I have the good fortune of living in Portland, Oregon, where I bike commute daily. In a recent article it was reported that a former car dealership is soon opening as a 10,000 square foot bike shop and that other bike shops in town are expanding. A sign of the times or something Portland specific? … Continued
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This post originally appeared on alrroya.com By: Ron Robins When I started my career as an investment analyst in 1970, the idea that a company’s environmental and social activities would be important in helping predict its future financial and stock performance was seen as largely irrelevant. Well, not anymore! Inclusive of governance issues and abbreviated … Continued
There was an article in Harvard Business Review last week by Deepa Prahalad entitled “Design Lessons from the Consumer at the Bottom of the Pyramid.” Deepa is the son of C.K. Prahalad, who, along with Stu Hart and Clayton Christiansen, popularized the notion of the base of the pyramid, meaning the economic stratum containing the … Continued
Clean Energy startups can now get a leg up with a new startup accelerator program accepting applications this summer. GreenStart, the brain child of Dave Graham and his two co-founders, wants to help mission-driven entrepreneurs succeed. GreenStart is looking for ideas that reduce use of dirty energy or promote the use of clean energy. Capital … Continued
How do I raise seed money? That is the top question I receive from entrepreneurs looking to start a company. And even more so from entrepreneurs who are attempting to start a company to create social and environmental good. First the good news. As of 2010, $3 trillion of professionally managed funds were following Socially … Continued
As foreshadowed by GE’s Ecomagination reach-out to start-ups, it is expected that start-ups and not large corporations will lead the clean tech revolution. As these small companies work to improve the future of humanity, they will need the support of clean tech incubators well versed in the intricacies of sustainable business development.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is well known as an environmental advocate and attorney. Given his pro-environment position, it is quite unexpected to hear Kennedy advocate for free market capitalism in order to protect the environment. If you ask many committed environmental folks, they would probably be anti-free market capitalism. If you ask many free market … Continued
By Matthew Madden Will two technology trends converge to create a more energy efficient future? The long-awaited future is now for electric vehicles. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably been inundated recently with news covering this emerging market. In recent weeks, we’ve heard the following: Nissan confirmed the company will fulfill their commitment to deliver … Continued
By Matthew Madden By definition, disruptive technology usually results in a variety of unintended consequences. When considering the ancillary effects that would result from the widespread adoption of electric vehicles, the road taxes currently embedded in the purchase of a gallon of gasoline are generally an afterthought. Of course, TriplePundit’s coverage is the exception. While … Continued
On April 13th, Zipcar, the well-known, and wildly popular, car-sharing company, was celebrating a key milestone in every start-up’s growth: a very successful initial pubic offering (IPO) of its stock, to the tune of $180 million raised. By the next day, the company’s stock was up to $28 per share, a rise of 60%, over … Continued
By Stephen Huie This past Friday, I visited Community Wealth Ventures and Share Our Strength as part of the Smith Net Impact Club’s Executive Shadowing Program. Other students visited Noblis, a non-profit scientific and engineering research center. I learned a lot, especially about the role of mission in circumscribing the limits of earned income social ventures. Community Wealth Ventures Community … Continued
In this interview, Susan Preston of California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF) updates us on the latest energy ventures. CalCEF is a private venture capital fund that invests in seed stage clean energy companies. They invest in a diverse range of energy related companies from energy efficiency, renewable energy, to smart grid. The fund portfolio includes … Continued
I had an intriguing collision with reality this week. Ecologic, a company whose early test products I covered in early 2010, sent me a bottle of Seventh Generation laundry detergent, so I could see first hand what new style, resource efficient, recyclable, compostable, biodegradable packaging looks like in person. I have to say, I was … Continued
Mercurius Biofuels is a start-up based in Ferndale, WA, north of Seattle and close to the British Columbia border. The company uses two fuel processing techniques that can convert wood and other plant-based materials into biodiesel.