The Green Road to Prosperity

John Doerr a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has written an article on Scientific American in which he suggests:

America is confronting three interrelated crises: an economic crisis, a climate crisis and an energy security crisis. The country’s best response to all three is a bold, coor­dinated campaign of investment and incentives to accelerate green innovation. Doing so will ensure that the U.S. becomes the worldwide winner in the next great global industry: green technologies.

After briefly summarizing the initiatives being undertaken by three companies that his venture capital firm has invested in, he notes:

Notice the trend. Two of these ventures came from outside the U.S. Of today’s top 30 solar, wind and advanced battery companies, American firms hold only six spots. That should worry us. In the race to save the planet, we are not winning.

While I agree with the policies he recommends for the United States, it is important to note that any innovation that solves sustainability challenges, no matter what country it originates from, makes everyone winners.

Competitive spirit, without a doubt, drives entrepreneurs and serves as a catalyst for innovation. But, many of the major problems we face today, we also face together. Collaboration is just as important competition.


Lonna Hanson
March 31, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Good thought, “Collaboration is just as important as competition.” It seems to me what we are capable of doing “together” is far more valuable than going it alone. Taking ownership in joint decisions drives productivity. Enjoyed your writing.

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