In the beginning...



I had the unique opportunity to get my first immersion into the industry before my first official day on the job at the eighth annual Berkeley Stanford Cleantech Conference. This year’s theme was Building Cleantech Business in Emerging Markets, which happened to be highly relevant to my new role of helping build UGE’s Latin American market. It was really exciting to be in Silicon Valley, surrounded by so many intelligent, entrepreneurial people interested in clean energy, and listening to highly reputable panelists from across the industry discuss current issues affecting clean tech. There were three main panels and two keynote speakers, Elizabeth Littlefield and Vinod Khosla. Elizabeth is the head of the United States Overseas Private Investment Corporation, which supports US companies trying to invest in growth abroad. Vinod is a venture capitalist and one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems. The overarching messages throughout the conference were threefold: 1) Emerging Markets are ripe with opportunities to grow the cleantech business, 2) keep your target audience in mind when designing and pricing your product, and 3) the future of energy production is moving toward distributed generation - and the limited grid infrastructures in Emerging Markets offer the best prospects to apply renewable energy technologies. Overall, the conference was an incredible primer for the industry I will be working in, and a great way to get energized for what was to come.

 

Written by Luis