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News from November, 2007

Green focus pays, but work remains

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Leadership Summit covers various topics

Much of next week’s annual Oregon Leadership Summit will build on last year’s “Gaining Sustainable Advantage” theme.
At last year’s summit, specific initiatives included supporting investments in such potentially green industries as wave energy and food processing; creating a consolidated pro-sustainability agenda on land use, transportation and permitting; and supporting signature research centers for various environmental fields.

…Peak Sun Silicon, the Carlsbad, Calif., solar cell manufacturer, said last month it would bring 50 jobs to the area by Jan. 1 and eventually pour $700 million worth of capital investments into its new Millersburg facility. And Santa Clara, Calif.-based Solaicx, which opened its Portland ingot and wafer manufacturing facility last week, said the site could eventually employ 200 workers. (Full Article)


Rutberg & Company Expands Investment Banking Group – Two New Partners Join the Firm; Opening of Boston Office

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Rutberg & Company, LLC, a research-centric investment bank focused on the wireless and digital media sectors, announced today that Jeff Berry and Joseph Sanborn have joined the firm as Managing Directors. In addition, the firm announced the opening of its Boston office.  Mr. Berry will serve as Head of Private Capital for the firm. Mr. Sanborn will serve as Head of M&A for the firm and he will be responsible for leading Rutberg & Company’s Boston office. These moves significantly expand Rutberg & Company’s investment banking practice and its commitment to advising premier companies in the wireless and digital media sectors. (Read More)


InsideView Gains TrueAdvantage in Merger

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

InsideView picks up rival TrueAdvantage, adding more than 200 customers and technology to its portfolio.

Sometimes being the first mover in an emerging market is not always the best thing.

InsideView on Nov. 27 agreed to purchase TrueAdvantage in a merger of rivals in the on-demand sales intelligence software sector.

An offshoot of business intelligence software, sales intelligence applications use aggregation and analytics technologies to help sales and marketing executives sift through information about companies to find better sales leads.

InsideView and TrueAdvantage are part of a long tail of SAAS (software as a service) providers that includes Salesforce.com, SAP, NetSuite and scores of others. (Read More)


InsideView Acquires TrueAdvantage

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

TrueAdvantage Customers to Transition to InsideView’s Sales and Marketing Intelligence Application

SAN BRUNO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–InsideView, the revolutionary on-demand sales and marketing application for mining and aggregating information on prospective customers, today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire TrueAdvantage, an industry pioneer in sales intelligence. InsideView will offer TrueAdvantage customers a fluid migration to InsideView’s advanced sales and marketing intelligence application, while existing InsideView customers will benefit from enhancements to the InsideView platform.

TrueAdvantage customers will continue to have access to the information they currently rely on, while gaining InsideView’s unique meta-aggregation technology that provides critical intelligence on companies, key decision-makers and social network connections in order to accelerate the sales cycle and close more deals. (Read More) 


The Sun Is Starting To Shine On Oregon’s Solar Industry

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

Solaicx opening could signal a state solar revolution

Four days after Solaicx opened the doors on a solar manufacturing facility, insiders say more solar manufacturers could soon call Oregon home.

“Oregon is going to be one of, if not the, key manufacturing location in the United States for solar,” said Bob Ford, CEO of Santa Clara, Calif.-based Solaicx.

Both Ford and Jon Miller, executive director of the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association, said several manufacturers continue looking for locations here.

Those include Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based XsunX Inc., a pre-revenue public company that designs solar cells and manufacturing systems.


Solaicx Opens Portland Wafers Plant

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

PORTLAND, Ore. – Solaicx has officially opened its Portland manufacturing facility, where it will make silicon wafers for the photovoltaic industry.

The California-based company announced in June that it would open a manufacturing facility in a Port of Portland industrial district.

Gov. Ted Kulongoski was on hand for the opening ceremony Tuesday. He said the plant is a big step in bringing “green collar jobs” to Oregon and growing the state’s renewable energy economy.

Solaicx’s solar plant will begin production with about 32 megawatts of solar ingots and wafers a year, initially creating about 100 jobs. At full capacity, it will employ more than 180 people and produce 180 megawatts a year worth of solar ingots and wafers.


Applied Materials Extends Solar Push

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Semiconductor tools maker Applied Materials on Monday extended its push into alternative energy in a roughly $330 million deal to acquire Baccini, an Italian maker of test systems for the manufacture of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells.

In the wake of the news, shares of Applied Materials edged down $.09, or .5 percent, to $18.46 in Monday morning trading.

The deal marks Applied Materials’ second solar acquisition in three months as the company pursues what analysts expect to be an international roll-up strategy to stake out a presence in key global markets and create a one-stop shop for solar manufacturers. In August, the Santa Clara, California, company completed the acquisition of HCT Shaping Systems, a Swiss supplier of tools to make crystalline silicon wafers, for about $483 million. In addition, last November, Applied Material’s venture capital arm put $3 million into Solaicx, whose crystal-growing technology is designed to drive down the costs of making single-crystal silicon wafers. (Read More)


New Achievements in Business

Friday, November 16th, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO –

NEW ACHIEVEMENTS IN EDUCATION:

» Belmont’s Notre Dame de Namur University appointed Hernan Bucheli as vice president of enrollment management. Bucheli had been assistant vice chancellor at Chapman University.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE:

» San Francisco juice maker Zola Acai appointed Feliz Maez as CEO and Stephen Buszka as vice president of sales. Maez has worked at RJRNabisco, Del Monte USA and Kraft Foods.  (Read More)


Mobile Marketing Association Announces 2007 Global Award Winners

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Los Angeles – Mobile Marketing Forum – Nov. 15, 2007 — Recognizing the continued strong growth and outstanding innovation in the mobile marketing and media industries, the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) (www.mmaglobal.com), which represents more than 500 member companies worldwide, today announced the winners of the MMA Third Annual Mobile Marketing Awards. The awards were presented at the MMA Annual Awards dinner and ceremony on November 14 in Los Angeles, following the MMA’s Mobile Marketing Forum.

“Energy and interest in mobile marketing is growing, based on the strength of the over 260 global submissions to this year’s MMA Awards program,” said Laura Marriott, president of the MMA. “These finalists and winners all demonstrate success in their initiatives and will become good resources for others when they choose to enter the mobile marketing industry.”

“The quality of submissions always makes judging the MMA Awards a challenging but rewarding experience,” said Cyriac Roeding, executive vice president at CBS Corp. and Global Chairman of the MMA. “This year’s submissions were no exception, and they highlight why brands and marketers continue to view the mobile channel as a highly effective way to reach consumers anytime, anywhere.”

The MMA received submissions from companies worldwide across 12 categories. Finalists were selected by an Awards Selection Committee comprised of industry leaders from wireless carriers, technology and content providers, agencies and leading industry publications. (Read More)


Building the Green Supply Chain

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Going green can drive environmental and bottom-line benefits at the same time, but it takes an organizational culture change and a long-term perspective

Kai Abelkis believes that going green doesn’t mean going into the red. As the environmental coordinator at Boulder Community Hospital (BCH) in Boulder, Colo., Abelkis heads a program to find ways to “reduce, reuse and recycle” goods and materials procured by the hospital’s 2,675 employees. These efforts have helped save more than 50,000 trees while eliminating 61,700 pounds of pollutants and 35,000 yards of landfill materials since 1996, according to the hospital’s own records.

But Abelkis says that it’s not just about well-meaning efforts to help the environment. “Everyone has good intentions,” he says, “and good intentions might be part of my motivation, but at the end of the day, when our program can save the hospital $600,000 a year in avoided costs or cost savings, that’s not only good intentions, but also good business sense.”

Abelkis is at the forefront of a movement that aims to transform the way supply chain organizations think about their potential impact on the business and the business’ potential impact on the broader community. This movement offers the possibility of long-term environmental gains for the planet and long-term competitive advantages for enterprises willing to take the lead in introducing a culture of sustainability into the way that supply management operates as a function. (Read More)


AcaiBerryProducts.org Introduces Nine Super Health Products

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

(PRLEAP.COM) AcaiBerryProducts.org, one of the most popular reviewers of Acai berry products, unveils reviews of new foodstuffs and beverages based on the popular Acai berry. In a major step forward in public health, Carl Cruz, the founder announced the launch of his website, along with the first nine product reviews this week.

“We hope the Acai Berry Products website provides a place for everyone to compare the commercially available Acai products to each other in a non-biased environment“ States Cruz.

The nine new Acai Berry products reviewed are Genesis Today Acai100, Sambazon Pure Acai pulp, Acai Plus Juice, Acai Max, Bom Dia Acai and Cacao, Mona Vie Active, Sambazon original pulp, Zola Acai Juice Blends (collectively) and Pulpa Acai & Green tea. (Read More)


Clean Technology In The Northwest

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

The Pacific Northwest is a leading region for the innovation of clean technologies but critical steps must be taken to ensure success. While our nation’s capital is stuck in vetoes and insider politics, the Northwest can lead the nation into the next big economic growth sector.

Signs of clean-tech leadership have been good. One year ago, Washington voters approved Initiative 937, which mandates state utilities derive 15 percent of their electricity from clean-power sources by 2020. Voters sent a clear signal that they support a new direction toward our collective future.

The clean-tech industry — clean energy, transportation, materials and water filtration technologies — will be the key economic engine of this century. California is the national leader in clean tech, from its energy-efficiency legislation in the ’70s to the nation’s first state-mandated carbon emissions caps. By partnering with California, the NW can shift the nation toward clean technologies. (Read More)


Sales Strategy Luminaries and Leading Practitioners Pack First Ever Sales 2.0 Conference

Monday, November 5th, 2007

SAN MATEO, CA–(Marketwire – November 5, 2007) – On October 30th more than 400 attendees and speakers gathered at the Sales 2.0 Conference to share strategic perspectives and practical insights about how sales organizations can take advantage of Web 2.0 technologies to increase sales volume and velocity. The sold-out crowd attended conference sessions that focused on how the Internet can be leveraged to improve sales and service. Topics included: “Transitioning to a Higher Volume/Velocity Sales 2.0 Model,” “Sales and Marketing Integration in a 2.0 World,” “Lead Qualification and Cultivation,” “Collaborating to Build the New Sales 2.0 Funnel” and “How Software as a Service has Changed the Game for Buyers and Sellers.” The first-ever conference was held at the St. Regis hotel in San Francisco, CA. (Read More)


Sales Strategy Luminaries and Leading Practitioners Pack First Ever Sales 2.0 Conference

Monday, November 5th, 2007

SAN MATEO, CA–(Marketwire – November 5, 2007) – On October 30th more than 400 attendees and speakers gathered at the Sales 2.0 Conference to share strategic perspectives and practical insights about how sales organizations can take advantage of Web 2.0 technologies to increase sales volume and velocity. The sold-out crowd attended conference sessions that focused on how the Internet can be leveraged to improve sales and service. Topics included: “Transitioning to a Higher Volume/Velocity Sales 2.0 Model,” “Sales and Marketing Integration in a 2.0 World,” “Lead Qualification and Cultivation,” “Collaborating to Build the New Sales 2.0 Funnel” and “How Software as a Service has Changed the Game for Buyers and Sellers.” The first-ever conference was held at the St. Regis hotel in San Francisco, CA. (Read More)


Navigating the LBS space

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

Garmin ups TomTom’s bid for Tele Atlas

Like former Yankee Alex Rodriguez, Tele Atlas N.V. plans to cash in on the free-agent market.

The Netherlands-based digital mapping company in July accepted a bid of $2.8 billion from TomTom NV, agreeing to recommend the offer to shareholders. But Tele Atlas last week pounced on a superior $3.3 billion offer from TomTom rival Garmin Ltd., giving TomTom until Thursday to match Garmin’s offer—and return fire in what could become an expensive bidding war.

“Under the TomTom agreement, if Tele Atlas receives a superior proposal, TomTom has a right to match that superior proposal within a five-business-day period,” Tele Atlas said in a public statement. “In the event that TomTom chooses not to match the Garmin proposal, the boards intend to take up Garmin’s invitation and meet with Garmin’s management.”

Hot market

Garmin’s offer comes just a month after Nokia Corp.’s successful $8.1 billion bid for Navteq, a Tele Atlas rival, and Navteq’s steep price tag illustrates how quickly location-based services went from warm to torrid. Nokia will pay $78 a share for Navteq, but the company’s stock traded for as little as $30.58 per share in March, when rumors that the company was ripe for a takeover began to fuel a surge in the stock’s value.
(Read More)


Superfruits

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

The news recently of a Himalayan superberry going on sale in Tesco stores in the UK comes hot on the heels of fresh new fruits now available in the USA.

This superberry is called Goji, grown on vines in remote areas of the Himalayas and apparently contain five hundred times more vitamin C than oranges, weight for weight. By eating these berries, one can slow ageing, increase the sex drive and fight cancer, according to the available literature, whilst the dried fruit is described as ‘natural Viagra’, boosting energy, fighting heart disease and lowering cholesterol. Tesco buyers themselves state that “the goji is so packed with superfoods that it is in a different league to acclaimed superfoods such as blueberries, blackcurrants, oily fish and broccoli. As functional foods go it is possibly the most beneficial of them all and contains five times more iron that steak”. The small red berries taste like a cross between a cranberry and a cherry and have been on sale in the USA for some time; they are said to be an ancient Himalayan health phenomenon that has remained one of the area’s best-kept secrets.

More fresh new flesh (apparently only in America)
The Noni – found mainly in the South Pacific, potato sized with a knotty, yellow-green rind and white smelly flesh. It is available as Puna Noni Juice and cures everything from high blood pressure to poor digestion.
The Acai is native to Brazil, a purple berry with a slight chocolate taste. It can be bought as Zola Acai Power Juice and is said to be rich in antioxidants and omega fatty acids.
The Guarana, a South American berry that contains guaranine, chemically akin to caffeine. Presented as New Tree Vigor Chocolate bar, it acts as a natural stimulant and raises energy levels.
The Mangosteen comes from an evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia, has a red-brown rind and juicy, sweet pulp. Marketed as Xango Juice, it is said to boost immunities with its antioxidants.
Wild Blueberries – demand is surging for these berries, normally eaten raw or in pies. They protect the heart with antioxidants.