Where Einstein Meets Edison

A Match Made in MIT

A Match Made in MIT

Sep 14, 2010

If you have heard Joe Barillari speak about his company, Virebo, and MIT’s role in Virebo’s launch, you probably walked away thinking it was a perfect union between two entities. Virebo is a young software startup on a mission to reduce customer costs by tracking and analyzing the usage of printers and intelligently providing important feedback about the...

Leveraging Data to Transform a Dinosaur

Leveraging Data to Transform a Dinosaur

Aug 24, 2010

The MIT SENSEable Lab is following trash from the home to the landfill. This is why you should care. Do you know where your trash goes after you put it at the curb?  If not, then you are in good company.  According to a 2006 poll reported by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, about 1 in 3 US citizens do not know either.[1]  Every week,...

A Dream of Fuels Gold: From Gasoline to Grassoline

A Dream of Fuels Gold: From Gasoline to Grassoline

Jun 8, 2010

According to Schumpeter1, entrepreneurship employs the so-called “gale of creative destruction” to replace inferior innovations across markets and industries while simultaneously creating better new products, knowledge and businesses. In this way, entrepreneurs are largely responsible for the long-term economic growth of societies, providing the...

South West Solar: Installing and Financing Solar Power in the Southwest

South West Solar: Installing and Financing Solar Power in the Southwest

Mar 4, 2010

As another summer heat wave descends over San Diego on a July afternoon, San Diego Gas & Electric begins to issue warnings that electricity usage is nearing the grid’s capacity. Businesses respond by turning off some lighting and switching their air conditioners to lower settings. However, several businesses must power down certain equipment they would...

Sunny Side Up: A Quantum Jump Towards a Giant Leap in Clean Energy

Sunny Side Up: A Quantum Jump Towards a Giant Leap in Clean Energy

Feb 28, 2010

While riding my bike along the roads of the Billerica campus of British Petroleum, I stopped for a second to gaze at a stop sign near a guardhouse. The outer edge of the red hexagonal plate was decorated with small light bulbs powered by deep blue solar panels. I was amazed to see photovoltaics popping up on the campus of one of the world’s largest...