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11/3 & 11/4: GreenBeat 2010

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John Doerr talks about the SmartGrid

John Doerr is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Together with KPCB’s partners, John has backed many of America’s best entrepreneurial leaders, including: Amazon, Google, and Intuit to name a few.






Redwood Systems transforms the way businesses power and control lighting to reduce energy costs and improve building performance. Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Fremont, California Redwood Systems combine three typically discrete systems (power, communications, sensors) into one low-voltage networked system.





On Nov. 3 and 4 SSE Labs along with VetureBeat was proud to host GreenBeat 2010 at Stanford University.

A general theme throughout the conference was that data may be the next big wave in cleantech. Spearheading this theme was John Doerr, who shed light to the fact that the smart grid is all about generating data on energy use. He pointed out that the next wave of innovation and investment is all about making that data useful and producing it in real time. Keeping in line with his claim that cleantech’s “Netscape moment” will rise within data oriented systems, he said opportunities opening up in data-driven cleantech businesses could well be billion-dollar markets.

We would also like to Congratulate Redwood Systems for winning the Innovation Competition. Of 10 companies that presented at GreenBeat 2010, they were voted from a panel of experienced judges as the most likely to bring the smart grid to reality. Their intelligent lighting system pitch included presenting a system that puts its lights on a network — much like a broadband network — to control lighting and make the systems easier to tune and monitor. As the winner, Redwood Systems gets the opportunity to present at DEMO Spring 2011, which takes place at the end of February next year.

The Conference included a wide variety of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, Stanford affiliates & students, as well as highly respected innovators within the cleantech space.

We would like to thank all those who came out to the conference and made it a great success! For pictures on GreenBeat 2010 click here.


Written by ahzietsman

November 24, 2010 at 4:08 pm