ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2010
Larry  Gilbert

Larry Gilbert

Managing Partner, CEO and Chairman

Kairos Energy Capital

Mr. Gilbert’s career has been advising and managing entrepreneurial and investment companies. He is regarded as an expert in transaction structuring, renewable energy investing and venture investments. Prior to founding Kairos Energy Capital, Mr. Gilbert was Managing Director and CEO of Sennet Capital, a private equity merchant bank providing debt and equity capital to Hawai`i renewable energy projects and mid-market companies. Mr. Gilbert has also served in a number of roles connected with venture capital investments, including acting as a portfolio and transactional advisor, and as operational management for portfolio companies.

Mr. Gilbert’s previous experience includes serving as Vice President and General Manager of Authentication Solutions for ChoicePoint, Inc., a NYSE-listed data company in Atlanta, Georgia (since acquired by LexisNexis, a unit of Reed Elsevier). In that role, he focused on emerging technologies and markets for the authentication and credentialing of individual identities, particularly in consumer and payments-oriented applications. Mr. Gilbert joined ChoicePoint in connection with its acquisition of Identico Systems LLC, an early-stage company for which he served as was president and chief executive officer.

Earlier, Mr. Gilbert served in a series of roles at Internet payments pioneer CyberCash, Inc., where he started at the company’s inception as Vice President and General Counsel, handling financing matters (including strategic capital rounds and the company’s successful IPO), compliance matters, development of its intellectual property portfolio, and government relations. He then assumed authority for a key business unit as General Manager, where he had P&L responsibility for overseeing final development, positioning, marketing and launch of the Internet peer-to-peer payments service, pioneering the way for such now-ubiquitous payments services as PayPal®. He also served as Vice President of Strategic Planning, being responsible for identifying and developing opportunities for strategic business relationships.

Mr. Gilbert began his career as a corporate and transactional attorney, and founded, developed and managed a successful Honolulu law firm serving entrepreneurial and business clients. During this time, he became involved with VeriFone, Inc., for which he served as counsel and close advisor to from its earliest stages through its IPO.

Mr. Gilbert received his Juris Doctor degree from UCLA in 1977 and a B.A. degree from Pitzer College in 1974. He served as President of the Hawai'i State Bar Association in 1992 and as a per diem Judge in the District Court for the First Circuit, State of Hawaii, 1991-1996. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Enterprise Honolulu and on the Board of Boys and Girls Clubs of Hawaii. He is also on the board of advisors of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Hawai`i, and serves as a virtual professional in residence for the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai`i, where he also occasionally acts as a guest lecturer.

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