Backbone Magazine has just published a great overview of the cleantech sector in Canada that contains quotes from a number of notable people in the space including Kirk Washington (Yaletown Venture Partners), Victoria Smith (BC Hydro), Rick Whittaker (Sustainable Development Technology Canada), Raul Pacheco-Vega (UBC), Helen Goodland (Lighthouse Sustainable Building Centre) and me. Thanks to [...]
Disclosure: I’m an advisor of the CO2 Impact team. I’m quite excited about the work that Boyd Cohen and his wife Elizabeth Obendiente and the team are doing and happy to see that they’re getting the coverage they deserve. They have a great article written about them on Care2.com’s site. You can read the article [...]
Check out this crazy animation of Wal-mart’s expansion over 40 years. Looks like a virus breaking out.
Aside from the continuing use of the annoying “save the planet” meme (the planet will be fine – it’s really “save the humans from an ugly step-down crash”) this is a great talk that Adam Werbach just gave recently tothe Teens Turning Green conference. Adam is the Global CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi, author of [...]
Watch these in this order. They’re like peanut butter and jam. Perfect. Kevin Kelly tells the epic story of technology from the birth of the universe until now. Then Bill Gates asks for his one big wish for humanity’s technological development: an energy miracle to help the poorest 2 billion people on the planet thrive.
Andy, I just heard today that you’re gone. Sorry to hear that mate. I enjoyed working out with you at Crossfit Vancouver. We called you “Nutts” for short because you were a big dumb-ass, always clowning around, but you always worked your ass off too. We were sad to see you go but knew you [...]
Here is a cool project from Google.org – a cloud based platform for monitoring the health of the world’s forests over time. I’m glad to see Sergey’s continued influence at Google on not just “doing no evil” but on working on tools and platforms to address some of humanity’s largest issues.
This Guardian article that discusses how Islamist gangs lure gay men and then torture and kill them by cutting off their testicles and delivering their blood to their mothers, sickens me to my core. I have met a small number of gay men from eastern countries and almost without exception, they are deeply closeted and [...]
Daya Baran has written two excellent posts over at WebGuild on the people, ideas, and capital that are fleeing Silicon Valley as the geographic center becomes less relevant. He quotes Jim Clark (of SGI, Netscape, and Healthon fame) who exited 10 years ago to Florida. Here are the posts: Part 1 Part 2 I have [...]
Click and watch. It’s brilliant.
(This post is being cross-posted here but the original post is at http://www.undertheradar.com/blog) This April 24, 2009, I’m fortunate to be working with Dealmaker Media who will be hosting the 13th Under the Radar conference. In one day we will present a full roster of innovative startups, tech thought leaders, and REAL enterprise & big [...]
WebGuild posted an excellent article today on the effect that all of the world’s live video streams had on the Internet yesterday during Obama’s inauguration. I was hoping that somebody would have the metrics for that. It appears that it was the good people over at Keynote. Predictably the total number of pages viewed was [...]
Like millions of other people, I am watching Obama’s inauguration on CNN.com and Facebook. It’s interesting to watch all of the prior Presidents come in and listen to the music playing. It feels oddly imperial and royal. It’s the first time I have had a sense of real unity in America.. We don’t often have [...]
If anybody knows who built this, please let me know so that I can attribute it properly…
Wow. I went to see MILK tonight at the Castro Theatre on Castro Street in San Francisco tonight. What an incredibly well done and powerful movie. It tells the story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in the United States. It was incredible to be at ground zero for this story, in [...]
30 days of Sustainability is once again happening in Vancouver. This year it runs from April 22 – May 21, 2007. I highly recommend that people go check out the temporary site and sign up for updates. The full site will launch sometime in the next few weeks.
Let me be one of the first people to welcome my friend, Web 2.0 Manifesto co-author, and speaking partner Ean Jackson back to the blogosphere after a couple of prior attempts. He is using his spiffy new Terapad site located at http://www.21centurysales.com. I can’t wait to hear about his experiences building off-shored sales programs for [...]
Day 2 notes from Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, CA: [my analysis and notes are in these square brackets.]The Global Plant Floor, by Don Tapscott, author of the new book Wikinomics Just now publishing “wikinomics” – a new book about how mass collaboration changes everything Available for pre-order now: First chapter is available here [...]
(For the most recent articles on Web 2.0, check out my full Web 2.0 articles category.) Day 2 notes from Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, CA: [my analysis and notes are in these square brackets.]Mary Meeker, Morgan Stanley: The State of the Internet Part 3 Overview of State of the internet can be summarized [...]
Day 1 Notes from Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, CA Session 1: Enterprise 2.0 Mayfield had talked about SLATES – (search, linking, authoring, tagging, extensions, and signals) finally being possible on Socialtext’s new platform that they have formed with Six Apart, and a bunch of other companies called the Intel Suite. [I side with [...]
Ben Franklin said it best: “Those who would trade liberty for a bit of safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” This is appalling. I urge everybody to watch this:
I think I have found the magic number. Every fifth article from Mark Morford is so brilliant, insightful, and articulate that I need to post most, if not all, of it here for my readers. Today is the day for another. In one fell swoop, Mark has managed to hit on a whole bunch of [...]
My friend Boris Mann had some great things to say about Vancouver being an excellent place to join or start a company here in this posting. However, I would add “capital efficiency”, great education system, and an awesome talent pool to to the list of reasons that Vancouver is a great place to build a [...]
Space Elevator illustration by Kenn Brown and Chris Wren from Mondolithic (Vancouver’s own brilliant illustrators with a global fan base!) I recently had the pleasure of meeting Steven Jones, the leader of the UBC Snowstar team – a team of UBC students who are entering the NASA Beam Power and Tether Strength Challenges – two [...]
On October 23, 2005 Dane Jesper Kenn Olsen, 34 became the first person to successfully run, in daily increments ranging from 14-93km, one lap around the Earth on land masses, setting a Guinness Book of World Records record. What began from the Old Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London, England on January 1, 2004, ended there [...]
(If you are looking for the 2007 event information, please click HERE.) I am very excited about our launch of the 30 Days of Sustainability. For the month of March, Vancouver will host a cornucopia of events and activities, all focused around bringing sustainability to our lives and our city. One key component of the [...]
Report to the home planet: Solar date: 4034583.9.20 The humans on this planet are very fond of their sports. One sport in particular which involves running around a field moving a round object from player to player seems to be popular across the many nations. It is so popular that the other day, despite the [...]
If you haven’t checked it out yet, check out “Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough To Live Forever” by Ray Kurzweil. It’s his newest book. The premise is that there are three bridges to get us to a nearly unlimited life span. The first is using what we already know. The second bridge is using biotechnology [...]
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A Cornell university study has found that 44% of Amerikans favoured “some restrictions on the civil liberties of Muslim Americans.” But remember George Bush, “this is not a war of Christian against Muslim or Westerners against Easterners, it is a war on terror.” Umm, yeah, right. Shockingly, those who were most inclined to vote this [...]