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5 potentially disruptive, but “out there,” energy innovations


Calling for a revival of the moon shot in America has become something of a trend. The Google (s goog) guys are big fans, particularly with their Google Solve for X project, and the MIT Tech Review has recently been questioning why America can’t solve big problems anymore. But at the ARPA-E Summit this week there were thousands of researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs and investors who are working on “out there” answers to our energy problems, which, if they actually succeed, could be game-changers.

FastCAP1That’s the whole idea of the ARPA-E program — the small grants are given to high-risk early-stage projects that have the potential to make a big impact, but are likely too early for private investors to support. At the end of the day that means that most of the projects won’t succeed, or as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a speech on…

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The year the Valley embraced sustainable food innovation

Richly informative piece on innovation in the food industry


“The food industry is broken,” says Josh Tetrick, a 32-year-old entrepreneur who’s creating plant-based egg replacement products that could one day disrupt the global egg industry. His 11-month-old company, Hampton Creek Foods, is working out of a food lab in the South of Market area of San Francisco, just a few blocks from Internet startups like Twitter, Zynga and Airbnb. During a tour of the lab this week, Tetrick’s lovable golden retriever, and unofficial company mascot, Jake, was parked good-naturedly on a bright red couch in the lobby, underneath a photo of Bill Gates eating a muffin made with Hampton Creek’s egg-free baking product. It’s a feel good sort of place.

In the culinary lab

In Hampton Creek’s lab, Tetrick’s staff of 19 — armed with a combo of science degrees, chef experience and food industry chops — are obsessing over eggs. What gives an egg — the result…

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Slide show from Reid Hoffman: The Start-up of You

I am sharing today a slide show offered by Reid Hoffman to commemorate a year in print for the The Start-up of You.  Consider as you view the show, the potential for extending Hoffman’s ideas beyond the person, to small communities in the organization, to the collective You.  Hoffman says, “The last year has continued to demonstrate how work and careers need a new entrepreneurial mindset for everyone, not just entrepreneurs.”

Pour a beverage – hot or cold – and find some time to enjoy the slide show.