THE SURGE IN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY

WHAT SURGE IS READING NOVEMBER 24
Posted by Kirk Coburn 11:20 AM on November 24, 2014

SURGE PORTFOLIO NEWS S3 Ventures leads $5 mln Series A funding in Metal Networks Chris Witkowsky | Thomson Reuters S3 Ventures has led a $5 million Series A funding round in Metal Networks, which provides software for buying and selling in the metals industry…READ MORE Austin Energy Startup Raises Part of $500K Funding Round Christopher Calnan | Austin Business Journal Bractlet Inc., an energy monitoring software and device maker, repo…
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WHAT SURGE IS READING NOVEMBER 13
Posted by Kirk Coburn 11:33 AM on November 13, 2014

WHAT WE’RE READING Mexico: North America’s Last Energy Frontier is Ready to Dance Yadullah Hussain | Financial Post Eagle Ford may be North America’s most prolific shale gas basin with more than 8,000 wells drilled in the region. By contrast its Mexican cousin…READ MORE Top U.S. Oil Companies See More Pressure to Clamp Down on Spending Anna Driver | Thomson Reuters Top U.S. oil producers, which already were reining in spending before c…
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WHAT SURGE IS READING OCTOBER 30
Posted by Kirk Coburn 9:00 AM on October 30, 2014

WHAT WE’RE READING Battle of the Upstarts: Houston vs. San Francisco Bay Joel Kotkin | The Daily Beast The energy and tech capitals of the U.S., Houston and San Francisco have little in common, but in the coming decades they are likely to become…READ MORE Texas Plant to Debut New Carbon Capture Technology David Hendricks | Houston Chronicle Skyonic Corp. on Tuesday dedicated its first-of-a-kind San Antonio factory, one that captures…
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[VIDEO] THE JOURNEY OF AN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEUER
Posted by Kirk Coburn 8:28 AM on October 24, 2014
ENTREPRENEURS
I met Anton Krupicka in 2010 the day before we both ran the Leadville Trail 100. He is the best ultrarunner in the world…and I beat him. The reality is that he was pulled from the race at mile 70 due to pushing himself too hard and running out of energy and capability. Since I am an orginary athlete, my goal was to finish. His goal was to win. I ran into Anton at my mile 45 (3/4 up a 12k+ foot mountain) while he was already on his way b…
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WHAT SURGE IS READING OCTOBER 22
Posted by Kirk Coburn 9:00 AM on October 23, 2014

ALUMNI NEWS Project Insiders Update Kirk Coburn | SURGE The past few weeks have been very busy at Project Insiders! We’ve hired a new CTO, started building our new app, and made a big…READ MORE SURGE Alumni Reduces Error Frequency for Major Global Company Kirk Coburn | SURGE SURGE Class 3 member SEE Forge makes it easy for companies big or small to improve business efficiency. Recently, a global company came to see them…READ MORE…
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PROJECT INSIDERS UPDATE
Posted by Kirk Coburn 11:00 AM on October 20, 2014
TECHNOLOGY

The past few weeks have been very busy at Project Insiders! We’ve hired a new CTO, started building our new app, and made a big sale for real money! After Surge Day this past May, we started searching for a CTO who could combine our vision for the future of Project Insiders with the technology needed to build it. We worked hard to recruit someone who would be an awesome partner and loves to build stuff as much as we do. We scoured the co…
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SURGE ALUMNI REDUCES ERROR FREQUENCY FOR MAJOR GLOBAL COMPANY
Posted by Kirk Coburn 10:00 AM on October 17, 2014

SURGE Class 3 member SEE Forge makes it easy for companies big or small to improve business efficiency. Recently, a global company came to see them to after identifying the problems in their internal processes. In particular, they were spending too much time gathering data and filling out paper forms. This paperwork often led to double entry in several systems, and a large amount of administration. A lot of the data collected was, in pra…
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WHAT SURGE IS READING OCTOBER 16
Posted by Kirk Coburn 4:35 PM on October 16, 2014

2014 SaaS Survey Delivers Industry Benchmarks Tien Anh Nguyen | OpenView David Skok, of Matrix Partners, has teamed up again this year with Pacific Crest, an investment banking firm with a specific focus… READ MORE More Big Venture-Backed Companies Shun IPOs, For Now Yuliya Chernova | The Wall Street Journal Producing oil through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, uses similar amounts of water on average as producing oil… READ MO…
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WHAT SURGE IS READING OCTOBER 8
Posted by Kirk Coburn 9:00 AM on October 8, 2014

Thinking about Valuation as an Entrepreneur Bernard Moon | Medium A couple of discussions related to our portfolio companies last week led to me write this blog post. The timing could… READ MORE WatrHub Helps Companies Identify, Target Ideal Customers Kelly Leitz | BizTimes Oftentimes, entrepreneurs lack the resources or the expertise to identify candidates to pilot a new product. Or… READ MORE Houston-Based Rail Terminal MLP…
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WHAT SURGE IS READING: OCTOBER 6
Posted by Kirk Coburn 5:43 PM on October 6, 2014
SURGE ROI, BOARD OF ADVISORS, ENERGY

Tibco to Be Bought by Vista Equity for $4.3 Billion Bruce Rule and Denni Hu | Bloomberg Tibco Software Inc., a maker of software for businesses, agreed to be bought by Vista Equity Partners for about $4.3 billion…READ MORE How to be an angelinvestor, part 3 NIVI | Venture Hacks For several interesting macro-economic reasons [1], more and more people are becoming angel investors…READ MORE Data shows Shale “petropreneurs” disp…
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