Wattbot Wins Interest From Residential Cleantech Companies

Some 130 clean power and energy efficiency companies have already signed up to use Wattbot — a San Francisco-based startup developing a web site aiming to connect those companies with residential customers — even though the site is still in beta, according to CEO Kurt Brown. That means the startup has already surpassed its goal of getting 100 providers to register less than six months after launching its beta site and another six months ahead of schedule.
Wattbot, which judges picked as the top startup at our Green:Net conference last week, is developing a web site to help residential customers calculate the most cost-effective green technologies, including everything from solar electricity and solar water-heating systems to more efficient lightbulbs, dishwashers and refrigerators. Homeowners get free lists of recommendations, potential providers and different financing options, along with estimates of the upfront costs and the monthly savings they can expect. And, once the beta test is completed, registered companies will begin getting a list of sales leads for potential customers that have demonstrated interest in their specific products and services.
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My Picks From GigaNET: Wattbot, iTunes Hacks, SNL Goes Solo

[qi:012] What a busy Monday morning it has been for our team of writers and contributors. I culled some of the best bits from our team for you, and I am betting you are going to like them all.

jkOnTheRun reminds us that today is the 25th anniversary of the first commercial cellular phone call. It is only appropriate that in countries like Japan, mobile call minutes exceed fixed line calls.

Katie writes about Wattbot, a new e-commerce website that connects providers of clean tech products and services with consumers who want to tap into clean power for their homes. Lead generation for cleantech! (Full story @ Earth2Tech.)

TheAppleBlog tells you how to use one iTunes library with multiple computers. I have been looking for this guide forever, because I have way too many computers. (Full story @ TheAppleBlog.)

OStatic is dancing to the open-source sound of Audacity, probably the best audio editor out there. (Full story @ OStatic.)

WebWorkerDaily has a nifty how to about building friend lists and influencing people online using tools such as Twitter, Facebook and other social nets. (Full story @ WebWorkerDaily.)

NBC is looking to launch Saturday Night Live as a standalone web site, which will feature not only clips from shows but also other stuff that gets left on the cutting room floor. I am totally on board with this idea. NBC, just do it! (Full story @ NewTeeVee)

Could Bungee Labs Undercut EC2 Pricing?

Bungee Labs is changing the landscape of utility computing and SaaS billing options by offering pricing based on compute time, bandwidth and the number of times an application communicates back with its host server only when the program is actually in use. And the cost to startups could be less than that of using Amazon Web services.

Using Amazon’s EC2 computing service results in charges to the end user whenever the application up and running, whether they’re using it or not, because the program is still drawing on the EC2 compute power. Unless a startup wants to force customers to quit the program whenever they’re not using it, some measure of compute power is still necessary.

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