I’m up in San Jose for the 5th Annual “Storage Week,” a show I eagerly anticipate each year. Not only do I like to keep up on the technologies that are important to integrating renewables into the grid mix, but for some reason, this is an extremely fertile environment for making new contacts in the industry.
At lunch, I sat next to an attorney whose firm has over 600 clients in emerging technologies, a huge swath of which are venture-capitalized start-ups in clean energy. Before I had my napkin in my lap, I had learned that he has an enormous number of connections to the investor world. By the time I reached for my salad fork, he had expressed an interest in the work we’re doing in supporting a few business plans and “moving good ideas forward.”
Not a bad contact to have made, and just one of several.
Great show, cool ideas, wonderful contacts.