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The Unexotic Underclass

The Unexotic Underclass

May 19, 2013

The startup scene today, and by ‘scene’ I’m sweeping a fairly catholic brush over a large swath of people – observers, critics,  investors, entrepreneurs, ‘want’repreneurs, academics, techies, and the like – seems to be riven into two camps. On one side stand those who believe that entrepreneurs have stopped chasing and solving Big Problems –...

The Morphing Device

The Morphing Device

Jul 8, 2012

After the PC reigning supreme as the primary computing device for three decades, the post-PC era is now indisputably upon us. The trend of computing devices becoming faster, smaller and cheaper coupled with the growing ubiquity of fast wireless Internet connectivity culminated in the smartphone entering the mainstream. Last year, smartphone shipments surpassed...

Building Energy Audits: In The Field Or Virtual?

Building Energy Audits: In The Field Or Virtual?

May 16, 2012

Cleantech investors have high hopes for the nexus of software and energy—sometimes dubbed “cleanweb,” a term coined by Sunil Paul of Spring Ventures—after disappointing returns on many cleantech investments. Although companies in renewable energy generation and storage are critical for our energy industry to change, innovative software combined with...

Want to be a Cleantech Entrepreneur? Be Creative in Your Commercialization Strategies

Want to be a Cleantech Entrepreneur? Be Creative in Your Commercialization Strategies

Apr 16, 2012

Save for the era of Thomas Edison, it has never been a better time to be a cleantech entrepreneur. A new generation of forward-thinking entrepreneurs is making leaps and bounds as global regions update their energy infrastructure with new, “smart,” and “clean” elements. The “smart grid,” which is essentially an “energy Internet” and...

Diet Entrepreneurship: How Competitions Give a Sample of Entrepreneurship Without All the Risk

Diet Entrepreneurship: How Competitions Give a Sample of Entrepreneurship Without All the Risk

Sep 14, 2010

“Have you quit your job yet?” This is the question that confronted MassChallenge founder John Harthorne when he approached business tycoon Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande for help in getting MassChallenge off the ground.  Fortunately, Harthorne and his partners had quit their jobs to work on the startup. Deshpande replied, “Good. Then I can make some...

Have Semantic Technologies Crossed the Chasm Yet?

Have Semantic Technologies Crossed the Chasm Yet?

Sep 14, 2010

This article kicks off a series of interviews on Semantic Technologies in the MIT Entrepreneurship Review with industry thought leaders including Thomas Tague (Thomson Reuters), Chris Messina (Google), David Recordon (Facebook), Will Hunsinger (Evri) and Jamie Taylor (Metaweb). At first sight, the answer is yes. I recently attended the Semantic Technology...