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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