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Goldman Sachs is leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of services worldwide to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high net worth individuals. Founded in 1869, it is one of the oldest and largest investment banking firms. The firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong and other major financial centers around the world.
H.I.G. Ventures partners with entrepreneurs to provide the capital, expertise and relationships necessary to build market-leading businesses. with over 4.5Billion under management, the firm's team invests nationally in early to growth-stage information technology, healthcare and service businesses. H.I.G. Ventures is the venture capital affiliate of H.I.G. Capital, a leading private equity investment firm with over $4 billion of capital under management and offices in Miami, Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco, London, Hamburg and Paris. H.I.G. Ventures has offices in Atlanta and Miami. For more information, visit www.higventures.com.
New Enterprise Associates (NEA) is a leading venture capital firm focused on helping entrepreneurs create and build major new enterprises that use technology to improve the way we live, work and play. Since its founding in 1978, the firm has followed the same basic principles: support their entrepreneurs, provide an excellent return to their limited partners and practice their profession with high standards and respect. Having practiced classic venture capital for 28 years, NEA focuses on investments at all stages of a company’s development, from seed-stage through IPO. With approximately $8.5 billion in committed capital, NEA’s experienced management team has invested in over 500 companies, of which more than 150 have gone public and more than 200 have been acquired. NEA has offices in Reston, Virginia, Menlo Park, California and Baltimore, Maryland. For more information, please visit www.nea.com.
Prelude Ventures was founded in 2009 as a new platform for venture investing in the cleantech sector. The platform combines a long-term commitment to the sector, willingness to accept informed risks, the capital to enable companies to develop on appropriate timelines and a fundamental emphasis on venture-level returns.
We are committed to novel solutions that address climate change and a net reduction of CO2. We invest in companies for the long haul and don’t flinch at shifting attitudes about the global demand for clean energy. For us, addressing climate change is important work. It is a problem to be solved and a place where long standing energy incumbents that do not engage in the evolution of the market will be disrupted through innovation.
By developing more energy efficient products and systems powered by non-hydrocarbon sources of energy, we can take an important step forward in reducing the world’s carbon intensity. The entrepreneurs who successfully build the next generation of global energy companies will become the business leaders of this century.
Warburg Pincus is a leading global private equity firm. The firm has more than $30 billion in assets under management. Its active portfolio of more than 110 companies is highly diversified by stage, sector and geography. Warburg Pincus is a growth investor and an experienced partner to management teams seeking to build durable companies with sustainable value. Founded in 1966, Warburg Pincus has raised 13 private equity funds which have invested more than $35 billion in approximately 600 companies in more than 30 countries. The firm has offices in Beijing, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai and Tokyo. For more information, please visit www.warburgpincus.com.
John’s Board and Corporate governance role follows his experience as an Operating Partner at H.I.G. Ventures. Prior to his role at H.I.G., he was CEO of DWL, which was sold to IBM in 2005. Before DWL, John had served as COO of Tradex Corporation, which was later acquired by Ariba in one of the largest transactions ever in the software industry ($5.6B ). Prior to Tradex, John helped take Software 2000 public, which became Infinium. He began his career at MSA software. He also served on the Boards of Procuri and St. Martin's Episcopal School.
Professor Rohatgi is a Regents' Professor and holds the Georgia Power Distinguished Chair in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also the Director, since 1992 of the University Center of Excellence for Photovoltaics, a DoE-funded center. Ajeet began his career in 1977 at Westinghouse’s Research and Development Center, before moving to Georgia Tech in 1985. Ajeet also sits on the Board of GT Solar.
Harry leads NEA's east coast venture practice and is a founder of NEA's China organization. He is recognized as one of America's top venture capitalists with honors including the Forbes "Midas List," where he is among six investors named to the list since inception, Washingtonian's "Titans of Technology," Business Insider's "Top 5 East Coast VCs" and Washington Business Journal's "Outstanding Board Director Award" and "Power 100 Business Leaders." Harry is a co-founder of Harvard University's Experiment Fund and an Expert in Residence at Harvard.
Harry's past investments include Cvent (NYSE: CVT), Echo Global (NASDAQ: ECHO), Eloqua (NASDAQ: ELOQ, acquired by Oracle), GlobalLogic (acquired by Apax), Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN), Merlin Securities (acquired by Wells Fargo), OPower (NYSE: OPWR), Pentaho (acquired by Hitachi), Riverbed Technologies (acquired by Aether Systems), SourceFire (NASDAQ: FIRE, acquired by Cisco), Vertica (acquired by Hewlett Packard), Vonage (NYSE: VG) and webMethods (NASDAQ: WEBM, acquired by Software AG).
Jon joined NEA in 2006 and focuses on Software, Internet, and Mobile Applications. He led the firm's investments in Blue Jeans Network, DataVisor, Desire2Learn, FusionOps, Hearsay Social, OPOWER (NYSE: OPWR), ScienceLogic, Suniva, Swiftype, Uber, and WibiData. Jon also co-manages NEA's seed investment program.
Prior to joining NEA, Jon was an entrepreneur and co-founder of IMlogic, Inc. (acquired by Symantec Corporation) and served as its Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Products. Prior to founding IMlogic, Jon worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he focused on venture capital investments for their Private Equity Group. Jon's perspectives on VC and entrepreneurship can be found at www.jonsakoda.com.
Ravi joined NEA in 2004 and co-heads the firm's Technology Venture Growth Equity investment practice. Ravi's investments in the software and technology sectors include Acquia, BloomReach, Boku, Captora, Desire2Learn, Forter, MOVE Guides, and Mulesoft. Ravi's investments in other sectors include Availink, Goji, Imergy Power, and Suniva. Prior investments include Arcot (acquired by CA), Braintree (acquired by eBay), GlobalLogic (acquired by Apax Partners), IM Logic (acquired by Symantec), PURE Energies (acquired by NRG), Sanera (acquired by McData), Tele Atlas (Euronext: TA, acquired by TomTom), and ViXs (TXS: VXS).
Prior to NEA, Ravi worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as co-head of the technology practice in their private equity group. Ravi has also worked for McKinsey & Company and Raychem Corporation focusing on R&D in various materials systems. Ravi received an MBA from Wharton and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from UCSB where he focused his research on materials science applications. Ravi also earned a BS in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the Wharton Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. Read more of Ravi's perspectives at: www.raviviswanathan.com
Dr. Kedar P. Gupta is a co-founder of GT Equipment Tecnologies, Inc., now called GT Solar. He was its CEO and Chairman until December 31, 2006. A well-respected global leader, GT Solar won the SBA’s Award for Exporter of the Year for 2002, and it is projected that over 80% of GT Solar business will continue to be exported.
Dr. Gupta is well-recognized for his entrepreneurship. In 1998, he received both the New Hampshire High Tech Council Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was a New England finalist for the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In addition, under the leadership of Dr. Gupta, GTi was ranked by Business NH Magazine in 1998 as the fastest growing privately-held company in New Hampshire. In 2000 GTi won awards in both the New England Technology Fast 50 and the Deloitte & Touche Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technologies in New England and the 500 fastest growing technologies in the U.S., respectively.
He recently founded a new company, Advanced Renewable Energy Company, which will be involved in developing new technologies related to alternative energy segments. ARC-Energy is currently working on prospects to make wind energy distributed and usable by home owners as well as for special applications.
Mr. Pai joined Suniva's board of directors in March, 2009. Mr. Pai has more than 30 years of manufacturing and mass production experience in a range of industries. Pai is the former Chief Operating Officer (COO) of SunPower where he was responsible for strategic planning, production expansion and supply chain development on a worldwide basis. Prior to SunPower, Pai served four years as president of Moser Baer India Ltd., the world's second largest manufacturer of optical storage media (CDs, DVDs, etc.).
Dr. Henry Kressel became a director of Suniva, Inc. effective April 2009. Dr. Kressel is a managing director of Warburg Pincus which he joined in 1983 from the RCA Corporation where he was a vice president in charge of solid state device research and development at the David Sarnoff Research Center. Since joining Warburg Pincus, Dr. Kressel has been responsible for many of the firm's investments in high technology companies in the fields of information technology services, semiconductor devices, industrial and consumer software and communication systems and services. He is a director of RMI Corporation, SRI International, Sarnoff Corporation and Telcordia Technologies.Henry Kressel, Ph.D.
James R. Levy is based in New York, joined Warburg Pincus in 2006 and focuses on energy investments. Previously, he worked at Kohlberg & Company, a middle-market private equity investment firm, and Wasserstein Perella & Co. He is a director of Antero Resources, Black Swan Energy, Brigham Resources, EnStorage, Hawkwood Energy, Independence Resources Management, Laredo Petroleum and Suniva. Additionally, he is a former director of Broad Oak Energy. Mr. Levy received a B.A. in history from Yale University.