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Where will you be on 12/31/12?

Is your company in a better position today than it was twelve months ago? Where will it be twelve months from now? It’s an apt question to ask this time of year. The first week in January looms. Performance evaluations. Budget allocations. Sales kick-offs. After you’ve been through the cycle a few times, you may […]

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Do you need a technology translator?

We’ve always believed that the ability to convey the business value of a technical innovation is critical to bridging the chasm between R&D and P&L. After attending the Canadian Cleantech Launchpad, the NREL Industry Growth Forum and the Cleantech Open Global Forum—all in the space of two weeks — we believe this more than ever. […]

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5 Questions in 5 Minutes: Richard Adams

We often wonder why our fellow cleantech advocates do what they do and think what they think. So when we get the chance, we ask them. Our latest subject is Richard Adams, who manages the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).   Why do you do […]

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Don’t believe the hype. Investors don’t.

You’ve got a cleantech startup, complete with IP and a business plan. And you’re looking for investor dollars to get you off the ground. Welcome to the fray. We all know that funding is tight these days; VCs are extremely careful with their money, and competition for those dollars is fierce. It’s easy to think […]

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5 Questions in 5 Minutes: Rex Northen

We find it fascinating to learn why people do what they do and think what they think. This summer, we sat down with Rex Northen, Executive Director of the Cleantech Open, during the Cleantech Open Academy in San Jose.   Why do you do what you do? This is a nonprofit (my first) and it […]

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A look under the hood

The nice folks at Colorado State University were kind enough to give us a tour of the Engines and Energy Conversion Lab earlier this month, and we came away with a few things we’d like to share. Cool stuff. If you’re ever in northern Colorado, and you’re the type who enjoys those reality TV shows […]

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Whole-brain Strategy

We human beings tend to see what we expect to see, and this often constricts the aperture through which we view potential solutions to a problem. But the clearest vision of the future is seen through the widest lens—one that combines both analytical and creative input. As it is with physical eyesight, so it is […]

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The Academy Rewards

We spent last weekend at the Cleantech Open Academy in San Jose. That’s right, the whole weekend. In the middle of the summer. In a Doubletree next to the airport. And it rocked. Well, maybe it wasn’t quite as much fun as the quinceanera on the main floor ballroom on Saturday night looked to be. […]

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5 Questions in 5 Minutes: Christine Shapard

We find it fascinating to learn why people do what they do and think what they think. This month, Christine Shapard, Founding Executive Director of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA), shares her insights with us. Why do you do what you do? I totally believe in the potential of Colorado’s clean technology companies to […]

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Who should bend?

We’ve been drilling and mining for fossil fuel in the United States for over 150 years. Now, we’re facing environmental catastrophe at the same time petroleum sources wane and demand increases. There are those who lobby for an increased use of more abundant natural gas, which almost certainly means more hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and more […]

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