2 Bullet Tuesday:
Clean Energy Finance | Business |
 | Attempts at Humor
July 17, 2018   
Good morning,

We hope you enjoy our most recent 4-minute digest on clean energy, finance, business tips, trivia, and (attempts at) humor.

Quote for the day:

“Formal education will make you a living. Self education will make you a fortune.” – Jim Rohn
  • Food for thought: If you're seeking to make a fortune (or a bigger impact regarding your cause of choice), then what are you doing about it? Finding mentors, joining mastermind groups, attending conferences, reading 30 books a year, journaling on lessons from failures, meditating in Himalayan caves? 
Now what?
Have a great week.

Chris Wedding, PhD
Managing Partner, IronOak Energy Capital

Clean Energy Ain't Niche:
$5.6 Trillion Invested Since 2007
  • OK, I'll say it. This article (and related survey) is the most important thing you should read this week. (Aside from the texts your parents send you.) Here are some more fun excerpts: Renewable energy investment is expected to reach $11.5 trillion by 2050 (Bloomberg). A recent survey institutional investors showed that 89% expect to increase their investments in renewable energy by 2x by 2030, assuming appropriate policy (ACORE). But the deals that got us to this point in the clean energy sector may not be the deals that get us to the new trillions of dollars of investment. On your mark, get set, innovate!  |  Source: Utility Dive (Herman Trabish)
Get Ready for Buzzword Explosion:
AI, Blockchain, Big Data, Vomit
  • But seriously, CB Insights – the "VC research firm with a personality the size of Andre the Giant" – recently delivered a worthwhile webinar on emerging trends in energy. In addition to the aforementioned over-hyped words, I'll add "cybersecurity" and "microgrids." That said, the reason that buzzwords get to this frenetic state is that there can be big opportunities, if you get beyond the fluff and copycats. The webinar slides profile 14 companies in these sectors. Fun stat: The number of news articles with both "energy" and AI" has risen from about 10 in 2014 to 500+ (est) this year.
This S#*t is Not for Sissies:
You Gotta Choose
  • In her book, You Are a Badass, author Jen Sincero notes that indecision is also a bad decision. People are often "so afraid that if they pick one thing, they'll miss out on another, so they choose to do nothing, or try to do everything, which are both excellent ways to miss out on all of it." A book with such a great title is worth a read. More tidbits include: "Stop talking about how busy you are." #NoOneCares #WhinyPants #FirstWorldProblem and "When you take the leap and believe in the not-yet-seen, you aren't supposed to know how to make it happen." #RemoveTheBlinders 
It's Time for the Hammock and a Cold One:
Watch the Kids "Benefit" from Chores
  • I'm guilty of giving my kids lots of chores. And loving it. Accordingly, they call me "Obsidian," as in a very hard stone. I think it's affectionate, but I don't care. Research suggests that doing chores helps kids maintain better relationships with family and friends, delay gratification, build skills (power tools!), be more dependable, meet career goals, and find purpose through challenge. Some studies even showed that chores, relative to higher IQ, provided a greater boost to achieving success as adults. But there's no allowance for those chores. (I don't get paid for our yard work.) Instead, that allowance is for learning how to spend, save, and donate money.  |  Source: Wired (Laura Grace Weldon)
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