Trilliant Snags $40M for Smart Grid Deployment

Smart-meter deployment is happening all across the continent (and beyond) and the funding keeps rolling in, in increasingly large tranches. Trilliant, a smart-grid startup, announced today that it has raised $40 million in equity investment. The round was lead by MissionPoint Capital Partners and included zouk ventures, each of which has added a member to Trilliant’s board. The company says it will use the funding for the usual global expansion.

Formed in 2004, Trilliant is one of the larger players in the fast moving smart meter world and recently passed the 750,000 mark for delivered devices. The startup says its on track to deliver 1.3 million meters to Hyrdo One, along with its partners Capgemini, GE and Motorola, in what will be one of the largest smart meter deployments ever. Trilliant built its base on its acquisition of Nertec, an automated metering veteran founded in 1985, and raised $10 million as part of a merger with OZZ Energy Services last year. The startup is currently headquartered in Redwood City, Calif.
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Is MLB striking out on placeshifting content?

Slingbox_1Major League Baseball is trying bat Sling Media around according to CNET. The claim is that viewing content on multiple devices should require paying for that content multiple times. Sling Media’s Slingbox allows you place-shift television content from your TV to any single computing device, which gives consumers the ability to watch their content from wherever they are; i.e. on whatever device they’re at.

Art Brodsky from an Internet-watchdog group asks, "What difference does it make to MLB whether I’m watching the game at home or someplace else?" he asked. "We’re talking about content that’s been paid for. Nobody has stolen anything."

Here’s my analogy question since the MLB feels that I should pay again if I watch their content from a different location: if I pay $50 for seat 3 in aisle GG at a stadium but then move over to empty seat 2 for a better view of the game, should I pay another $50? Maybe not the best analogy, but….

Place-shifting is concept that will only gain momentum over time; it would be wise for content providers to find ways to embrace it, not condemn it. I’m sure we’ve got some of you "place-shifters" out there, so care to share a thought? If you have two thoughts, we won’t charge you twice. 😉

-kct

Photo Matt Shares His Wisdom

Niall and I met with Matt Mullenweg, lead developer of open source project, WordPress, and founder of Automattic, this week and asked him about his experiences with starting, building and scaling WordPress.com and Akismet, the spam plug-in which is often coming to the rescue to most bloggers. Matt, outlined his way of doing things, and pointed out that WordPress.com now has 200,000 users.

You can hear it all here. Having a guest on our podsession is something we will do sporadically. Niall has his take here. Also, I forgot to blog about last week’s podsession, the International Next Net. Here is the link for the podsession.