Bay Area Deal Scout
Dr. James Kempf graduated from University of Arizona with a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering in 1984 and immediately went to work in Silicon Valley. Since then, Dr. Kempf has worked for a variety of tech companies, including Sun Microsystems, NTT Docomo, Ericsson, and Equinix. Dr. Kempf started part time consulting with renewable energy startups on cloud computing and networking technology in 2016, and was an advisor to PV Complete, Extensible Energy and other greentech startups at the Powerhouse Solar Incubator in Oakland from 2016-2019. He has served on the Powerhouse Fund technical due diligence team and the Powerhouse Connector team, connecting with startups looking for help with cloud and networking issues for the DOE America’s Solar Prize. Dr. Kempf has been a member of E8 Angels cleantech investors since 2016, has served on the due diligence committee for one, and, in the summer of 2018, helped organize a workshop between Powerhouse and E8. Since leaving Equinix in May 2020, Dr. Kempf has been consulting full time for cleantech companies that need help with cloud, networking, and security, in addition to acting as E8′ s Bay Area deal scout.
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