Claremont Creek Ventures is an Oakland-based venture capital firm investing in early stage information technology companies. Our investment professionals are experienced managers and proven venture investors. Our team shares a deep commitment to helping entrepreneurs build successful companies from the ground up. We focus on IT sectors where we have deep domain expertise, including – but not limited to – healthcare, energy efficiency and security markets. Our East Bay location allows us to work closely alongside a strong entrepreneurial community and excellent research-driven “incubating institutions”, such as UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and the Lawrence Livermore and Berkeley Laboratories.
Claremont Creek portfolio companies: Sentilla, Alphabet Energy, Inc., Project Frog, Clean Power Finance
VantagePoint Capital Partners is a leader in investing in 21st century technologies and partners with entrepreneurs in the CleanTech, Healthcare and Information Technology sectors. With a large investment team of experts, a broad network of strategic partners and advisors, and more than $4.5 billion in committed capital, the Firm has the depth of resources to help build transformative companies that are clear leaders in their categories.
VantagePoint portfolio companies: Tesla Motors, Better Place, Bridgelux, Tendril
Founded in 2001, NGEN Partners is a pioneering investor in companies in clean energy, resource and energy efficiency and other sustainable industries minimizing the impact on the environment and improving health and wellness. With a history in materials science, NGEN has deep expertise in clean energy, energy efficiency, pollution abatement, resource efficiency and sustainability.
NGEN portfolio companies: DIRTT, Fallbrook, REGEN Energy and Soraa
Nat is Claremont Creek’s resident expert on energy conservation and management systems. His focus in these investment areas is built on twenty years of experience in IT as: CEO of Cybergold, founder of Centram Systems West, founding CEO of Kaleida Labs and Vice President of Sun Microsystems. Nat holds a Master’s degree in Education and is an emeritus member of the Executive Board of the College of Letters and Science at UC Berkeley
Lee joined VantagePoint in 2002, bringing with him 15 years of broad semiconductor technology expertise, specifically in the areas of semiconductor processing, advanced materials, power storage and management, and battery, lighting, and smart grid technologies. He graduated with honors from the California Institute of Technology (BS, MS) and is also a candidate for a PhD in Applied Physics.
Former president, Honeywell Process Solutions, $3 Billion Global Industrial Controls. 30 years of distributed control and microelectronics experience. BS & MS Industrial Engineering; Six Sigma Black Belt
Robb McLarty is a Principal at NGEN, and leads the firm’s investments in Adura Technologies, REGEN Energy and Soraa. He has been an observer on the boards of Tioga Energy and eIQ Energy, and was also involved in the firm’s investments in Renaissance Lighting, Renewable Funding and SolFocus.
Prior to joining NGEN, Robb was with Ziff Brothers Investments, one of the largest and most successful family office investment firms in the country. Working with the Chief Investment Strategist, Robb identified investment opportunities in transformational information and energy technologies. Robb interned at IBM’s venture capital group while earning an MBA at the Yale School of Management. As employee #7, McLarty helped to start up Bill Me Later, an online payments company that was acquired by eBay in 2008. Robb began his career in product development and software engineering at Nortel Networks, CAE, Alcan and Bell Canada.
Robb McLarty is a graduate of Queen’s University, Canada (BSc Electrical Engineering) and Yale University (MBA), and is a C100 charter member.
Michael has been thinking through the development of new technologies for much of his career. Before designing and managing the development of Adura’s embedded wireless hardware system, he spent seven years at SRI International, one of the world’s leading new technology research institutes. He focused on embedded system & RF technology as a Senior Researcher in the Engineering and Systems Group at SRI. Prior to working at SRI, Michael spent two years designing and developing his own routing protocols for mobile ad- hoc networks as part of his Master’s research efforts at Dartmouth College.
At Adura, he manages all components of the wireless product line including hardware and firmware design and development. Michael finds the most interesting challenges of his position are involved with the process of taking a product from a listed set of requirements all the way through design, prototyping, testing, and into overseas high-volume production. He holds a B.E. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Dartmouth College. Outside of the office, you can most likely find Michael either biking on the beautiful Marin county roads or backcountry skiing in the mountains of Lake Tahoe.
Dale has been a software architect for large-scale distributed control systems and energy management and information systems for more than 28 years. Before joining the Adura team, he was the CTO and co-founder of two software companies, UDX and Silicon Energy. At Silicon Energy, Dale pioneered the creation of the world’s first enterprise energy management system. He became Director of Technology Strategy at Itron Inc. when Itron acquired Silicon Energy. Dale has been a leader in developing software for real-world commercial energy use for decades. In the late 1980s, Dale developed a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system that was used to monitor and control a majority of the PG&E electrical distribution grid in Northern California. Dale has a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University. He holds three U.S. patents and is a contributing author of “Guide to Energy Management” (Fairmont Press, 2005).
Adura co-founder Charlie Huizenga is a respected scientist in the field of built environments and his leadership and innovative discoveries have driven Adura’s technology platform from day one. Charlie is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Architecture at UC Berkeley, where the research that underlies Adura’s technology began as a university-based project. As Chief Scientist and co-founder, his daily presence ensures that Adura continues to deliver compelling products to its customers. In 2003, he developed Adura’s core wireless technology at the UC Berkeley Center for the Built Environment (CBE).
His focus as a researcher is on energy-efficient buildings and indoor environmental quality and he has been conducting research on built environments since 1983. His research interests include building energy monitoring, design and operation of building energy systems, energy simulation and software development.
Charlie’s interests in improving the human condition go far beyond increasing the energy efficiency and environmental conditions of commercial building interiors. He is also co-founder of Agua Para La Vida, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to rural Central American communities in need of clean drinking water. Charlie holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College. He is a member of ASHRAE, ASES, SBSE, and AEE.