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9 years 3 months ago

<p><a href="allthings/55/Solving-Two-Crises-with-a-Single-Platform.html" target="_blank">In my last installment</a>, I told you about the Interstate Traveler Hydrogen Superhighway and shared a compelling interview which its inventor, Justin Sutton, agreed to give to the world. Now, I&rsquo;d like to focus your attention on a niche technology which is based on Mr. Sutton&rsquo;s green solution to the transportation and municipal infrastructure crises and will help reduce highway fatalities markedly.<br /> <strong><br /> Meet the Triage Traveler mobile trauma center. </strong></p>
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9 years 3 months ago

<p>Today's <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/17/business/17green.html?_r=1&amp;oref=sl...">NYT</a> Business Section features a report from the Farnborough Air Show, a week-long aerospace industry extravaganza, citing that sustainability is a key theme in this year's show. <br /> <br /> Some of the sustainability happenings and highlights include:<br /> <br /> * a Boeing algae exhibit -- with algae touted as a "possible feeding ground for a fuel substitute...


9 years 3 months ago

<p>After global warming, what is the greatest crisis threatening the industrialized world? Deforestation? Nuclear proliferation? Terrorism? Nay, those are all pressing and nearly intractable issues but at the top of the list is municipal infrastructure. In North America alone, local, regional and national governments need to spend well in excess of $500 billion just to keep up with rough roads, crumbling bridges and dilapidated water treatment systems.<br /> <br /> That&rsquo;s a...


9 years 3 months ago

<p>I took my 3 sons to the DC suburbs for the July 4th weekend.&nbsp; The highlight was the annual picnic in my parents&rsquo; neighborhood (pony rides, egg toss competition, blueberry bake-off).&nbsp; One of my parents&rsquo; friends, someone who has been around the international development scene for decades (including a stint at the World Bank), disturbed the patriotic revelry to give me her 2 contrarian cents on microfinance.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t stand it,&rdquo; she started.&nbsp; &ldquo;Half the people I know say they&rsquo;re...


9 years 3 months ago

<p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/10/business/smallbusiness/10sbiz.html">The New York Times</a> has just posted an article on the sad price of entrepreneurial success--selling the business to someone who does not share your vision for the company you founded.&nbsp; <br />
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<a href="http://www.unileverusa.com/ourbrands/foods/benandjerrys.asp">Making the transition</a> from...


9 years 3 months ago

<p>As I was preparing to write this, my first post at ATR, I received a fascinating email from the good folks at <a href="http://www.ospop.com/"><em>ospop</em>.</a>, a <a href="http://www.coolhunting.com/archives/2007/09/ospop_exclusive.php">buzzworthy</a> new business that sells re-engineered versions of native Chinese sneakers.<br />
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<a href="http://www.ospop.com"><em>Ospop.</...


9 years 3 months ago

<p>Recently I was traveling for work in Italy and found myself sitting in a wine bar in Rome (as most would after a heavenly meal).&nbsp; I was having a wonderful discussion with a marketing friend from Proctor &amp; Gamble responsible for detergent sales in the country.&nbsp; I excitedly asked him about their cold-water detergent which is available in Italy - which cleans clothes equally well in cold-water as in hot (and they have proved so scientifically) - saving, of course, tons of energy in the process.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="...


9 years 3 months ago

Many philosophers, economists, pundits, and journalists have written on entrepreneurs. The engines of capitalism, entrepreneurs take calculated risks to create new products and services.Their actions often lead to disrupting the status quo of the day&rsquo;s business practice, leading to the creative destruction that drives a healthy economy. Less is written on those that create change within organizations. Their stories are more nuanced, intricate, and often less grandiose.  Yet, it is these small actions by vendors, suppliers, and other stakeholders that often...


9 years 3 months ago

<p>I have been working on the technology side of JustMeans for over seventh months. In that period we have developed some great features, but the best is yet to come.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> I am based in Maharastra, the state in which Mumbai (or for you Westerners, Bombay) is based.&nbsp; When I started working with JustMeans, I had heard the buzz words &ldquo;CSR, social entrepreneurship, sustainability (etc etc)&rdquo;.&nbsp; My first reaction (and arguably one of many Indians about Western concepts) was &ldquo;here comes more hype from the West&...


9 years 3 months ago

<p>US technology research firm iSuppli, released a report with an optimistic forecast for the solar industry:<br /> <br /> <em>Worldwide investments in the production of Photovoltaic (PV) cells will rise to the same level as those for semiconductor manufacturing by 2010, due to booming demand for solar energy, according to iSuppli Corp. <br /> <br /> Global production of PV cells is expected to rise to as much as 12 Gigawatts (GW) by 2010, up from 3.5GW in 2007. By 2010, as many as 400 production...


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