Saturday, March 12, 2011

Wall St. Journal: Venture capital avoiding 'green-tech' or bets on cap & trade

A Leading Indicator Turns Up
More venture capital, less venture politics REVIEW & OUTLOOK 3/12/11: With little growth in the labor force, slow growth in GDP and the government running a $223 billion February deficit, it may be hard to get optimistic about the economy. But we're happy to note that one important indicator is rising.

Venture Capitalist Al Gore
The Wall Street Journal's latest ranking of America's top 50 venture-capital-backed companies includes only two green technology businesses, down from five in 2010. The survey, compiled by our corporate cousins at VentureSource, measures which technology start-ups are attracting the most money and talent.

This year's top start-ups include companies pursuing treatments for cancer, glaucoma and bacterial infections, one firm developing incisionless surgery techniques, plus a range of companies creating online publishing tools, software and hardware for mobile communications and new data-storage technologies. No "green-tech" companies joined the list this year, though solar-cell maker Suniva and Recycle Rewards, which partners with cities to increase recycling, remain from last year's top 50.

Gone from this year's list are companies like Solyndra, a favorite of President Obama that received a $535 million federal loan guarantee but had a harder time attracting customers for its pricey solar panels. The money-losing company scrapped plans for an initial public offering last year.

Fewer politically favored companies means that venture capital is affirming its traditional role of funding companies based on breakthrough technology or quality management, rather than betting on politicians to pass cap and trade or taxpayer subsidies. The venture industry's future can be as exciting as its past if investments go to businesses designed to serve consumers, not political agendas.

1 comment:

  1. Taking a look at Treehugger, one of the popular "greeny" sites you can see the desperation there to link all catastrophies too global warming.

    There latest article wants to blame climate change for the the earthquake because of earths crust "popping up" after ice melting. Now such ideology is being weedded out, not by defunct organizations such as the Union of Concerned Scientists, but financiers who no longer tolerate betting on junk sceince. Wall St is ahead of the science curve.