The Domain www.e-cat.com Now Redirects to Green Tech Venture Capital Firm KPCB

There was a brief flurry of interest last week when it was discovered that the domain name http://www.e-cat.com redirected to an Exxon Mobil site.  When asked about it, Andrea Rossi stated that he had no connection with Exxon, and that it was purely coincidental.

Today, if you go to http://www.e-cat.com it redirects to a different site — this time to http://www.kpcb.com which is the web site of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture capital firm which, among other things invests in green technology companies.

On this site they state: “Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers are actively investing in Greentech innovation and entrepreneurs . . . Scientific breakthroughs in biology and materials technology mean there’s never been a better time to start and grow a great green venture. Greentech could be the largest economic opportunity of the 21st century. It is an unprecedented challenge that demands great innovation, speed and scale.”

KPCB have announced an alliance with Generation Investment Management which is chaired by Al Gore.

A search for the registration of this domain provides this information:

Domain Name: E-CAT.COM
Created on: 12-Feb-04
Expires on: 12-Feb-21
Last Updated on: 22-Aug-11

As yet, there is no known connection to Andrea Rossi, or any of his enterprises — but a connection with KPCB seems to  make  more sense than one with Exxon Mobil, and it’s curious how the redirect has changed over the last week.  I don’t want to speculate on this change, but I thought it was interesting enough to bring this to readers’ attention.


  • Good find, Frank.
    You may not choose to speculate, but I will. Chances seem really good that KPCB is the American partner. With Al Gore having a close relationship with KPCB, he may be the “significant” person that Rossi keeps implying exists. If KPCB isn’t the American partner, I would bet my royal patootie that they bought the e-cat name from Exxon because they intend to be involved with the e-cat from the beginning in some way.

  • Tom Andersen

    what about ecat.com ? – it says 9 days to launching..?

    perhaps it is not related at all? Looks like ecat.com is in New Mexico?

    –t

  • Renzo

    To me the sudden change between Exxon and Kpcb suggests that it is only the domain owner having some fun! I imagine him reading all the comments and speculations that his trick raises 🙂 Howewer I’d be happy to be wrong, Kpcb seems the perfect partner for Rossi

  • georgehants

    If Rossi is successful the value of the E-CAT name will rocket and be in demand, so Exxon may have put it up for sale with KPCB.

  • Wes

    I would bet the redirection to Mobil was designed to increase Rossi’s desire to purchase the e-cat. com domain name. Once the “e-cat was out of bag,” Mobil showed a lack of humor about this ploy, causing an urgent need to redirect the domain elsewhere.

    In other news, October approaches. Will there be Rossi and Focardi Halloween masks?

  • John Dayer

    I’ve sent the email below to the email address of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (which is: [email protected] ).

    If KPCB has no relationship with Rossi and his E-Cat, KPCB should clearly publicize exactly that.

    Send a similar email if you think likewise:

    Oct. 1, 2011.

    [email protected]:

    I’m sure you realize that http://www.e-cat.com gets re-directed to your site http://kpcb.com/initiatives/greentech/index.html .

    If this re-direction is not authorized, then I think you should clearly publicize that this re-direction is unauthorized – perhaps by displaying a notice at http://kpcb.com/initiatives/greentech/index.html clearly indicating rejection of any relationship with http://www.e-cat.com .

    Since you (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers) are venture capitalists, I’m sure you’ve heard of Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat which he claims works like a practical cold-fusion reactor.

    Rossi has also publicized that audited tests of the E-Cat are scheduled for this month (starting Oct. 6), and a 1-MW (thermal) E-Cat power reactor will be made operational later this October (at an unpublicized location in the US).

    However, many qualified experts fear Rossi is conducting a fraud.

    Hence, KPCB should make it clear if it has no association with Rossi and the E-Cat.

    Otherwise, KPCB’s good name could be used to serve fraudulent objectives (such as stock market manipulation).

    Regards,