Four Cleantech Business You Should Start Now!

I’m still baffled by how little attention technology startups and their investors pay to the energy/utility industry. And it’s not just me. There are at least 17 utilities with market caps over $5Bn begging for innovative new products/services. How about…
YOUTILITY: The Era Of Personal Power

Over the last few months I’ve written posts about the future utility and smart cities with a perspective that our current utility will play a key role in what this future utility will look like. My thinking has been that, due…
The Hidden Issues With The ‘Solar Revolution’

When I start getting emails from people I don’t know asking me if they should apply for one of the ~470 vacancies at Solarcity I get excited. But I also get worried. I’m excited that solar energy, a renewable source of energy, is seeing amazing…
5 Machine Learning Facts For Non-Experts

We’ve all heard that 90% of the worlds data was generated in just the last 2 years. Thankfully, with the deluge of applications/devices that capture data there has also been an increase in our ability, through software, to make sense of the…
Who Is The ‘Apple’ Of The Utility Industry?

Daniel Pink‘s definition of a brand is an entity that can make it’s customers feel good, gives these customers a sense of affiliation and has a compelling backstory. Few global companies encompass all three attributes at the level that Apple…
The Cycle of Business Promises You Need To Keep

Every business, especially startups in the early days, is built on promises. The minute you (or your employer) puts up a shingle, you are promising to be ‘Company Z that does X for Customer A‘.  I’m a big believer in the promise; when…