Why Do StartUps Fail?

Why Do StartUps Fail?

Analytic firm CB Insights just published its study of 101 failed startups to uncover why they didn’t make it.  It’s a revealing list. Here’s a summary of their Top Twenty Reason: Reason Percent Reason Percent 1.   No Market Need 42% 11.  Lost Focus 13% 2.   Ran Out of...
TripHammer: Energy Storage Power Plants

TripHammer: Energy Storage Power Plants

Although California has a grid rich with renewable power sources, it has a hard time handling the volatility inherent to renewables and the new demands coming from electricity users. Solar, for example produces all of its energy during the day at non-peak hours. With...
We Hopped Aboard a Tuk-Tuk, Then Heard the StartUp Weekend Teams

We Hopped Aboard a Tuk-Tuk, Then Heard the StartUp Weekend Teams

On June 27, we had the last MeetUp before taking the summer break.  We will be back in September. It was a fun evening. First, Manushi Weerasinghe gave rides in her all-electric, three-wheeled tuk-tuk.   She has started a business to provide an alternative to provide...
Startup Weekend Brings Excitement to Sustainability

Startup Weekend Brings Excitement to Sustainability

We just put on an amazing event this last weekend–the Global Startup Weekend Sustainable Revolution. It was some of the most fun you can have while making a difference. Startup Weekend is a 54 hour business plan competition and the focus this time was on...
The New $10+ Billion Gold Rush is On!

The New $10+ Billion Gold Rush is On!

In a decision published May 1, the CPUC has approved an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to guide the purchasing of new power supplies over the next ten years.  In total, the plan calls for nearly 12,000 MW of new renewable and storage resources, with some big surprises...
EnerDapt (now “Hank”) Makes Significant Advance

EnerDapt (now “Hank”) Makes Significant Advance

We recently caught up with Zach Denning to see what progress he has made.  He developed artificial intelligence software used to optimize climate control in medium-size buildings using existing controls and sensors.  The biggest news is that they are now included in...
Mobility Electrification Meetup Brings Up New Questions

Mobility Electrification Meetup Brings Up New Questions

Over 50 attendees packed into the Cleantech meetup at Uptown Studios.  The venue was amazing and we had a great discussion. There were several attendees from Sac EV, IT-S Davis, SMUD, CSUS Engineering, and our regulars.  We kicked it off by introducing every single...
Game Changer 100 kWh charge in 5 min

Game Changer 100 kWh charge in 5 min

Two companies – Piëch and Desten – claim to have a breakthrough in ultrafast charging that would make charging an EV as simple as getting a fill-up on a regular car.  They each claim this requires no special cooling of the battery packs. This is a huge deal. Getting...
RePurpose Energy a Double Winner at Big Bang

RePurpose Energy a Double Winner at Big Bang

At Thursday nights Big Bang Finals at UCD, RePurpose Energy hauled in $12,500 in cash and a $3,000 credit for space in a local incubator.  This comes on the heels of their double win in UC Berkeley’s Big Ideas contest.   Plus, they announced they are in final...

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