I’ve covered the technology industry extensively, writing about myriad tech startups as well as big businesses like IBM, Microsoft and GE. During the mid to late 2000s, I was among the most-followed journalists reporting on the rise and fall of clean-tech investing. Some stories:
A series of stories in Xconomy on clean technology investing and entrepreneurship. The great clean-tech bubble burst long ago, but investors are entrepreneurs are still trying to innovate in energy and environment using different strategies.
A cluster of acoustics companies design and, in some cases, manufacture audio gear in Massachusetts.
The EV industry is crying out for radically better technologies, but it takes years to commercialize innovations and produce them at scale. Xconomy
The man who designed the X1 electric race car now thinks that making electric trucks is the way to disrupt the auto industry. Xconomy
Solar Survivors: Despite a brutal industry shakeout and the flight of venture capitalists, next-generation solar cell technologies from Silicon Valley startups show signs of maturing.
Small companies with a mix of government grants and angel investment try to forestall a global medical supply chain crunch.
Two companies have products–not research projects–that convert waste heat into electricity using thermoelectric modules. Xconomy
An MIT-hatched company built an exchange for buying and selling recycling fracking water. Xconomy
Despite cool technology, the company took on too much engineering and was surpassed by advances in batteries. Xconomy
Sarah Kearney wants philanthropists to act more like venture capitalists. MIT Tech Review
Businesses will bear the brunt of disruptions from climate change, even industries not normally considered at high risk. Guardian Sustainable Business
The future of children’s programming is on tablets and phones, which creates thorny legal and technical issues for producers.
NGEN Partners and other venture-capital firms are switching from clean energy technology to health and sustainability
Why Grid Energy Storage is Poised to Grow as Commercial Solar Did (Greentech Media)
A solar-powered microgrid demonstrates the potential of coupling big batteries with commercial solar. But the key ingredient is financing.
The Dog Days of Solar (MIT Technology Review)
It’s not enough to have compelling technology—small solar companies need a solid business model, rich partners, and manufacturing know-how.
Should the Government Fund Applied Research? (MIT Technology Review)
The ARPA-E research agency funds R&D that is not advanced enough for the private sector to take on. Now its focus on alternative energy puts it in the political crosshairs.
It’s no secret that venture capitalists largely stumbled in clean tech. Where has the energy startup activity moved to?
Profile of solar entrepreneur who predicts residential solar can remain cost-competitive even once federal and state subsidies are cut in 2016.
Smaller solar companies need to improve cell efficiency and partner with larger companies to get a foothold in an environment of rapidly falling panel prices.
The Chinese solar giant is in deep financial trouble but even its collapse wouldn’t be enough to stabilize a massively oversupplied market.
New rules for green-tech startups (Forbes)
The latest numbers of venture capital investment in clean technology show a worrying trend toward less early-stage investing and a more important role for large corporate investors.
Little-known outside of energy, ARPA-E has provided Boston-area energy startups much needed capital while other investors fade.
Evergreen Solar was a darling of Massachusetts politicians until it fell apart. But there’s plenty to learn from what went wrong at this once-promising company.
Green-tech startups–and innovation–will slow as investors cool on energy. Here’s why we need a leaner, meaner green tech 2.0.
Corporate partners are vital to nurturing innovations from green-tech start-ups and giving them the gravitas they need to scale beyond niche products.
In the enterprise software market, the message is clear: It’s time to hunt or be hunted.