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New Player In Living Walls Brings Outside Inside - #557
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July 28, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Sagegreenlife is bringing living walls to a growing market with new technologies that allow people to bring the outside inside.

The company builds its living, green plant walls on a patented hydroponic system without any soil. The "Biotile" stone was developed by UK-based Biotecture, Ltd.

Sagegreenlife's founder, Richard Kincaid explains that LED plant lights provide an enabling technology by allowing plants to grow without direct sunlight.

Kincaid estimates the 2015 market for living walls at about $100 million. He hopes to see Sagegreenlife achieve revenue of $3 to $5 million for 2017. The business generates gross margins of about 60% but is not yet profitable.

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Wringing Costs From Solar Is Goal For This Berkeley PhD - #556
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July 20, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Jason Trager is more than a throwback to the sixties or a cliche. He may have earned a PhD at Berkeley with a focus on improving the energy efficiency in buildings by applying statistical process controls, but he's also a hard core entrepreneur who relishes profit--so long as it doesn't adversely impact others.

He calls himself and his firm "Sustainabilist." He says that unlike a capitalist who hordes profits and socializes externalities like pollution and carbon, a Sustainabilist hordes profits without socializing externalities. He says, "Our quest is carbon reduction. Every dollar that we make can be linked to some amount of carbon that does not make it into the atmosphere."

Sustainabilist, the firm, is working on a number of projects, but one key area of focus is on applying statistical process controls to the process of solar installation. By doing so, he hopes to not only improve the quality of solar installations but also to reduce costs, thereby accelerating adoption.

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How This New Innovation Could Be The Sliced Bread Of Solar Industry - #555
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July 19, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Andrew Yakub may be onto something. Big. Sliced bread big.

Yakub, 30, is the CEO and founder of Rayton Solar. A physicist who had used particle accelerators for cutting silicon had launched a solar installation business. Fearing the end of Federal tax incentives that might slow his business, he was thinking about ways to cut the cost of solar enough to make it economical without them. He surmised that the silicon in solar panels could be sliced with a particle accelerator rather than with blades, radically reducing wasted silicon.

From that foundation, Yakub has built a promising startup. Targeting a 60% reduction in manufacturing costs, he hopes to both lower costs to customers and operate with better-than-industry average margins. In addition, he expects the solar panels to be 25% more efficient. With those goals, he raised $2.8 million in seed funding.

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How A Costume Party For 120,000 Really Makes A Difference In The Community - #554
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July 18, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Twice a year, the streets of downtown Salt Lake City are overrun by princesses, storm troopers and superheroes of every variety. Salt Lake ComicCon reports that 120,000 people attended the last event. That it is profitable is surprise enough. That it serves the community may be the real surprise.

Bryan Brandenburg, 58, co-founder and chief marketing officer of Salt Lake ComicCon, has strategically sought to use the event to build the community. Since its founding, the event has donated about $2 million of cash and in-kind donations--mostly in the form of tickets, but also including celebrity photos, signatures and experiences.

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20 Years In The Making, A Personal Quest Led To A New Venture-#553
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July 12, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Eric McCallum says he likes to invest in "simple and elegant business models that have multiple impacts." A startup called Himalayan Wild Fibers fit the bill and he led a round of financing.

Founder and CEO, Ellie Skeele, has been working in Nepal for nearly two decades to commercialize her idea.

"Himalayan Wild Fibers is a company that is commercializing a textile fiber that's extracted from a wild growing plant, a form of stinging nettle that grows in the forests of the Himalayas. It is wild harvested. We extract from that a fiber, we refine it and then we sell into existing developed supply chains," she explains.

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How Your Nonprofit Can Use $10,000 Per Month of Free Google Adwords - #552
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July 05, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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It may be no secret that Google is giving away $10,000 per month in free Google Ads to nonprofits, but many are still not taking full advantage of the opportunity.

Daniela Larsen, who leads both a for-profit marketing agency called Navanas Agency and a nonprofit called the Navanas Institute doing economic development work and education online and around the world, shares insights on how to get and use the monthly grant.

Daniela says most active nonprofits qualify. View eligibility details here. The basic guidelines require that you have a substantive website and that you be a legitimate nonprofit. Hospitals and universities are not eligible.

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This Miss America Is Working To Thank Veterans For Their Service - #551
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July 04, 2017 05:00 AM PDT
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As Americans head to the beach or the mountains to celebrate Independence Day they may give some thought to the freedoms they enjoy. With a bit of prompting from some patriotic music accompanying fireworks tonight, they may even give some thought to the soldiers who have fought and died to make those freedoms possible.

Former Miss America Sharlene Hawkes, 53, never forgets. In 2005, she helped found the Remember My Service Military Production division of StoryRock. Remember My Service, RMS, produces videos and books about the service of America's armed forces.

The division got started "kind of accidentally," Hawkes says. StoryRock produces a variety of personal and group history products, using a digital approach. The products include video yearbooks and scrapbooks that include video. The profitable division employs six people full time and another five on a part-time basis.

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It Shouldn't Be Easier To Find Your Mate Than To Find A Co-Investor Online - #550
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June 28, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Last summer, at a meeting of Seattle impact investors, one of the members said she didn't have need for additional deal flow--investment opportunities--what she needed, she said, according to Nancy Reid, director of the Seattle Impact Investing Group, is a way to build an investor syndicate. "What we need is investor flow."

Enter Luni Libes, 47, and Matt Eldridge, 48, who heard that need and set out to create a nonprofit, online platform called Investorflow.org to address the concern.

"Impact investors are spread around the world, investing all around the globe. This makes it incredibly difficult for those seeking funding to find these investors. It also means that investors tend not to know each other," Libes said, framing the discussion.

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#549: How Addressing 'Eco-Genocide' Is Almost Like Spinning Straw Into Gold For This Entrepreneur
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June 27, 2017 05:00 PM PDT
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Plastic pollution in our oceans represents an "Eco-genocide" according to Bonnie Monteleone, Executive Director and Director of Science Research and Academic Partnerships at Plastic Ocean Project, Inc.

Priyanka Bakaya, 34, founder and CEO of PK Clean, invented a scalable process to convert plastics back into the diesel fuel they came from, not quite spinning straw into gold but the process does convert garbage into fuel profitably.

When Monteleone had learned that plastics could be converted back into oil. She saw that as a way to emulate nature by creating a circular system where plastics removed from the oceans could be converted back into fuel. When she looked for partners, she was worried about the contaminants in the plastics extracted from the oceans.

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#548: How To Be Successful With Affordable Housing Without Being Evil
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June 24, 2017 11:00 AM PDT
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“Our nation is in the midst of a true affordability crisis.” Daryl Carter, founder, chairman and CEO of Avanath Capital Management, sees that as both a problem and an opportunity. He’s found a way to deliver returns to investors while serving working families at the same time, that is, without being evil.

Let’s start by looking at the problem. “The median income of a renter in the United States is $36,000. To be considered affordable, renters should be spending no more than a third of their income toward rent. However,” Carter says, “in many coastal markets such as Los Angeles and New York, over half of all renter households are allocating more than 50% of their income toward rent.”

That threshold matters, because if you are paying more than half of your income in rent, it is difficult to also provide food, healthcare and education for the people living under that roof. “Historically, the reason that many neighborhoods have declined, whether it’s Detroit or Oakland, is not because of who lives there, but rather because there is a lack of investment in those areas,” Carter says.

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