Cleantech: What GE’s Skillern Said

There are few companies quite like General Electric. After all, it’s not standard to employ 1,200 PhDs and have a hand in every aspect of energy from generation to transmission to lightbulbs?

GE has also been active in investing alongside venture capitalists in promising startups, backing 33 companies over the past five years, according to Thomson Reuters (publisher of peHUB). Among the more notable is A123 Systems, the battery maker that recently filed to go public.

It’s easy to understand why GE would be excited about the company, especially if you talk with Kevin Skillern, the managing director of GE’s venture capital operations.

Kevin Skillern, managing director of GE’s venture capital operations, last week spoke at VCJ’s Financing the Cleantech Vision event in Palo Alto last week. He talked about how best to approach his corporate parent, and was kind enough to send over his notes, which you can download here: