Ira has been with Technology Partners since 1996. Ira leads the firm's Cleantech investment practice, investing in energy technology, water technology, and advanced materials opportunities. Ira is a recognized leader in both the venture capital industry and the Cleantech sector, and in 2007 was named one of the "Top 50 Most Influential Men under 45" by Details Magazine.
In the venture community, Ira serves on the board of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and on the board of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC). He is also the Co-Chairman of both the VCNetwork and the YVCA, two non-profit organizations comprising more than 1,000 venture capitalists.
In the Cleantech sector, Ira has served on several industry boards, including the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee (ERAC), the National Renewable Energy Loboratory (NREL) Advisory Council, the Clean-Tech Investor Summit (Conference Chairman in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013), Cleantech Venture Network (Past Chairman of Advisory Board), ACORE (American Council on Renewable Energy), Energy Investors Forum (Past Conference Chairman), Energy Venture Fair, and California Climate Change Advisory Board.
He has also served on the advisory boards of the Southern California Tech Coast Alliance, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE), and the Comerica Venture Capital Advisory Board. Ira is also an active leader at Stanford University, where his contributions have included helping to teach the course on venture capital and serving on the board of visitors of Stanford Law School. Ira received his JD/MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of the Stanford Law Review. He holds a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude.
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