Reigniting Cleantech – Top 5 Reasons for a Post Bubble Party

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Greg_Neichin

Greg Neichin

Reigniting Cleantech

Top 5 Reasons for a Post Bubble Party

by Greg Neichin (reposted with permission, from the Cleantech blog.)

 

It is quite fashionable these days, especially amongst those in and around Silicon Valley, to talk about the demise of cleantech.  This discussion has always seemed silly to me.

There are only two groups fascinated by this dialogue: (a) US investors who were burned in deals that they likely should not have touched in the first place and (b) industry pundits & consultants with too much time on their hands.  Both of these groups are frustrated and vocal, so they create substantial noise, but far less signal.

As Khosla Venture’s Andrew Chung recently said, in a thoughtful piece by Katie Fehrenbacher covering the “cleantech is dead” meme, “venture is a highly cyclical business”.  Read more »

CleanTech/High Tech Trends: Startup Hiring & Retention Struggles

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Startup Outlook 2013-SVB

Startup Outlook 2013 – Silicon Valley Bank

CleanTech/High Tech Trends: Start Up Hiring & Retention Struggles, Silicon Bank Survey Reports

Hiring and Retention of Tech Talent is a Challenge.

 

“Every time I meet with a group of tech company CEOs they say the same thing: hiring world-class talent is one of their biggest challenges. They struggle to find, attract and retain the engineering, scientific and technical talent they need to grow their businesses.” – Greg Becker, President and Chief Executive Officer, Silicon Valley Bank.[plus1 count=”true” size=”standard”][/plus1]

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Tech Trends: The Mobile Wave “Catching a wave is about timing, positioning and paddling hard.”

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Tech Trends: The Mobile WaveTech-Trends-Surfer

Catching a wave is about timing, positioning and paddling hard.

 

In the recent book by technologist Michael Saylor, CEO of MicroStrategy The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything, Saylor argues that coming indispensability of mobile technologies. This “the fifth wave of computer technology” will transform the possibilities of mobile computing on business, society, economies and everyday life. Read more »

Clean Tech Trends: Solar – Great Strides in Affordability Made, Many Opportunities Ahead

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SEIA - Solar Energy Facts from their websitehttp://www.seia.org/sites/default/wp-content/uploads/2012%20SMI%20Q3%20Factsheet_Final5.pdf

SEIA – Solar Energy Facts, from  website: www.seia.or

 Clean Tech Trends: Solar

Great Strides in Affordability Made, Many Opportunities Ahead

Solar had a great third quarter in 2012, it was in fact the third largest on record for the U.S. Solar industry. The U.S. market installed 1,992 MW in the first three quarters, exceeding 2011’s annual total of 1,885 MW. 2012’s total is estimated to surpass 3,000 MW. The U.S. total is now over 6.400 MW, enough to power more than 1 million American households.

 

The growing affordability due to falling costs has spurred the expansion. Q3 2012’s average cost of a completed PV system dropped by 33% since the beginning 2011. Solar panel prices decreased by 58% in that same time period according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. Read more »

Global cleantech to “backtrack” in 2013, predicts consulting & analysis firm Kachan & Co.

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Global cleantech to “backtrack” in 2013, predicts consulting & analysis firm Kachan & Co.

Dallas Kachan

Dallas Kachan

Cleantech venture investment expected to decline even further, corporate involvement to increase, and long-term risks coming in solar, wind, electric vehicles and elsewhere, says company
 

Developments in 2013 will call into question some of cleantech’s traditional leading indicators of health, and risks will develop with the sector’s stalwart solar, wind and electric vehicle and other markets while others will grow, according to cleantech analysis and consulting firm Kachan & Co. Read more »

Exciting, Well-Paying Tech Jobs in 2013

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Exciting, Well-Paying Tech Jobs in 2013

Tech Trends

2013 To Do List - Get Top Paying Tech JobThe recent study by 2013 Salary Guides from Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group shows exciting promise for salary gains in information technology (IT) and creative roles. There is a high demand for these professionals as companies focus on building and improving their digital communications and make investments in IT infrastructure.

 

“The pressure on salaries is being felt wherever there is competition for tech savvy talent,” stated Logan Knight, IT Recruiter at Redfish Technology. “We are seeing a trend of rising pay for top-notch IT talent extends across industries such as healthcare IT, social and mobile applications, and big data.” Read more »

Strategic Technology Trends for 2013: Gartner’s Nexus of Forces

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Strategic Technology Trends for 2013

Gartner-Top-Ten-Stategic-Tech-Trends-2013Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, identifies the top 10 technologies that will be strategic for most organizations by 2013. “IT leaders should factor into their strategic planning processes over the next two years,” said David Cearley, vice president and Gartner fellow.

The forces of social, mobile, cloud and information are converging with new and advancing technologies to revolutionize business and society, disrupting old models and creating new opportunities. Garnet calls this the “Nexus of Forces” and it is the basis of the technology platform of the future.

The top ten list:

Mobile Device Battles
Next year is the year that more mobile phones will access the internet worldwide than personal computers, and by 2015 in mature markets more than 80 percent of the handsets sold will be smartphones. Read more »

CleanTech Trends: Industries That Will Be ‘Green’ Hot in 2013!

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CleanTech Trends:Solar Panels

Industries That Will Be ‘Green’ Hot in 2013!

 

Solar Panel Manufacturing, and Green & Sustainable Building Construction including Energy Efficiency are leading the green sectors in terms of fastest growing industries for 2013-2017. According to IBISWorld Inc.’s Top 10 Fastest- Growing Industries report the Green & Sustainable Building Construction looks set to surpass 20% growth year over year from 2013 through 2016, reaching $124,693M in 2013 and attaining $287,868M by 2017. Solar Panel Manufacturing is predicted to grow by between 4 and 11% each of the consecutive years 2013-2017, with revenue forecast at $5,030M in 2013 and $6,828M in 2017. Read more »

Tech Trends: Big Data Opportunities

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Binary File PlainTech Trends: Big Data Opportunities 

 

How big is Big Data?

Walmart handles more than 1 million customer transactions per hour, over 400 million tweets are sent per day, over 6  billion cell phone calls per day in the U.S., 10,000 payment card transactions made every second worldwide, etc., etc. Just imagine the hard drive and computing power the NSA needs to record all electronic communications across the entire world. Read more »

Pacific States Taking the Lead in Advanced Transportation, Green Buildings, Clean Electricity, and Clean Tech Investment

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Pacific States Taking the Lead in Advanced Transportation, Green Buildings, Clean Electricity, and Clean Tech Investment

Clean Edge Website

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Information from the Clean Edge 2012 U.S. Metro Clean Tech Index

 

 

You probably already know the Clean Edge State Clean Energy Index but have you seen the new Metro Clean Tech Index? This report evaluates the biggest 50 metro areas to highlight clean-tech leadership, innovation, and cluster development. The evaluation categories focus on four sectors: green buildings; advanced transportation; clean electricity & carbon management; and clean-tech investment, innovation, & workforce. Read more »