By Charles Shereda
Next week marks the sixth annual Clean Tech Investor Summit, a gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives, and trendsetters who will shape the future of clean tech. The speaker list is loaded with a spectrum of sustainability heavy-hitters ranging from Ray Anderson, chairman of Interface, to Craig Venter, famous for mapping the human genome, to Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute, who will deliver his keynote on ‘reinventing fire’ (translation: the shift from burning stuff to not burning stuff to create energy, such as moving from coal-fired power plants to wind turbines). I have the good fortune of being your eyes and ears at the summit. I’ll tell you about the stories and surprises that emerge. Together we’ll figure out where clean tech is headed, and in our spare time, we’ll determine what the investment climate will be like in 2010 for companies looking to get funded. I’ll also listen to your suggestions for topics you’d like to hear about.
Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with Ron Pernick about the upcoming summit and his vision of our clean tech future. Pernick is the co-author of The Clean Tech Revolution and cofounder and managing director of Clean Edge, a market research firm focused on clean tech. He’s also co-producer of the Clean Tech Investor Summit.Click to continue reading »