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Erik G. Straser

MDV (Mohr Davidow Ventures)
General Partner
Menlo Park, CA, USA


With more than a decade of experience in venture capital, Erik has been a catalyst for Cleantech in Silicon Valley and abroad. He leads MDV's Cleantech investment team and applies his expertise in areas of solar, biofuels, energy storage, industrial biotech and clean coal. He serves on the boards of Catilin, Energy Innovations, Gordon Murray Design, Hycrete, Nanosolar, OPX Biotechnologies, Recurrent Energy, ZeaChem, Laurus Energy and SodaHead.

Prior to MDV Erik worked at Interval Research Corp and at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a technical staff member. He also consulted to several seed and early stage venture capital firms. While pursuing a PhD in engineering at Stanford, Erik led an interdisciplinary project between the electrical, mechanical, and civil engineering departments to develop a next-generation monitoring system for critical facilities. He holds a U.S. patent from his research work.

Erik serves on the advisory council of the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency, as well as on the advisory boards of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), Stanford's BASES, NVCA Cleantech Council, and Cleantech Venture Network. Erik earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from Harvey Mudd College and both doctoral and master's degrees from the Stanford University School of Engineering.


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