10 ways Chinese investors are dominating cleantech

Chinese investors and the Chinese government are starting to aggressively fund U.S.-based cleantech startups. There’s been a half dozen of these deals in recent weeks and months, so I thought I’d put together this list to point out the 10 big ones I’ve been watching:

‘Returnees’ dominate Chinese startup culture

The Chinese tech scene is dominated by a small group of entrepreneurs who paid their dues in Silicon Valley before returning to create successful startups. But “returnees” are also laying the foundation for a startup culture that will allow grassroots entrepreneurs to flourish.

Next-gen battery startup Seeo raises $15M

A next-gen, lithium-ion battery startup — backed by Vinod Khosla’s Khosla Ventures — called Seeo has raised another $15 million from investors, according to a filing. Khosla Partner Pierre Lamond is listed on this latest filing, and Seeo previously raised at least $10.6 million.

Stanford Spinout C3Nano Raises Funds for Solar, Screens

Transparent electrodes might sound like a bit of high tech machinery, but they’re the basic components of electronic screens from cell phones to solar panels. This week Stanford spinout C3Nano says it’s raised funding to commercialize its lower cost, more flexible conductive coatings.