Vinod Khosla

13 battery startups to watch in 2013

Here’s 13 rare battery startups working on next-generation manufacturing, chemistry and printing technologies. These battery companies could create innovation that could revolutionize electric cars, the power grid and how we charge up our gadgets and cell phones.

Bill Gates: We need crazy energy entrepreneurs

We need “energy miracles,” in at least five areas, and in each of these areas “we need at least two hundred crazy people who think their idea alone can solve this,” said Bill Gates at the Wall Street Journal’s Eco:nomics conference on Thursday night.

Alberta, Khosla loan biofuel company KiOR $75M

Next-gen biofuel company KiOR has long planned to raise more money to get its first commercial-scale biofuel facilities off the ground. On Friday morning the company revealed that it has raised a new $75 million loan from existing investors Alberta Investment Management and Khosla Ventures.

Battery startup Seeo sets up pilot production

Seeo raised $15 million earlier this year, and we know how it’s spending some of that money. The startup has moved into a new home and installed a pilot production line that produces 4 megawatt hours of cells per year.

The Valley’s next big battery play: QuantumScape

QuantumScape is the next battery startup you should know. The early stage company is commercializing technology from Stanford University, and was founded, and is being led by, Infinera co-founder and CEO Jagdeep Singh. Khosla Ventures and Kleiner Perkins have invested in the startup.

The Solyndra cloud descends on cleantech

There is no escaping the dark spell cast by Solyndra’s bankruptcy in cleantech discussions these days. At two cleantech conferences in San Francisco this week, speakers gave their takes on the impact of the Solyndra controversy, from money flows to public perception.

Vinod Khosla: Greentech has generated huge profits

The realization that many greentech startups need more capital and time than expected to commercialize their technologies has sacked some venture capitalists’ enthusiasm for cleantech. Vinod Khosla has a message for them: chin up! There’s good money to be made and I’m doing just fine.

Wind tech startup Danotek raises $15M

It’s refreshing to see a little innovation going into the wind industry. On Tuesday, Danotek, a startup that builds a technology called permanent magnetic generators for wind turbines, announced that it has raised $15 million from high-profile investors GE, Khosla Ventures, CMEA Capital, and Statoil Technology.

No DOE loan guarantee for KiOR, at least not this year

There will be no loan guarantee for recently public biofuel company KiOR, at least this year. According to correspondence with the SEC, KiOR put its application for 2011 on hold in May, with plans to roll it over to 2012 — assuming the program gets funded for 2012.

Cleantech apocalypse? No, but it’s cyclical

The cries declaring a cleantech armageddon are coming keep on getting louder. But I don’t think cleantech is headed for a sharp crash. It’s been going through consolidation for some time now, and the cleantech sector is inherently cyclical and is heading into a down cycle.

KiOR doubles IPO ambitions, to price this week

Biofuel startup KiOr’s could raise as much as $241.50 million in an IPO on the Nasdaq, at a maximum offering price per share of $21. KiOr estimates that it will price its shares between $19 to $21 per share, and could price shares this week.

Has Cleantech Moved Beyond VC?

Some of the best ideas on our network sometimes come from reader comments. In response to our piece last week on Why the LinkedIn IPO is Bad For Cleantech, commenter Bill Hewitt, I think hit a nerve with his suggestion: “Clean tech has gone beyond VC.”

Khosla Raising Over $1B in Fourth Fund

Khosla Ventures, the firm of influential venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, is raising a new $1.05 billion fund — Khosla Ventures IV — according to an SEC filing. The filing comes just a little over a year since the firm closed on $1.3 billion.

A Hunt for the Ideal Internal Combustion Engine

LiquidPiston, a company that got its start as a father-son team in a business plan competition at MIT, aims to build a smaller, quieter and more fuel-efficient internal combustion engine than the ones currently being used in cars.

Khosla Invests in Coal-to-Gas Startup Ciris

The inevitable future of clean(er) power is natural gas. Startup Ciris Energy, which uses biotech to convert coal into methane gas, announced this morning that it has brought on high-profile venture investor Khosla Ventures for a Series B round.

Can Adobe Jump-Start the TV App Market With AIR?

Adobe is extending its AIR application framework across all three screens, including Internet-connected TVs. The announcement could give Adobe a huge leg-up in the race to deliver online games and video content to the living room, but it will need wide support from consumer electronics partners.

Jobs, Gates, Google & Obama on Energy, Oh My

Move over, climate and energy wonks; this is shaping up to be a triple-feature week of the geeks. Steve Jobs talked energy and innovation with President Obama, Bill Gates poured $700,000 into the fight against Prop. 23, and Energy Secretary Steven Chu is heading to Google.

Sakti3 Scores $4.2M From GM Ventures, Itochu

Lithium-ion battery developer Sakti3 and General Motors announced the latest step in their ongoing dance today, and it’s a big one for the 3-year-old startup: GM plans to invest $3.2 million in Sakti3 through its new venture capital arm, GM Ventures.

Bill Gates, Vinod Khosla Back Efficient Engine Startup EcoMotors

Bill Gates and Vinod Khosla have just turbo charged diesel engine startup EcoMotors International with a “substantial” amount of second-round financing. EcoMotors announced today that Khosla’s venture capital firm Khosla Ventures and Gates are the “two exclusive investors” in this round.

Daily Sprout

Biofuels Go Bust: “The wave of biodiesel failures,” combined with the inability of Khosla-backed Cello Energy “to produce even a fraction of…


Opportunities in LED Solid-State Lighting

While light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, have long played a role in consumer electronics and displays, solid-state lighting (SSL) is now emerging as a potential technology for everyday commercial and residential lighting applications. As incandescent light bulbs are phased out because they use too much energy, and concerns over mercury affect sales of compact fluorescent bulbs, SSL is receiving increasing attention from consumers and governments seeking to reduce energy costs and lower their carbon footprint. Once LED costs come down, SSL will have a major impact on the global lighting market. While LEDs themselves are not made with silicon, silicon chips are an integral component of SSL fixtures. Thus, the sector represents a significant market opportunity for chip makers.

Ron Conway: More Reasons To Go All Angel

Lately we’ve been discussing the many reasons why taking smaller, angel-sized investments instead of larger venture capital stakes often makes more sense…

Thought of the Day: Questions vs. Answers

“[Scott] Cook has an unusual ability to ask the right questions (which my partner Vinod Khosla insists is more important than getting…

Telecom Investors Seeing Green

[qi:013] Telecom investors are seeing green. First we had telecom uber investor Vinod Khosla with his burgeoning clean tech portfolio. Then father…

Lessons of Dr. Dre

All right, so Dr. Dre, born André Romell Young, 42, might not have always been the quintessential role model for khaki-wearing entrepreneurs.…

Nokia Digital TV?

Ash sent me this link about Nokia Digital TV line-up. It looks like a pretty comprehensive line up of satellite set-top boxes,…

Suburban Broadband?

The future of Broadband is in Suburbia, says Washington Post. Not surprising, given that most of the big phone companies are devoting…