I recently enjoyed the New York Times story, Shots Fired, Pinpointed and Argued Over, featuring Erica Goode’s account of the ShotSpotter gunshot detection system in action. The article does a great job of calling attention to the success of the company’s collaboration with police forces, which in turn is creating safer communities.
For instance, less than four minutes after gunshots were detected by the ShotSpotter technicians in Mountain View, California . . .
I was struck recently by a piece in The Wall Street Journal by Pui-Wing Tam, The $1 Billion Club Gets Crowded, which highlights the amusing rate at which closely held, private US companies in the social media sector are garnering $1 billion-plus valuations. With 20 companies already fetching a 10-figure price tag— 15 of them since the beginning of last year— the bubble has swelled quickly. Even during the dot-com boom of . . .
On Wednesday May 16 I will be presenting at the iMedicine & Mobile Life Sciences World Summit concerning smartphones as the next frontier in medical imaging, telemedicine and EMRs. I am presenting with Tobin Arthur of Cureus. Cureus is revolutionizing medical publishing and is founded by John Adler, a famous neurosurgeon at Stanford. Physicians today use their smartphones 5 times a day on average and these smartphones are another form of clinical decision . . .
Our portfolio company Clean Power Finance is on a tear. Recently they partnered with Morgan Stanley subsidiary MS Solar Solutions Corp to help fund up to $300 million in residential solar leases. This illustrates that consumers are increasingly demanding low-risk, high-reward solar – and participating solar installers can easily provide their customers with a variety of lease options. . . .
Anders Will Specialize in Energy Technology — Hiring Confirms Commitment of Seed and Early Stage VC firm to Energy Market
OAKLAND, CA (May 8, 2012) — Underscoring its ongoing commitment to energy technology investing, Claremont Creek Ventures today announced the hiring of Hanns Anders as a new associate in the firm’s energy technology practice.
Anders, 30, will draw upon his experience in the alternative energy and environmental services industries to evaluate . . .
May 1st ecoATM announced they had raised an additional $17 million in a second round. Current investors Claremont Creek Ventures, Coinstar, Inc. and TAO Ventures all increased their investments while new investors joined the syndicate. New investors include PI Holdings, Moore Venture Partners, AKS Capital and Singapore billionaire Koh Boon Hwee.
The announcement generated a lot of interest and was well covered in both the financial and hi-tech . . .
May 4, 2011 source: GreenTechMedia by Jeff St. John
The startup specializing in energy management microgrids for hospitals raises money to expand to other customers with critical power backup needs.
Blue Pillar, a startup that’s built up an interesting niche in enabling hospitals to manage power for efficiency and demand response needs, has raised a $7 million Series B round aimed at expanding its presence into the data center, military, education . . .
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