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Clean Energy Technologies for the ‘Base of the Pyramid’

February 8, 2012

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When you’re commercializing a clean energy technology, the received wisdom is that you start by finding the largest viable market segment, the one that has both the need for your product and the ability to pay for it.  It’s a tried and true method that’s been followed by the biofuels, solar and electric vehicle industries […]

5 Cool Real Assets Trends for 2012

February 6, 2012

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Shamefully, it’s taken me an entire month to wade through 2012 predictions from assorted economists and commentators.  The consensus calls are much as one would expect; neither oil prices nor the US economy are going anywhere fast, nothing substantive will be achieved on federal policy in the teeth of a tough election year, investors aren’t […]

What next for electric vehicles?

November 28, 2011

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One of the downsides of working with emerging technologies is that you never quite know how they’re going to fare until they hit the marketplace.  There’s no good rule of thumb to estimate people’s reaction to something they haven’t even considered before. A good example is electric vehicles (EV), a vehicle that is charged from […]

Real Assets Junkie Goes Social!

November 22, 2011

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In these straitened times, it’s always exciting to be able to announce a little growth, and Real Assets Junkie is fortunate to be expanding to two great blogs: –Seedstock.  The folks at Seedstock provide a unique platform for sustainable agriculture bloggers; their 20 contributors profile start ups, farms, urban agriculture and university research projects.  They’re […]

Can Local Stock Exchanges Overcome the Valley of Death?

November 10, 2011

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Whenever you see a venture capital or investment banking presentation on the development of a company, it starts with two guys working on their smart idea in a garage, progresses to funding from angel, venture capital, private equity groups before reaching the utopia of listing on a public stock exchange, preferably either the NYSE or […]

A Thousand Ugly Thermostats

November 7, 2011

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When the first generation of green building products were introduced, developers thought that business owners would rip out outmoded thermostats and meters and replace them with the new ones that not only saved energy but allowed users to see everything from the time that they turned on the lights to the weather.  It turned out […]

What Happens to Formerly Hip Cleantech Cos?

August 31, 2011

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At a time when we’re seeing a shakeout in the first wave of solar companies, it seemed appropriate to take a look at what happens to the formerly-hip in renewable energy.  Which sectors are no longer feeling the love? Each year, the Cleantech Group, an independent research company, conducts a survey to elect a Cleantech […]