Team Apart Launches: 100 Beta Invites for WWD Readers

logo_darkTeam Apart, a free collaboration tool that enables real-time video conferencing, whiteboarding and file-sharing, launches into closed beta today, and we have some beta invites available. The first 100 WebWorkerDaily readers to click this link will be given access.
Team Apart focuses on making online meetings and collaboration easier. It lets you create a shared workspace with group video chat (up to four people at once) and real-time collaboration tools such as whiteboards, notes and file-sharing. Because the workspace is persistent, you can use it to store your project notes, whiteboards and files for later reference, or for collaboration during those times when your team can’t meet together at once. Read More about Team Apart Launches: 100 Beta Invites for WWD Readers

Weekend Vid Picks: Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembered

Doing a Martin Luther King Jr. vid picks on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — not to mention the day before America inaugurates its first black president — is somewhat obvious as choice of topics go. But don’t worry, because while of course I’m going to link to his iconic I Have A Dream speech….

… I promise that the rest of these clips are a little more original. Read More about Weekend Vid Picks: Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembered

San Francisco Green Team Spared the Ax — for Now

San Francisco — home of an ambitious solar incentive program, a Tesla-driving mayor who blogs against “drill baby drill,” and soon, electric vehicle infrastructure by Better Place — faces a staggering budget deficit for next year. Mayor Gavin Newsom revealed a plan for $71 million in spending cuts to this year’s budget at a Board of Supervisors Meeting late yesterday — significantly less than the $125 million anticipated by local media, but enough to put nearly 400 city employees out of work by February. An additional 313 positions (currently unfilled) will be eliminated.

Leading the way on many green initiatives when times were good, San Francisco’s response to falling revenues — a challenge shared by cities around the country as a result of the economic slowdown — could be a bellwether for cutbacks nationwide. Many of the city’s hallmark environmental programs, including the alternative fuels and renewable energy initiatives run by the Department of the Environment, remain secure in their funding because it does not come from the city’s general fund. “We’re safe this year and it’s looking good for the future,” said Mark Westlund, a spokesperson for the department, “as long as state funds are still there and people still pay their utility bills.”
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Demand for Tata Motors Slumps, Nano Stays in Neutral

Tata Motors (s TTM), India’s largest auto manufacturer and would-be maker of the ultra-cheap Nano and the electric Indica, shut down its factory in Jamshedpur today for the second time in less than a month. Set to last five days, the closure is an attempt to keep vehicles — and losses — from piling up as recession puts the brakes on demand.

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Lights Out: Shell exec Jeroen van der Veer told the Confederation of British Industry today while the financial crisis will pass, the energy crisis (remember that one?) is here to stay for 50 years or more. Without urgent action, he said, “the lights will go out.” — The Guardian
Porsche Wants a Roadster: The German automaker has joined the waiting list for Tesla Motors’ electric sports car. We’re guessing its engineers will do more than kick the tires.  — Autoblog
Clean Energy on Hold: Plans to phase out polluting factories and put caps on emissions around the world face new resistance as economies (and fossil fuel prices) sink.  — New York Times
Mystery Automakers: Organizers of the Progressive Auto X Prize, the race to create a 100 mpg car with $10 million on the line, have announced 20 of the 22 registrants. Might the stealth teams be Fisker or GM? — New Scientist
Blustery Day in Spain: Wind power met a record 43 percent of electricity demand (more than 10,000 megawatts) in Spain during an afternoon storm yesterday. — Yahoo! News

How to Build a Financial Crisis-Proof Business

We’ve written recently about how bootstrapping founders can help themselves navigate a very tight credit market. Now, the implosion of the investment banking industry promises to level what was left of the landscape for both IPO and M&A exits. Startup founders would be wise to reassess their strategic priorities.

With fewer opportunities to cash out of their current and future portfolio companies, the agendas of angels and VCs will also shift. Founders who are raising funds will certainly want to revamp their pitch decks, if they are to have any success raising capital in the current climate.

But how? What should a startup founder put on that slide in their investor presentation that addresses potential future outcomes? How can founders adjust their messaging to demonstrate to VCs that they have their strategy aligned with the needs of the investing community now? We asked Faysal Sohail, the managing partner with CMEA Ventures, for advice. Here’s what he had to say. Read More about How to Build a Financial Crisis-Proof Business