Danny Kennedy is the CEO of New Energy Nexus, connecting entrepreneurs everywhere to capital to build an abundant clean energy economy that benefits all. New Energy Nexus is a global platform organization for funds and incubators, with chapters in the USA,China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Uganda and India. He acts as Managing Director of the California Clean Energy Fund. This includes overseeing the CalSEED.fund of $25m for very early stage companies driving innovation and building equity in the California economy and the $12m CalTestBed initiative with UCOP. He is an adviser to Young Greentech Entrepreneurs in China with the Asia Society. Kennedy also serves as President of CalCharge, a public-private partnership with DoE National Labs, universities in California, unions and companies, working to advance energy storage. Kennedy co-founded Sungevity in 2007, the company that created remote solar design, and Powerhouse, an incubator and fund in Oakland, CA. He was the first backer of Mosaic in 2011, the $1B solar loan provider, and remains on the Board of Powerhive, a solar mini-utility in Kenya. He was a founding Director of Sunergise, the solar-as-a-service business out of Fiji and the EnergyLab Australia. He is also a Director of the non-profits Power for All and Confluence Philanthropy and adviser to the company Solar Philippines. Kennedy authored Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy –and Our Planet –from Dirty Energy in 2012.View the profile
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Event Co-Chair Lindsay Baker interviews Danny Kennedy, CEO of New Energy Nexus.
08:45 Current state of the company
11:40 A new project in New York
18:35 Promising things to look up to
28:30 Tips for entrepreneurs
Welcome back. I'm very excited about our next guest Danny Kennedy. Welcome, Danny. How's it going? Thanks for doing this in Australia. And it says the time difference is significant and I appreciate that you could make it work here or there or wherever we are in the virtual world. So, Danny, you are an interesting person for this audience. When I asked you to be here you graciously accepted and even though real estate isn't like your community and I wanted you to be here a little bit to talk
about what you've learned and experienced in another field that is very closely tied to the work that we're doing and you now have a lot more involvement in the world of real estate innovation. As it relates to the climate because I think everyone needs that inspiration of how well it can work when the industry really takes off and pays attention to imperatives around climate change and parent pays attention to these ways Industries change. So I'm hoping you can start by just giving us a bit of a background on your story. So the folks know
all of your incredible accomplishments, which I hope you will not be shy to tell them so we can set the stage Thank you for having me here. It's really great to talk to the audience of real estate professionals and technologists thinking about climate and sustainability, very important thinking and doing what you going to do in this come I come out of A lot of work around energy policy
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