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Can Crowdfunding Help Cleantech Ride the Big Data Wave?

"Big data is a coming wave of 'green gold,'" says Nick Eisenberger of Pure Energy Partners."Information technology will be the most powerful tool to address resource challenges in our lifetime." Eisenberger was speaking at the Markle Foundation...

Posted January 25, 2014    

Know Your Audience (and Its Bite Size), Say Corporate VCs to Cleantech Entrepreneurs

 Grant Allen of ABB TechnologyVentures"Get your stuff together before you meet with us," said Grant Allen of ABB Technology Ventures to an audience of entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate leaders gathered at the offices of Pepper...

Posted November 21, 2013    

Book Review: 'Environmental Debt' by Amy Larkin

There have been a number of books about business and the environment over the past five years.Most follow the same formula: explain the environmental issues and problems we're causing as a species, point to a few success stories -- especially about...

Posted August 7, 2013    

Future of Clean Energy: 3 Take-Aways from BNEF Summit 2013

Last week was the BNEF Summit (Bloomberg New Energy Finance), the annual gathering of the clean energy faithful commandeered by Michael Liebreich. BNEF puts on a good show. Their analysts have a deep understanding of their particular focus area and...

Posted May 3, 2013    

Focus on Teams, Customers, and Taking CleanTech to Market: Mid-Atlantic Energy Forum

Dr. Cheryl Martin Addressing Mid-Atlantic Energy Tech Forum"We focus on teamwork," Cheryl Martin, Deputy Director of ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy) in her keynote address to the Mid-Atlantic Energy Technology Forum last night...

Posted April 19, 2013    

Is Cleantech a Dirty Word?

"Is Cleantech a dirty word?"I was asked this question over lunch today -- it's something that comes up regularly, like some disagreeable food. Just a few months ago, when we began planning for our 5th annual Mid-Atlantic Cleantech Investment...

Posted February 28, 2013    

10 Myths About Keystone XL from Both Sides

As some 35,000 opponents to the Keystone Pipeline gathered in front of the White House yesterday trying to persuade President Obama to just say no to the pipeline, I reflected upon some of the myths about the pipeline that have been bandied about by...

Posted February 19, 2013    

Patience and Focus for Advanced Materials

"Could the humble sea urchin hold the key to carbon capture?" I get a lot of press releases and articles. Most of them I ignore: a revolutionary high energy green food or lifestyle product, which I don't cover on The Green Skeptic. But the other...

Posted February 15, 2013    

An Email from Santa Claus to Climate Skeptics

A few Christmases ago, I published this email from Santa, which arrived on the night before the night before Christmas. Readers had so much fun with it, it's become an annual tradition. Enjoy!Happy Holidays!Scott, aka The Green...

Posted December 28, 2012    

Our Climate War: FRONTLINE's "Climate of Doubt"

We're in the midst of an uncivil "Climate War" that pits Climate of Fear vs. Climate of Doubt. Last night I watched a program called "Climate of Doubt," FRONTLINE's hour-long take on the influences and influencers who have reshaped the...

Posted October 25, 2012    

A123 Runs Out of Juice

Out of juice.Not so long ago, I was long on A123 Systems. But over the course of 3 years, I went from long to wrong. I was enthusiastic about the company's products, its lineup of investors (GE, Qualcomm, Sequoia Capital), and its partnerships...

Posted October 18, 2012    

Cleantech Investors: Consider the Hype Cycle

I had an email exchange the other day with my friend John Moore of Acorn Energy, a long-time energy entrepreneur and investor who wrote to me, almost as an afterthought, "FWIW, I am seeing interest in cleantech crumble with the Indexes." "I'm...

Posted August 13, 2012