DBL Investors http://www.dblinvestors.com Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:29:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Venture Capital Firm Invests in Start-Ups With a Social Mission http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/10/venture-capital-firm-invests-in-start-ups-with-a-social-mission/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/10/venture-capital-firm-invests-in-start-ups-with-a-social-mission/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 23:49:11 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1873 By Sarah Max:  When the co-founders of SolarCity, Lyndon and Peter Rive, along with their cousin Elon Musk, were raising money for their solar energy start-up in 2007, they called on just one outside investor. It wasn’t Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital or any of the other prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firms, but a $75 million fund managed under the umbrella of JPMorgan Chase.

The fund’s managing director, Nancy Pfund, isn’t a household name. Yet over the last decade, she has quietly built a reputation as the go-to venture capitalist for companies looking to make a social impact.

To read the full article, visit The New York Times.

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Morgan Stanley — Women’s Leadership Summit — Inside the Executive Suite panel http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/10/morgan-stanley-womens-leadership-summit-inside-the-executive-suite-panel/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/10/morgan-stanley-womens-leadership-summit-inside-the-executive-suite-panel/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:25:34 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1879 Nancy Pfund, Founder & Managing Partner, presents at the Morgan Stanley “Inside the Executive Suite” discussion led by Sara Furber, COO of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.

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Top Chef star Tom Colicchio likes what he tastes in SF school lunchroom http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/10/top-chef-star-tom-colicchio-likes-what-he-tastes-in-sf-school-lunchroom/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/10/top-chef-star-tom-colicchio-likes-what-he-tastes-in-sf-school-lunchroom/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 21:52:04 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1856 By Jill Tucker: U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi donned an apron Thursday to cook up some yogurt-based ranch dressing with television chef Tom Colicchio at San Francisco’s Mission High School to show support for healthy food in schools.

The cooking demonstration was a far cry from reality TV food competitions, Collicchio — head judge on “Top Chef” — gave the food high marks.
“This is what you get in school?” Colicchio asked assembled students as he tried the ranch dressing on a sample size of turkey chef salad served in district cafeterias. “This is awesome.”

San Francisco contracts with Revolution Foods, which uses whole grains and fresh produce in its school breakfast, lunch and supper meals.

To read the full arti­cle, visit SF Gate.

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Vivint Solar Prices IPO at $16 per Share, Opens Higher, Aims for SolarCity-Style Ride http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/09/vivint-solar-prices-ipo-at-16-per-share-opens-higher-aims-for-solarcity-style-ride/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/09/vivint-solar-prices-ipo-at-16-per-share-opens-higher-aims-for-solarcity-style-ride/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:10:28 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1866 By Eric Wesoff: Vivint Solar, owned by the Blackstone Group, set its IPO terms to offer 20.6 million shares at $16 per share. That would give the Provo, Utah-based installer and financier a market cap of more than $1.5 billion. Goldman Sachs, BofA Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse are serving as lead underwriters. [. . .]

Nancy Pfund, managing partner at DBL Investors (an early investor in SolarCity), notes, “The stock market will welcome this IPO, as a growing number of people want to build solar portfolios, and to do that, they need more high-quality names. Solar is still only at 1 percent penetration. We need several strong companies to transform the energy market from one that is fossil-based to one that fits our planet’s need for a low-carbon future. Just as at the beginning of the 20th century, there emerged hundreds of oil companies that over the decades turned into the Exxons and Chevrons and BPs of the world, now we are just beginning to experience a clean energy version of this metamorphosis. There is ample room for companies like SolarCity, Vivint, and others to thrive as we pass the energy torch from the 20th to the 21st century.”

To read the full article, visit greentechsolar.

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Store Tours: The RealReal http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/09/store-tours-the-realreal/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/09/store-tours-the-realreal/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:40:22 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1852 By retail TouchPoints, The RealReal has seen rapid growth over the past few years, due to consumers’ growing appetite for luxury goods. Recently, the RealReal gave theRetail TouchPointsteam a tour of their new warehouse in Secaucus, NJ. In this episode of TouchPoints TV, Natalie Seufferlein, spokesperson for the RealReal, discusses the company’s growth, plans for the new facility and how the company will get front-and-center during the holiday season.

See the retail TouchPoints interview here.

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NASA Awards Boeing And SpaceX Contracts To Deliver Astronauts To The Space Station http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/09/nasa-awards-boeing-and-spacex-contracts-to-deliver-astronauts-to-the-space-station/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/09/nasa-awards-boeing-and-spacex-contracts-to-deliver-astronauts-to-the-space-station/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:09:56 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1863 By Alex Knapp: NASA officially announced today that both Boeing and SpaceX have been awarded Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contracts. These contracts are for the development of spacecraft that will be able to take astronauts to the International Space Station, with a target start date of 2017. The third company in the running for a contract, Sierra Nevada Corporation, did not receive an award.

To read the full arti­cle, visit Forbes.


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