About Us

A do-tank, not a think-tank

ADL Ventures focuses on developing and deploying new services and products on behalf of critical infrastructure incumbents. Our firm is a do-tank, not a think-tank, and our deliverables are outcomes as opposed to reports.

Our Venture Consulting Products

While every ADL engagement is bespoke, several core ADL products underpin our work:

Spin-Ins

Spin-in novel technology through our DOE-funded ProblemSpace Platforms.

Spin-Outs

Ideate, develop, and launch new businesses many of which emerge from IP that is “stuck” within incumbents.

New Venture Launch

Leverage our team of experienced entrepreneurs to build the strategic foundation for growing new ventures and entering new markets.

Corporate Venturing Experts

We are a team of experienced entrepreneurs, technologists and operations experts with a track record of execution. We share a passion for building new ventures and internal business units from our clients’ core strengths. ADL brings tech strategy, venture formation and business development expertise that helps our clients leverage those core strengths to expand in old markets and enter new ones — quickly.

Every member of the ADL team...

Has start-up and/or venture fund experience AND knows “what good looks like” at scale through work at successful corporate entities. Collectively the team has cross-cutting experience spanning key sectors such as start-ups, major corporations, professional services (investment banking / consulting / PE/VC), and public sector work.

Our Industries
Energy & Utilities
Smart Cities
Building and Construction

Our Team


Leadership

Nolan Browne

Founder & Chairman

Nol is an innovation expert, entrepreneurial executive, investor, fundraiser and board member specializing in commercialization of emerging technologies in energy, automotive, technical R&D and innovation management who excels at developing first-of-kind programs and products, and leading teams of high performing technical, business and political professionals. A 5-time founder with 15 years of C-Suite experience in both startups and multinational corporations, Nol holds advanced economics and business degrees from MIT and Johns Hopkins.

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Frank Yang

Partner

Frank Yang is a Partner at ADL Ventures and the Founder / CEO of Liatris, an advanced insulation materials startup. Frank became inspired to help scale up ADL’s open innovation offerings after Liatris went through the ADL’s US DOE funded Building Materials Challenge as an applicant, and currently leads all of ADL’s DOE-related activities including its ABC (Advanced Building Construction) National Collaborative and American Made Solar Prize teams. Frank previously spent 10+ years in the solar industry as a co-founder of Stion, a US solar panel manufacturer and systems integrator. He ran all commercial operations for the company, raising >$500M in funding and selling out a 150 MW annual capacity production line. Frank received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Amherst College.

Eric Wisch

Partner

Eric is an innovation and operations specialist expert in the setup and operation of new ventures. He has built companies in tech and real-estate. Prior to his entrepreneurial career, Eric served as a director of venture development at Redstar Ventures, where he led agriculture tech, energy tech, and healthcare tech investment research and venture development initiatives. Eric attended the University of Rochester, where he was a Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year Scholar.

Chris Richardson

Partner

Chris wears a CMO hat with ADL Ventures and is the product owner for our ProblemSpace and Monetizing Innovation platforms. He is a serial entrepreneur and growth leader who has founded businesses in marketing technology and talent networks. Previously, Chris worked in energy and transportation consulting and helped launch the product marketing function at EnerNOC (now Enel X). Chris has an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago (Booth).

Jeff McAulay

Partner

Jeff is an applied technologist with a track record of new product development in multiple startup companies and larger established businesses. Most recently he launched solar and storage partnerships at EnerNOC. Prior to EnerNOC he co-founded the Fraunhofer TechBridge program to accelerate commercialization of cleantech startups. Jeff has technical degrees from MIT and Boston University.

Project Leaders

Ben Silton

Principal

Ben is a data and analytics specialist focused on finding efficient ways to make our economy cleaner. Previously, Ben launched the analytics and customer success programs at Divert, a startup tackling retail food waste through an innovative IoT platform and anaerobic digestion. Ben has a joint bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Economics from Middlebury College and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

Diana Fisler

Principal

Dr. Diana Fisler brings to ADL Ventures her passion for both building materials and the interface between early technologies and corporates. Over the years, she has delivered new business opportunities in the building space. Diana earned her PhD in Geophysics from Penn State University and contributes her expertise the industry organizations and committees performing as Chair of ASHRAE TC 4.4 Building Materials and Building Envelope Performance and Vice Chair of ASTM C16 Thermal Insulation and Advisory board member the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN²).

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Nigel Carr

Principal

Nigel is a strategy specialist that transforms innovation into execution. He has founded and scaled early stage companies in energy and agriculture, concentrating on operations and product development. Nigel was part of the founding team at several startups including Flow Kana, Qorax (“Qor-ah”) and Brightfields, where he developed and commissioned 60MW of utility-scale solar projects. He is an Echoing Green Climate Fellow and was named a National Geographic Energy Innovator. Nigel received his BA from Amherst College and studied Photovoltaics at the Smith College Picker Engineering Program.

SJ Maxted

Principal

SJ accelerates innovation ecosystems and the systems that drive innovation and entrepreneurship. She has experience working on technology transfer and commercialization at the U.S. Department of Energy and 17 DOE National Laboratories. She holds a position on the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Innovation Ecosystems. Originally from Durango, Colorado, she graduated from Duke University, where she studied the intersection of policy, business and society.

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Project Teammates

Yan Yan

Senior Associate

Yan is a Senior Associate at ADL Ventures with experience in renewable energy techno-economic modeling as well as new technology exploration and assessment. She earned her Masters in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, where she was awarded a Tata Technology & Design Fellowship. As part of her graduate fellowship research, Yan developed a geospatial mapping and optimization model to guide development and planning of biomass energy plants in emerging markets. Prior to MIT, Yan graduated summa cum laude from Mount Holyoke College in Chemistry.

Roberto Alejandro Interiano

Analyst

Roberto is a recent Civil & Sustainable Engineering graduate from Columbia University, where he is currently pursuing an M.S in Mechanical Engineering. On campus, Roberto is involved in ecological grassroot initiatives, international development projects, sustainable concrete research, and triathlon training. Motivated by international work experience in structural engineering, architecture, and construction management, he is enthusiastic about adaptable building solutions and their applications in smart cities.

Gib Versfeld

Clean Energy Intern

Gib is a senior at Amherst College, majoring in Economics and Psychology. He previously studied in the Tuck Business Bridge Program. At Amherst, he assisted with the Climate Action Plan, helping develop solutions to reduce its carbon footprint. On-campus, he is a member of the Men’s Lacrosse team, President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and Peer Buddy with Special Olympics in Western Massachusetts.

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Caroline Kenton

Clean Energy Intern

Caroline is a senior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studying Chemical-Biological Engineering. On campus, she is the President of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, as well as an undergraduate researcher analyzing a vaccine for staph infections. Her experience in oil & gas, renewable energy venture capital, and clean energy technologies inspires her to find emerging technologies as solutions to the energy crisis. 

Conor Larkin

Clean Energy Intern

Conor is a recent graduate of Colby College, where he majored in Environmental Policy and conducted biological conservation research for Round River Conservation. On campus he was a Buck Lab for Climate and Environment student researcher, a member of the Men’s Soccer team, and a personal care assistant. Motivated by work experiences focusing on climate change adaptation he is enthusiastic about cleantech innovation.

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Advisors

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Christian Kurzke

Principal

Christian applies cutting edge technology to solve big problems. He has broad working experience from Operating System internals and Embedded Systems to protocol specifications and API design all the way to Cloud technologies and AI. He holds Masters degrees in Computer Science (EE and Operating Systems) from Friedrich Alexander University, Germany and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Joshua Paradise

Advisor

Joshua is an entrepreneurial leader in strategy, marketing, execution and financial analysis. He has built businesses from the ground up and worked in global companies including Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, and General Electric. He holds a degree in Philosophy and Government from Wesleyan University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

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Jeremy Kirsch

Advisor

Jeremy is an entrepreneur, executive, and advisor. Over the past 20 years, he has helped bring innovative technologies and business models to market and scaled them to IPO and acquisition, including at Opower (formerly NYSE: OPWR) and Viisage Technologies (formerly NASD: VISG). Jeremy earned his BA from Stanford and his MBA from MIT Sloan.

Janis Eitner

Media Partner

Janis is a technical PR and marketing expert with over 15 years of experience as Head of Communications for the venerable Fraunhofer Gesellschaft in Munich, Germany. As a trained journalist, he brings his expertise in communications, politics and organizational behavior to the team. In addition to a global network of cross-industry technologists, Janis founded a successful PR and digital media company.

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Shiao-Ying Fang

Advisor

Shiao-Ying will help accelerate innovation and map a path to marketplace adoption at ADL. She has a decade of corporate business development and product management experience in the semiconductor, analytical instruments, and solar industries. She is also a serial entrepreneur and is a cofounder at Liatris (advanced insulations). She has helped start-ups achieve exponential growth by developing product strategies, securing partnerships, and streamlining operations. Shiao-Ying holds BA and BS degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and a MBA from INSEAD.

Administration

Tyler P Martin

PhD, CPA Chief Financial Officer

Tyler serves numerous companies in an outsourced CFO role, aiding in financial management, tax planning/preparation, directing accounting systems, and aiding in other financial issues. He is also experienced in DCAA requirements and handles government invoicing and reporting requirements for small company awardees.

Eriko Watanabe

Senior Project Manager

Eriko is a project manager with extensive hands-on experience in driving all phases of project management in complex, domestic and international settings. In previous work, she led the global initiatives to comply with BSA/AML and sanction regulations at MUFG Union Bank. Eriko received BS in Management Studies and MS in Computer Information Systems concentration in IT Project Management from Boston University.

Arsen Milosev

Business Operations Associate

Ari is an operations and project manager with experience in internal organization, process creation and project management and execution. Equipped with strong analytical and problem-solving skills ready to support the team to success. He studied law, internal affairs.

Join our Team!

ADL is growing and we love having interesting conversations with folks who are passionate about innovation at legacy sector companies.

Please read more about our open positions and apply:

Interns

Learn more about our current interns and alumni, all of whom have gone on to make a big impact in the energy transition and innovation.