25 Who Ditched Infotech for Cleantech

Martin Tobias

Background: Exec at Microsoft, CEO/Founder of LoudEye, Venture Partner with Ignition Partners

Current: former CEO Imperium Renewables,

Tobias spent a good decade in information technology before making the leap to cleantech — six years at Microsoft and four years as the founding CEO of streaming media company LoudEye. He went on to lead biodiesel producer Imperium Renewables, though he left the firm shortly before the company put its IPO plans on hold.