Entrepreneurial

from Environment Forum:

Steve Jurvetson on clean tech innovation that will change the world

(This article by Felicity Carus first appeared on Clean Energy Connection and has been edited for length. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

What venture capitalists really think and what they say aren’t always the same thing.

Steve Jurvetson, from Draper Fisher Jurvetson, last week gave his overview of disruptive innovation in clean tech at the Always On Going Green conference in San Francisco.

The man who famously invested $300,000 for a 30 percent stake in Hotmail and made $250 million for his VC firm when Microsoft bought the company two years later says there is an “explosion of possibilities” of synthetic genetics in clean tech.

In August, one of Jurvetson’s portfolio companies, Genomatica, filed an S-1 form with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company uses computerized biotechnology modeling to design high-volume chemicals from renewable sources such as cellulosic biomass.

Putting a new spin on BYOB

Kirsten Quigley, left, and Cristina Bourelly of Lunchskins

Startup 3greenmoms wants you to BYOB, and they’re not talking about booze.

In a move that taps demand for sustainable products, the Potomac, Maryland-based company markets a variety of reusable storage bags that replace the ubiquitous plastic baggies consumers use and throw out in staggering proportions.

“I was probably using a least a dozen baggies a day between three kids and packing lunches and snacks,” said company cofounder Cristina Bourelly, who developed reusable fabric “LunchSkins” with fellow moms Kirsten Quigley and Jennie Stoller Barakat.

The team has been selling their bags, priced at retail from $7.85 to $10.95, depending on size, since 2009. Available in colorful, eye-catching patterns, LunchSkins are made from durable cotton fabric used in commercial pastry bags and can withstand high heat. Coated with a food-safe polyurethane liner, they can be thrown in the dishwasher or washing machine, giving them a lifespan of about three years and boosting their appeal to eco-conscious shoppers.

from PopTech:

Edit your life and win a green contest

Graham Hill's latest design initiative, Life Edited, is a contest to renovate a 420 square-foot apartment in New York City in a way that will radically reduce your carbon footprint. With $70,000 in cash, prizes and a design contract, why not enter it?

Hill, who is the founder of TreeHugger.com, which is now a part of the Discovery network, is on a mission to help everybody get rid of all the unnecessary clutter in their lives. In New York City, this is particularly essential if you want to remain sane. A good way to start is by "ruthlessly editing," as Hill says, your minimal personal space in a green way. Speaking from personal experience, it also clears some (much needed) space in your mind.

In New York, this shouldn’t be so hard to do. In fact, stripping your belongings down to the bare essentials is a regular occurrence given the limited space of most apartments and the fact that various furry -- and not so furry -- freeloaders find clutter to be a perfect place to set up home, as I recently discovered.

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