By the turn of the millennium, Lee Lynd’s and Charles Wyman’s vision of harnessing renewable and sustainable biofuels with low environmental impact, proved prescient. Global environmental, financial and political considerations ensured a bright future for alternative energy in general and biofuels in particular. After nearly twenty years of research, the goal was within reach and ready for commercialization. The concept for a biofuels company based on CBP production of cellulosic ethanol began on the back porch of Charles’s summer home on Lake Mascoma during the summer of 2005. Mascoma Corporation was founded by Wyman, Lynd and Bob Johnsen with initial funding from Khosla and Flagship Ventures.