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Wednesday, October 24 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
EmTech Prism: Powering our Future

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EmTech Prism: Powering our Future

The world will need new investing approaches and business models if emerging renewable energy sources are to reach grid scale. We'll examine some of the main issues.


  • William Banholzer, CTO, Dow Chemical Company 
  • Nathan Myhrvold, founder of Intellectual Ventures, on investing in scalable alternative energy sources
  • Chris Norris, CEO of Alta Devices, on the path to commercial success for renewable energy startups


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William Banholzer

CTO & EVP, Dow Chemical Company
William Banholzer is an Executive VP at Dow responsible for Venture Capital, New Business Development, Licensing and is the company’s Chief Technology Officer.  As CTO, he manages Dow’s $1.7 B per year global research and development portfolio.  He chairs Dow’s Innovation... Read More →
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Nathan Myhrvold

Founder and CEO, Intellectual Ventures
Nathan Myhrvold founded Intellectual Ventures after retiring from his position as chief strategist and chief technology officer of Microsoft Corporation. At Intellectual Ventures, Myhrvold is focused on a variety of business interests relating to the funding, creation and commercialization... Read More →
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Christopher Norris

President and CEO, Alta Devices
Chris Norris is President and CEO at Alta Devices.  He joined the company in 2008 at its founding when he realized the potential of Alta’s technology to change the way energy is generated from the sun.  Since that time, Alta has raised over $100 million in financing and set world... Read More →

Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
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