Advisory Board

Nick Allen
SideCar
Josh Becker
Lex Machina
Jeffrey M. Capaccio
Carr & Ferrell LLP
Ron Conway
SV Angel
Jamie Daves
Learner X
Carrie Norton
Green Business BASE CAMP
Barbara O’Connor
California State University, Sacramento

 

Nick Allen
SideCar

Nick, Co-Founder and CFO of SideCar and a Partner at Spring Ventures, has deep experience and an accomplished record in finance.  In 2005 he combined his experience of financial markets and transactions gained at Keefe, Bruette & Woods with a passion for climate and the environment to join ThinkEquity’s founding Greentech banking franchise.  In 2008 he helped initiate Morgan Stanley’s equity research efforts in clean energy and later headed the group’s North American efforts. His focus spanned power and transportation industries including solar, wind, efficiency, smart grid, emission reduction and advanced energy storage markets covering companies like First Solar, A123, and EnerNoc.  He was the #1 ranked equity analyst in stock performance across all of Morgan Stanley and was one of the top sell side analysts on Wall Street.  In 2007 he worked with Sunil Paul on the Gigaton Throwdown project, which helped lead to a focus on innovations in finance and information technology as a key lever to unleash the innovations for the clean economy.  He believes there is massive potential for capital in private and public markets to revolutionize sectors.

Headshot of Josh BeckerJosh Becker
Lex Machina

Josh, the CEO of big data IP litigation and analytics firm Lex Machina, has a long history as a business and social entrepreneur. New Cycle’s investments include OPower, Renewable Funding, PeoplePower, GoalSpring, Saber es Poder, and Terrapass. Josh is a National leader in clean energy policy as well as clean energy investing. He is a co-founder of both Cleantech for Obama and the Clean Economy Network. Previously he was at Redpoint Ventures, DCM, McKinsey & Co, Netscape, and Agile Software. He was the 2nd employee at EarthWeb, which went public in 1998. In 2000 Josh founded Full Circle Fund and continues to serve as Board Chair. He was recently project lead in building GreenCitiesCalifornia.org. For the last six years he has been on the Board of Full Circle Fund, One Economy, and is Treasurer of the Board of Trustees for the University of California at Merced. He has a MBA and JD from Stanford and serves on the Advisory Board for the Stanford Business School Fund.

Jeffrey M. Capaccio
Carr & Ferrell LLP

Jeffrey Capaccio is of counsel in the Litigation Practice Group of Carr & Ferrell.  Mr. Capaccio specializes in complex business litigation, intellectual property litigation, public policy counseling and international law.  Multiple trials, as well as hundreds of arbitrations and mediations across a broad range of areas including complex commercial disputes, professional liability, and general liability matters, have allowed Mr. Capaccio to hone a practical, results-oriented approach for his clients.

With an extensive network of technology professionals, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, academicians (US and European), as well as vast public sector relationships, his clients have increasingly called upon Mr. Capaccio for assistance with international technology transfer, strategic business alliances and matters before public bodies and institutions at the national, state and local levels as well as abroad.  Mr. Capaccio serves as Regional Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors for the National Italian American Foundation, a Washington D.C.—based, non-profit organization, where he frequently interacts with influential business and government leaders. Additionally, Mr. Capaccio speaks fluent Italian and French and conversational Spanish.

Ron Conway
SV Angel

Ronald Conway has been an active angel investor for over 15 years. He was the Founder and Managing Partner of the Angel Investors LP funds (1998-2005).  He was recently included in The Vanity Fair 100 most influential people in the Information Age.  He was awarded Best Angel at The 2009 TechCrunch Crunchies Awards.  He was named #6 in Forbes Magazine Midas list of top “deal-makers” in 2009 and is actively involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors.  Ron was with National Semiconductor Corporation in marketing positions (1973-1979), Altos Computer Systems as a co-founder, President and CEO (1979-1990) and took Altos public on Nasdaq in 1982 and served as CEO of Personal Training Systems (PTS) (1991-1995).  PTS was acquired by SmartForce/SkillSoft (Nasdaq SKIL).

Philanthropically, Ron is a member of the UCSF Medical Center Chancellor’s Advisory Board in SF, Board Member of The Tiger Woods Foundation, and SF Homeless Connect, and on the Benefit Committee of Ronald McDonald House, College Track, and the Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation.

Photo of Jamie Davis Jamie Daves
Learner X

Jamie Daves is the Co-founder and CEO of the learning innovation studio Learner X. He is an experienced entrepreneurial leader who has helped launch and manage many businesses and social enterprises in media, technology, education and other fields.

Highlights of his career include: co-founding Current TV, the pioneering cable network which is now largest independent channel in U.S.; working as an venture capital investor and advisor at City Light Capital & Platform Equity where he focused on education & media investments in companies including 2tor, Worldwide Biggies, TheWrap.com & InstreamGlobal; and, serving in government at the Federal Communications Commission as a Special Assistant for Policy & Communications to Chairman William E. Kennard, during which time among other responsibilities he led efforts on broadband deployment to schools, libraries and health centers.

Jamie attended Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business (MBA), School of Education; University of Pennsylvania (BA), is an experienced public speaker, and has appeared in media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek & MSNBC.

 

Photo of Carrie Norton Carrie Norton
Green Business BASE CAMP

Carrie Norton is the Founder and President of Green Business BASE CAMP, a global immersion training program and on-line education platform for early stage green business and clean tech entrepreneurs.  Carrie’s broad expertise in sustainable business and entrepreneurship has evolved as strategic career choices allowed her to appreciate a range of perspectives, starting with her positions at Garage Technology Ventures and Idealab.

Most recently, Carrie served early-adopting clients such as Google, Sony, and British Telecom as a senior executive responsible for Market and Project Development during her 7-year tenure in the commercial solar power industry.  Carrie is a Catto Environmental Fellow of the Aspen Institute, Class of 2010. She co-founded the Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles, and her community leadership also includes work with Grid Alternatives, the Clean Economy Network and Net Impact.

An adjunct Faculty member at the Graziadio School of Management at Pepperdine University, Carrie earned an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA from Trinity University.  Carrie speaks and consults frequently on innovation & entrepreneurship, clean tech, and triple bottom line investing.

Barbara O’Connor
California State University, Sacramento

Dr. O’Connor is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of political communication and telecommunications policy and applications. She is the author of numerous publications in both of these areas.

Her numerous appointments, boards and chairs, include the: California Educational Technology Committee; Washington, DC based Alliance for Public Technology; Alliance; California Public Broadcasting Commission; Network Reliability and Interoperability Council; Bellcore’s Advisory Board; ATT’s Consumer Advisory Panel; Verizon’s Consumer Collaborative Council; ETS international ICT literacy effort; National ICT Policy Council; and California Educational Technology Industry Task Force. Dr. O’Connor is an expert consultant and has served a wide array of business, media, telecommunications, federal and state clients and task forces.

Awards and honors include: 1990 California State University outstanding teaching award; 1994 California State University Alumni Distinguished Professor Award; 1996 Technology Leadership award; 1998 Technology Pioneer Award.  Recent research grants and projects, include: Ten California Public Utilities Commission Telecommunications Graduate Fellowships; and the Sacramento County Communications Audit and Web Portal development project.

Dr. O’Connor received her Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Southern California in 1974. She was featured in Newsweek’s 1995 “50 for the Future” a feature on the fifty people who will set policy and direction for global communications. Dr. O’Connor has always blended her teaching, research and community service into a consistent commitment to explain the role of media in society and its impact on citizens, institutions and the democratic process.