News & Blog

Please enjoy the most recent blog posts and news from Element 8, along with announcements from our portfolio companies and from the cleantech and sustainability industries.  You may filter the feed by interest.

Jan 12 2014

Bill Lemon: Co-Chair

“This business can impact the entire planet.”  Bill Lemon, Co-Chair of Element 8 Angels has over 25 years in the energy industry starting with Pacific Gas and Electric where he was a key contributor to…

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Jan 12 2014

Eric Berman: Co-Chair

“Sustainability is the biggest challenge we are facing.” Eric Berman has spent much of the past twenty years at Microsoft and Expedia. Since leaving Expedia, he has turned his attention to Cleantech and has made…

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Mar 12 2014

Jeff Canin: Board Member At Large & Element 8 Fund Manager

“Element 8 is a unique organization ….”  Jeff Canin has a long career in financial services and venture capital where he has worked extensively with IT, energy technology, and materials science companies. He is presently…

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Jun 5 2015

Charlie Curtis: Treasurer and Screening & Due Diligence Co-Chair

“Climate change is creating new business opportunities ….” Charlie Curtis has a focus on environmental issues, in particular those relating to water and clean energy.  His business interests include managing a family office and related…

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Oct 26 2015

John Chiles: Screening & Due Diligence Co-Chair

“We must fund the world we want to see.“ John was born in raised in the Ozarks of Missouri, where he studied biology and math at Missouri State University. The middle of seven kids, and son…

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Jan 12 2014

Lars Johansson: Board Member at Large & Element 8 Fund Manager

“I learn something new from members in every meeting.“ Lars Johansson served as Element 8’s Co-Chair for over 6 years and is an active Cleantech angel investor and mentor to early stage companies. Along with…

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Apr 15 2014

Susan Preston: Board Member At Large & Element 8 Fund Manager

“Global stewardship is the highest responsibility we have….” Susan is a world-recognized expert in angel financing and angel organizations. After many years of providing sage advice on Element 8’s Advisory Council, Susan returned home from…

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Jan 26 2016

Chris Preston: Member At Large

“I am fascinated by the potential technology has to reshape use of the world’s finite resources.”  Chris is a versatile executive and entrepreneur with a diverse background at small, start-up, and larger companies, including Microsoft….

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Jan 12 2014

Corey Salka: Outreach Co-Chair

Corey Salka is a Cleantech investor and advisor; design thinking consultant; and environmental non-profit supporter. He has over 20 years’ experience in software design, R&D management, product management, and international business development. Corey spent 17…

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Jan 12 2014

Alison Shaw: Outreach Co-Chair & Board Secretary

“I had no intention of actually investing in cleantech, but then …” Alison Shaw brings her marketing savvy to Element 8’s Outreach committee. She also contributes the slightly different perspective of a fledgling angel investor…

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Jan 12 2014

Byron McCann: Board Member Emeritus

“I thrive on the creative innovation of our entrepreneurs … “  Byron McCann gained Emeritus status in 2016 in recognition of his long service and distinguished contributions to Element 8. Byron served in a leadership…

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Sep 19 2014

Kristi Growdon: Executive Director

“The relationship between energy creation, distribution, and uses fascinates me.”  Kristi Growdon joined Element 8 in September 2014, bringing more than 20 years of leadership positions in government, academia and the private sector.  She is…

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September 28, 2017

September Member Meeting
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October 26, 2017

October Member Meeting
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