Ocean Seeding Startup Climos Looking to Raise More Funds

Ocean seeding startup Climos said back in March that it had become the world’s first venture capital-backed startup planning to attempt the controversial technique of fertilizing the oceans with iron to fight climate change; Climos was able to convince Tesla Chairman Elon Musk and Braemar Energy Ventures to fund its carbon-storing plan. Now Climos’ CEO Dan Whaley (who we named in our 25 Who Ditched Infotech for Cleantech) tells us the company is looking to raise another round in the fall to help it meet regulatory hurdles to start testing its project.

According to a pamphlet from the Dow Jones Environmental Ventures conference, Climos is aiming to raise between $8 million and $10 million in a Series B funding round that it will look to close in the first quarter of 2009. The round will be open to new investors. Whaley told us in March that its next round could be as high as $12 million to $14 million.

Research into iron ocean seeding has been largely done by government scientists in the past, and another startup, Planktos, which had similar aims as Climos, actually went dead in the water because it was unable to raise any funding.
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Web Worker Tips and Tricks: A Blast from the Past

After recently accidentally stumbling across a good, though older, post here by Leo Babuta on boosting Gmail efficiency, it struck me that some readers may never have seen some of the tips on popular web worker applications that this blog has run. Some of these have drawn a lot of really useful input from readers, and are worth revisiting. In this post, I’ll round up several to look into. Hopefully, they can help you work more efficiently.

How to Crank Through Your Gmail. Here’s that older post from Leo. Check out the more than 60 comments from readers.

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Hook a USB device to your Nokia N810 thanks to USB-On-The-Go

N810_otg1aThanks to Joel for the tip on this one. He shared a link to a Nokia Developer Forum that has a tasty little mobile tidbit in it pertaining to USB. Apparently, the Nokia N810 supports the USB-On-The-Run-Go supplement which, if you have the right USB cable, can expand compatibility of your Internet Tablet. Here’s an excerpt of this mobile goodness:

“In Slave role N810 acts as a FAT-format memory card or with g_ether driver as a USB networking card. In Slave mode you can connect your tablet to your PC and it shows up by default as external memory card. Using USB-OTG host mode you can connect your USB memory stick to your tablet, you can also connect tablet to various other memory devices like digital cameras, memory card readers or even to a external hard disk. The N810 can supply limited amount of power to external USB device and no extra powered hub is needed.”

The needed cable is nearly identical to most mainstream USB cables except for one slight difference: a single pin that dictates slave mode when open and master mode when grounded. Folks are apparently hacking their own although I’ve read reports that some online retailers carry this type cable connection. This of course doesn’t mean full compatibility with every USB device under the sign, but it shows potential. Thanks Joel!

Web 1.0 seeks redemption in Web 2.0

For past 24 hours, the web has been abuzz with words about Web 2.0. Jeff has been blogging up a storm, and so has Sean Bonner. So perhaps I would not repeat what they have to say. I will, however give you my impressions of what’s going on, the color and the general atmosphere of this conference. Since morning I have had a chance to catch up with a lot of people I knew through RSS.

Still going through the program list, chats, and all the big thinking stuff, I get a feeling that Web 2.0 is more of a comeback fight for the web 1.0 folks. Its about second chances for folks like Kim Polese, Chris Alden, Joe Kraus, and scores of others are coming our of self imposed hiding, announcing their new projects. Venture capitalists, who had been feeling the ire of the limited partners are back, scouting for their next big deal. Blogging, for some is one way to go. (Bloom anyone?) Others are looking at wireless and VoIP. Still, they are looking. Even yesterday’s villians, Mary Meekers and the posse are back into the sunshine as well. Marc Andressen, the man who hasn’t done a lick for the Mozilla Foundation is chatting about broswer wars. (As Bill O would say, shut up!) After nearly five years of gray skies, you see sun breaking through. Perhaps it was apt, that the fog, that normally envelopes San Francisco lifted today.

The conference has a certain buzz, a sense of optimism. I am not sure, how lasting it can be. The quintessential skeptic in me worries about VoIP being the new dot-con. I fret about single digit growth rates, and I lose sleep over Silicon Valley’s collective ignorance about user experience, wireless and other such esoteric things, that make cracking the consumer code impossible to those on the left coast. (I agree with Nick, small is they way to go!) Still, it is nice to see the smiles on so many faces. Even a crummudgeon like me, can deal with that.