Entrepreneur in Residence

Entrepreneur in Residence Ram Krishnan

The Washington Clean Energy Testbeds have partnered with CoMotion to provide the service of an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) to Testbeds users and other members of the cleantech community.  The EIR is an industry expert who councils startup companies and researchers on how to

build a successful business out of their ideas and technological discoveries.

Ramkumar Krishnan brings over 20 years of leadership and expertise in energy storage, generation, and conversion technologies to the Testbeds. In his 10 years at Fluidic Energy, he has led the product and R&D teams in the development of the company’s rechargeable and long-duration Zinc-air energy storage technology. The company now has over 100 patents and over $200 million invested in advancing this technology. Prior to Fluidic Energy, Dr. Krishnan was a member of the technical staff in the Energy Technology Laboratory of Motorola’s Embedded Systems Research Laboratories in Tempe, Arizona. He has also served as a lecturer in the department of electronic systems at Arizona State University. Krishnan received his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from MIT; an M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Florida; and a bachelor’s degree in chemical and electrochemical engineering from the Central Electrochemical Research Institute in Tamil Nadu, India. He holds several patents from both Fluidic Energy and Motorola in the areas of energy storage and fuel cells.

Office Hours:

Teleconference office hours: Thursdays from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Upcoming office hours at the Testbeds will be held on:

February 22nd

March 29th

April 26th

May 31st

Investor in Residence

Investor in Residence, Jeff Canin

Jeff has a long career in financial services and venture capital. His current efforts are focused on providing advisory services to early-stage companies and university technology commercialization spinouts. He is a member of the Board of Directors at E8, a cleantech-oriented angel investment group, and a co-manager of E8’s venture fund. Jeff has served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Washington, Washington State University, and Oregon State University. Jeff was a general partner of Efund LLC, a venture capital fund focused on early-stage software and telecom investments, and previously worked for US Venture Partners, one of the largest California-based venture capital firms. Before moving to Seattle in 1995, Mr. Canin was a Senior Technology Analyst with Salomon Brothers, Inc. and Hambrecht & Quist. Previously, he served as a Marketing Representative with IBM’s National Accounts Division. Jeff Canin has an MBA in Marketing and International Business from the University of California at Berkeley, CA and a Bachelors Degree in Engineering and Economics from Brown University.

Office Hours:

Jeff hosts office hours following the monthly Testbeds Lunch and Learn events.