Case | HBS Case Collection | August 2010 (Revised February 2011)

Highland Capital Partners: Investing in Cleantech

by Joseph B. Lassiter III and David Kiron

Abstract

One day during the summer of 2008, Paul Maeder, co-founder and general partner of Highland Capital Partners (HCP), was walking with his wife around Reykjavik, Iceland, marveling at how clean the city felt and at the widespread use of naturally occurring geothermal energy to power everything from trams to buildings. "They don't treat their air and water like an open sewer," Maeder thought. "This is the way people need to live and this is the way people are going to have to start living in 10 or 20 years." To his wife, Maeder said aloud, "I think Highland should revisit the idea of investing in cleantech."

Keywords: Renewable Energy; Entrepreneurship; Investment; Global Strategy; Environmental Sustainability; Financial Services Industry; Green Technology Industry;

Citation:

Lassiter, Joseph B., III, and David Kiron. "Highland Capital Partners: Investing in Cleantech." Harvard Business School Case 811-009, August 2010. (Revised February 2011.)