GreenTech

  • Comfy raises $12 million for app to end office thermostat wars

    Comfy raises $12 million for app to end office thermostat wars

    Building Robotics Inc., better known as Comfy, raised $12 million in Series B funding for building automation software that helps companies save energy on office air conditioning while gathering employee-contributed data about the use and occupancy of a workspace. Emergence Capital led the investment, joined by real estate services company CBRE and Microsoft Ventures. According to company… Read More

  • Wype will come clean your car where it sits

    Wype will come clean your car where it sits

    Recently, I wrote about Wyper, the Tinder of car shopping. That prompted Andy Kim, co-founder of Wype, to contact me. His business is one letter off from Wyper, after all, so in the interest of disambiguation, here’s the scoop on the car-detailing company that is more like Uber than Tinder in the app comparison game. Wype is based in Southern California, where cars are shiny and water… Read More

  • The trends driving electric vehicle development Crunch Network

    The trends driving electric vehicle development

    The recent unveiling of Tesla’s Model 3 resulted in the largest product pre-order in history. The fact that about 400,000 people paid $1,000 each for a car they will receive in 2018 is simply astounding. In addition to the $400 million wired to Tesla, this represents an order book of more than $15 billion dollars. In case you were not paying attention, something amazing just happened to… Read More

  • The sweep of the Internet of Things, garbage cans and all Crunch Network

    The sweep of the Internet of Things, garbage cans and all

    Who could imagine being wowed by a garbage can? Not much floors us anymore in our age of technological whiz-bang, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the lowly garbage can. Embedded with smart sensors, it alerts city workers when it’s ready to be emptied, which slashes fuel costs and avoids unnecessary pickups. That may not sound so impressive, but when the dumbest of items… Read More

  • Tesla’s patent strategy opens the road to sustainability for transport and for itself Crunch Network

    Tesla’s patent strategy opens the road to sustainability for transport and for itself

    What makes Tesla unique? How about everything. Mention patents to most people and their eyes glaze over. Worse, they think of patent “trolls” that some say are harming American businesses. But everyone appreciates one fundamental fact: Patents, and intellectual property generally, mean value. Read More

  • Meet the latest cohort of Acceleprise startups, and the apps they built to make work easier

    Meet the latest cohort of Acceleprise startups, and the apps they built to make work easier

    Acceleprise, a San Francisco-based accelerator for enterprise tech and software-as-a-service startups, held a Demo Day for its third cohort of companies today. The accelerator invests $50,000 into each startup admitted to its program via convertible note financing, taking approximately a 5 percent stake under a $1 million cap. It admits 8-12 companies per cohort, and invests out of a $3.5… Read More

  • Nanomaterials could double efficiency of solar cells by converting waste heat into usable energy

    Nanomaterials could double efficiency of solar cells by converting waste heat into usable energy

    An experimental solar cell created by MIT researchers could massively increase the amount of power generated by a given area of panels, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste heat. Even better, it sounds super cool when scientists talk about it: “with our own unoptimized geometry, we in fact could break the Shockley-Queisser limit.” Read More

  • The business case for fighting climate change Crunch Network

    The business case for fighting climate change

    Chilling news regarding climate change continues to arrive on a regular basis, even as Antarctica warms dangerously and further troubling global symptoms emerge. It’s a shame global governments seem unable to mobilize to the degree necessary to keep Antarctica safely frigid and other climate-change-related catastrophes at bay. It’s also a shame those same governments… Read More