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News from July, 2009

MobiTV Looking To Partner With Carriers In Europe And Asia

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Washington Post – Tricia Duryee

MobiTV, which packages together TV content for mobile phone operators to offer streaming video services, is looking to expand beyond the U.S. and Latin America and into Europe and Asia.

The Emeryville, Calif.-based company also said it is also interested in working with a company, such as MediaFLO, which can complement its streaming services with broadcast TV that doesn’t use or clog up the cellular network, according to Total Telecom magazine.

MobiTV’s CMO Ray de Renzo said in expanding internationally, it will take another approach to the market, by licensing its technology to a carrier rather than aggregating the content, like it does in the U.S. (Full Article)

Data Cloud Gets Smart

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Reuters – Press Release

InsideView’s News Content Partnerships and ‘Smart Cloud’ Change the Game for Sales

San Francisco, CA (July 30, 2009)-InsideView today announced new partnerships with best-of-breed information providers which expand coverage for international companies as well as small and mid-sized businesses (SMB) for its award-winning sales intelligence solution, SalesView. The recent alliances with Thomson Reuters, Capital IQ (a Standard & Poor’s company), Cortera and NetProspex add to the growing list of content sources SalesView currently taps into. Other content relationships include Jigsaw, D&B, Hoover’s, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and over 20,000 online news sources.

These content partnerships are enabled by the InsideView Smart CloudTM, the first sales intelligence solution to allow plug-and-play addition and validation of content. Leveraging the Smart Cloud platform, SalesView uncovers new sales opportunities for its users by continuously aggregating and analyzing relevant personal, professional and corporate data from both emerging social media and traditional business data sources. SalesView presents the resulting intelligence within CRMs to maximize sales team productivity and accelerate sales cycles. (Full Article)

Catamount finalizes $80M early-stage fund

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Venture Beat – Camille Ricketts

San Francisco-based venture firm Catamount Ventures announced that it closed its fourth fund at $80 million, according to VentureWire. It plans to use the smaller fund to back early-stage companies in the IT and cleantech sectors.

The fund had initially raised $74.15 million in February, but was able to tack on an additional $15 million from an undisclosed source. In fact, Catamount has declined to name any of its contributors, though a regulatory filing for the fundraise lists BP, Horsley Bridge Partners and Legacy Ventures. It says it is starting to lean more heavily on institutional investors as opposed to individual limited partners – who provided the bulk of the firm’s first three funds. (Full Article)

Nuts, Bolts, Photons and Electrons of Solar Energy

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Scientific American – Steve Mirsky

Jeff Wolfe, the CEO and co-founder of groSolar, talks about solar energy’s present and future. Plus, we’ll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include

Podcast Transcription: Welcome to Science Talk the weekly Podcast of Scientific American posted on July 23rd, 2009. I’m Steve Mirsky. This week we’ll talk about the nuts and bolts and photons and electrons of solar energy with Jeff Wolfe. He is the CEO and cofounder of groSolar, a leader in solar energy in the U.S. Back in June, Jeff was in New York City at a conference. We met over breakfast at the restaurant in his hotel in midtown Manhattan.

Steve: Tell me about your personal background and how you got involved in this whole field. (Full Article)

InsideView Announces Record Growth in Q2

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Marketwire – Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – July 23, 2009) – InsideView, Inc. today announced record growth through the second quarter of 2009, further establishing the company as a Sales 2.0 industry leader. In this quarter, InsideView saw significant growth across revenue, customers and users, along with industry-leading product innovation, which included the integration of data gleaned from Twitter into its award-winning sales intelligence application SalesView.

“We are extremely pleased about InsideView’s continued growth, especially over the last business quarter,” said Umberto Milletti, CEO of InsideView. (Full Article)

Aravo Adds Preferred Supplier Tracking to Help Reduce Maverick Spend

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Supply & Demand Chain Executive – Editorial Staff

Supplier information management specialist offers new capabilities aimed at helping companies improve productivity for buyers and suppliers

San Francisco – July 20, 2009 – Supplier information management specialist Aravo Solutions has released the latest version of its flagship Aravo SIM software, which introduces a Supplier Productivity Pack that offers new features like Preferred Supplier Tracking and Dynamic Surveys aimed at helping organizations eliminate maverick spend and improve both buyer and supplier productivity. (Full Article)


Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Mariah Power – Press Release

168 MPH Survival Wind Speed Creates New Market for Small Vertical Wind Turbines

Wind technology company Mariah Power ( today announced a new high wind version of its innovative Windspire vertical axis wind turbine. The new version will be able to sustain winds as high as 168 mph and will be able to operate in extreme weather conditions. This High Wind Windspire will feature a shorter version of the company’s patented giromill straight blade design and will continue to make use of its ultra efficient generator and inverter technology. This is the first of multiple new products that Mariah Power is scheduled to introduce in the coming months. Mariah Power plans to sell this new product to government agencies, cellular companies and ski resorts who require alternative energy solutions in consistent high wind and remote areas. The unit can be grid tied or used in DC form to recharge battery systems. (Full Article)

Deal Radar 2009: Aravo

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Sramana Mitra

According to AMR, the overall supply management market grew 11% in 2007 with continued double-digit growth expected. They project a $4.3 billion market by 2012, and the market currently stands at about $3.3 billion. Today’s Deal Radar covers the origins and growth of a SaaS player in the market, Aravo.

The San Francisco-based company claims to have a SaaS solution that can do for vendor management what Salesforce did for customer relationship management. Aravo’s products are offered on its SIM (Supplier Information Management) platform. (Full Article)

Commercials On The Go

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Forbes – Laurie Burkitt

Mobile marketing may help slumping TV networks

Michael Jackson’s memorial service drew a surprising number of eyes to TV sets July 7. Even more surprising was the number of people who watched the farewell on their phones–nearly 1 million.

Turns out there are more than a few folks rallying around 2.5-inch screens to watch breaking news or their favorite shows, if only a few minutes of them. Over 13 million Americans tuned in to handsets in the first quarter of the year, a 52% spike from the year before, says Transpera, the largest mobile video ad-network in the U.S. If the numbers keep rising, so will the ad dollars–or at least that’s the hope of television networks, which have been mourning their own loss: $1.5 billion in ad revenue in the first quarter of 2009, a drop of nearly 11% from $12 billion at the same time last year, says the Television Bureau of Advertising. (Full Article)

Solar Group-Buying Program Comes To San Diego

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Renewable Energy World – Press Release

1BOG Teams With groSolar to Duplicate San Francisco Success

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – 1BOG, the largest residential solar community purchasing group in the U.S., is bringing its successful program to San Diego.

Also known as One Block Off the Grid, 1BOG organizes groups of homeowners – or businesses – interested in purchasing solar power and then negotiates group discounts with solar installers. The collective approach results in better prices and better terms of service for homeowners and businesses. 1BOG only teams up with established solar installers ensuring high quality service, at a lower price. (Full Article)

Firm partners with tribe on turbines

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Traverse City Record Eagle – Bill O’Brien
MANISTEE -- A local manufacturer will team with a Minnesota-based Indian tribe to help produce its new wind turbine. MasTech Manufacturing LLC of Manistee, and Reno, Nev.-based Mariah Power reached an agreement with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe to help produce Mariah's "Windspire" renewable energy wind turbine. The tribe dedicated a small manufacturing plant last week where workers will make a part for the Windspire. The tribe is based in Onamia, Minn. (Full Article)

Go solar, and save money in return

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

NECN -Peter Howe

(Bellingham, Mass.) Many budget- and environment-minded New Englanders have looked into installing solar energy, only to be scared off by the huge up-front costs. But now Kim Loring and others are discovering a new plan that can slash the $25,000-to-$35,000 cost to just $1,000 up front.Thursday was a day Kim had dreamed of for year: Switching over her three-bedroom ranch home in this town along Interstate 495 southwest of Boston to run by the sun. (Full Article)

10 Wind Turbines That Push the Limits of Design

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Popular Mechanics – Lisa Merolla

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released their 20% Wind Report Card on July 8, following up on a study in which the Department of Energy proposed a goal where 20 percent of U.S. electricity comes from wind energy by 2030. The AWEA gave the overall U.S. push for wind power a “solid B”-high marks from an advocacy group that grades U.S. infrastructure. The highest letter in the report was an A- awarded for “Technology Development.” This is no big surprise-for years now, the government, alternative-energy researchers and entrepreneurs have been putting time and money into making better tech for cleaner, more efficient energy production. Here are 10 wind turbine designs that push the limits of the current design and may help the U.S. get back to being an A student by 2030. (Full Article)

Minn. Tribe To Dedicate Wind Turbine Plant

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

WCCO – Staff

McGREGOR, Minn. (AP) – The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe is investing in a new type of wind turbine designed for use by homes and businesses.On Thursday, tribal officials plan to dedicate a new manufacturing plant where workers will make a part for the Windspire. That’s a vertical-axis wind turbine made by Reno, Nev.-based Mariah Power.

The parts will be assembled at MasTech Manufacturing LLC in Manistee, Mich.

Through its investment in Mariah Power, the Mille Lacs Band will be the exclusive distributor for any Indian reservation buying a Windspire turbine, which costs about $6,500. (Full Article)