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Five Startups to Watch from Xconomy’s 2012 XSite Summit

Five Startups to Watch from  Xconomy’s 2012 XSite Summit

Jul 22, 2012

Babson College’s fourth annual “XSite 2012 Accelerating Innovation” conference was a day well spent. Participating in the Wellesley, Massachusetts event were entrepreneurs representing the best and brightest local start-ups in the areas of Healthcare, Clean Tech and Information Technology. Each company’s founding team had a chance to discuss their...

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...

Instagram VCs are celebrating their own obituary

Instagram VCs are celebrating their own obituary

Apr 12, 2012

One billion dollars. 100% leveraging in one week. 280X for Andreesen-Horowitz, the venture capital firm which invested $250,000 in Instagram in 2010. So many records have been broken by the Facebook acquisition of Instagram and these are records that will be very hard to break in the future. No doubt, this is Silicon Valley’s venture capitalists most glorious...

Entrepreneurship Trends in Solar Energy & the MIT Perspective

Entrepreneurship Trends in Solar Energy & the MIT Perspective

Sep 14, 2010

Shortly after taking office as MIT’s 16th president in late 2004, Dr. Susan Hockfield announced the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) — a major new strategy that could forge a significant part of her legacy. MITEI’s aim is “to help transform the global energy system to meet the needs of the future and to help build a bridge to that future by...

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...