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Annette Finsterbusch

EnPower, Inc.

Annette has a passion for cutting-edge technology and is an enthusiastic student of ideas that make technology more available and useful for everyone.

Annette is a consultant to the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank. She supports the IFC's venture capital fund with west coast deals, and advises the Climate Business Group's venture capital group on current and prospective investments in solid state lighting globally. She was originally hired to develop an investment strategy for late-stage solid state lighting / energy efficiency investments in World Bank countries (India, China, Russia, Turkey, LATAM), and her role expanded to include complete technical and business diligence on targets and to support investment recommendations with senior IFC management.

Previously, Annette was CEO of Firefly Green Technology (in stealth mode at the time; now called Ketra), commercializing an intelligent LED-based lighting system. She defined company and product strategy, built technical and marketing teams, raised Series A funding from top-tier Silicon Valley investors, and licensed non-essential IP to extend the company’s runway by 30%.

Annette spent 7 years as an investor at Applied Ventures in the Corporate Business Development group of Applied Materials. She was responsible for identifying, recommending, and managing venture investments.

Prior to Applied Ventures, Annette served as the CEO at MindShadow.com, a technology spin-out of DaimlerChrysler's Research and Technology Center. She also held the position of investment manager for DaimlerChrysler Venture Capital where she was responsible for enterprise software investments. Annette has also worked internationally for Applied Materials, leading its business development efforts in Russia, Belarus and Armenia from 1996 through 2000 and chartering the company's first office in Moscow.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Annette received Bachelor of Science degrees in both economics and geology from the University of Houston and an MBA in strategy and finance from San Jose State University, where she was honored with Outstanding Graduate Student for the College of Business in 2001 and the Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award in 2004.

Annette is a member of the National Science Foundation's SBIR/STTR Advisory Committee.

A member of Class 11, Annette served her fellowship under mentor J. Christopher Moran at Applied Ventures. She is a mentor to Lindsay Knight (Class 23).

Annette is the inaugural recipient of the Jeff Timmons Memorial Award, which – in the spirit of generosity that Jeff sought to cultivate – recognizes outstanding contributions to the program.