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Invest with Ramez Naam
$612K
Syndicate Backing
$150K ($10K)
Typical Investments
3
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Note from Ramez

Clean energy technology is now disruptive to existing energy markets. The price of cleantech is plunging, and will continue to plunge, following a pattern familiar to those working with digital tech. The more scale they achieve, the cheaper they'll become, as the industry plows funds back into explicit R&D and learns lessons through execution.

These disruptive technologies are now almost certain to power a multi-trillion dollar transition of the energy system away from fossil fuels. Yet investing in them is tricky. How do you invest in startups in an area where prices keep plunging?

I look for investments that have one or more of the following:

1. Network effects or business model innovations that generate high value.

2. The application of software, IoT, and other digital tech to clean energy.

3. Unique, game-changing IP that's hard to compete with.

4. Extremely scalable, capital-efficient business models.

In my role as co-chair of the Energy & Environment program at Singularity University, and through my five books and widely read blog posts on energy technology, I see a great many startups doing innovative things in the cleantech space. It's from that pool that I select potential investments.

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I'll syndicate all deals in which I'm able to obtain a significant allocation for my syndicate.

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Backers
Jesse Robbins
Entrepreneur
Founder @Orion , @Chef , VelocityConf. Board @Heavybit Industries. Early investor @Fastly @PagerDuty @Instacart & more. ex @Amazon
Sundeep Ahuja
Angel
25 Syndicates incl @Mosaic @Change.org; CoFounder @Richrelevance; helped launch @Kiva; Investor @Goodreads @Counsyl; Advisor @Indiegogo; BS CS Stanford
Rodrigo Sepulveda Schulz
Angel
CEO at @Sepulveda Capital. Managing Partner Expon Capital. Serial entrepreneur (5 founded, 3 sold). Invested in North America (CA, NY, FL), Europe (FR, DE, CH).
Tyler Willis
Angel Investor
Entrepreneur and Angel Investor. Techno-optimist. Occasional Asteroid Hunter.
Can help with
“I've been on the founding team of two startups, and run both marketing and partnerships teams. I tend to be helpful around thinking through marketing or...more
Armando Biondi
Entrepreneur
Cofounder @AdEspresso & 5 tech/non-tech co's before. Angel investor in @Mattermark + 45 startups. Guest Contributor, former Radio Speaker, proud #500strong
Stefano Bernardi
Angel
Co-Founder and Partner @Mission and Market Previously co-founded @Kickpay (YC W15) and was at @Betable, @500 Startups and @TechCrunch. BSc Computer Engineering
Damien C. Tanner
Entrepreneur
Impact entrepreneur & angel investor. Founder @Union Motion (electric vehicles), @Thoughtbot (agency), @MediaCore (acquired by Workday) (video platform) & @Pusher (realtime API).
References
Ramez is more than an investor. He's a visionary. Hands-off when appropriate, but an excellent resource for mapping how an idea might re-form the shape of the world around itself.
Ian Baker
For Ramez Naam's investment at Threadable
A master class intellectual with deep knowledge sets across technology, science, environment, energy, AI, and policy. Also, his books are rad!
Chris McCoy
For Ramez Naam's work with Data4America.org
Ramez has built up worldwide acclaim for amazing books, such as the Nexus Series. He is a brilliant thinker, with an affinity for the future. His expertise in enterprise software, and experience developing systems with Microsoft made him a perfect fit for Imporium.
Joseph Douglas
For Ramez Naam's work with Imporium
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