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Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Venture Captial for Clean Tech

Kleiner Perkins adds Al Gore to guide their global clean tech investments

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California Green Chemistry Initiative Al Gore joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, San Francisco-based venture capital firm focusing on technology for clean tech in November, 2007. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is one of Silicon Valley’s most prestigious venture capital firms, and Gore will guide investments that help combat global warming.

Gore is expected to be a high-profile, active partner at Kleiner Perkins. He’s already a senior adviser to Google Inc. and a member of the board at Apple Inc. Alliance for Climate Protection (, the advocacy group he co-founded, is based in Palo Alto. Gore said he’ll donate 100 percent of his salary as a Kleiner Perkins partner to the advocacy group, which focuses on accelerating policy solutions to the climate crisis.

His chief aim will be to develop an alliance between Kleiner Perkins and London-based Generation Investment Management Inc., a social activist investment firm co-founded by Gore that takes stakes mostly in public companies. Doerr and Gore said the firms' combined efforts would bring products to the marketplace faster.

Kleiner Perkins partner John Doerr also announced he’s joining the advisory board of Generation Investment Management, the $1 billion investment firm that Gore founded with David Blood

Among Kleiner's investments are:

  • Altra Biofuels Inc., a Los Angeles firm that works with ethanol and biodiesel
  • Adura Technologies, a San Francisco start-up working on wireless energy management.

Dozens of venture firms have expanded into so-called “clean-tech” investments worldwide. Kleiner Perkins earmarked $100 million of its $600 million investment fund to startups that work on reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The firm expects to dedicate one-third of new funding to clean tech by 2009.

Clean technology encompasses alternative fuels, water purification, renewable energy and recycling programs and other eco-friendly initiatives, as well as products ranging from electric cars to microbes that search for oil in legacy wells.

North American and European venture capitalists invested $1.9 billion in clean-tech companies in the first half of 2007, a 10 percent increase from the first half 2006, according to Ann Arbor, Mich.-based trade group Cleantech Network.

Alliance for Climate Protection

The Alliance for Climate Protection is a new single-purpose organization to persuade people of the importance, urgency and feasibility of adopting and implementing effective and comprehensive solutions for the climate crisis. They work to persuade individuals, families, communities, states, corporations and other organizations to begin to quickly and meaningfully reduce their own global warming pollution — and to offset the remainder – in order to become ‘carbon neutral.’

TIP for the Office: Look around... all around! Up, down, left, right and sideways. Keep your eyes and ears open for common-sense ways to make small changes every day that add up to a big impact, especially when others notice your ideas and join in. Lighting, computers, copiers, air conditioners, heaters, fans, appliances, equipment, doors, windows, and vents - everything that uses energy or keeps it in or out is an opportunity to save. Rethink the obvious. Repurpose waste. Talk and share. Be an everyday hero. You don't need to be on C.S.I. to be an effective Climate P.I. It's up to you to hunt down the energy wasters and change the scene.

RESOURCE: Alliance for Climate Protection (

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