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October 6, 2020
The Striking Intersection between Industrial Technology and Decarbonization

At TPH, energy technology is a broad umbrella. We typically include any technology with an impact on any type of energy at any point in the value chain. But when the rest of the world speaks about energy technology, there are often varying degrees of alignment with this definition. The “older” definition of energy technology […]

September 8, 2020
SPAC Mania

It’s been hard not to notice that SPACs have emerged as the new “It” vehicle for the capital markets. The last few Bloomberg headlines this past month speak enough in of themselves:  “Why Blank Check Companies (SPACs) Are Filling Up Fast “What Are SPACs, the Hottest Stocks of 2020?” “TPG is Said to Plan ESG, […]

August 11, 2020
We Need Software in Carbon Accounting

Carbon accounting is complicatedIt’s hard to not run into debates over carbon accounting.  Almost all of the 6 ‘W’s have a certain degree of contention around them.  What environmental metrics do we report? Where and how do we report them? When do we report them – every year, every quarter, in real time? Who reports […]

June 30, 2020
The Environmental Impact of Lockdown

While the COVID crisis has no doubt resulted in tragedy, both in human life and economy, the silver lining of it all is that the environment has benefitted, as evidenced by improvements in air quality, water quality, and possibly wildlife conservation. 3 months into our lockdown, the implications of these improvements on our environmental goals are apparent. Our Paris […]

June 30, 2020
GHG Emissions Ranking and Reporting: Step One is Admitting You Have a Problem

It’s actually fairly hard to track down public company GHG emissions data. The GHGRP (Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program) only releases data reported at the facility or regional level, not at the company level. Data at the company level is buried in individual, non-standardized 100-page long climate reports, often in varying flavors of charts, tables, and […]

June 2, 2020
How Hardware Became a Four Letter Word in VC...and Why it Shouldn't Be: Pt 2

Last time, we explored how the venture capital world came to dislike hardware and prefer software. Modern technology companies with hard assets continuously face difficulty finding funding and often receive heavily discounted valuations because of increased competition for VC capital with similar-stage asset-light businesses. Multiple aspects of an asset-light business align it better with the VC […]

May 5, 2020
How Hardware Became a Four Letter Word in VC...and Why It Shouldn't Be: Pt 1

I often hear the words “Sorry, I can’t invest in hardware” Or “we’re only interested in capital light businesses” nearly everyday while speaking to others on our energy technology effort. It’s a very common wall to run up against. Out of the collective $167B raised in the US in 2019 for venture capital deals, $94B […]

April 21, 2020
Clean Tech Boom and Bust: Will History Repeat Itself?

Last time we examined what happens during the ups and downs of the software industry. We found that the average transaction size dropped 50-70% and average valuation dropped 30-90% from peak to trough with some noticeable variability between M&A and VC and time period. This week, we explore a similar analysis, but a bit closer to […]

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