Private Investments

Gary has invested in over 50 private companies (individually or thru venture capital funds) of which several have either gone public or have had liquidity events.

  • Clean Power Finance was founded by Gary Kremen. Now backed by Google, Kleiner Perkins, Duke Power, SCE and Florida Power and Light.

  • WaterSmart Software is a leading water conservation software company.

  • Brightbox develops commercial HVAC control systems for energy efficiency.

  • Sociogramics’ vision is to return character and community to lending. Their SaaS platform helps borrowers through financial literacy empowerment, coaching, community participation, game dynamics and behavioral economics.

  • CrowdFlower takes large, data-heavy projects and breaks them into small tasks that we distribute to an on-demand workforce around the world. Our technology then aggregates the results and controls for quality.

  • Appbistro is a simple, easy-to-use marketplace of Facebook business applications. In just a few minutes you can create an engaging and viral Facebook Page and Place.

  • GreenBox Technology is creating an interactive energy management platform that enables households to save money and reduce their carbon footprint. Greenbox Technology was acquired by Silver Spring Networks in 2009.

  • Recurve makes software for contractors who audit homes to increase energy efficiency and perform remodeling / construction services

  • Enmetric can help you to use electricity more efficiently in buildings, both at work and at home. With Enmetric, saving electricity becomes easy and profitable.

  • People Power makes saving energy nearly effortless, driving participation by marketing to people’s desire to feel good about their choices. We have developed a carrier-grade Energy Services Platform (ESP) that makes energy use of devices visible, controllable, and mobile.

  • Solar Universe is a unique solar installation and finance concept with a mission to be the very best at what they do. They are the sum of a network of owner-operated install partners where Quality, Safety, Service and Consistency are guiding principles.

  • SunLink seeks to make large commercial roof top PV plants easier and less expensive to install, and more attractive to building owners.

  • HydroNovation, Inc. is a next generation water purification and softener equipment provider for residential, restaurant, office building and apartment locations.

  • CarbonFlow works to drastically lower the cost and time it takes to create a credit.

  • Ready Solar created the solar-in-a-box industry, changing the way solar electric systems are installed. The company’s turnkey systems, pre-engineered and pre-assembled with the first All-AC components, are the easiest and most cost-effective way to install rooftop solar.

  • Lifefactory was created to provide a new generation of babies and their parents a choice in safe, developmentally-appropriate, and eco-friendly baby products.

  • Niman Ranch produces the finest tasting all natural meats by raising livestock traditionally, humanely, and sustainably on more than 650 U.S. family farms and ranches. Acquired by Natural Food Holdings.

  • Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc., a biopesticide company, engages in the discovery, development, and marketing of natural products for weed, pest, and plant disease management.

  • Capton’s signature suite of Beverage Tracker solutions utilize RFID-enabled pour spouts that monitor liquor use and wirelessly transmit information on every ounce that is free poured.

  • CitizenHawk is a leading provider of digital brand management solutions that enable companies to monitor, protect and enforce proper use of their brand online.

  • The Patio Palm outdoor climate control system, by Cool Heat Incorporated, can make all of these modern-day wonders comfortable year round.

  • Industrial Origamai is the leading innovator and provider of sheet material manufacturing design solutions which increase profitability.

  • Lucy & Lily is a new San Francisco-based company that makes it fun & easy to get pants made to fit you.

  • Msgme is a mobile messaging platform that gives content owners the ability to add mobile interactivity to their current marketing. Msgme is brought to you by Waterfall Mobile, a group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.

  • Noise Free seeks to provide the next great leap forward in voice quality for all voice applications. The company has developed several highly innovative features in its unique approach to voice clarity and noise cancellation.

  • Rondavu allows users to their offline plans with their MySpace friends.

  • Sustainable Spaces, Inc. is a licensed contractor, specializing in home testing and building performance remediation.

  • San Diego Photography Tours offers tourists and locals an alternative to generic sightseeing tours of San Diego, California by giving personalized attention to their guests while helping them to take better photographs of San Diego’s key sites.