Last month at the White House’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Summit for Global Development, UnderSecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property David Kappos launched a novel program created by the USPTO called the Patents for Humanity Challenge.
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What’s life like for female entrepreneurs in the male-dominated tech industry? Find out, in our report from a SXSW panel moderated by Kara Swisher.
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.
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?
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.
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.
The Fisker Karma, a high performance luxury plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, broke down in the parking lot of Consumer Reports before they could conduct quality tests on it.
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 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.
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.
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.
US company, Mera Gao Power’s low energy solar panels provide electricity in remote Indian villages. They aim to electrify 100,000 by 2016.
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.