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Paul Gilkerson
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Bio:

Paul brings a unique blend of skills and experience to True, leveraging years of work in global finance and his experience as a successful entrepreneur in the clean energy space.


Paul has placed principal investors and operating partners directly at funds and private family offices, including Energy Impact Partners, Closed Loop Partners, True North Venture Partners and BMW iVentures.  He has also placed key executives at portfolio companies of investors, including Brookfield Asset Management, Generation Investment Management, Energy Impact Partners, Oaktree Capital, Atlas Holdings, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins, Amplify Partners, Y Combinator, Social Capital, and Playground Global.


Paul has advised bleeding-edge startups such as Relativity Space, Apeel Sciences, Pivot Bio, Sunlight Financial, Global Thermostat, Formetrix, Loliware, and even growth-stage businesses like Array Technologies, 3Degrees, Gevo, Greentech Capital Advisors, HomeWorks Energy and PrecisionHawk.


Additionally, Paul co-founded Sealed Inc., the first company ever to contractually assure energy savings in homes.  He has worked in Chicago, New York, London and Hong Kong, building a diverse professional network across the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Snapshot:
Graduated from the University of Illinois with degrees in business and trumpet performance
Active in the arts—both as a patron and performer
Founding president of the overture council of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and past member of the Skokie Valley Symphony and Union League Brass Ensemble
Seasoned international traveler who enjoys running, swimming, and skiing