“Climatetech” is suddenly the hot new trend in venture capital.
For years now, venture investors have stayed away from the cleantech category, a hangover from the Solyndra days that we have thoroughly documented on The Interchange.
But we appear to be in a new phase of interest. Prominent investors are publicly declaring their push into the space. Influential voices in tech are calling on more investors to do the same — including Kara Swisher, who wrote a persuasive piece in The New York Times last week. And now startups of all kinds are getting a second look.
With us to weigh in on those questions is returning guest Abe Yokell. Abe is a managing partner at Congruent Ventures.
Co-host Shayle Kann, a managing director at Energy Impact Partners, sets up the trend. Then Shayle and Abe dissect lessons from cleantech venture capital 1.0.