman is a recognized national and international expert in energy policy, markets and Smart Grid innovation. Prior to forming Viridity, Ms. Zibelman was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of PJM, a Regional Transmission Organization that operates the world's largest wholesale power market and serves 14 states throughout the eastern United States. While there she was responsible for all aspects of PJM's transmission planning, market grid operations and corporate administration.
Michael Zimmerman, CEO: Michael has spent the last 20 years working with high growth companies and the last 12 years as an executive, board member or investor in technology start ups. Prior to BuildingIQ, Michael was a General Partner at Technology Venture Partners, a leading Australian venture capital firm focused on cross-border opportunities, where he invested and worked with internet, software and mobile companies including ThreatMETRIX, Engana (sold to Finisar), MIG33, Viator, and Eurekster. Prior to TVP, he was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Altos Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and a senior executive at iOwn Holdings, one of the leading internet mortgage and real estate companies (sold to Citigroup in 2001). Previously, Michael worked with Bain & Company, Goldman Sachs and The Mentoring Partnership. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) from Amherst College and an MBA from Stanford Business School.