David Niebauer is an attorney with over 25 years of domestic and international corporate finance experience, with a particular focus on technology companies (especially cleantech) and intellectual property. He works with companies at all stages from start-up through seed and VC funding, IPO, mergers and acquisitions. David often works with innovative companies as contract General Counsel, and has done so for companies including Smart Wires Inc. (www.smartwires.com), Brillouin Energy Corp. (www.brillouinenergy.com), TerraPass, Inc., Carbonflow Corp., Zenergy Power, Inc. and LumiGrow, Inc. (www.lumigrow.com). Prior to forming his private practice, David was a Partner with Graham and James LLP (now Squire Patton Boggs) where he specialized in securities law, venture capital financing and mergers and acquisitions. David received his B.A. from the State University of New York, magna cum laude, his Master’s degree from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the Brooklyn Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the Journal of International Law. He serves on the Board of Directors of Quantum Heat, Inc. (www.quantumheat.org), as well as the New Energy Movement (www.newenergymovement.org).
Why I Work
“Manifesting ideas and technologies that advance the human spirit.”
There is no question that the time has arrived for a revolution in the way we produce and consume energy. It is ironic that in a world composed of matter and energy, the freeing of energy for productive use has become such a challenge. It is also ironic that the difficulties we face are largely due to our insistence on low-technology solutions to generating energy. We continue to employ perhaps the earliest known human technology (burning with fire) to generate the vast majority of the energy used in our otherwise technologically advanced civilization.
I believe that human beings employing the scientific method can unlock Nature’s mysteries. Maybe we will never find answers to the ultimate questions, but we can be successful in incremental ways. And the more we are able to understand how things work, the more powerful we become. This power can be used to alleviate suffering and to improve the standard of living of all humans on the planet, and it can also be used to raise us to ever new levels of attainment – both physical and spiritual.
Tapping renewable energy sources is simply more elegant, more advanced, than burning fossil fuels. And it brings us more power. The more we understand and work within the balance of interconnecting forces that make up our world, the further we are able to evolve to higher levels of knowledge and consciousness. Living sustainably on the planet is the baseline from which all further development of humanity can begin. Without it, no true progress is possible.
For these reasons, I focus my practice on clean technologies and renewable energy. I am here to do my part in bringing about a transformation in the world’s energy infrastructure.