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Ten Thoughts from Silicon Valley

Ten Thoughts from Silicon Valley

Jan 10, 2011

MITER is pleased to publish a short series from MIT Sloan’s 2011 Silicon Valley Study Tour for Entrepreneurship & Innovation Track students.  We begin with some reflections from Bill Aulet, Managing Director of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center.  Stay tuned for more from our writers! Each year, the MIT Entrepreneurship Center and Sloan School...

Pick a Platform. Pick a Market. Get Right to It.

Pick a Platform. Pick a Market. Get Right to It.

Jan 5, 2011

Just ten websites command 75% of all page views. Apple sells 70% of digital music; Amazon hawks 70% of eBooks. Google answers 63% of the world’s search queries. Twenty five ecommerce merchants collect 75% of ecommerce spend, up from 70% last year.[1,2,3,4] Make no mistake, these statistics bear monopolistic hallmarks. Glancing through these market analyses,...

Rural Entrepreneurs Go the Last Mile in India’s Hinterland

Rural Entrepreneurs Go the Last Mile in India’s Hinterland

Jan 2, 2011

Rural India’s Last Mile Challenge             Earlier this month, the 2010 Rural Marketing Congress India convened in Mumbai to discuss critical issues and innovative strategies for delivering products and services to the subcontinent’s hinterland.[1] About 70 percent of India’s population, or...

The 3 Most Common Misconceptions about Smart Grid: A utility perspective from Kevin Dasso, Sr. Director of Smart Grid Integration at Pacific Gas & Electric

The 3 Most Common Misconceptions about Smart Grid: A utility perspective from Kevin Dasso, Sr. Director of Smart Grid Integration at Pacific Gas & Electric

Dec 20, 2010

Kevin Dasso, senior director of smart grid and technology integration at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, regularly works with entrepreneurs on ideas to layer a smart infrastructure on top of PG&E’s existing grid.  As one of the leading utilities in the US, the rollout of smart grid is a high priority for PG&E.  Dasso discussed his views on...

Evolution in Cleantech Investing: A Conversation with Foundation Capital

Evolution in Cleantech Investing: A Conversation with Foundation Capital

Dec 17, 2010

“Water is the Rodney Dangerfield of the clean tech space. It’s a huge opportunity but gets no respect.” Steve Vassallo, Partner at Foundation Capital of Menlo Park, CA, made this insightful comment when he recently met with us, a group of MIT students working on cleantech projects. The philosophy of seeking out opportunities that are ignored in the...

Betting on Mobile Innovations in 2011

Betting on Mobile Innovations in 2011

Dec 15, 2010

If you are a techie, chances are that you cannot escape the barrage of mobile products and daily news about new products hitting the consumer markets. Product launches, patent lawsuits, mergers and acquisitions, and new startup launches represent a diverse breadth of activities in this space.  But mobiles aren’t just impacting the techies of the...