I have worked in the energy storage space since 1988, developing new batteries and fuel cells. Personally I bring to the table 20 years of start-up experience in cutting edge battery development, and broad knowledge in CleanTech areas such as smart grid, photovoltaic, wind energy, fuel cell and bio fuel. Over the years, I have created alliances with both university groups and state and federal organizations to facilitate technology transfer and commercialization, and I know the steps from basic research to final product from both a technical and a business aspect. IBD Associates was started in 2001 by a former McKinsey consultant and me. We provide business strategy and market research to a wide range of companies including many on the Fortune 500 list. The core group brings with them over 50 years of experience from business strategy, business development, technology, and marketing areas. Since our inception we have tested payment products such as debit and credit cards worldwide, and we have been an integral part of several product launches.