Business is "blooming" for Twitter cofounder Biz Stone's newest startup, Jelly: The stealth venture just closed a Series A funding round from investors including fellow Twitter founder/Square CEO Jack Dorsey, Al Gore, Bono, and LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman.
Ambient reality, data overload, social business, and creating ethical standards amid a quickly burgeoning socia-media landscape are some of the themes dominating conversations this year at tech conferences like SXSW. Here's a quick crib sheet.
Environmentalism, sustainability, being "green" — that's all great if you're a tree-hugging weenie with a crush on Al Gore and a compost box in your kitchen. What about the rest of us? Somewhere between "An Inconvenient Truth" and Sarah Palin's TV show, caring about the basic geophysical future of our civilization became synonymous with liberalism, socialism, and plenty of other "isms" that half the people in this country wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole. That poses a tremendous image problem for climate change. But it doesn't have to be that way.
Hara, an environmental and energy management software startup, already has some major customers—News Corp., Coca-Cola, and Safeway. But this week the company scored one of the biggest energy resource management deals in history.