Core Team

 

Neil Black

Neil Black has spent the past 25 years working at the intersection of business, emerging technologies and timely social issues. He spent the past seven years focused on environmental innovation, following leadership roles in technology and media companies. 

Along with his partners at GreenOrder, Neil founded GO Ventures and has led its daily operations for the past three years. He currently serves as president of California Bioenergy, a company cofounded by GO Ventures that works with leading dairy farms to convert manure into renewable energy, while destroying methane, a potent greenhouse gas.  He has additionally played an active role as managing director of GO Ventures company Class Green Capital Partners, an innovator in municipal and energy efficiency finance. Neil also played a key role in building GreenYour.com, which developed authoritative and original content to help people live a greener life and was sold to Recyclebank in 2011.

GO Ventures was spun out of GreenOrder, a leading sustainability consulting firm, where Neil was a managing principal from 2005-08.  In addition to helping create GO Ventures, Neil helped to recruit GreenOrder’s team and to successfully sell the firm to LRN in 2008. 

Prior to joining GreenOrder full time in 2005, Neil had been an advisor since its formation in 2000. He also helped to create, develop and invest in other new companies.  He was CEO of two technology companies, one at the intersection of the Internet and traditional media firms and the other, Servercast, an early innovator in online ad serving and distributed hosting. 

Prior to leadership roles in Internet technology, Neil went to Harvard Business School after having had a career in print media.  Neil served as president of The Nation magazine, the country’s oldest weekly, where he had begun selling advertising space.  Neil joined The Nation following working for short periods of time in advertising and with a Connecticut environmental group.  Neil also holds a BA in American Studies from Yale University.


 


Andrew L. Shapiro

Andrew Shapiro has spent the last two decades working at the nexus of new technologies and societal transformation -- with a focus over the last dozen years on energy and environmental innovation and before that on information technology and globalization. 

In 2000, Andrew founded GreenOrder, a strategic advisory firm that has worked with more than 100 enterprises to make energy and environmental innovation a source of competitive advantage. Highlights include working with GE's leadership since 2004 on the creation and execution of its multi-billion dollar ecomagination initiative; counseling GM for five years on strategic issues including the launch of the Chevrolet Volt; and serving as the green advisor for 7 World Trade Center, NYC’s first LEED-certified office tower.  

Other clients have included Alcan, Allianz, Bloomberg, BP, Bunge, Citi, Coca-Cola, Dell, Disney, Duke Energy, DuPont, eBay, Hines, HP, JPMorganChase, KKR, McDonald’s, Morgan Stanley, NASDAQ OMX, National Grid, NBC Universal, NRG, Office Depot, Pfizer, Polo Ralph Lauren, Simon Property Group, Staples, Target, Tishman Speyer, TXU, and Waste Management.  Andrew and GreenOrder also co-founded the US Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (US PREF).  In 2008, Andrew and his partners successfully sold GreenOrder to LRN, a global advisory and solutions firm, and he continued to lead the firm through 2011.

Before GreenOrder was sold in 2008, Andrew and his partners spun out GO Ventures, a subsidiary they had created to incubate and invest in environmentally innovative businesses.  GO Ventures has cofounded and financed California Bioenergy, Class Green Capital, and GreenYour.com.  In 2011, Andrew led the sale of GreenYour.com to Recyclebank and joined Recyclebank’s Sustainability Advisory Council.  He also has been an investor in, and advisor to, more than a dozen other companies. 

Fortune’s Marc Gunther recently described Andrew as “green business’s go-to guy.”  He has also been profiled in a New York Times feature, “A Dollars-and-Cents Man with a Green Philosophy,” as well as in Inc.’s Green 50 and Outside’s “Enviro All-Stars.”  He has been a visiting faculty member at Yale and Columbia, his writing has appeared in diverse publications (from Wired, the New York Times, and Harvard Business Review online to Foreign Policy, The Nation, and GreenBiz), and he has appeared on CNN, PBS, NBC's Today Show, BBC, and NPR.

From the mid-1990s to 2000, Andrew focused on information technology's impact on society.  His 1999 book The Control Revolution, an Amazon.com bestseller, was called “an excellent, balanced and thorough new book” (L.A. Times).  He was a fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, ran the Aspen Institute’s Internet Policy Project, and was a senior advisor to the Markle Foundation.  He was named by MIT's Technology Review as one of 100 young innovators who would shape the future of technology.  

Prior to that, Andrew focused on globalization.  In 1992, Random House published his book We're Number One!: Where America Stands—and Falls—in the New World Order, which was released in Germany and Japan as well.  President Clinton invited Andrew to speak at his post-election Economic Summit.

Andrew is on the advisory board of Yale’s Center for Business and the Environment and has served on environmental committees for the NYC2012 Olympic Bid, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, and the Urban Land Institute.  He was a longtime board member at the Southern Center for Human Rights and the nonprofit Reboot and served at the appointment of Mayor Michael Bloomberg on a task force on career and technical education.   

Andrew is a graduate of Brown University (Phi Beta Kappa, 1990) and Yale Law School (1995).  He served as a law clerk to Judge Pierre N. Leval of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and was admitted to the New York State bar.

 



Advisors

 

 

Nicholas Moore Eisenberger

Nicholas has worked for two decades to advance the clean technology industry -- as a entrepreneur, investor, strategist, speaker and author.  In addition to co-founding GO Ventures, Nicholas is the founder and Managing Partner of Pure Energy Partners, a venture catalyst firm that works at the intersection of finance, technology, and industry to accelerate cleantech commercialization.  He is also a co-founder of the Clean Economy Network and a member of the board of directors of the American Council on Renewable Energy, the leading national umbrella organization for the industry. 

From 2005-2009, Nicholas was a Managing Principal of GreenOrder, where he played a key role in leading the firm's growth and working with companies including GM, DuPont, HP, and GE.

Prior to that, Nicholas was the founder and CEO of Ecos Technologies, an environmental management enterprise software company, and a venture capital investor at Churchill Capital, one of the first dedicated cleantech funds. In the mid-nineties, he also co-founded Mypoints.com, a pioneering public Internet marketing company that was purchased by United Airlines.

Nicholas is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and received a Certificate in Environmental Law from the University of California. He serves on numerous boards in the cleantech sector including the EOS Climate Advisory Board, the X PRIZE Foundation’s Energy & Environment Advisory Board, the Scottish Government’s Saltire Prize Advisory Board for Marine Renewable Energy, the President’s Advisory Council of the National Wildlife Foundation, the New York Council for Global Green USA, the Board of Directors of New York Sun Works, a sustainability and science education non-profit, and the Board of the New York Growing Up Green Charter School.

 

 

Peter Flaherty

Peter brings years of experience in management consulting, business strategy, and finance to GO Ventures.

Peter is a Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company, Inc. He joined the firm in 1975, became a Principal in 1981, and was elected Senior Partner in 1986. He moved to part-time status with McKinsey in 2001 to focus increasingly on not-for-profit interests of education, healthcare, the environment, international affairs, and issues relating to New York City. He is currently Managing Director at Arcon Partners, a private investment firm based in New York.

Peter is a member of the Boards of Rockefeller University, The Foreign Policy Association, The Kenyon Review, TechnoServe, and the Leadership Academy of the New York City Schools. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Institute for International Studies at Stanford University and of the Advisory Council for the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. A member of the Council of Foreign Relations, he is a graduate of Stanford University, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Harvard Business School.

 

Peter Shapiro

For two decades, Peter Shapiro has worked to create entertainment that pushes the envelope on experience and awareness.  

His projects have included the IMAX concert films U23D and All Access; the annual Jammy Awards show; Green Apple Festival, America’s Largest Earth Day event; the leading 3D technology company, 3ality Digital; celebrated venues Wetlands, Slipper Room, and Brooklyn Bowl; Relix Magazine; and many other companies and projects that he played a role in creating.

Peter also played a key role in founding GreenOrder with his brother Andrew and has been involved in GO Ventures, particularly in the launch of GreenYour.com.  He is also a founding board member of the voter registration group Headcount and is a member of the Arts Committee of the City Parks Foundation’s Board of Directors.