Making America Great Again
I suspect I’m like a lot of people at my age where it seems like every third news article inspires me to make a note to “write a blog about the thing that reminds me of.” Current potential blog count 2353. Current actual blog count 23. Channeling my inner Samuel Clemens, I’m inspired to regale at every turn.
However, these last two weeks several intersectional and significant events personal, current and newsworthy inspired me from intention to action.
Many dear readers will know me as a serial entrepreneur. Some may know me as an investor. But you may not know I spent some time in the film and television business, producing 17+ TV and film projects, including a few Emmy award winners and the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” which won a WGA, was nominated for basically every documentary film award ever!
I led to the sale of the film to Sony Pictures — exec producing the film alongside my ex-wife and the mother of my oldest two children, Tavin, my college friend, Jessie — and collaborating with my longtime, enemy, rival and former digital agency competitor and now friend — the film’s director Chris Paine. It was the creation of this film and my failure to procure the film’s original subject, the General Motor’s EV1, that launched a lifelong passion around electric vehicles, the grid, and energy in general, alongside my deep abiding focus on sustainability and the environment.
First item; my portfolio company (and ARK client) Electron raised its latest venture funding round. Founded and led by my friend and company founder, Joanna Hubbard, they managed to make it through Crypto Winter and raise a reasonable round of financing. This round enabled Electron to continue their market-by-market progress (UK + multiple national markets). Electron is a London-based energy tech company that uses blockchain technology to power and deploy distributed energy trading platforms. They partner with leading regional players to ensure demand, and regulators to ensure compliance. But what they ultimately enable is free market energy trading, which drives consumption…