We’ve all heard that following weak returns, venture capital cleantech investing has retrenched. So what’s next? A style of investing that is a whole lot more rational, return-driven, shorter timelines and capital lite.
Clean Energy Fuels, the natural gas vehicle distributor founded by former oil baron T. Boone Pickens, has been on an acquisition and deal-making spree over the past few months. This morning it’s got another deal to build and operate a compressed natural gas station South of Seattle downtown that will supply fuel for 40 new garbage-hauling trucks for innovative trash collector CleanScapes. CleanScapes is an official Seattle waste contractor (which is a contract estimated to be worth nearly $80 million) and its deal with Clean Energy Fuels (CLNE) is for 10 years, though no financial terms were released.
CleanScapes was founded over a decade ago by entrepreneur Chris Martin, who says in the release this morning that the new natural gas powered garbage trucks will be used mostly for residential collections, which will reduce both emissions and noise in populated areas. CleanScapes collects trash several times a day, picking up its color-coded bags for garbage, recycling and compost. The company also advocates trash reduction and is expanding into Portland and San Francisco.
Read More about Picken’s Clean Energy Fuels Links with Seattle Trash Collector
MuniFi has now been live long enough in many cities to get some feedback. Like we predicted, this year many of these bigger networks will now be put to the test.
And well, certain initial findings are a little troubling when it comes to consumer use of some city-wide Wi-Fi networks.
MSNBC has an article about the "Alpha Bloggers" and the impact they have on not just blogging but on mainstream events. The A-listers discussed in the article are all well known to anyone who has been involved in blogging and the author looks at how they have become blogging heavyweights. You will find such names as Dave Winer, Doc Searles, Robert Scoble, and Adam Curry mentioned in the article. The author points out (not surprisingly to me) that these A list guys spend a lot of time blogging about blogging, and they link to each other a lot. That’s what helps make them big shots. If you have any interest in blogging then the article is worth a read. Who knows, maybe these guys will all see this mention in their "vanity feeds", otherwise known as ego-surfing, and if they all link back to me then I can be an Alpha Blogger too. 🙂