Monday, April 9, 2012

4/12 - UTES Lecture: Taking Green Technologies from Innovation to the Market: A VC’s Perspective

Taking Green Technologies from Innovation to the Market: A VC’s Perspective


Ashmeet Sidana

(General Partner, Foundation Capital)

12 April, 5:15-6:15pm


Open to all. Refreshments served at 5:00pm

Please settle in by 5:10pm

Speaker Bio:

Ashmeet is a seasoned executive who came to Foundation Capital with a combination of 15 years of experience ranging from startups to establishing companies. His experience spans engineering, sales, marketing and product management.

Most recently, he was at VMware where as Dir. of Product Management he was responsible for multiple products including Virtual SMP, P2V and their flagship product, ESX Server. At VMware, he helped grow ESX Server from early pilots to widespread worldwide deployment in mission critical systems by Fortune 500 companies. Prior to VMware, Ashmeet was CEO of Sidana Systems, a successful enterprise-software company that pioneered Docsan for publishing very-large (terabyte) documents. He bootstrapped Sidana Systems from inception through growth and to its acquisition by Doclinx. Ashmeet began his professional career at Hewlett-Packard and later Silicon Graphics, holding various technology roles.

Ashmeet led Foundation Capital's investments in, and currently serves on the board of Azure Power, Cantaloupe Systems, CiiNOW, Freewheel, PanoLogic, Simply Hired, and Zetta.

His previous investments at Foundation Capital are Altor Networks, where he led the Seed and Series A rounds, and served on its board from inception through its acquisition by Juniper Networks in 2010, and Sanrad, which was acquired by OCZ in 2012.

Ashmeet loves adventure travel and in his spare time can be found planning his second trip to Mt. Everest. In addition to an MBA from the Wharton School, Ashmeet received an MSCS from Stanford University and a BSCS from the University of Southern California.

Next Talk:

April 26: The Future of Water in Texas, and What It Means for Energy

Thomas Mason, Former General Manager of the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and currently with the law firm Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody

Previous Talks:

For slides/videos of previous UTES talks go to this link.

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