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Online presentation startup 9Slides buys Seattle’s Now Meeting

By John Cook, Crosscut

Two Seattle area startups are joining forces with the goal of helping workers communicate more effectively.

9Slides, the 3-year-old online presentation company started by former Microsoftie Ruchit Garg, is buying Now Meeting, the latest startup from serial entrepreneur Shane Jones.

As a result of the deal, Jones, who previously founded Seattle-based Daptiv, is joining 9Slides as president.

“My mandate is to help the company scale to meet the demands of our customers and to execute on the vision we have to be the leader in the next generation of mobile enterprise communication solutions,” said Jones.

9Slides has created an easy way to show video and presentations side-by-side, but the company is bolstering a new area of the business with the acquisition of Now Meeting. Specifically, it is focusing on quick status updates and employee communications in rich media format, areas that Garg said Now Meeting is especially strong.

9slides-app“This acquisition will help accelerate our growth and will allows us to leap forward 6-12 months in our strategic plan and increases our first mover advantage in the enterprise mobile communication market that we are convinced is going to be huge in the years ahead,” said Garg, adding that the two companies “product strategies and roadmaps were extremely aligned and complimentary.”

9Slides is backed by angel investors such as Rudy Gadre, Dave McClure and former vice president of Kindle software Felix Anthony.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


PNNL | Halving hydrogen

halving-hydrogenBy Mary Beckman, PNNL

RICHLAND, Wash. – Like a hungry diner ripping open a dinner roll, a fuel cell catalyst that converts hydrogen into electricity must tear open a hydrogen molecule. Now researchers have captured a view of such a catalyst holding onto the two halves of its hydrogen feast. The view confirms previous hypotheses and provides insight into how to make the catalyst work better for alternative energy uses.

This study is the first time scientists have shown precisely where the hydrogen halves end up in the structure of a molecular catalyst that breaks down hydrogen, the team reported online April 22 in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. The design of this catalyst was inspired by the innards of a natural protein called a hydrogenase enzyme.

“The catalyst shows us what likely happens in the natural hydrogenase system,” said Morris Bullock of the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. “The catalyst is where the action is, but the natural enzyme has a huge protein surrounding the catalytic site. It would be hard to see what we have seen with our catalyst because of the complexity of the protein.” Read More…


PNNL – Researchers reconstruct Pacific storm track in climate model

Storm-trackingBy Mary Beckman, PNNL

RICHLAND, Wash. – The first study that combines different scales — cloud-sized and earth-sized — in one model to simulate the effects of Asian pollution on the Pacific storm track shows that Asian pollution can influence weather over much of the world. The results show that using multiple scales in one model greatly improves the accuracy of climate simulations.

Minghuai Wang and Steven Ghan from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory joined researchers at Texas A&M University, the University of California at San Diego and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to report the work in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Early Edition online April 14.

Atmospheric aerosols such as pollution can affect the climate by altering cloud formations. But many studies rely on global climate models that lack the resolution to pick out the fine detail in clouds. Global climate models paint the Earth using pixels about 200 kilometers on a side — whole clouds could fit inside one of these pixels with room to spare.

Wang and Ghan used a computer model with pixels 4 kilometers on a side. Clouds stretch out over many pixels in this model and provide much finer detail. Then the team embedded the high resolution model within the low resolution global model where it could run separately but interact with the global model.

“The higher resolution improved the cloud simulations,” said Minghuai Wang. “Conventional global scale models usually show a decrease in precipitation in response to man-made aerosols, but we see the increase that we know happens in real life.”

Read the entire release from Texas A&M University here.


EnerG2 Takes Energy Storage Innovation From UW Lab to Factory

By Benjamin Romano, Xconomy

A year after opening a $28.5 million factory, Seattle-based EnerG2 is looking like a textbook example of laboratory innovation in a strategically important industry generating U.S. high-tech manufacturing jobs, with an assist from Uncle Sam.

Rick Luebbe of EnerG2

Rick Luebbe

Someone page Joe Biden.

The company got a $21.3 million Department of Energy stimulus grant covering three-quarters of the cost to build a 72,000-square-foot facility in Albany, OR. It opened about a year ago and is now capable of producing tens of tons a month of high-surface-area activated carbon that can be “tuned” for a range of energy storage applications. That works out to enough material each year for about 60,000 electric cars, though output varies with customer demand.

EnerG2 isn’t saying anything about how much revenue it is generating or whether it is profitable, so don’t break out the champagne just yet. Backed to the tune of $24 million in venture capital over the last five years—including a $9.4 million round raised late last year— the company has about 50 employees, split between headquarters and R&D in Seattle, and manufacturing in Albany, where more of the growth is occurring as manufacturing output ramps up. Read More…


GreenAngel Energy Appoints New Directors

GreenAngel EnergyVancouver, BC - April 15, 2014 - GreenAngel Energy Corp. (“GreenAngel”) (TSX-V: GAE) is pleased to announce that it has appointed two new directors to its board, Ms. Thealzel Lee and Mr. Mike Walkinshaw.

Thealzel Lee has over 30 years in leadership, organizational and entrepreneurial roles as a business and marketing strategist and as a retail franchise owner. Thealzel has coached entrepreneurs, developed and implemented strategic plans, and secured financing for small businesses to large organizations. Her current work as a Senior Partner with management consulting firm Rocket Builders focuses on commercialization strategy and operational alignment. Thealzel manages the monthly Vancouver Angel Technology Network (VANTEC) and the Vancouver chapter of the Keiretsu Forum Northwest Region for the local start-up community of entrepreneurs and angel investors, as well as serving on National Angel Capital Organization committees.  She is a founder of two angel seed funds: Nelsa Investment (VCC) Inc. and VANTEC Entrepreneurs Fund (VCC) Inc. [dba E-Fund] which has 40% of its portfolio invested in “green” companies based in BC. Thealzel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Mike Walkinshaw is a 17 year veteran of clean energy technology in Canada having spent the last 13 years in energy technology venture capital.  He is currently a Managing Partner and Co-founder of Fronterra Ventures, a Calgary and Vancouver based venture capital fund focused on oil and gas technologies that lower the cost, reduce input energy, and improve the environmental footprint of the production and transportation of resources.  Prior to Fronterra, Mike was a Partner and Managing Director of Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, a Vancouver based clean energy venture capital firm for 11 years.  He has sat on the boards of energy technology companies throughout North America, including Liquid Light, Akermin, Fat Spaniel, and H2Scan. Prior to entering venture capital, Mike also served as a product manager and program manager for Ballard Power Systems.  Mike currently serves on the board of the Canadian Venture Capital Association. Mike is a Chartered Accountant having obtained his designation and working with PricewaterhouseCoopers for five years. Read More…


Highly Innovative Hydropower Design Reduces Impact, Cuts Costs

Snohomish County Public Utility DistrictSnoPUD’s Sunset Project Design Requires No Dam, Weir or Barriers

Everett, WA — After a series of studies and design analysis, the PUD has developed a highly innovative plan for a proposed hydropower project southeast of Index. It requires no dam, weir or river barriers, which reduces construction costs by $10 million. The project could power up to 22,500 homes at maximum output.  Diverse, locally owned power sources, such as the Sunset Fish Passage & Energy Project, help make the PUD and its customers more self-sufficient, resilient and energy secure.

“We have proven success delivering low-impact hydropower projects that provide multiple benefits to our customers,” said Kim Moore, PUD Assistant General Manager of Water, Generation & Corporate Services. “This project could be a valuable addition to our portfolio. Among the low-impact projects we identified in the past seven years, it’s the lowest cost power source.”

As part of the project the PUD would make improvements to an aging, state-owned trap-and-haul facility that trucks salmon upstream above three impassible waterfalls to 90 miles of spawning habitat. The utility also is studying potential road and recreation improvements.

The PUD’s updated design modifies the water intake area and fish screens to cut excavation needs in half. It also reduces construction time by an estimated six months. In addition, more efficient turbines at a proposed powerhouse would increase annual energy production. Read More…


HaloSource Renews Membership with Social Stock Exchange

HaloSourceHaloSource is proud to be renewing its membership in the London Social Stock Exchange (SSE).  This  London based platform showcases businesses that have a social impact to potential investors.  The aim of the SSE is to provide potential stakeholders with the information they need to identify and compare those organizations that deliver value to society and the environment. The new CEO of the SSE, Tomas Carruthers is an Internet entrepreneur who is personally committed to raising the profile of organizations that do ‘good’ and also do well in the marketplace.   A recent story in The London Times highlights the benefits of making social good a priority in business organizations.  

HaloSource is proud to be one of the founding members of the Social Stock Exchange and we have been active with them for a little over a year now. Our commitment to the development of Chemistry based Innovation in the science of water purification that improves both the supply and quality of clean water in an increasingly stressed environment is making a real difference in the lives of others through our efforts in residential water filtration and purification, greener industrial solutions for water treatment and environmental remediation and in recreational water use and reuse.  Read More…


Connecting water and community Two Seattle area organizations partner in support of World Water Day 2014

Water Picture 1On Friday, March 21, 2014, in honor of World Water Day, HaloSource, the global water technology company headquartered in Bothell, WA partnered with 21 Acres, a sustainable living farm and education center in Woodinville, WA  to raise awareness around water and energy issues to help promote more sustainable and equitable choices.  A team of 45 HaloSource employees joined forces with 21 Acres on the Woodinville farm to clean and work on the farm’s bioswale and rain-garden maintenance.  The HaloSource team spent several hours performing tasks including everything from removing invasive weeds, sheet mulching and erosion control.  The team also learned about the natural stormwater filtration system used on the farm including which plants are best suited to the system.

Water is essential to human existence and there are increasing demands on this finite resource. Worldwide, 1.3 billion people currently live without electricity, 780 million people lack access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion people are without sanitation. It is imperative to educate the developed world on these issues to help alleviate poverty around the globe. Read More…


Korvata Wins $10,000 Grand Prize at UW Environmental Innovation Challenge

Buerk-center-for-entrepreneurship$27,500 Awarded to Entrepreneurial Student Innovators

April 3, 2014 – The annual UW Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC), now in its sixth year, challenges interdisciplinary student teams to define an environmental problem, develop a solution, produce a prototype, and create a business summary that demonstrates the commercial viability of their product, process or service.

23 teams were selected to compete in the 2014 UW EIC. Each of these teams proved that students have the potential to address our most pressing environmental needs—alternative fuels,  recycling, solar power, water treatment—with novel solutions that have market potential. After pitching their innovations to a group of 170+ judges—investors, entrepreneurs, policy-makers, and experts from across sectors—the six teams with the highest scores were awarded up to $10,000 in prize money. Congratulations to this year’s winners:

$10,000 Grand Prize

Korvata (University of Washington)
Korvata has created a cutting edge alternative energy product that allows companies to mitigate their environmental impact by replacing the use of nitrous oxide as a whipped cream propellant.
(sponsored by the UW Center for Commercialization) Read More…


Hydrobee is Top 3 Finalist in National Business for Good Competition

HydrobeeClean energy startup Hydrobee is a Top 3 Finalist in the national Business for Good Competition. Hydrobee’s unique USB Turbine Battery for harvesting clean energy from nature impressed the judges with its versatility, design, scalability and impact. The three Finalists were selected from over 160 applications and will receive over $75,000 in prizes, including seed funding, incubation space, website/branding services, legal and technical assistance, the Social Enterprise accelerator program, and other awards. Prizes will be awarded April 15 in Nashville, Tennessee at the Social Enterprise Summit, one of the largest conferences of its kind and now in its 14th year.

The Business for Good competition provides potential and serial social entrepreneurs with a unique forum for submitting novel ideas to solve various social problems. The Nashville Entrepreneur Center manages the competition in partnership with the Nashville Chapter of The Social Enterprise Alliance. Read More…

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