As a Network Engineer at the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, Jake was responsible for designing and managing enterprise-class computer data centers. He recognized that data center operational costs would be better managed if each individual server’s electricity consumption could be measured and aggregated. Using that insight, Jake developed software to monitor, collect, and report electrical energy usage data. Jake migrated this approach to small business and enterprise environments, leading to Enmetric’s vision of providing large enterprise customers and commercial building management teams with tools to intelligently manage their energy use.
Walter is a sales & operations executive with global experiences in managing people, products, and customers with a track record of success and growth. Walter brings over 10 years of global experience from the contract design & manufacturing industry where he helped fortune 50 companies succesfully bring products to market. Most recently, prior to Enmetric, Walter spent 4 years as an executive, running sales & marketing at a California based ESCO, helping class A commercial buildings reduce their energy foot print.
Dave has more than 25 years of experience leading technology companies. Most recently, Dave served as a VP at GreenBox, which was then acquired by Silver Spring Networks. Previously, as the CEO of Shutterfly from 2003-2004, Dave was responsible for the company’s aggressive growth and strategic direction. Prior to joining Shutterfly he spent 10 years at Silicon Graphics in various marketing and management positions, and he served as Senior VP and General Manager of Home Networks media division, Senior VP at ExciteHome. Dave serves on the board of University Games. He holds BS and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Stanford University.
Travis co-founded Navitas Capital in 2008 and is a Managing Partner with the firm. He is focused on next generation energy efficiency and green building technology solutions. His investments include Serious Materials, PowerMat, Lunera Lighting, Arxx, and Sustainability Roundtable.
Prior to launching Navitas Capital, Travis founded Genesis Management Group (2005-2007), a business-development consulting firm focused on the built environment. Clients included Crest Steel Corporation (Reliance Steel Corp / NYSE: RS), Cal-Star Cement (green cement), and Artisan Precast. Travis also co-founded ValuSteel, Inc. a web-based steel trading platform.
Prior to Genesis, Travis worked for Murphy & Associates Capital (2002-2004), a boutique investment bank, where he advised clients on mergers & acquisitions, private placements, and financial restructurings.
Travis holds a degree in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Finance.
Navitas Capital is a cleantech venture capital firm focused on investing in next generation energy efficiency and green building technology companies. Specific areas of investment focus include: 1) Building Materials (e.g. windows, drywall, concrete), 2) Building Systems (e.g. lighting, lighting controls, HVAC, distributed energy and storage) and 3) Software & Services (e.g. energy and carbon management software, information research, system optimization software).
Founded in 2008, Navitas has been one of the early and driving forces behind several of today's leading green building technology companies, including Hara Software, Soladigm, Serious Materials, PowerMat, Enmetric Systems, SCL Elements, SNTech, Lunera Lighting, Sustainability Roundtable and ARXX. Navitas Capital has offices in both Northern and Southern California.
Gil has focused the latter part of his career on renewable and efficient energy systems as keys to both climate stabilization and energy security. His primary interests are in the energy-efficiency side of green buildings, distributed generation, vehicle-to-grid (V2G) potential, combined-heat-and power systems, design and evaluation of solar and wind energy systems, and emerging solar-thermal technologies. Although he officially retired in 2002, he continues to teach CEE 176A: Energy-Efficient Buildings, and CEE 176B: Electric Power: Renewables and Efficiency. He also co-teaches a course in the Business School on Environmental Science for Planners and Managers. Gil is the author or co-author of eight books, including Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science, now in its third (2008) edition, Renewable and Efficient Electric Power Systems (2004), and Energy for Sustainability: Technology, Policy and Planning (2008).
Professor Masters has been the recipient of a number of teaching awards at Stanford, including the Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Tau Beta Pi teaching award from the School of Engineering. He was also a three-year Bing Fellow for Undergraduate Teaching. Over the years, more than 12,000 students have enrolled in his courses. He served as the School of Engineering Associate Dean for Student Affairs from 1982-1986, and he was the Interim Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1992-93. Gil earned his B.S. and M.S. in engineering from UCLA, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Skip Stritter currently serves as a member of the Technical Committee, a group created to advise the Department of Justice in the Microsoft anti-trust case. Prior to this, he served as head of Cisco Systems’ new business development for broadband wireless data communications. Skip began his career at Bell Labs. From 1976 to 1979, Skip worked at Motorola, where he was chief architect of the Motorola 68000, the first 16-bit microprocessor. Skip was a co-founder of MIPS Technologies, Inc., and again redefined the microprocessor business by delivering the first commercial Reduced Instruction Set Chip (“RISC”) microprocessor. In 1993, Skip founded NeTpower, making workstations and servers for the Microsoft Windows NT market and in 1996, Skip founded Clarity Wireless, a company based on new high data rate digital radio technology. Clarity was acquired by Cisco in November 1998. Skip is a frequent seed round investor, and he also serves on the Board of Overseers of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Skip earned a B.A. in Mathematics from Dartmouth College and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Tomakin is an experienced energy investor specializing in structuring solar investments to attract additional capital into the solar space. He was recently the Vice President of Investment in the Global Special Situations Group at SunEdison where he lead teams to develop, structure, and manage over $1B worth of solar investments in the US, Europe, and Asia.
Prior to joining SunEdison, Tomakin managed the investments in the solar and energy efficiency sectors at a private energy investment firm with a 30 year investment horizon. He oversaw the deal analysis, negotiation, and investment management associated with the financing of several early portfolio financings in the commercial and residential solar spaces. Earlier, he spent two years consulting on high-performance buildings for the Rocky Mountain Institute where he was involved with a number of notable clients including the UNEP, the USGBC, and several large REITs. Tomakin graduated with Honors from the University of Denver with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and has an MS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University.