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News from February, 2010

Melting the Ingot with Bob Ford, CEO of Solaicx

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Greentech Media – Daniel Englander

Solaicx is a venture-backed startup hell bent on reducing costs in the PV supply chain. Since breaking ground on their new Portland, OR, factory in November, the company has worked ‘round-the-clock to stabilize their innovative wafer manufacturing technology, with an eye towards full-scale commercial production in the first half of 2009. Solaicx was also one of Greentech Media’s top ten startups.

I had the opportunity to talk with Bob Ford, the company’s CEO, a few days ago about his company’s progress, supply issues in the PV market, and the possibility of a solar shakeout. (Full Article)

MobiTV, Inc. Reports Double Digit Increase in Daily Viewership Driven by Live Events, Breaking News and Entertainment

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Silicon Valley Business Journal – Press Release, PR Newswire

Tune-in spike for company’s flagship product attributed to high profile content from marquee partners

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ — Capitalizing on consumer interest in breaking news, live events and entertainment, MobiTV, Inc. continues to experience viewership and subscriber growth for its mobile television and video on demand service.

With millions of subscribers, the company’s flagship application, called ‘MobiTV’ (available through AT&T, Verizon and other carriers, and as ‘Sprint TV’ on the Sprint network), has experienced a 49 percent increase in daily viewing minutes over the year prior.

The most recent example of live news driving tune-in was the Tiger Woods press conference, responsible for a 3X jump in MobiTV viewership on channels airing the event: ABC News NOW, FOX News, MSNBC and ESPN Mobile TV. Airing at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET, the event was also a key indicator of mobile TV viewing behavior, specifically the consumer appetite for viewing live events on the go. (Full Article)

Lifefactory sturdy, green glass bottles

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

SFGate – Staff


Following in the footsteps of their wildly popular, uber-hip glass baby bottles, physical therapist Pam Marcus and integrative designer Daren Joy have just released their latest innovation – an adult-size, 22-ounce version that’s also made of glass yet practically unbreakable, eco-conscious and just plain fun to look at.


It took two years to develop their company, Lifefactory, which included finding a glass manufacturer to create the required thickness and curvaceous shape and others to develop the silicone sleeve and wide-mouthed top, all with FDA-approved materials. (Full Article)

Lifefactory Introduces Adult Glass Beverage Bottle With Silicone Sleeve

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Fox Business – Press Release

SAUSALITO, Calif., Feb 23, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —- Lifefactory, a leading innovator of environmentally friendly and health conscious juvenile products, is expanding their portfolio to introduce a collection of adult glass reusable beverage bottles. Fusing modern sensibility, eco-friendly composition and exceptional utility, the Lifefactory adult bottle is poised to be a favorite among the fashion, green and active lifestyle sectors.

Completely BPA-free, the Lifefactory adult beverage bottle mimics the superior design of the child bottle and is secured in a vibrant silicone sleeve that is 100% non-toxic and helps prevent breakage. The sleeve offers stellar gripping capabilities for easy toting and can be boiled or put in the dishwasher for convenient disinfecting. The bottle is also equipped with a wide entry for effortless cleaning and even allows essentials such as ice cubes, tea bags or citrus slices to be simply added to your liquid. (Full Article)

Cisco leads $27M Aravo funding round

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

San Jose Business Journal – Staff

Cisco Systems Inc. joined a $27 million fourth round of funding for Aravo Solutions Inc., the company said Wednesday.

San Jose-based Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) was the largest participant in the round, Aravo said.

San Francisco-based Aravo also said Cisco’s WebEx technologies will be integrated with Aravo’s supplier information management “to facilitate real-time collaboration between buyers and suppliers.”

The latest financing brings Aravo’s total investment to $50 million. The Cisco strategic investment represents Aravo’s first institutional investment, with all prior financing provided by individuals. (Full Article)

groSolar to Distribute and Install American-Made Solon PV Modules

Friday, February 19th, 2010

groSolar – Press Release

SOLON Corporation featured at REW Expo in Austin, Texas

February 19, 2010, White River Junction, Vt. – groSolar, a national leader in solar power distribution and installation, today announced a new relationship with SOLON Corporation, a leading North American photovoltaic manufacturer. SOLON’s products and information will be on display in the groSolar booth at the upcoming Renewable Energy World Expo in Austin, Texas on February 23.

groSolar will be distributing and installing American-made SOLON modules that are produced in SOLON’s Tucson, Arizona factory, which currently has approximately 100 megawatts of annual production capacity. SOLON’s modules qualify for the “Buy American” provisions of the federal stimulus package known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act or ARRA.

“We are pleased to bring SOLON’s modules to the US market, for our own residential and commercial installations, as well as through our nationwide network of dealers,” said groSolar CEO Jeff Wolfe. “SOLON is known for high quality products and we look forward to growing the solar market in the US while also helping to create US manufacturing jobs by using the made-in-America SOLON modules.” (Full Article)

groSolar and Yestermorrow Partner to Provide Solar Seminars

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Yestermorrow Design / Build School – Kate

Yestermorrow Design/Build School and groSolar are pleased to announce a new partnership to educate Vermont property owners about solar power systems. groSolar recently installed a solar hot water system (SHW) on the campus headquarters, as part of Yestermorrow’s campus master plan to implement and promote renewable energy systems and transition from fossil fuel use. The educational partnership is now part of Yestermorrow’s educational mission to demystify sustainable design and renewable energy.

Beginning in March 2010, Yestermorrow will host free “Solar Made Simple” educational seminars for the general public, to be held on the first Thursday of every month at the school’s Waitsfield campus on Route 100. The seminars, led by groSolar representatives, will provide an overview of solar power, including a review of Yestermorrow’s solar system and tips on how state grants and federal tax credits can help pay for a system. The seminars will also cover guidelines for assessing whether a home or business is right for solar, along with a preview of the long-term savings in utility costs property owners can expect from solar. (Full Article)

GroSolar and Locus Energy Take PV System Monitoring to Next Level

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Energy Boom – Robert Gluck

Vermont-based groSolar and New York-based Locus Energy may have a match made in heaven. The two firms recently joined forces to bring PV system monitoring to the next level.

According to an article in Distributed Energy titled “Energy Monitoring Goes Open- Source,” smart grids, smart meters and energy monitoring are powerful buzz categories these days in renewable energy.

“Now, groSolar and Locus Energy, LLC are taking solar photovoltaic (PV) system monitoring and whole house energy data to the next level by making a powerful new open-source monitoring platform available to groSolar’s nationwide network of dealer-installers,” the article states.

The Locus platform integrates with groSolar’s proprietary PV monitoring system, groEnergy Watch, and integrates data from any inverter or revenue-grade meter to provide a complete turnkey monitoring solution for residential and commercial PV installations. (Full Article)

Sanders/Cohen Bill Would Cover America’s Roofs with Solar

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

SEIA – Press Release

National rebate program would deploy photovoltaic and solar hot water, create tens of thousands of jobs

WASHINGTON, DC – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today applauded Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) for introducing the 10 Million Solar Roofs and 10 Million Gallons of Solar Water Heating Act of 2010. This bill, modeled on California’s Million Solar Roofs initiative, would deploy photovoltaic solar panels on 10 million rooftops nationwide and increase the capacity of solar hot water by 10 million gallons over the course of the next 10 years.

“Senator Sanders and Congressman Cohen have shown true leadership by setting a bold vision for solar installations that will help the U.S. reclaim global leadership in this fast growing industry,” said SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch. “Passing this bill would create the world’s largest market for solar energy here in the U.S. and bring with it tens of thousands of manufacturing and installation jobs in all 50 states. This bill will help lift the U.S. economy at a time when we need it most. The solar industry is ready now to step up to meet the challenge Senator Sanders and Congressman Cohen have laid out for our country.” (Full Article)

Six Industry-Leading SaaS Companies Selected to Establish Sales 2.0 Alliance

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

TMC Net – Business Wire Press Release

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. –(Business Wire)– Six companies that provide best-in-class Sales 2.0 solutions have been chosen by Selling Power magazine Publisher and Founder, Gerhard Gschwandtner to establish the Sales 2.0 Alliance.

The solutions offered by the Sales 2.0 Alliance companies enable today’s sales and marketing organizations to engage more prospects, generate revenue faster, and accelerate sales velocity. The Sales 2.0 Alliance members are: BigMachines, which accelerates the product configuration, quote, and proposal process, helping companies sell more and sell faster with 100% accuracy; InsideView, which offers real-time sales intelligence to significantly increase sales productivity and velocity; Kadient, which arms salespeople with CRM-based sales playbooks made up of situation-specific content, tools and coaching proven to close deals Marketo, which delivers marketing automation, lead nurturing, and lead scoring to generate more high-quality leads and improve sales effectiveness; Right90, which enables companies to quickly and accurately generate a trusted sales forecast to achieve higher revenue and greater margins; Xactly Corporation, which transforms compensation management into a strategic tool that motivates sales reps. (Full Article)

groSolar and IEC Chesapeake Partner to Provide Solar Training Seminars

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Renewable Energy World – Press Release

Solar installation and distribution firm partners with electrical contractors association

Odenton, Md. – groSolar, the nation’s largest domestically-owned solar distributor and the fourth-largest residential installer in North America, today announced a new partnership with the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Chesapeake to provide electricians with training in the installation of solar systems.

“IEC Chesapeake is very excited about this partnership with groSolar, as it will allow us to offer skill upgrade training in the areas that each organization offers expertise,” said Grant Shmelzer, Executive Director of IEC Chesapeake. “groSolar provides a unique business model to the IEC Chesapeake as they are both an installer and distributor of renewable energy services and products. The insight they provide to current and future issues of the industry will benefit both organizations.”

On February 10, 2010, groSolar and IEC Chesapeake will offer a new course entitled “Trouble Shooting PV (Solar) Systems”. The course provides an overview of the basic processes necessary for installing PV (Solar) systems, and is offered to both IEC members and non-members. (Full Article)

InsideView Annual Revenue Nearly Triples in Breakout Year

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Marketwire – Press Release

Sales 2.0 Leader Defies Recession, Grows 273 Percent Throughout 2009

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – February 2, 2010) – InsideView today announced its 2009 growth numbers, trumping the worst economic downturn in decades with a 273 percent increase in revenue. During 2009, InsideView announced multiple record quarters, a premier partnership with NetSuite, multiple industry accolades, the launch of the Smart Cloud and Buzz Tab and additional integrations of comprehensive social intelligence from Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Success in a Recession

InsideView’s momentum in 2009 was foreseen as The New York Times reported on the need for technologies like InsideView during the bleak downturn: “As companies continue to put the brakes on expenditures and reduce staffs, maximizing efficiency becomes even more essential for businesses looking to weather the recession.” SalesView now boasts more than 26,000 end users.

In May 2009, InsideView was named to the JMP Securities Hot 100 List of best privately held software companies. (Full Article)

Vancouver Olympics 2010: NBC and AT&T bring winter games to computer, TV, and mobile phone

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

The Examiner – Cindy Adams, Olympics Headlines Examiner

The Vancouver Olympics are just days away, and AT&T has partnered with NBC Universal to bring consumers the winter games on three different types of media: computer, TV, and mobile phone.

According to Dan York, executive vice-president of content and programming, AT&T Converged Services, “The Olympic Winter Games is a must-see event that draws in people to watch the world’s best athletes and most prestigious competitions, and AT&T offers the only way to see NBC’s coverage of the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games live on all screens… We’re proud to deliver around-the-clock Games content to more consumers in more places.” (Full Article)