The founders of Resourcient bring together more than five decades of diverse experience from investing in, founding and leading, advising, and operating resourcient companies.
Stephan Dolezalek has worked with entrepreneurial companies since the 1980s. He has been a clean energy investor since 2002 and led the VantagePoint Capital Partners' CleanTech Group from its inception. Collectively, the group made 42 clean technology investments totaling $1 billion. Under his leadership the Firm’s CleanTech practice was several times named CleanTech Investor of the Year (most recently in 2013). He is a Non-Executive Director and member of the Investment Committee of Wheatsheaf Investments Ltd, a Grosvenor Estate investment entity focused on investing in companies developing innovative solutions in the food, energy and water security sectors. He is also a Senior advisor to The Broadscale Group, a network of large utilities and energy companies focused on accelerating innovation through strategic partnerships with the most promising new companies in the sector.
Prior to joining VantagePoint in 1999, he spent 16 years as a corporate and securities attorney, lastly as Chairman of the Life Sciences Group and Managing Partner for the Palo Alto office of then 900-lawyer Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. He has served as a Foundation Board Member for the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia and on the advisory boards of a variety of clean energy organizations including Rocky Mountain Institute's eLab, The CleanTech Group, the American Council on Renewable Energy and the Energy Management and Innovation Center of the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business. Stephan also organized and ran the annual ResourcePoint CleanTech Summit, a private conference for thought and industry leaders in CleanTech.
In his 30+ years of working with entrepreneurial technology companies, Stephan has helped start, grow and scale companies in the computing, tele- and datacomm, biotechnology and clean energy industries. He has helped "raise" five "unicorns" -- companies reaching valuations of between $1 and $100 billion. At VantagePoint, Stephan led both the Life Sciences and Software practice groups before founding the Firm’s Clean Technology practice in 2002.
Stephan holds a Bachelor in City Planning from the University of Virginia School of Architecture and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Martin Lagod co-founded Firelake Capital Management in 2002 and built and led the Firm’s private investment practice. Through two funds, Firelake deployed more than $175M into two dozen portfolio companies.
Marty’s investment experience includes solar and energy storage, food security, water, carbon markets, refrigerants, biochemical/fuels, and industrial materials and metals. Marty has spent the last two years developing new investment models to address financing and execution risk through improved governance and investment structures.
He served as Co-Chair of the Clean Economy Network and on the Board of the Advanced Energy Economy. Previously, Marty was the co-founder and CEO of Solo Energy Corporation which developed technology for distributed generation of power for the commercial and light industrial sectors.
For the previous 19 years, Marty was an intellectual property attorney based in Silicon Valley, first as a partner in the Palo Alto office of Phoenix-based Brown and Bain, and then at Cooley Godward in Palo Alto. He holds two patents related to the distributed generation of power. Marty holds a BA in Economics, with Honors, from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and a JD from Vanderbilt University.
Andrew Shapiro, founder of Broadscale Group, has spent the last two decades working at the nexus of new technologies and societal transformation -- with a focus over the last 15 years on energy and environmental innovation. Broadscale works with a network of some of the largest energy companies to accelerate innovation through strategic partnerships with the most promising new companies in the sector. He has invested in, advised, and served on boards of more than twenty start-ups.
In 2000, Andrew founded GreenOrder, a strategic advisory firm that worked with more than 100 enterprises to make energy and environmental innovation a source of competitive advantage. Highlights include working with GE's leadership on its multi-billion dollar ecomagination initiative; counseling GM on strategic issues including the launch of the Chevrolet Volt; and serving as the green advisor for 7 World Trade Center, NYC’s first LEED-certified office tower. Other clients included Alcan, Allianz, Bloomberg, BP, Bunge, Citi, Coca-Cola, Dell, Disney, Duke Energy, DuPont, eBay, Hines, HP, JPMorganChase, KKR, McDonald’s, Morgan Stanley, NASDAQ OMX, National Grid, NBC Universal, NRG, Office Depot, Pfizer, Polo Ralph Lauren, Simon Property Group, Staples, Target, Tishman Speyer, TXU, and Waste Management. Andrew also co-founded the US Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (US PREF).
Earlier in his career, Andrew wrote The Control Revolution (1999), an Amazon.com bestseller, was a fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, ran the Aspen Institute’s Internet Policy Project, and was named one of 100 top young innovators by MIT's Technology Review. Fortune has described him as “green business’s go-to guy.” Andrew is a graduate of Brown University (Phi Beta Kappa, 1990) and Yale Law School (1995).
Dr. Stefan Heck is CEO and co-Founder of NAUTO, a smart car and urban mobility company. NAUTO’s proprietary, computer vision-enhanced system is an affordable way to upgrade any car to get network and safety features previously only available in high-end luxury cars.
Dr. Heck is also Consulting Professor at the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University, and directs the Energy Transformation Collaborative (ETC) a new program applying the talent of the Stanford community and Silicon Valley to develop and deploy novel solutions to the world’s most vexing energy problems.
Previously he was a Director (senior partner) at McKinsey and co-founded and led the Cleantech and Sustainability practice. Stefan has worked extensively with Global 100 technology, industrial, infrastructure, building systems, retail, utility and energy companies across the US, China, Korea, Japan, India, and Europe.
Stefan is on the Innovation Advisory Board of United Technologies, the board of the Biomimicry Institute, the advisory boards of New World Capital, Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, and the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford and has published a book Resource Revolution: How to Capture the Biggest Business Opportunity in a Century.
Stefan received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from UCSD and a B.S. with honors in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University. His research focused on deep learning.