Ira Ehrenpreis

Managing Partner

Ira Ehren­preis is Founder and Man­ag­ing Part­ner of DBL Part­ners.  Ira is a rec­og­nized leader in both the ven­ture cap­i­tal indus­try and the ener­gy inno­va­tion sec­tor.  In 2007, Ira was named one of the “Top 50 Most Influ­en­tial Men Under 45″ and in 2014 was induct­ed into the Inter­na­tion­al Green Indus­try Hall of Fame.  For many years, Ira led Tech­nol­o­gy Part­ners’ ven­ture prac­tice invest­ing in ener­gy inno­va­tion oppor­tu­ni­ties.

In the ven­ture com­mu­ni­ty, Ira has served on the Board and Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of the Nation­al Ven­ture Cap­i­tal Asso­ci­a­tion (NVCA), was Chair­man of the 2010 NVCA Annu­al Meet­ing, and serves as the Pres­i­dent of the West­ern Asso­ci­a­tion of Ven­ture Cap­i­tal­ists (WAVC).  Ira also serves as the Co-Chair­man of the VCNet­work, the largest and most active Cal­i­for­nia ven­ture cap­i­tal orga­ni­za­tion.

In the ener­gy inno­va­tion sec­tor, Ira is the founder and Chair­man of one of the most promi­nent annu­al indus­try events, the World Ener­gy Inno­va­tion Forum (“WEIF”), which con­venes the who’s-who in the indus­try to dis­cuss the impor­tant issues and oppor­tu­ni­ties of our time.  In addi­tion, Ira has served on sev­er­al indus­try Boards, includ­ing the Depart­ment of Energy’s (DOE) Ener­gy Effi­cien­cy and Renew­able Ener­gy Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee (ERAC), the Nation­al Renew­able Ener­gy Lab­o­ra­to­ry (NREL) Advi­so­ry Coun­cil, the Clean-Tech Investor Sum­mit (Chair­man  in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013), the Renew­able Ener­gy Finance Forum  (REFF) West (Co-Chair­man in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014),  the Clean­tech Ven­ture Net­work (Past Chair­man of Advi­so­ry Board), ACORE (Amer­i­can Coun­cil on Renew­able Ener­gy), the Ener­gy Investors Forum (Past Con­fer­ence Chair­man), the Ener­gy Ven­ture Fair, and the Cal­i­for­nia Cli­mate Change Advi­so­ry Board.

Ira has invest­ed in a wide range of com­pa­nies, includ­ing SpaceX, and serves on the board of Tes­la Motors, Map­box and numer­ous oth­er com­pa­nies.

Ira is an active leader at Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty, where he has served on the Board of Vis­i­tors of Stan­ford Law School and has been an advi­so­ry board mem­ber of the Stan­ford Glob­al Cli­mate and Ener­gy Project (GCEP).  Ira has also been a guest lec­tur­er at Stan­ford, includ­ing help­ing to teach a course on Ven­ture Cap­i­tal.  In addi­tion to the fore­go­ing, Ira served for many years on the Advi­so­ry Board of the Forum for Women Entre­pre­neurs (FWE) and served as Co-Chair­man of the Sil­i­con Val­ley Tech­nol­o­gy and Entre­pre­neur­ship Forum (SVIEF).

Ira received his JD/​MBA from Stan­ford Grad­u­ate School of Busi­ness and Stan­ford Law School, where he was an Asso­ciate Edi­tor of Stan­ford Law Review.  He holds a B.A. from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Los Ange­les, grad­u­at­ing Phi Beta Kap­pa and Sum­ma Cum Laude.

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