Clean tech is a booming new sector encompassing a wide range of new technologies and business models related to energy, transportation, materials, agriculture, waste management and more. Expectations are high, but significant challenges remain for start-ups in this sector. Panel Discussion
The focus of clean-tech, or as well-known venture capitalist Vinod Khosla prefers to call it, “main-tech,” isn’t wind and corn ethanol. “It’s about the mainstream things we use in life and essentially reinventing society,” he says. Cleantech will impact technologies like engines, lighting, and refrigerators, which have markets worth hundreds of billions of dollars.
Khosla has invested in a number of companies exploring more energy-efficient technologies. “Almost any area you look at, there’s so much innovation going on…The list is endless,” he says.