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  • American Lithium-Ion Battery Maker Purchases Korean Competitor

    Ener1 announced on October 16th that it has acquired South Korea’s third largest lithium-ion battery cell producer, Enertech International. Ener1 is an American company that manufactures compact, high performance lithium-ion batteries designed to power hybrid and electric vehicles. Ener1 CEO Charles Gassenheimer: Enertech is one of the largest lithium-ion battery producers in Korea, behind only LG […] More

  • Review: World Resources Institute Report: The Next Four Billion: Market Size and Business Strategy At the Base of the Pyramid

    The World Resources Institute’s new(ish) report: The Next Four Billion, draws on household income and consumption surveys of the Base of the Pyramid (see a series of posts on this topic) from over a hundred countries. Rather than provide case study success story descriptions and results, this report provides an assessment (including easy to read graphs and […] More

  • TOMS Shoes: Buy One, Donate One

    TOMS Shoes: Shoes for Tomorrow, based in Santa Monica, California wants to give its products away. And you can help. When TOMS’ founder Blake Mycoskie went to visit Argentina on vacation, he discovered more than he expected. While touring, he was exposed to the Argentinean soft shoe called Alpargata. He was also challenged by the […] More

  • A Safari into a Green Roof Jungle

    Toss this under the headline of innovating and challenging. Green Roof Safaris is a fairly new European company that provides access to North Americans (and Europeans presumably) to tour state of the art green roofs in Germany and Switzerland. The founders Christine Thüring and Jörg Breuning are green roof professionals who have collaborated in the […] More

  • Base of the Pyramid: article series continues

    Earlier this week we sketched out the Base of the Pyramid protocols versions 1.0 and 2.0. Based on some comments I’ve received via email, today I want to delve a little deeper into version 2.0, and see how we can take this innovative idea, and make it practicable (after all, that’s one of the goals […] More

  • The Base of the Pyramid 2.0: A Review (pt. 2)

    (Readers may want to read yesterday’s part one post, which provides a brief description of the concept of the base of the pyramid, and introduces today’s post.) While articles extolling the virtues of expanding markets to include, and creating brand-new ventures solely for the base of the pyramid proliferated in the early part of this […] More

  • The Base of the Pyramid 2.0: A Review (pt. 1)

    Author’s note: small editorial change in final sentence of paragraph 3. Many apologies for the oversight). Readers of this blog are probably well aware of the concept called “base of the pyramid”, originally advanced by Prahalad, Hart and others in the latter part of the 1990s, and the early part of this decade. At heart, […] More

  • Germany Opens Clean Coal Demonstration Plant

    Germany’s Secretary of the Chancellery, Thomas de Maizière, and Prime Minister of Brandenburg, Matthias Platzeck, together with Swedish Minister for Higher Education and Research Lars Leijonborg opened on Tuesday the world’s first “clean coal” plant, one that is ready to capture and store its carbon dioxide emissions. The 30-megawatt, $100 million Schwarze Pumpe pilot plant will burn […] More