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SXSW Interview: Alex Stephany of ParkAtMyHouse.com

A running theme at this year’s SXSW that we deliberately sought out was the Access Economy. I had a chance to talk to Alex Stephany, COO of a UK startup called “ParkAtMyHouse.com”. The self explanatory URL is simple – allow people to make extra money by renting out excess parking space they might have at their residence. I sat down briefly with Alex, to learn more.

Want to Be the Next Airbnb? Solve These Two Problems

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know that “collaborative consumption” is all the rage. Housing, transportation, service, or old clothing — they’ve all got peer-to-peer marketplaces. What challenges is the industry facing? What problems do you have to solve to be successful?

SideTour: The Airbnb of Experiences

As part of our report on The Airbnb of Anything: The Growth of P2P Markets, we wanted to talk to a young company in the collaborative consumption space about the challenges they’re facing, and the strides they’ve made. Introducing SideTour, a peer-to-peer marketplace for authentic experiences.

KeyWifi Opens the Door to Peer-To-Peer Wifi Rental

Wifi, like cars, has an enormous untapped capacity that until recently had no viable way to be shared with others. KeyWifi is readying to launch a web based service that will allow people to safely share and rent their excess capacity to others. The implications are tremendous.

Will Moore’s Law Save Us All?

If you hang out in tech circles for more than five minutes, you’ve no doubt heard of Moore’s Law. It’s the idea that the number of transistors that can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years (with a corresponding increase in computing power). Right now, $1000 buys you the computing power of one mouse brain. By 2050, the same $1000 will get you the computational power of every human brain on the planet.

Therein lies our salvation?

Greenstart Adds $100k in Funding Offer for Entrepreneurs

Greenstart is a San Francisco-based startup accelerator focused on helping entrepreneurs build successful companies at the intersection of cleantech and IT. So far its offer to entrepreneurs included mentorship, assistance with product design, legal help, introduction to investors and $25,000 in seed funding.

Top Utilities Reaching Out With Social Media

Perhaps the first step in the morphing of our electric delivery system into a more democratic enterprise is the adaption by a number of leading utilities, of internet-based social media, to engage more actively with their customer base.

BP Cuts a Deal on the Deepwater Horizon Spill

Just days before BP was set to go to trial with a group of more than 100,000 plaintiffs, the company announced over the weekend that it would agree to a settlement of $7.8 billion dollars.

One More Time: Clean Energy Standard Act Introduced in Congress

Sen. John Bingaman and supporters are once again introducing federal legislation that would require power utilities to generate electricity from clean energy sources. Though the Clean Energy Standard Act of 2012 is once again likely to be shot down in Congress, the push for a long overdue overhaul of federal energy policy focused on clean energy looks certain to be a “hot button” issue right through the November elections.

Capital One: Another Too-Big-To-Fail Bank?

By Bartlett Naylor With the American economy continuing to stumble amid the debris from the Wall Street crash, on February 14 the Federal Reserve added to the problem with the creation of the nation’s fifth largest bank, approving the acquisition by Capital One Financial Corp. of ING Bank. Step back three years and five months … Continued