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Entrepreneur, what would our society be without those individuals who take risks, those who dream, those who have vision, passion, and the drive to see their ideas come to fruition? 

These individuals, many of whom risk everything, make personal sacrifices, and put it all on the line in hopes of not only bettering the way we do things, but also how we go about our daily lives. These unique people also provide inspiration for many other aspiring entrepreneurs who hope to emulate their success and accomplishments. What many don't realize is that these individuals are also the seeds that spur economic growth, put people to work, provide a future beyond their own dreams, and actually help others realize theirs. Here at the Green Entrepreneur we celebrate those individuals by showcasing and profiling their ideas and how they are evolving in the green economy.


Watch out Bottled Water!

Here comes AIR in a CAN!


 

We came across and article from the Hindustan Times as a follow-up to a recent story we reported on regarding the toxic air quality in New Delhi.  We thought this was a fascinating reflection on how some entrepreneurs are seeing opportunities when pollution is overcoming society.


Just how much is a breath of fresh air worth? For people in New Delhi, ranked number one on a WHO list of cities with the foulest air, it may seem priceless.


But a Canadian company thinks the price is about Rs 12.50 per breath (or 18 cents U.S.).


The start-up Vitality Air, based in Edmonton in the western province of Alberta, plans to start selling canned natural air from the Canadian Rockies to Indian consumers this May. The company made plenty of headlines in Canada in 2015 after it launched its product in China, where smog levels in Beijing and other big cities make for a close parallel to Delhi.


Vitality Air’s founder Moses Lam said: “It started as a novelty back in the summer of last year. There were forest fires in Calgary and with all the smoke, people started using our product.”


The former mortgage banker wanted to “do something disruptive” and the obvious model was the ubiquitous bottled mineral water.


Meanwhile, people from China started purchasing the canisters online and many suggested that what worked for smoke could apply to smog. Lam found a distributor in China and now covers seven cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, and has shipped nearly 12,000 pieces to that country.


The product consists of compressed air, breathed in through a mask, and comes in two flavours — Banff and Lake Louise. Banff in Alberta is a national park and a popular resort. “It’s close to Edmonton to start with, and it’s actually a natural treasure of Canada, it portrays fresh air,” Lam said.


That air is made available in 3-litre and 8-litre cans, with twin-packs costing between Rs 1,450 ($21.32, U.S.) and Rs 2,800 ($41.17, U.S.).


How they collect the air is a “trade secret” but it’s a “giant vacuum” process. “We suck up all the air in Banff, about 150,000 litres every time and it takes about 40 hours,” Lam said.


He’s confident Indians may be in the market for clean, crisp Canadian air. “The pollution in India is more than in China, we expect it to be our largest market.”


Taking charge of India operations is Vancouver-based Justin Dhaliwal, who said 100 bottles have arrived there and they’ll be test-marketing it soon, beginning with sending samples to the Canadian high commission in New Delhi and setting up kiosks in malls while raising social media visibility.


Lam said their experience in China showed that users included pregnant mothers, corporate executives, and even students preparing for examinations. Now, they’re waiting with bated breath to see if the concept takes off in India.


Source:  Hindustan Times


Musk on the Move

SpaceX Nails IT!


 Photo by Steve Jurvetson


In less than two weeks, Elon Musk has made world changing headline news stories. First was for the Model 3, which in less than six days of its unveiling has secured 325,000 reservations for the car which represents, more or less,  $14 billion for the company. Then one week later, Musk’s company, SpaceX, executed a historic first.


On April 8, SpaceX launched its Falcon 9. The rocket's first stage returned from space and landed on an automated drone ship offshore a few minutes later. Meanwhile, the second stage successfully placed a Dragon spacecraft into orbit.


SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft is delivered almost 7,000 pounds of cargo, including the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), to the orbital laboratory following its launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.


The mission is SpaceX's eighth cargo delivery through NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract. Dragon's cargo will support dozens of the more than 250 science and research investigations taking place on the space station during Expeditions 47 and 48.


There are many reasons that this accomplishment is extraordinary, landing a rocket on solid ground was hard enough when back in December of 2015 SpaceX also made history by landing the first ever rocket upright, which was described by Tim Urban like, “launching a pencil over the Empire State building, having it reverse, come back down, and land on a shoebox on the ground—in a windstorm,” so we could only imaging what this feat would be described as. But the key thing here is to look at the reuse of these rockets for many more multiple voyages, this is practice of efficiency permeates through Musk’s business models, whether it be SpaceX, Tesla, or Solar City he understands efficiency is big business, and we feel that’s  a sustainable business model. Congrats to the whole team at SpaceX and thank you to Elon Musk for being a risk take and visionary.



Battery Inventor Wins $500,000 Prize

 

Jay Whitacre, Ph.D., a Materials Scientist and Professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering, is the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Lemelson-MIT Prize for his “saltwater” battery.

The Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI) battery uses abundant materials including water, sodium and carbon. The battery’s major internal components are a saltwater electrolyte, manganese oxide cathode, carbon composite anode and synthetic cotton separator.

The energy storage device doesn’t contain heavy metals or toxic chemicals and is non-flammable and non-explosive. Given these attributes, the AHI is claimed to be the safest and most sustainable battery in the world.



AHI is the world’s first Cradle to Cradle Certified battery. Cradle To Cradle certification examines a product through five categories – material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship and social fairness.

Flexible and scalable, AHI batteries are supplied in “stacks”. The  energy storage system is designed for use in residential on-grid applications, off-grid scenarios, microgrids, energy management and grid services; in configurations from kilowatt-hours to megawatt-hours capacity.

S-Line Battery Stacks are ~2 kWh systems and can be connected in series or parallel. M-Line Battery Modules are ~25 kWh systems comprising twelve S-Line Battery Stacks in a parallel configuration.

Dr. Whitacre’s company, Aquion Energy, began delivering AHI batteries to customers early last year and has installations in place globally, including in Australia.

Dr. Whitacre will use part of his prize money to create a fellowship that will support graduate students and nurture interest in innovative energy solutions.

We are proud to recognize Jay Whitacre as this year’s Lemelson-MIT Prize winner,” said Joshua Schuler, executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program. ” He personifies the mission of Lemelson-MIT through his commitment to mentorship, his desire to solve some of our world’s greatest problems and his ability to commercialize his technologies.”

Dr. Whitacre is a prolific inventor and holds 30 patents or pending patent applications.

Other accolades Aquion Energy has received include Fast Company’s World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Energy, and Popular Science’s Best of What’s New 2014: Innovation of the Year. In June this year, the company won the ees AWARD 2015 at Intersolar Europe.


Solar Entrepreneurs, This Is For You

SfunCube- A Dedicated Incubator

 

Think you would like to be a Solar Entrepreneur? Well ReNewable Now thinks we may have found the right place for you, and that’s SfunCube.

 

SfunCube is the world’s only incubator and accelerator dedicated to solar. Our mission is to support solar entrepreneurs to succeed.


SfunCube is an epicenter of solar innovation in the heart of the Bay Area. Entrepreneurs working to spread solar with smart software, finance, and analytic solutions are housed and given the resources to scale.


Solar is a $100 billion dollar business worldwide and one of world’s fastest growing industries. The price of solar hardware, like panels and inverters, has crashed. Now we need start-up ingenuity to reduce the soft costs like financing, customer acquisition, and installation. Trillions of dollars will be invested and made in solar in the decades to come as we transition to a new energy economy. We put solar entrepreneurs in the position to lead that transition.


SfunCube is an invitation-only community for solar start-ups. Creating an awesome ecosystem means keeping the quality of companies high. If you’re a solar entrepreneur and want to be surrounded by the best solar start-ups in the country, we want you to join us. Please contact us to apply to the Incubator or Accelerator.


Incubator


SfunCube Incubator provides over 14k square feet of LEED certified office space in the heart of Oakland’s Uptown overlooking the San Francisco Bay Area.


Our LEED certified building sports a professional lobby, has 24 hour access, and is surrounded by some of Oakland’s finest restaurants and bars. Solar entrepreneurs in the Incubator pay one flat fee for unlimited access to the working space, conference rooms, and common areas.


Accelerator


SfunCube Accelerator is a 9-month program for solar entrepreneurs.


Founders and their start-ups receive free rent at SfunCube for the 9-month duration of the program while being surrounded by the nation’s leading early stage solar companies in SfunCube’s Incubator. In addition, entrepreneurs receive a $10k cash investment, pro bono business services from the Bay Area’s leading lawyers, management consultants, and accounting firms, connections to mentors, and connections to capital. SfunCube takes a small equity stake in Accelerator startups.


21 Year Old Solar Entrepreneur Pushing

The Philippines Forward



Solar Philippines president Leandro L. Leviste, who is just 21 years old. Mr. Leviste’s company installed what was claimed to be the largest solar array on a shopping mall in the world last year and it seems like there is no slowing down with his latest project.


A 30 MW solar power generation facility has been inaugurated in Ormoc City, Leyte.


Constructed by Thailand’s Soleq for Gregorio Araneta Inc., the facility has 98,000 solar panels; enough to supply clean electricity to 50,000 households. Another 30 MW capacity will be added to the project soon.


During  construction, up to 3,000 workers were employed and 100 employees will operate the $50-million solar farm on a permanent basis. The plant has been built on private land leased for 30 years.

Another project for the joint venture is a 100-megawatt project in Negros Occidental province; which is expected to be completed in December this year.


To date, Soleq’s activities have primarily in Thailand, where it has developed more than 70MW of solar capacity.


Solar power uptake has been a little slow in the Philippines, partly due to very complex permit processes involving multiple levels of government. However, the need for clean energy production is growing more urgent as power consumption in the Philippines increased by 50 percent in the decade to 2012.


The Philippines’ energy mix is quite green already, with hydropower and geothermal power accounting for around 30% of its total capacity. According to the Guardian; wind, solar and biofuel currently make up only 117MW of the Phillipines’ 16,163MW total energy generation capacity.


The Philippines’ government has set a renewables target of 50% by 2030. Achieving this target has been made more challenging due to demand for energy in the country forecast to exceed 30,000MW by 2030; more than double a current demand of 12,000MW.


Elon Musk, The Man Who’s Changing The World


From software designer, to possibly the world’s greatest entrepreneur, Elon Musk is a man who takes risks in a big way, but he is truly a visionary that we can all embrace. From TESLA Motors and Space X, to Solar City just to name a few, he is creating companies for humanity’s greater good, while also creating jobs and moving to a cleaner economy.


Elon Musk announced last week details of Tesla Energy, a new range of batteries for homes, businesses and utility scale operations. The residential energy storage solution is called “Powerwall,” a rechargeable lithium-ion battery designed for load shifting, backup power and self-consumption of solar power generation.


The 220-pound Powerwall will, as its name suggests, be mounted on a wall, and is made for home use. It’s just six inches deep, comes in different colors, has a 10-year warranty, and is available in two versions: a 10-kWh setup for $3,500, and a 7-kWh unit for $3,000. It’s Internet-connected and has an integrated DC inverter.


“When paired with solar power, the 7kWh Powerwall can be used in daily cycling to extend the environmental and cost benefits of solar into the night when sunlight is unavailable,” states Tesla.


There are plenty of advantages for consumers, Musk says. If the grid goes down, you can still have power. You can fill up the battery at night, when rates are lower. The typical household uses somewhere around 30kWH a day, says Stu Lipoff, an electronics industries consultant and IEEE fellow. So the Powerwall wouldn’t really be enough to keep your home going off-grid for long (depending on how much solar energy you’re putting in), but it’s a lot better than nothing.


In the US, Musk says, customers often have to sell energy back at wholesale prices, then pay for more at retail cost, so “it actually makes huge economic sense.” It should be even better overseas, where sell back prices are well below how much energy costs. “It’s gonna be huge in Germany.”


For bigger applications, there’s the “Powerpack,” which is about the size and shape of a refrigerator. Businesses not satisfied with the size of the Powerwall can use them to avoid those peak rates and keep everything running if a storm takes down the power lines. Target’s on board to test it out at some stores, so is Jackson Family Wines.


Utilities need way, way more power. That’s why Tesla is making the Powerpack “infinitely scaleable,” Musk says: You can pile together as many as you want. Several partners have signed up, including Southern California Edison. And you need just 2 billion of these things to switch the entire world over to renewable power stored in batteries. That’s how many cars and trucks are on the planet’s roads, Musk says.


Powerwall specifications:


Mounting: Wall Mounted Indoor/Outdoor

Storage capacity: 7kWh or 10kWh

Continuous Power: 2kW

Peak Power: 3kW

Round Trip Efficiency: >92%

Operating Temperature Range: -20C (-4F) to 43C (110F)

Warranty: 10 years

Dimensions: H: 1300mm W: 860mm D:180mm


One of Tesla’s partners for the PowerWall is SolarEdge; a leading solar inverter manufacturer.


“Building on SolarEdge’s proven DC optimized inverter proven and Tesla’s leading automotive-grade battery technology, the solution will require only a single SolarEdge inverter to manage both PV and storage functions. The system is designed for efficient, outdoor installation and includes remote monitoring and troubleshooting to keep operations and maintenance costs low,” says Tesla.


Also announced were Tesla’s business solutions and utility scale battery systems; with the latter consisting of 100kWh battery blocks that can be grouped to scale from 500kWh to 10MWh+.


Now for the icing on the cake, more new jobs in a clean energy economy! Elon Musk broke ground in what he is calling 'Gigafactory 1,' that actual broke ground in May 2014 in Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center in Nevada. Tesla will offer an average wage of about $25 an hour once the Gigafactory opens and will employ as many as 6,500 people, Valuewalk reports, citing Mike Kazmierski, head of the Economic Development Authority for Western Nevada. Minimum wage at the factory, which will employ about 6,500 people, will be about $23 an hour, while engineers will get almost $42 an hour. NOTE: Municipal Economic Developers, and City Planners should read deeply into this, “Gigafactory 1,” could # 2, oe # 3, etc., would be an excellent addition to any state.


Tesla says PowerWall will be available around August – at this stage it’s not clear if that is only in the USA initially. Now if this wasn’t exciting enough another coo for the State of Vermont as Green Mountain Power will be one of the first energy companies in the country to offer Tesla's new home battery, the Powerwall, to customers. Big Congrats to our good friend Mary Powell, GMP’s CEO, great forward thinking.


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Fashion Accessory with Power



SolarHug, designed by a 20 year old student, is a wearable solar power system with a couple of interesting additional features


SolarHug is aluminum bracelet covered with flexible solar panel. The solar panel, described as “almost indestructible and flexible”, can provide a charge in low light conditions; including indoors.




Energy is stored in a 2000 mAh battery. By way of comparison, the capacity of an iPhone 5 battery is 1440mAh. Weighing just 80 grams, the bracelet is 7 millimeters thick and the module is 45 millimeters wide.


The device includes an LED indicator showing state of charge and can also be used as a torch of sorts.


Additional features include a 128 gigabyte USB drive and cables – a 6 cm  USB cable and a 12 cm microUSB or Lightning cable. As well as smartphones, the device can also be used to charge cameras, MP3 players etc. and SolarHug can also be recharged via USB. Some models will feature inductive charging.


Electrical engineering student Pavol Bujna, left his home in Bratislava, Slovakia to seek opportunities in the UK. During his time in Reading, he began working on SolarHug – and it’s now almost ready for prime-time.


Mr. Bujna has returned to Slovakia and is now is seeking funding to enable a commercial rollout via KickStarter. Assuming the fundraiser succeeds, shipping of pre-ordered SolarHug bracelets via KickStarter is expected to begin in April next year; with general availability commencing in May/June of 2015.


At the time of publishing, £5,158 has been pledged towards a £70,000 goal; with 19 days remaining.


Google Wants To Give 1 Million Dollars To???


The answer: The person who can design and create a smaller and better inverter.

Google wants to see the size of inverters shrink - and will award a million dollars to the person or team that comes up with the best design.
    
An inverter in a grid connected
solar power system is the largish box separate from the solar panels that takes the DC current produced by the modules and converts it to AC; suitable for use in the home or for exporting to the mains grid.
 
In an off-grid solar system , the solar inverter performs a similar function, but converts the DC power from a bank of deep cycle batteries .
    
Google's
"Little Box Challenge"  isn't looking for slightly smaller inverters, but a unit that is around the size of a notebook computer - a reduction of more than 10 X in volume of standard solar inverters today.
   
While
microinverters  are already available, these are module level electronics and rated to up to just a few hundred watts. Competition participants will need to develop a kW-scale inverter with a power density of at least 50 Watts per cubic inch.
 
Why?
 
"We expect that the innovations inspired by this prize will have wide applicability across these areas, increasing efficiency, driving down costs, and opening up new uses cases that we can’t imagine today. It also doesn’t hurt that many of these improvements could make our data centers run more safely and efficiently."
 
Interested parties need register their team by September 30, 2014. By July next year, a technical approach and testing application must be completed. In October 2015, 18 finalists will be selected and the winner will be announced in January 2016.
 
Google will not require any IP (intellectual property) or licenses to be granted to it, except a non-exclusive license that it says will be used only for the purpose of testing the inverter and publicizing the prize. The company says it may also choose to make public "some or all of the teams’ high-level technical approach documents."

" Elon Musk, An Entrepreneur for the Ages"


Tesla, maker of the most critically acclaimed car ever, is going open source. And that is a testament to its creator, Elon Musk .


Recently on NPR's "On Point Radio" with Tom Ashbrook, they focused on the decreasing number of entrepreneurs in the United States and the reason behind it-one of the areas was over-regulation that just makes risk taking even more risky. But one thing that caught our  interest was when they spoke about a promise for American entrepreneurs being immigrants coming into the United States. Well, that couldn't be more true than what we see in Elon Musk, the young man who immigrated to the U.S. from South Africa and has literally become the world's poster boy for green innovation. Well, now he is showing his leadership skills as he opens the doors to Tesla's technology.


Every patent that the Silicon Valley electric-car pioneer has ever secured will now be available for any company in the world to use, free of charge.


“Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology,”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk wrote in a blog post published Thursday. “Our true competition is not the small trickle of non-Tesla electric cars being produced, but rather the enormous flood of gasoline cars pouring out of the world’s factories every day.”

“Given that annual new vehicle production is approaching 100 million per year and the global fleet is approximately 2 billion cars, it is impossible for Tesla to build electric cars fast enough to address the carbon crisis. … We believe that Tesla, other companies making electric cars, and the world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform,” he wrote.

Following a conference call with Musk, The Wall Street Journal reported that hundreds of patents, covering everything from batteries to electric control systems, would be affected, helping to spur growth in an industry in which Tesla is a global leader.

    Mr. Musk also hinted at another reason for the offer: achieving greater economies of scale. For example, Tesla’s patents for its vehicle Supercharging stations could be shared with other auto makers, which could help Tesla spread costs and more quickly make more stations available.

    More manufacturers should use small battery cells, as Tesla does, Mr. Musk said. “That would be one thing I would recommend.” He has outlined plans to build a large battery factory, which he calls the gigafactory, to produce more battery packs in the U.S.

    Tesla has “several hundred” patents related to all areas of its electric vehicles, Mr. Musk said, including batteries and electric control systems. Tesla isn’t worried a competitor could use its patents to undercut the company, he said.

Tesla’s business model doesn’t just emphasize the manufacture and sale of electric cars. The company is also a major producer of electric-vehicle components used by other manufacturers. Thursday’s announcement could help competitors move in on those sales, but Tesla apparently feels confident enough in its own capabilities to embrace, rather than fear, that potential threat.

“Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world’s most talented engineers,” Musk wrote in his post. “We believe that applying the open source philosophy to our patents will strengthen rather than diminish Tesla’s position in this regard.”

" Print a Forest"


When Joe Miller found out that students on university campuses were printing Jeff Flath4 billion sheets of paper per year, he knew something had to be done. Armed with the understanding that students would continue to use paper for academic purposes, he set out with the mission “what we can’t reduce, we must offset.” His company, Print a Forest, aims to plant 75 trees for every tree used for the printing of paper. It’s a free software application that relies on a sponsorship revenue stream to donate to nonprofit reforestation efforts in endangered forests.  Print 100 Pages.  Plant a Tree.  In this way we could turn 4 billion pages, into 40 million trees.


  • PROFILE: Joe Miller
  • Company : Print A Forest
  • Company description: Eco-Smart Software Solution
  • Website: www.printaforest.com

Print a Forest is free computer software that transforms our users printer into a tree planting machine. Print 100 Pages. Plant a Tree.  All it takes is downloading the easy-to-use software (watch video for step by step instructions) and allowing a brand to sponsor the pages you print with a small message across the footer of the page, sort of like a small banner ad you see on the web.  Little messages, plant big trees.  Our reforestation partners plant a tree for every 100 pages our users print.


As a virtual printer, the user opts in by selecting Print a Forest as their printer when printing from any application.  This causes the Print a Forest software to pop up.   Ask what printer the document should be sent to, show a print preview of the document with inserted “branded footnote”, and inform the user of how many trees they have planted.   We plant climate change fighting trees in National Forest’s with The Arbor Day Foundation, and hunger fighting, fruit bearing trees in Detroit community gardens with the Greening of Detroit.


Joe what are you working on now?


Print a Forest is free computer software that allows users to plant a tree for every hundred pages they print.  Print 100 pages.  Plant a tree.  Use Print a Forest’s software and be open to a small message from a brand across the bottom margin of the pages you print. Participation transform the users printer into a tree planting machine.


Users print from their own computer, to their own printer, but through our software.  Branded footnotes from advertising sponsors fund one of our non-profit reforestation partners planting 75 new trees for every tree worth of paper our users print.  With Print a Forest anyone can have their printer turn into tree planting machines and literally print a forest.  The free software is available for download at printaforest.com/download.


Where did the idea for Print A Forest cone from?


As a university student I was frustrated with the amount of paper that I needed to print, around ten pages of notes for every class.  I tried not to print off my class notes to the point where my grades suffered.  It’s impractical to type notes as a fiance major.


I began to realize the magnitude of the issue with the 45,000 students at my University printing 9 million pages a year on campus printers, and no doubt millions more pages being printed off campus.  Extrapolating on the known figure of 9 million, we can reasonably assume nationwide students print 4 billion pieces of paper just on campus.  The clearing of 530,000 trees to supply students with printing paper needs was unacceptable.  Students, environmentally conscious or not will continue to print hard copies of notes for their convenience.  This is a given.  But what we can’t reduce, we must offset.  So I created software that allows you to print, when you have no other choice, but do it in a environmentally friendly way.


What does your typical day look like?


I like to keep things fresh.  Consistently my day involves some sort of exercise.  Either biking, running, kayaking or yoga.  Also, I try and cook a meal once a day.


How do you bring your ideas to life?


Action.  Figure out the little things you can do, and keep taking steps forward.  If you can’t build a prototype.  Take a survey or create a 1.0 pilot, so that when you get to the next level you have something real to show.   Talk to as many people as you can.


3 trends that excite you?


Urban agriculture, farmers markets, community gardens.  During WWII Americans produced 40% of produce in Victory Gardens.  With community gardens we could declare a war on food insecurity.  That’s why Print a Forest is setting up a partnership with Greening of Detroit to make part of our reforestation initiative planting hunger fighting, fruit bearing trees in Detroit community gardens.


  What is the worst job you ever had and what did you learn from it?


Honestly, I have been fortunate enough never to have a bad job.  My hardest job was in high school working for a carpenter during the summer building houses.  10 hour days moving lumber and it was exhausting,  but I just thought about it as training for the football.  Spending a summer carrying 2 by 4s up flights of stairs was all worth it in the 4th quarter when the season started..


  If you were to start again, what would you do differently?


I would have spent more time in school learning about technology, maybe some programming.  It may be a lost cause trying to learn how to write code.  Language, has never been my thing.  But I wish I had a  base of knowledge because there was a step learning curve when building the Print a Forest software.  Of course I couldn’t have known that.  I wanted to go into green building.


What is the one thing you did/do as an entrepreneur that you would do over and over again and recommend everybody else do?


Work out of a co-working space.  Over the summer I worked out of Green Spaces, a coworking space for green and social conscious startups, small businesses and freelance entrepreneurs.  As close to a utopian community, and space as you could possibly work out of.  It’s really does take a community to foster growth, and at Green Spaces you instantly join a group of bright minds working to make the world a better place.  If you are ever moving to a new city explore the coworking spaces.


What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?


The other night I had a dream about a vertical wind turbine.  http://bit.ly/pXOGMi The type with large flat sides to catch the wind.  The dream was about painting one side black, and the other white.  While this turbine is in the sun it would cause the black side to absorb light and give off heat.  While the white side would reflect light, and keep the air around it relatively cool.  This difference in air pressure on alternating sides of the blade would hopefully propel the blade forward and add to the efficiency, and output of the turbine.  Potentially could add to the eye sore argument, but it would be great is someone could test this..


What advice would you give aspiring entrepreneurs that are looking at the Green Economy for their start-up?


I would tell them a few things, first, never stop learning or dreaming. This is what makes all things possible. Second, if you have an idea, make sure you do your homework and know everything possible about it. You have to become an expert about the topic. If you don’t have an expertise in a certain area, surround yourself with people who do have that expertise. Third, don’t assume anything. Nothing goes smoothly and most things do not work out the first time you do them. Make sure you have a plan A thru Z, and lastly, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it.


What is the one book that you recommend our community should read, and why?


Just one?  The Snowball: Warren Buffet It is a time commitment, but it is worth it.  But I will also have to recommend, Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves  Neuroplasticity is fascinating.


  If you weren’t working on Print a Forest, what would you be doing?.


I would like to work in urban agriculture next.


For more resources, information, and continued interview with Joe Miller on Print a Forest the following is available:


printaforest.com
@printaforest
http://www.facebook.com/PrintaForest


If you know of an entrepreneur, or a business anywhere in the world, that is evolving in the Green Economy let us know, and we will be happy to follow-up and possibly to a profile on them. SUBMIT CANDIDATE


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