A new way to compress air and use it as a form of energy storage is getting ever closer to the mainstream with startup SustainX. The tech could be important to pair with solar and wind farms. Read more »
Re:char’s new venture Soil IQ has teamed up with Yves Behar to make a connected soil fertilizer gadget to stream data about dirt and weather conditions. Read more »
Startup Hampton Creek Foods is now selling its first plant-based egg product at Whole Foods in California. Read more »
Industrial designer Robert Brunner, one of our RoadMap conference speakers, tells us about lessons for first time hardware makers and what he thinks about Apple’s flat design and future plans. Read more »
The founder of electric car company Aptera is back with a new company and a new plan to disrupt urban organic farming. Read more »
Tado and its location-based heating control app have gotten a refresh and a financial refueling. Read more »
The classic cross country road trip is getting electrified Tesla-style. Tesla CEO Elon Musk plans to drive across the U.S. in a Model S using the company’s charging infrastructure. Read more »
Bam! The Summer holidays are over. And the East London tech startup scene is back to work, making deals, raising money and throwing parties. Read more »
Chip tech startup SuVolta has scored its first licensing deal for volume production with Fujitsu of an image processing chip. Read more »
Green Car Reports says that in just 12 months of production, Tesla will have deployed more than 1.6 million kWh worth of batteries. If Tesla hits its goals, the Model S alone will soak up almost 40 percent of global cylindrical battery production. And if the third-gen car reaches the goal of 100,000 a year or more, “the batteries it requires will run well into the billions–dwarfing the capacity of the entire current battery industry.”
Are connected water ATMs the future of clean water distribution in the slums of urban India? Startup Sarvajal thinks so. Read more »
Eventbrite scoops up London startup Lanyrd and Argentinian startup Eventioz, in a bid for international expansion. These are the events giant’s first acquisitions. Read more »
High tech, hipster design shop Berg has been transitioning into a full-fledged product maker. We sat down with Berg’s CEO to talk transition and what to expect from the quirky brains behind Little Printer. Read more »
For the third year in a row, tech is the sector that’s been demanding the most office space in London, reports Tech City News. Research firm Knight Frank predicts that “tech firms will acquire 1.6 million square feet of office space in 2013. That’s a 23% increase in demand for commercial space from 2012.” The GigaOM crew will descend on London for our Structure:Europe event next month.
Norway is getting at least 6 Tesla Superchargers, enabling 90 percent of the country’s inhabitants to live within a 200-mile driving range of the Superchargers. Read more »
Leaning thermostat maker Nest is opening up a customer care and technical service center that will have 125 workers in Austin. Previously Nest has worked with Austin’s Pecan Street Project and the company is also working with Austin Energy.
Cloudbase.io wants to unleash the world’s mobile app creatives. Will low cost, speedy backend-as-a-service be the answer? Read more »
After pivoting from building electric cars to building car sharing tech for companies, startup Local Motion raises a round from Andreessen Horowitz and brings Steven Sinofsky onto its board. Read more »
As Kior misses its production targets, sees its stock drop dramatically, and lists doubts in a filing about its ability to continue as a going concern, an investor hits the company with a potential class action lawsuit. Read more »
The energy fund of private equity group Silver Lake has managed to raise $650 million for later stage energy and resource management companies. It’s been a difficult road for cleantech funding in recent years. Read more »
Tesla is just starting to be seen as a threat by many in the auto industry — a decade after Tesla was founded. So now what do they do? Read more »
A year-old startup aiming to be the Zipcar of India — Zoom — now has 50 cars in Bangalore being rented by the hour and day. Read more »
If you believe the coal industry (or reports sponsored by the coal industry), coal power is the only way to fuel the growth of the Internet and the cloud. Read more »
Electric car company Tesla has quietly released the latest over-the-air firmware (5.0) update for the Model S, reports Autoblog Green, and it comes with a better sleep mode, as well as other enhancements like the ability for the car to connect with Wi-Fi networks.
There’s a high demand for designer entrepreneurs and not enough supply of them, says Wired. One of the problems? Just plain awareness and lack of exposure. Designers haven’t traditionally seen entrepreneurialism as an option. We’ll highlight designer founders at our RoadMap conference in November in San Francisco.
Want a fantastical machine that will convert regular money into Bitcoins? A startup just opened up pre-orders for its Bitcoin Machine. And, well, best to consult an attorney before operating. Read more »
London’s bustling with young home grown tech entrepreneurs. But where are all the growing, revenue-generating London-born tech firms? Read more »
At the Aspen Ideas festival a panel on product design featured some well known entrepreneurs giving words of wisdom to future founders: Nest’s Tony Fadell suggests working with your heros; Path’s Dave Morin says “just start” (as starting is half the battle); Flipboard’s Mike McCue says run the “mom test” for every product; And designer Yves Behar says find your passion and do what you love. Fadell will be speaking at our RoadMap conference and we’ll be focusing on similar discussions from designer founders.
Once-promising Serious Energy has been selling off its assets one by one, including its energy software product, to a subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand. It’s a familiar tale in the cleantech sector. Read more »
Leases for fuel cells! Bloom Energy has a new leasing program with Bank of America Merrill Lynch that could make fuel cells even more accessible to regular businesses. Read more »
A direct marketing company majority-owned by Guthy-Renker — the Proactiv infomercial folks — is being acquired by solar panel installer SolarCity. It’s time for solar panels to enter the modern marketing age. Read more »
Beleaguered solar startup Nanosolar has opened up the auction of its assets and solar manufacturing equipment. The fate is similar to many next-gen solar manufacturing startups, and represents large losses for investors. Read more »
Elon Musk just unveiled the design of the Hyperloop, which could enable us to travel 800 miles per hour between SF and LA. Here’s some potential hurdles with such a plan, from a Navigant Research analyst. Read more »
Tesla has been working for awhile on providing the option of video cameras instead of side door mirrors, which could reduce drag, add a cool tech aspect, and even give different visibility functions. When they showed off the Model X prototype in Winter 2012 it had video camera mirrors. While regulators have long pushed back on this idea, interviews suggest that Tesla is spear-heading trying to change these regulations.
A prototype drone made by a venture-backed startup and a defense company is using next-gen thin film solar panels to keep it in the air for over 9 hours. Read more »
Venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins is getting rid of a small, early investment from back in 2005 in a highly controversial energy storage startup called EEStor. Read more »
Several months after launching, East London’s FinTech accelerator Level39 is full and looking for growth around smart cities tech. Read more »
Next-gen biofuel company KiOR misses its production targets from its new biocrude making plant by 75 percent. It’s still slow going for these companies trying to scale up and compete with oil. Read more »
OLED is heating up as Samsung plans to spend $350 million acquiring German OLED company Novaled. Read more »
Tesla might face the same problem that Apple did when it wanted to enter China: trademark trolls. According to Want China Times, Tesla’s trademark has already been registered by a couple of trademark squatters who are asking high prices.