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A Cal­i­for­nia start-up wants to “redesign the entire end-of-life expe­ri­ence.” The answer to “eter­ni­ty man­age­ment”? Forests. SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Death comes for all of us, but Sil­i­con Val­ley has, […]

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MEDIA RELEASE San Fran­cis­co, CA (Sep­tem­ber 11, 2018) — DBL Part­ners and its port­fo­lio com­pa­ny ZOLA Elec­tric (“ZOLA”), for­mer­ly Off Grid Elec­tric, today announced a Glob­al Cli­mate Action Sum­mit pledge […]

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Game Changers 2020 Essay Series: When Faced With Times Like These, Turn to Impact Investing

When Faced With Times Like These, Turn to Impact Investing

Silicon Valley Leadership Group
By Nancy Pfund, Managing Partner, DBL Partners
October 30, 2019

At present, in a time when truth and trans­paren­cy seem ever-elu­­sive, when divi­sive­ness appears a way of life, and social and envi­ron­men­tal threats loom large, a bright spot has emerged. […]

Electrify Coffee? Nancy Pfund and the Rive Brothers See Returns in Roasting

Former SolarCity CEO to join the board at Bellwether Coffee, whose all-electric bean roaster has VCs abuzz.

Green Tech Media
By Julian Spector
September 19, 2019

If they can decaf­feinate cof­fee, why not decar­bonize it, too? Berke­­ley-based Bell­wether Cof­fee pro­posed to do just that by build­ing a ful­ly elec­tric micro-roast­er. The prod­uct replaces con­ven­tion­al gas-burn­ing machines […]

AMS Breaks 2 Gigawatt-Hours in Grid Services

March 19, 2019

South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Edison’s ground­break­ing DER pro­cure­ment breaks a record for bat­tery-based vir­tu­al pow­er plants serv­ing real-world grid needs. The com­pe­ti­tion for the title of “world’s largest vir­tu­al pow­er plant” has […]

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