Matthew M. Nordan
Managing Director, PRIME Impact Fund
Matthew Nordan is co-founder of PRIME Coalition, a pioneering nonprofit focused on breakthrough energy innovation, and Managing Director of the PRIME Impact Fund. The most game-changing energy technologies are often least likely to attract early-stage financing due to long timeframes, large capital requirements, and high risk. PRIME brings a new funding source to these start-ups in the form of philanthropic capital.
Matthew has spent 20 years focused on cutting-edge technologies as an investor, advisor, and analyst. Prior to MNL, Matthew was a venture capital investor at Venrock, one of the world’s oldest and most successful VC firms. At Venrock, he drove investments in Nest Labs (energy efficiency, acquired by Google for $3.2 billion) and FINsix (power electronics), and worked closely with other portfolio companies on strategy, business development, and fundraising.
Before Venrock, Matthew was President of Lux Research, an advisory services firm for science-driven innovation that he co-founded in 2004. Under Matthew’s leadership, the Lux Research analyst team became a globally recognized authority on the business impact of emerging technologies. Lux was acquired by private equity firm Bregal Sagemount. Earlier, Matthew held a variety of senior management roles at emerging technology advisor Forrester Research (NASDAQ:FORR) in the U.S. and Europe.
In addition to PRIME, Matthew is also co-founder and Managing Partner at MNL Partners. MNL develops energy and environmental projects in global markets, with a focus on China.
Matthew has testified before the U.S. Congress four times on emerging technology issues, was a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies, and is a widely sought-after speaker and commentator. He serves on the boards of Sense Labs, Quidnet Energy, and Greentown Labs (the world’s largest cleantech incubator). Matthew graduated from Yale, where he conducted cognitive neuroscience research on emotion and memory.