A silent cement factory on the Northern California coast is not where you would expect to find a former British Prime Minister on a Sunday afternoon. But there was no mistaking a blue-blazered Tony Blair hopping down from a black SUV as it rolled to a stop in a cloud of dust in front of a series of construction trailers. The reason for Blair's visit to this windy stretch of the Pacific just north of Monterey was also immediately recognizable in the next person to be disgorged from the vehicle: Vinod Khosla, arguably venture capital's leading green technology investor.
Blair, the consummate politician, has joined Khosla, the relentless technologist, at his eponymous venture capital firm as a senior advisor. Like Al Gore before him with VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Blair will be a rainmaker for Khosla Ventures, making introductions and helping match technologies with geo-politics and policy to fight climate change. Britain's roving diplomat will be compensated, but that is not the main driver, both men are quick to say. So it's not fair to label Blair a venture capitalist – yet. More
A guide to expanding your business in the post-carbon economy.
By Amit Chatterjee, CEO, Hara
In the next decade, $1 trillion in carbon emission-reduction costs will hit our economy.
In an era in which carbon comes with a price tag– call it the "post-carbon economy" – corporate leaders need to learn the best ways to handle their share of the reduction costs while continuing to compete in their MOREJul 23, 2009 9:40 AM ET
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