Bill NUSSEY, PARTNER AND CEO
Prior to Solar Inventions, Bill spent most of his career as a tech CEO. He co-founded his first company in high school which provided graphics software for early, text-based personal computers. His second company was started out of his college dorm room and ultimately sold business software across 45 countries. After several years as a venture capitalist with Greylock, he left the firm to run a portfolio company which he took public and grew to almost $500 million in revenue. His company prior to Solar Inventions, Silverpop, was sold to IBM where he later served as IBM’s VP Corporate Strategy out of their world headquarters in New York. Bill’s companies have created thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in value.
Bill received a degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He holds several patents and has published two books with another book in development called Freeing Energy.
Dr. Ben damiani, Partner and Chief Scientist
Ben has spent his career in solar. His innovations have enjoyed global reach through his work at early solar pioneers, Suniva and SolarWorld. He has worked across the world commercializing new solar technologies and building solar manufacturing facilities. Ben received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and did part of his grad work at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany. After graduating he joined Intel’s Process Technology Development (PTD) group and lead the medium current ion implant group. Bridging the technology from the integrated electronics industry into the solar industry, Ben was responsible for the 1st ever implementation of Ion Implanted Solar Cells in high volume production for Suniva, Inc. Ben successfully realized this USA born technology from concept and feasibility to 180 MW’s production capacity in less than 28 months, a process that normally takes 6 years. As the Director of Industrial Technology Development for Semco Engineering in France he developed new processes for plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition, low pressure diffusion and oxidation, bifacial solar modules, and n-type PhosTop solar modules. He holds several patents and has authored more than 30 papers.
GREGG FREISHTAT, PARTNER AND CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER
Gregg Freishtat is a technology executive with over 20 years of experience leading innovative and transformative companies. He founded 5 venture-backed start-ups, with 4 successful exits and is now Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Solar Inventions. Deeply rooted in venture capital and management of technology companies, he has led several companies through acquisition and has had a hand in developing disruptive technologies in convergence of telecom/internet, personal finance/online banking, web based analytics and digital media/online marketing and currently solar energy.
Freishtat is an active private equity investor, is the inventor on 18 patents, and has served on many BOD’s including: Greensky (GSKY), Telet, Proficient Systems, VerticalOne, Vertical Acuity, Marketworks, Relevant Knowledge, OutWeb, Camp Kudzu, Jewish Federation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, S1, USA.net, Saleswise, and many others.
Freishtat received an undergraduate degree from Boston University and was awarded his J.D. from the University Of Maryland School Of Law.
Specialties: Setting strategic direction and overseeing execution, growth and/or exit of technology businesses. Significant M&A, capital strategy, and board governance experience.