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CleanTech RSS Subscribe By Email Main DigitalMedia LifeScience CleanTech Mobile/Comm « Friendfeed, the site for... Main Benchmark entrepreneur talks making... » Optoelectronix draws funding to move LEDs out of the labs Chris Morrison | March 25th, 2008 | Add Comment Although many have heard of LEDs, and are ready to buy the more efficient, environmentally friendly lights, commercializing the technology has proved a tougher road. Optoelectronix, a Silicon Valley company, is one of the first small startups Ive seen show up thats ready to start manufacturing and selling LEDs, rather than just researching them. Investments into LED by venture capital firms so far have been toward developing specific LED technologies, rather than bringing LEDs to stores. The San Jose, Calif., company has just raised $6 million in a first full round of capital from private unnamed investors. Commercializing LEDs is challenging. Rather than a simple bulb with a hot wire, LEDs are actually made up of several parts, including a thermal management system used to vent the heat, a lens to diffract the light, electronics and the semiconductor that actually produces the light. The CEO of Optoelectronix, Chuck Berghoff, told me these complexities often mean a complete disconnect between what lighting fixture makers know how to do traditional light bulbs and what the hell to do with a pile of semiconductor chips. The Optoelectronix team, made up of former employees of Siemens, got its start custom-building LEDs for specialized applications. However, with costs going down and quality going up for various components, as well as a growing market demand, the company is ready to start mass-producing lights.
Clean technologies propel venture capital funding By Ángel González Seattle Times business reporter Shrugging off credit-related economic woes, venture capitalists bet heavily on new companies in the third quarter, driven by opportunities in clean technologies, software and biotechnology. But Washington companies didn't attract as much cash as in the recent past, as new funding for local biotech plummeted. An Ernst & Young/ VentureOne report ranked the state in eighth place by dollar amount received, down from third in the second quarter. The VentureOne report said the venture-capital amount invested this quarter, at $8.07 billion, is the highest since the first quarter of 2001, during the tech bubble. The competing PricewaterhouseCoopers/National Venture Capital Association MoneyTree report, based on Thomson Financial data, came up with a different number: $7.1 billion, slightly down from the second quarter, but still robust. The "steady pace" of investment may result in "the highest level since the fourth quarter of 2001," said Matthew Toole, private-equity-research director for Thomson Financial, during a conference call with http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/PrintSt...d=2002119995&slug=venturecapital20&date=20071020
Space Sunshade for Global Warming Emergency ScienceDaily (Nov. 5, 2006) The possibility that global warming will trigger abrupt climate change is something people might not want to think about. But University of Arizona astronomer Roger Angel thinks about it. Angel, a University of Arizona Regents' Professor and one of the world's foremost minds in modern optics, directs the Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory and the Center for Astronomical Adaptive Optics. He has won top honors for his many extraordinary conceptual ideas that have become practical engineering solutions for astronomy. For the past year, Angel has been looking at ways to cool the Earth in an emergency. He's been studying the practicality of deploying a space sunshade in a global warming crisis, a crisis where it becomes clear that Earth is unmistakably headed for disastrous climate change within a decade or two.... ScienceDaily 5 November 2006. 16 March 2008.
PSiViSiON Surveillance Systems State-of-the-Art Broad Area Persistent Surveillance Eiji Yafuso, President & CEO, PSI Origins (Organized, 2006) B.S., Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara Ph.D., Optical Sciences, University of Arizona [Dissertation: Digital Acquisition System for High-Speed 3-D Imaging, 1997] MBA, Finance, Wharton School, U of Penn
People really matter. If you cant be satisfied working with me, then I wont succeed. Key Business Lessons: Be astute to the difference between good mentors and the mostly self-righteous. The former represent perpetual opportunity and the latter, a time- intensive sink-hole. In many ways the technical solution is easy. Optical technologists bring expertise to bear that most won't begin to comprehend. Advice to New Optics Entrepreneurs: For the cerebral types it's easy to be insensitive to the fact that it's the people you engage who count. Focus on your team and your customer. Although counterintuitive you will find yourself needing to "sell" your idea, and that requires deliberately refined people skills. You will not create your golden chalice in a void without people. You need good communication and or good communicators around you. Eiji Yafuso
Optical Insights -- Scientific and industrial users of multispectral and polarization imaging Founded – 1997 [2 partners (see pic., L.)] Exit – 2005, Sold to Photometrics, a division of Roper Scientific Yash Sabharwal B.S., Optics, University of Rochester Ph.D., Optical Science, University of Arizona [Dissertation: Remote-access slit-scanning confocal microscope for in-vivo tumor diagnosis, 1998]
Entrepreneurship is not taught – there is a huge commitment. And if you dont want success to happen bad enough, its' probably not, unless you're very, very lucky. Approach to business: Getting into business has always been one of my dreams. In our first enterprise, we ( he and his 2 partners) took on dissertation topics that we believed would have market potential. We also went into business together, buying a house we lived in and a guest house we rented out. Yash Sabharwal A Key Business Lesson: Our friends all thought it was just a spectral imaging system, just a beam splitter but the biology people saw it as a way to simultaneously view images on two different wave length bands, saving them a lot of time. One of the key things we learned was nott to get too bogged down in how cool the technology is, but to focus on the market. We let our customers tell us what they wanted. Advice to new optics entrepreneurs. You have to do whatever it takes. We maxed out a lot of credit cards in the beginning, balance transferring from one card to another. And then we found a web-site for an unsecured loan. In the end, we self-financed and that made a huge difference in our success and commitment.
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