Friday, June 17, 2005

Going on vacation (and a biomimetics article to read)

I'm happy to say that I will be going "off the grid" for a couple of weeks of long overdue vacation starting tomorrow.

But not to worry, my colleague Kjartan Jansen here at Expansion Capital has graciously offered to help keep the Cleantech Investing conversation going during my absence. There might also be a "guest column" or two from other cleantech VCs, depending upon schedules... Many thanks to Kjartan for taking this on...

In the meantime, let me leave everyone with a heads up on a great article and an interesting topic:

You may have already seen it in last week's issue of The Economist, but in case you missed it, here's a great article on biomimetics and its potential.

"Biomimetics" refers to the use of technologies already invented by nature. The most famous example is velcro, as the article describes. But other uses are already being found in agricultural products, in water treatment technologies, and in emerging forms of solar energy technology, among other areas. The article describes some other applications as well. For cleantech investors, technologies inspired by nature can mean breakthroughs that offer less toxicity and better efficiency than incumbent approaches, so biomimetics is an area worth tracking. Most will be very early stage, but with strong potential.

Check out the article, and track these technologies as they develop.


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