Nancy E. Pfund is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners, a venture capital firm whose goal is to combine top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, environmental and economic returns in the regions and sectors in which it invests. Nancy is also the Founder of DBL Investors. As a leading player in the growing field of “impact investing”, DBLhas helped to reveal the power of venture capital to promote social change and environmental improvement, and Ms. Pfund writes and speaks frequently on this topic. Ms. Pfund currently sponsors or sits on the board of directors of several companies, including; SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY) on both the audit and compensation committees, and is chair of the corporate governance committee; Farmers Business Network, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Off-Grid Electric, Primus Power, The Muse, and, prior to their public offerings, Tesla Motors and Pandora. Prior to founding DBL Investors, Ms. Pfund was a Managing Director in Venture Capital at JPMorgan, having started her investment career at Hambrecht & Quist in 1984. Previously, Ms. Pfund worked at Intel Corporation, the State of California, Stanford University and the Sierra Club. Ms. Pfund was recently featured in 2016 Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business list; featured #17 in the 2014 FORTUNE Inaugural World’s Top 25 Eco-Innovators; is Chair of the Advisory Council of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University; a member of the Advisory Board of: the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab); and the UC Davis Center for Energy Efficiency, and a Trustee of the National Geographic Society. She has been a Lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Yale School of Management; and is a C3E Ambassador to the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Program, led by the U.S. Department of Energy. She is also a founding officer and director of ABC2, a foundation aimed at accelerating a cure for brain cancer. Ms. Pfund is the author, along with Benjamin Healey of the widely cited report on the history of U.S. energy subsidies entitled, “What Would Jefferson Do? The Historical Role of Federal Subsidies in Shaping America’s Energy Future”, co-authored with Michael Lazar, “Red, White & Green: The True Colors of America’s Clean Tech Jobs”, co-authored with Noah Walker, “Ask Saint Onofrio: Finding What Has Been Lost in A Tale of Two Energy Sources”, co-authored with Anand Chhabra, “Renewables Are Driving Up Electricity Prices: Wait, What?”, and co-authored with Kristofer Holz, “The 2017 Inauguration: Empowering a Clean Energy Nation”. Ms. Pfund received her BA and MA in anthropology from Stanford University, and her MBAfrom the Yale School of Management
Oak Investment Partners is a multistage venture capital firm and a lead investor for the next generation of disruptive growth companies. The firm focuses on investing in the information technology, internet and consumer, media, financial services technology, healthcare information and services, consumer retail and clean energy sectors. It was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Caspian Impact Investment Adviser is an investment firm that gives advice and invests capital in socially responsible, multiple bottom line businesses delivering financial and social value. The firm invests in the food and agriculture, small business finance, microfinance, affordable housing, healthcare and clean energy sectors.
CT Investment Partners advises the Carbon Trust on its clean energy venture capital investment activities and manages the North West Fund for Energy and Environmental. This role encompasses identifying appropriate investment opportunities, conducting due diligence, negotiating and structuring the transactions, and monitoring and managing the investments until exit.
Hemant Taneja serves as Managing Director at General Catalyst. Prior to this, he served as a Board Member at Gusto. He is a Board Member at Angle Technologies. He is a Chairman and a member of Board of Directors at MySun. Previously, he served as Board Member at SynapDx. He is also an Investor at Snapchat. He invests in technology-intensive software, hardware and services in clean energy and internet communications. He is a Board member of Health Insight Technologies, Virtual Instruments, Highfive, Hunch, Lumenz, Modular Wind, Sand9, C12 Energy, Stripe, TuneIn and Stion. Before joining General Catalyst in 2002, he was a co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Isovia, a Boston-based mobile software and applications company that was acquired by JP Mobile (MOT) in 2001. Taneja holds an M.S. in Operations Research, an M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, a B.S. in Mathematics, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and a B.S. in Biology & Biomedical Engineering all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He serves as a Board Member at Stripe. he also serves on Board of Fundbox.
Daniel Goldfarb is a Co-Founder of and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Lendable. He is a Partner and head of Design Research at Greenstart. An expert at uncovering insights from customers and markets, Daniel deploys a diverse toolset to help startups better understand their customer's core needs and their competitive landscape. Daniel was previously Program Director at Americans for Energy Leadership in Washington, DC, a think tank and advocacy organization focused on increasing federal funding for clean energy innovation. Daniel has also served as an expert applicant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Energy's Sunshot Incubator Program. He holds a BA in Political Science and English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis.
Josh Green is the founder and Managing Partner of Traverse Venture Partners, a leading investor in the rapidly emerging field of UrbanTech: innovative solutions that improve the economic and environmental performance of buildings. With an LP base that includes real estate owners, operators and builders, Traverse acts as a trusted innovation and sustainability partner, accelerating the adoption of proven solutions into the built environment. Josh has over 15 years of experience in the energy industry, as both an investor and operator. Prior to launching Traverse, Josh managed CCM Energy, an investment firm he founded in 2012 with CCM Group, a leading real estate company. Before CCM, he was a co-founder and the CEO of Verdeo Group, a leading clean energy project developer acquired by Sindicatum Sustainable Resources in 2011. Earlier in his career, Josh held various investment roles, including serving as a Director at Climate Change Capital, responsible for building and managing a global portfolio of low carbon investments for the firm’s $1 billion carbon fund, the Chief Operating Officer of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, and a Vice President for Softbank Emerging Markets. Josh began his career working with some of the leading utilities in South America as a Consultant with Monitor Group. Josh holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Dartmouth College, and currently serves on the boards of Generate Capital, Project Frog, Mercatus, Nextility, and Summit Power Group.
XMi High Growth Development Fund is a venture capital investment arm of XMi Holdings and is based in Nashville, Tennessee. The firm invests in Tennessee based small companies operating in the healthcare, clean energy, automotive, manufacturing, logistics, business services and technology sectors. Additionally, the firm also provides human resource services, procurement services, information technology, social and non-profit management, corporate finance advice and commercial real estate brokerage.