The guy who’s flying around the track in our latest episode of Green Overdrive makes “the most interesting man in the world,” look rather dull. That would be Tim Collins, 70-year-old investment banker and founder of electric vehicle startup Kleenspeed.
Prior to the launch of the iPad bloggers started thinking about how convenient the slate might be for blogging. I wouldn’t want to use the iPad as my only blogging tool, but I admit I am finding it more useful than I thought it would be.
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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For those curious about their carbon footprint, basic carbon calculators abound across the web, but none have really been all that successful or effective. The Almanac, a New York-based startup that presented at our Green:Net conference last week, thinks it can do better using a more automated and holistic approach. While most carbon calculators rely on users’ own estimates and require them to enter all their own carbon footprint information, the Almanac is developing what it describes as a Mint.com of carbon emissions.
The Almanac is working on a set of tools that will tap into users’ electric bills and credit-card statements to create an automatic carbon consumption log based on the products users buy, including gasoline and airline tickets. Users will also be able to add more data, but the idea is to garner as much objective information as possible without users having to do anything after they’ve added the accounts they want included.
The purpose is to make the process as easy as possible for users and to also extract carbon data info from hard to quantify areas. “How are you going to regulate thousands of actions whose impacts on the environment aren’t even clear to you?” asks Jonah Bloch-Johnson, a co-founder of The Almanac. “It’s too complex, too complicated.”
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As we continue to slide into a dire economic correction, a silver lining is starting to emerge around the dot-com crash. By pushing a lot of froth out of the system several years ago, it has spared us from a true “Perfect Storm” of an economic crisis in 2008.