Utilities that sell power directly to customers need to offer more services if they want to compete in a more digital future, said Steve Westly, managing partner of The Westly Group, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm focused on energy, utility and sustainability.
Connected-car service provider Vinli today announced it closed a $13.5 million Series B financing round. The company says this infusion of capital allows it to broaden its mobility services and integrations as it attempts to connect cars around the world.
RapidSOS, a New York-based startup that helps increase the funnel of information that is transmitted to emergency services alongside a call for help, has raised another $30 million in funding — money that it’s going to use to continue enhancing its product, and also to start pushing into more international markets.
View, the leader in dynamic glass, today announced a $1.1 billion investment from the SoftBank Vision Fund. Demand for View’s intelligent windows is rapidly growing as companies increasingly recognize the benefits of modernizing their work environments to improve the health and productivity of their employees.
Vinli, a Westly Group portfolio company, aims to connect vehicles to the cloud and is today announcing a change in its business model as it partners with the largest fleet operator in Europe, ALD Automotive.
The Westly Group's new portfolio company, Gecko Robotics, aims to save human lives at our nation’s power plants with its wall-climbing robots. To continue doing so, the startup tells TechCrunch it has just secured $7 million from a cadre of high-profile sources, including Founders Fund, Mark Cuban, The Westly Group, Justin Kan and Y Combinator.
Portfolio company, Revolution Foods: We are on a mission to lead an organization that is focused on community wellness. We want to be perceived as a community wellness provider that addresses families’ needs for fresh, healthy foods throughout the day.
Our portfolio company, Comfy, has decided to join Siemens, a global leader in building technology with a wide network and breadth of experience. This partnership furthers Comfy’s mission of improving workplace technology and the worker’s experience.
Simple Energy, the leading provider of utility-branded marketplaces and omni-channel instant rebates, announced today that The Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L) and Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL), each a subsidiary of The AES Corporation(AES), will join its roster of more than 50 utility and co-op partners.
ShotSpotter, Inc.(NASDAQ:SSTI), the leader in gunshot detection solutions that help law enforcement officials and security personnel identify, locate and deter gun violence, today reported results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2017.
CognitiveScale, the leading augmented intelligence software company, today announced it has been named to the AI 100 for the second year in a row. The annual list honors a select group of promising private companies working on groundbreaking artificial intelligence technology.
Construction management software startup Honest Buildings raised $13 million in a Series B funding round that included Brookfield Property Partners, Rudin Ventures and C-III Capital Partners, the company announced Wednesday.
Revolution Foods and Back to the Roots are companies that are rethinking school cafeteria meals. From whole grain cereals to meatless peperoni, these lunches and breakfasts are getting a healthy makeover.
For the eighth consecutive year, Enerkem (www.enerkem.com) made the 50 Hottest Companies in Biofuels annual list from Biofuels Digest magazine. Enerkem climbs up to 13th spot, up two positions from last year.
Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMRS), the industrial bioscience company, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2016. "We are pleased to have completed a record year by more than doubling revenues over 2015, signing on a record level of new global partners and delivering on all of our 2016 strategic milestones," said John Melo, Amyris President & CEO.
Today Planet successfully launched 88 Dove satellites to orbit—the largest satellite constellation ever to reach orbit. This is not just a launch (or a world record, for that matter!); for our team this is a major milestone. With these satellites in orbit, Planet will reach its Mission 1: the ability to image all of Earth’s landmass every day.
SentinelOne, the company transforming endpoint security by delivering real-time protection powered by machine learning and dynamic behavior analysis, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Visionary quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms (EPP) for the second straight year.*
Revolution Foods, the leading provider of healthy family and school meals across America, announced today that Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education under the Obama administration, will join the company’s board of directors.
Enerkem Inc., a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, is pleased to share that Vincent Chornet has been named in the prestigious 2017 Clean16 awards. Delta Management Group and the Clean50 organization today announced Canada's Clean50 Awards, which recognize 50 individuals, from 16 different categories (including Clean Tech), who have done the most to advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada over the past 2 years.
Edeniq, Inc., a leading cellulosic and biorefining technology company, today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Pacific Ethanol, Inc ’s (NASDAQ: PEIX) registration of its Stockton, CA ethanol plant to generate D3 cellulosic Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) using Edeniq’s Pathway Technology.
Working in partnership with its customers, Honest Buildings has significantly expanded to become the leading data-driven project management and procurement platform built specifically for real estate owners, managers and operators. Over the past 12 months Honest Buildings has been in growth mode with its team as well, moving its New York City headquarters into a larger space at 85 Broad, opening an office in Austin, TX and solidifying plans to launch a Los Angeles office.
Edeniq, a biorefining and cellulosic technology company, completed a major upgrade of its cellulosic sugar and ethanol pilot facility. The company designed and operated new, proprietary equipment for feedstock preprocessing; continuous mechanical and thermal pretreatment; continuous saccharification; and separations technologies for recycling enzymes.
Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkem.com), a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, announced it has obtained certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system for the biomethanol production of its Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, Canada. This biorefinery therefore becomes the first ISCC certified plant in the world to convert municipal solid waste into biomethanol.
By 2020, 65% of all jobswill require some college training. At current graduation rates, the U.S. will fall short of this goal by 5 million workers. Vocational Technical (VoTech) training programs for high school students are key to helping them specialize in in-demand technology-related fields, and be ready for the job market. While many wealthy schools already provide such courses, we need to bring these programs to underserved schools.
This post is for every investor with the skepticism to ask: why should I give two hoots about a diversity and inclusion initiative? The answer is it’s critical if you want to keep doing what you’re already good at: identifying underserved markets, diving in early, and making money on the opportunities.
It has been a busy 18 months in the world of cybersecurity. If you’ve been breached, hacked, or had your data ransomed, you have my sympathies. If not, congratulations on being well prepared or just very fortunate.
Imagine you’re on a business trip and killing time at the airport before your next flight. You’re excited to get home because you just put in a bid on the perfect house. The market is competitive and your biggest fear is losing out because of a paperwork glitch...
Globalization is triggering growing angst — if not downright anger — across the United States and Europe. But building walls and demonizing Muslims or Mexicans won’t fix the problem. The culprit is technology — specifically, how quickly technology is making old jobs obsolete and creating new ones.
The promise of big data is straightforward: having more information about a business can help you make better decisions about its future. No surprise that technology investments in the last decade have zeroed in on storing and visualizing data.
It’s hard to go far in the tech industry without running into the idea of super-smart devices taking over our lives. The terms tossed around vary – artificial intelligence, deep learning,machine learning, neural networks – and I’ll be the first to admit the predictions can get a little breathless.
The recent headlines about accidents involving autonomous vehicles raise real concerns about safety and the need for regulations in an emerging industry. But there is no doubt these concerns will be resolved and that self-driving cars are in our immediate future.
As a venture investor who has been on both sides of the fence, I know how critical it is for corporate venture capital firms (CVCs) and private venture capital firms (VCs) to play in the same sandbox. In fact, our collective mission is now more crucial than ever. If we are to succeed at driving the growth of innovation, building competitive advantage, and establishing market leadership, CVCs and VCs must work together. The question is: how?
Uber is officially a part of the 2016 presidential race. Last year, the California Labor Commission found that an Uber driver had been misclassified as an independent contractor, instead of as an employee. Weeks later, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton suggested companies such as Uber were committing “wage theft” by misclassifying employees as independent contractors, and thereby stripping them of employee benefits...