Matthew TrevithickMatthew Trevithick

Partner, Venrock

“The energy situation presents the greatest entrepreneurial opportunity in our lifetime,” says Matthew Trevithick, who joined Venrock, one of the country’s premiere venture capital firms, in 2004 after a four-year investigation of energy-related applications of nanotechnology. Venrock’s entrepreneurs have recently begun charting new advancements in generating power through alternative means—recent portfolio companies include Transonic Combustion, a clean-tech company working on a combustion system projected to enable 100 mpg cars, and Boston-Power, whose fast-charging and more sustainable “Enviro” lithium ion batteries will soon appear in Hewlett Packard laptops. Trevithick previously co-founded and sold two software companies; LiquidMarket, a product search and comparison shopping service, acquired by NBC Internet in 1999; and Flash Communications, a developer of instant messaging technology, acquired by Microsoft in 1998. In addition to his entrepreneurial efforts, Trevithick worked in project finance and currency trading in Tokyo, London, Singapore and New York.