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CONTACT

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Pasadena, CA

contact@thinlinecapital.com

+1.626.344.8452

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INVESTMENT THESIS

Energy/Sustainability markets offer trillion-dollar opportunities.  We are now seeing a “second wave” of Cleantech investing, well suited for venture-style returns. 

 

Now is the time to take advantage of this.

SUCCESS TAKES COMMITMENT

We at Thin Line Capital understand and applaud the dedication of anyone
who does what it takes to succeed.  Success isn’t cheap, nor is it easy.  We are excited to work with other entrepreneurs who know that success takes commitment.

 

Market Drivers
Have Not Abated

The markets are enormous and the drivers for solutions are immediate and strong. 
 

The need to both mitigate, and adapt, to the effects of climate change is driving the greatest transformation of our energy ecosystem since the Industrial Revolution.

 

ENTREPRENEUR. ENGINEER. LEADER

We are experienced entrepreneurs with strong market knowledge of what’s required to succeed in energy/sustainability industries. ​We have deep technical and engineering knowledge and the ability to mentor and guide founding teams. We are passionate about entrepreneurs and want to be your first and last resource as we share the journey with you. 

Focused Investment Thesis

Target investments into low-capex companies that leverage the existing installed capital base of resource incumbents for huge returns.

Invest in What We Know

Energy/Agriculture/Water - and the technology companies that will reshape these industries.

Concentrated Portfolio

This is not a scattershot.  We intend to build a portfolio with select companies in order to focus more resources on what it takes to succeed.

Active Investor

As prior entrepreneurs, we know the value of a shared journey.  We are passionate supporters of our companies, acting as advisors and mentors.

Aaron Fyke

Founder and Managing Partner

Aaron Fyke has spent over twenty years as an investor, engineer, and entrepreneur, having cofounded six companies in a number of technology areas including fuel cell, ocean power, concentrating solar, and energy storage.

 

He is currently Founder and Managing Partner of Thin Line Capital, bringing investment capital to bear on some of the world’s toughest problems in energy, water and food sustainability.  

 

While CEO of Edisun Heliostats, he was committed to lowering the costs of solar thermal power.  Prior to Edisun, Aaron was the Founder and CEO of Energy Cache, a low-cost grid scale energy storage technology company, serving a multi-billion dollar energy market - backed by Idealab, Bill Gates, NRG, and others.  Aaron continued his work with gravity storage with Energy Vault, which received a significant investment from SoftBank.

 

Previously he headed up the development of a $10M X PRIZE in Energy for the X PRIZE Foundation. Prior to that he was a Partner at Starfish Ventures, Australia’s largest venture capital firm, where Aaron led the investment into the fund’s biggest investment and exit.  Aaron is an adjunct lecturer on entrepreneurship at USC and has been a consultant and keynote speaker to utilities (e.g., TransAlta), corporations (e.g., Google), and a number of conference and media events (MIT Tech Review, AlwaysOn Going Green and others).

 

Aaron earned his MBA and MSME as an LGO fellow at MIT, and his BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria, graduating at the top of his class. He has been certified as a Professional Engineer both in California and British Columbia. 

Eric Manlunas

Partner

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Eric Manlunas is the co-Founder and Managing Partner of Wavemaker Partners, an early-stage cross border venture capital firm dual headquartered in Los Angeles and Singapore with over $350M of assets under management. Eric started Wavemaker’s predecessor firm, Frontera Group, a prior early-stage boutique venture capital firm he founded in 2003.  Eric has a proven track record as an early investor in over 300 early-stage businesses.  Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Eric founded two technology start-ups, one in e-Commerce in 1996 and the other in Internet services in 1999, both of which were successfully built and eventually sold to strategic buyers.  He earned an MBA from Pepperdine University in 1995 and an undergraduate degree in Communications from Florida International University in 1990.

 

OUR PORTFOLIO

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Digital Harvest’s crop specific AI solutions and predictive analytics, built on a proprietary global data set, allow robust agronomic insights to transform enterprises to operate objectively and proactively in ways not possible before.  Digital Harvest’s active engagements with their initial customers - sugarcane processors - span four out of the top ten sugarcane producing countries to date.

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Sistine Solar helps homeowners and businesses go solar without sacrificing curb appeal. Their patented technology, SolarSkin, transforms any traditional solar panel into one that blends in with a roof, no matter what color, style, or pattern. Using design to capture the world’s imagination, Sistine helps homes  and businesses around the nation go solar with style.

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Kevala is accelerating the clean energy future by making energy related data meaningful, transparent and broadly accessible.  Kevala's customers include utilities, regulators, aggregators, and Independent Power Producers, solving the challenges facing energy market participants interacting with the evolving electricity grid and is providing data and analysis to accelerate smart investment in a world served by a more robust, environmentally sustainable, effective, and safe grid.