There is more to Node.js than buzz

Judging by the attendance and conversation at this week's Node Summit in San Francisco, the relatively new open-source programming language Node.js is catching on among developers and notably among enterprise developers. Its stated goal is "to provide an easy way to build scalable network programs." And its claim to fame is that it can handle tens of thousands of concurrent connections. This weekly update discusses why those facts matter and who benefits from this new language.…

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Financing the next generation of great cleantech ideas

Despite many challenges — from disappointing EV sales to the headaches in subsidizing solar — the cleantech sector survived 2011. Where is it headed next? It is clear that early-stage companies and ideas hold the keys to future growth, much like the first wave of Internet companies did for later companies like Twitter, Groupon and Square. But in a market where VC funding primarily goes toward later-stage companies, the question is, How will those early-stage players find adequate funding?…

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