Mr Thorne Sparkman, Managing Director
Slater Technology Fund
Santa Clara 2014 Presentation - Slater Technology Fund*
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• Renewables integration into the energy grid poses a fundamentally new problem
• Batteries have been seen as the solution, but they have limitations
• What other agile demand-side resources and technologies will emerge to solve the problem?
Speaker Biography (Thorne Sparkman)
Thorne Sparkman is managing director at the Slater Technology Fund, where he invests in next-generation energy technologies, and focuses on the earliest stage of company creation. He serves as a board member or board observer for a number of portfolio companies, including Alektrona, Enhanced Energy Group, VoltServer and VCharge, and is a former member of the boards of MTI Film and MTI Machine vision (acquired by DVT Corporation, NSDQ: CGNX), GeneSpectrum (acquired by NABsys), and ModEnergy (acquired by Enersys NSDQ: ENS). Thorne holds a B.A. from Harvard and an M.B.A. from the University of California Berkeley's Haas School of Business.
Company Profile (Slater Technology Fund)
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The Slater Technology Fund is a state-backed venture capital fund with a significant network of co-investors, innovators, and other game-changers in the New England venture development community. Slater is dedicated to the support of entrepreneurs and technologists with the passion and vision to build high-value businesses in the Rhode Island region. Slater typically invests at the inception stage in the development of a new venture, often based upon ideas and technologies originating in academic, commercial or government research laboratories.