Alan SalzmanNat Damm

Alan Salzman

Chief Executive, VantagePoint Venture Partners
Atherton, Calif.

Alan Salzman, 56, one of Silicon Valley’s leading green venture capitalists, and his firm, VantagePoint Venture Partners, have invested in a slew of startups that may emerge as the linchpins of a sustainable economy—companies like solar power plant builder BrightSource Energy, electric carmaker Tesla Motors, and electric-car infrastructure developer Better Place, as well as home-energy management companies AlertMe and Tendril. Salzman also spends time in Washington, D.C., and Europe, advocating for greentech-friendly government policy. Read a Grist article about Salzman.