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Summary:

In light of our upcoming Green:Net conference — which looks at the intersection of IT and green — we’ve decided to revive the second edition of the 25 Who Ditched Infotech for Cleantech list. Check it out:

Two years ago we launched our first 25 Who Ditched Infotech for Cleantech list, where we profiled 25 entrepreneurs and investors who had taken their dotcom and broadband-based winnings in tow, and plunged into the energy and cleantech markets. Now in light of our upcoming Green:Net conference — which looks at the intersection of IT and green — we’ve decided to revive the list for its second edition.

Some of those original innovators are still the best candidates, so we brought them back for the second time around. But there’s also quite a few new comers we’ve added on. And, like in the inaugural year, some of the execs are finding more success than others. Also several of these innovators will be speaking at Green:Net on April 29 in San Francisco. Here’s our second edition of the 25 Who Ditched Infotech for Greentech:

  1. Bill Gates, Philanthropist, Investor, Chairman Microsoft
  2. William D. Watkins, CEO, Bridgelux
  3. Vinod Khosla, Founder Khosla Ventures.
  4. Lee Burrows, Partner, VantagePoint Venture Partners
  5. John Doerr, Partner, Kleiner Perkins
  6. Thom Siebel, Founder, Chairman of C3
  7. Elon Musk, Chairman, Tesla, Chairman, CEO SolarCity
  8. John Steinberg, Founder, CEO, Ecofactor
  9. Steve Jurvetson, Partner Draper Fisher Jurvetson.
  10. Bill Gross, Founder Idealab.
  11. Ray Lane, Partner Kleiner Perkins.
  12. Steve Westly, Founder The Westly Group.
  13. Ric Fulop, Founder, A123Systems
  14. Bob Metcalfe, Partner, Polaris Venture Partners
  15. Scott Lang, CEO, Silver Spring Networks
  16. Shai Agassi, Founder, CEO Project Better Place
  17. Richard Lowenthal, Founder, CEO, of Coulomb Technologies
  18. Frank Varasano, Founder, Former CEO V-Vehicle
  19. Al Gore, Chairman Generation Investment Managment, Partner Kleiner Perkins
  20. Bernard Tse, Founder, CEO, of Atieva
  21. Bill Joy, Partner Kleiner Perkins
  22. Scott Faris, CEO Planar Energy Devices
  23. Trae Vassallo, Partner, Kleiner Perkins
  24. Rob Ferber, CTO of KLD Energy Technologies
  25. Warren Weiss, Partner Foundation Capital

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  1. I see taht unlinke 2 years ago, Bill Gates is at the top of the list :))

  2. Katie Fehrenbacher Thursday, April 22, 2010

    Yep, he really stepped it up recently in terms of greentech

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  5. Thank you, Katie, for your work! You are appreciated for keeping our environment as the priority that will provide our children & grandchildren’s safe & secure future. Bless you! I am now following you on Twitter as @dansden and look forward to your tweets!

    Respectfully,
    Rev. Dan J Frisby
    retired United Methodist minister

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