Kenzie Academy is an ambitious project to bring tech jobs to Middle America

 The most logical thing to do when you decide to step back from your successful startup, which didn’t end up in the deadpool like the other 99 percent, is to take some time off. Appreciate things. Enjoy the fact that years of work paid off, literally. Watch your kids grow up, get an expensive hobby, chill.
These are all things that Chok Ooi, co-founder of little-known but lucrative… Read More

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Concrn is a 911 alternative that helps people during mental health crises

 Eighty percent of the calls the San Francisco Police Department receives are related to mental health, but the police are oftentimes not the best people to respond to those situations. That’s where non-profit startup Concrn comes in. Concrn is a mobile app that enables people to help those experiencing mental health crises by connecting them with compassionate responders. Since launching… Read More

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Apple’s bid to become a $1 trillion company starts this week

 While people spend more than $1,000 for the right to eventually get an iPhone X (as well as sell that right to eventually get an iPhone X for more than $1,500), we’re seeing Apple is doing a pretty good job of setting the stage as to whether it can make its case to Wall Street that it can be a $1 trillion company. We’ve noted before that quarterly financial reports from… Read More

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#OUREntrepidNetwork – Introducing Kevin Smith and SolarReserve

24/7 on-demand, reliable electricity from a renewable source—the Sun.

In their own words (

SolarReserve is a leading global developer of utility-scale solar power projects, which include electricity generation by solar thermal energy and photovoltaic panels. In addition, SolarReserve has commercialized a proprietary advanced solar thermal technology with integrated energy storage that solves the intermittency issues experienced with other renewable energy sources. This proven US-developed technology generates renewable baseload and dispatchable power and can compete with traditional fossil-fired and nuclear electricity generation.

Since the company’s formation in early 2008, SolarReserve has assembled an extensive global development pipeline of 8 gigawatts (GW) across the world’s most attractive, high growth renewable energy markets. The portfolio includes advanced solar thermal technology (Concentrating Solar Power or “CSP”), photovoltaic (PV) technology, and hybrid (combined CSP and PV). SolarReserve’s hybrid CSP/PV solutions eliminate the intermittency issues associated with PV-only projects while providing cost efficient and reliable electricity generation.

Lead by CEO Kevin Smith, SolarReserve is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, and has seven international offices located in Africa, the Americas, the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East, and Europe to support its widespread project development activities across more than 20 countries.

In the news

Will Molten Salt Outdo Batteries for Grid-Tied Storage? | 27, 2017

South Australia okays giant solar thermal plant from SolarReserve | Ars Technica-Aug 14, 2017

To find out more about SolarReserve and what they’re up to

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Ether fever dreams

 “The only thing that really worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge.” — Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Everybody wants to believe they’re bettering the world, and what’s more, that they’re on the brink of a revolutionary transformation.… Read More

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Is AR eyewear ready for consumers? Are consumers ready for AR eyewear?

 Augmented reality marked a major milestone this year. It’s too early to know what the new ecosystem of software and hardware designed to provide AR experiences will evolve into in the future, but it’s safe to predict that AR headsets will be part of the picture. So why is AR suddenly ready for mass consumption? And why aren’t we leaping (magically!) into AR glasses? Read More

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Gillmor Gang: Hype Cycle

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Keith Teare, Denis Pombriant, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Sunday, October 15, 2017.
G3: It’s Time — Francine Hardaway, Mary Hodder, Kristie Wells, and Tina Chase Gillmor welcome Tina Hui. Recorded live Friday, October 20, 2017.
@stevegillmor, @fradice, @kteare, @DenisPombriant
Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor Read More

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New seed funds pursue AI, hard tech and the Midwest

 Stories about seed funding often contain sappy metaphors about planting seedlings and nurturing them to maturity. In reality, it’s a brutally Darwinian business: most companies fail, successful ones get diluted and exits commonly take a decade or more. That said, seed also has the highest potential returns of any investment stage. Here are some trends we observed. Read More

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