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Cleantech
April 09, 2010 Posted by

Much has been made of the potential role of emerging cleantech markets in driving the economic recovery and renewing U.S. leadership in technology innovation. The mobilization and retraining of displaced workers for jobs in the new “green collar” workforce was a primary motivation behind federal stimulus funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy and smart grid. Yet, among cleantech venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, there is a decided ambivalence about the role of the sector in creating national competitive advantage. Indeed, the very notion of national competitiveness can take on divergent overtones in a world where capital from all over the world, flowing through investors in Silicon Valley, supports companies based around the world, with networks of manufacturing, supply chain, and markets located wherever economic logic may dictate. As one VC in our discussion put it, “Global markets are great if you’re an entrepreneur or investor, but I have to put on my nationalistic hat” for discussions about competitiveness. In short, capitalism and economic nationalism make strange bedfellows in today’s globally interconnected economy.  ­

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Cleantech
April 09, 2010 Posted by

The increasing integration of intermittent renewable energy sources such as wind and solar onto the grid has the potential to negatively impact overall electric reliability. Utilities and regulators at the state and federal level have promoted a number of pilots to explore new grid storage technologies, including flow batteries, compressed air energy storage, and flywheels. However, the benefits to the grid straddle jurisdictional boundaries between generation, transmission, and distribution. How should storage be paid for and by whom? What will be the public reaction in terms of siting, permitting, and local NIMBY resistance? How big a role can storage ultimately play in achieving renewable energy mandates, such as California’s 2020 RPS?

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Cleantech
April 09, 2010 Posted by
The U.S. has subsidized rooftop solar PV primarily through a combination of federal tax incentives and utility-administered programs. At the same time, Germany, Japan, and Spain have all achieved explosive growth in their renewable energy markets in recent years through Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs), where a government policy directly sets the subsidy price to eligible consumers. Many are now advocating that the FiT model should be applied in the U.S. Others are questioning what impact it would have in the market and whether the structure of incentives leads to different technology choices by consumers.
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Cleantech
April 09, 2010 Posted by
Cleantech is a new sector that lacks a history of serial entrepreneurship and experienced angel investors that can help coach and fund young companies. With insufficient private capital going to seed funding in the current market, young companies are seeking strategies to get them to the point of venture readiness. Challenges and opportunities for commercializing promising new energy technologies may be hiding in government, corporate and academic research labs. In addition, public sector may play an important role in innovation beyond funding of basic research — through ARPA-E and stimulus programs — and in filling the funding gap for cleantech start-ups at the earliest seed stage.
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Global Edge
April 08, 2010 Posted by
China is one of the fastest-growing economies of the world and plays an increasingly important role in the global economy, especially for U.S. technology companies. This free, informational replay of SVB's Web seminar discusses the economy, the currency regime and the regulatory framework of China.
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Quarterly Economic Report
April 01, 2010 Posted by
In recent weeks we have seen interest rates on the rise some 20 percent or more! Of course, that’s only about 20 basis points in the front end, but many believe this indicates a market gearing up for interest rate increases.
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Venture Capital
March 09, 2010 Posted by
In January 2010, four representatives from the Yangpu District Government of Shanghai arrived in the Bay Area for a three-month educational program at San Francisco State University. While in the Bay Area, they also attended programs with SVB Financial Group. The visit follows Silicon Valley Bank’s addition of a repre
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Treasury Management
March 09, 2010
As the economy rebounds and more companies are taking an optimistic view of their future growth, the conditions are ripe for merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions among public and private companies alike. And with the appetite for buying and selling, especially in such volatile economic time...
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Cleantech
February 25, 2010 Posted by

Much has been written and spoken about the 2009 Recovery Act and the largesse bestowed upon the Department of Energy (DOE) to stimulate the renewable energy and cleantech sectors. So how are they doing? Depending on your perspective, there is a broad range of answers. Based on an allocation of $36.7 billion from the Ac

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Cleantech
February 25, 2010 Posted by
Electric vehicles (EV) have been a large segment for venture investment the last few quarters. Many governments, including the US, are making major commitments to EV development. At SVB we have also seen a number of startups of the two
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