Founder's 10x10: The Future of Sustainability, interview with Matt Macko, Founder stok, San Fra

Seldom do I meet people at conferences and find myself impressed with their vision, perspective, and business ethos. Until three years ago this fall, in Los Angeles, when I met Matt Macko, the founder of stok. Yes, stok. Not Stok, nor STOK, but stok—one of the leading sustainability and design development teams in the world, based in San Francisco. The company counts countless Fortune 500 technology companies, and commercial real estate firms like Boston Properties, Forest City, and Kilroy as clients. These leading companies engage stok to help them create a sustainability strategy for their real estate assets, and entrust stok with vital design, construction management, commissioning, and e

Founder's 10x10: The New Frontier of Data & IoT--an interview with Senseware founder/CEO Ser

With an addressable market of more than 450 million electric, water, EV and gas meters in service in the US today, the Internet of Things or “IoT” is exploding into the mainstream of every office building, home, multi-family and hotel property in a variety of applications. Historically, the “things” were wireless sensors that were deployed into a building’s mechanical systems—a sensor to monitor water usage, power consumption or a leak detection sensor to identify a flood in a building. All of these capital-intensive pieces of hardware were installed locally, one building at a time, and expensively integrated into some type of data collection and reporting interface for the building owner. T

Founder's Series 10x10: David Snydacker, Ph.D, founder of Lilac Solutions, Berkley CA

Batteries, they charge our phones, laptops, iPads, watches, the ever growing fleet of electric vehicles(EV) and now a growing number of smart homes. Historically, these batteries and their devices ability to hold a "charge" was less efficient than the demand we have for those devices. For many decades, lead-acid batteries have made up the vast majority of battery chemistry and even up until 2015 they amounted to over 60%of all revenues in the market. Although not the most energy efficient or dense chemistry for batteries, lead-acids are reliable and can support high surge currents and from a unit economic perspective are cheapest to source and manufacture , with a unit cost of $120-$150/