Is Web 2.0 Meets Green, Web 3.0?


Most of the Web 2.0 buzz happened outside the conference room

Most of the Web 2.0 buzz happened outside the conference room

Just like a year ago, most of the buzz at the Web 2.0 Summit happened out in the halls and corridors of the Palace Hotel, during the breaks and luncheons and at the off-site parties (Microsoft, MySpace…).

Although the interest of some of the panel discussion was uneven, the speakers and attendees at the conference were just top notch.

And inspite the fact that you could watch much of the conference on a delayed video broadcast or read most of what have been said throughout the conference on news sites or blogs like TechPulse360, the interaction with those key players in their respective industries is just invaluable.

After Web 2.0 meets world, green might be the next killer app!

But at the end of the day, this year’s theme “Web Meets World” gave me the impression that the Web 2.0 phenomena was on its last leg. So what’s next?

For Tim O’Reilly who helped coined the term Web 2.0, there will no Web 3.0. So over the next year, we’ll probably see more of the same like the convergence of traditional and online media and social networking everywhere.

But if the last day of the Web 2.0 Summit is an indicator of what could be coming next, I’d say that Web Meets Green might well be the theme for next year’s event that will be hosted at the Westin hotel (formerly the Argent hotel) in San Francisco. 

So “chapeau” again to hosts John Battelle and Tim O’Reilly for such a high quality roster and for pulling out another brilliant Web 2.0 Summit conference.

Best Of Benioff: Bailout SAP, Open Source Is Most Un-Green Model, Natives Are Restless, Listen To Customers More And Sale As Much As We Can! [video]

I had a blast yesterday with some of the things the colourful CEO of said during his briefing with the media.

So I decided to do a short video of my favourite moments that I refer to as “BoB” that stands for the “Best of Benioff”!

My favourite of all? Unfortunately, I didn’t caught it on tape and it was Benioff’s “love” everybody strategy!

Enjoy the short clips. I’ll add some of the transcripts after the jump.

Reader Comments On Fly-Ash Brick Toxicity; Calls Cal-Star “Hype”

A fly-ash brick plant

An example of a fly-ash brick plant

[Update: we removed the most "colourful" part of the user's comments at the request of Cal-Cement CEO, Marc Porat who found them derogatory]

I thought I would highlight one of our readers’ comments on a story we did this week about green building start-up Cal-Star and its fly-ash bricks/cement. I’ve partly edited it, but you’ll find the “un-edited” and more colourful version here. And if you want to know more about green cement, check out this post on the Next Big Future blog.

Fly-ash bricks? So, these bricks are made from coal-burning residue – a hazardous industrial waste that is loaded with highly toxic heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, mercury, nickel, selenium, arsenic, selenium and the likes??? And the bricks are not fired?

Sounds like Henry Liu’s Greenest Brick technology – take a reactive, class C fly-ash, mix with water, press and cure with steam. Only problem is that the brick has nowhere near the performance of traditional (fired) clay bricks and carries a host of occupational safety and environmental hazard risks.

Clay bricks vs Cal-Star fly-ash bricks

Clay bricks are load-bearing, have excellent compressive strength, are fire-resistant, are freeze-thaw resistant, do not leach toxic metals, are safe to handle and use, are not environmentally hazardous, are completely recyclable, and last for hundreds of years.

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Cal-Star To Build World’s Greenest Brick, Cement; Targets $7 Trillion Construction Industry


Marc Porat, CEO, Cal-Star

Marc Porat, CEO, Cal-Star

Did you know that cement manufacturing is responsible for 2.8 billion tons of CO2 emission? That’s the equivalent of gas emissions produced by all the cars on this planet. Sounds wrong, isn’t it?


“Not at all. That’s correct. But the worse is that since the creation of Portland cement in 1824, the making of cement has not changed. It still requires a lot of energy to manufacture cement: cement manufacturing represents 8% of global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel every year or 5% of all man-made CO2 emissions. No other building material has a larger footprint. And that’s what we’re about to change”, explains Marc Porat, the CEO of Cal-Star Cement that I met at Foundation Capital’s open house yesterday.

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Cleantech Investment: After Green Building, Net Zero Emission Is Next

Paul Holland, General Partner, Foundation Capital

Paul Holland, General Partner at Foundation Capital built a Net Zero home in Portola Valley, Calif.

The next big big big thing in green building (home or offices) is “Net Zero”, a general term applied to a building with a net energy consumption of zero over a typical year. 

Eating his own “dog” food, Paul Holland, the head of Foundation Capital Cleantech practice, recently built his Net Zero home in Portola Valley, Calif. Albeit not totally greenhouse gas emission free yet – because of some gas equipment -, Holland’s home actually produces enough electricity to power his electric cars!

“A building has to be thought as a utility plant”, says Holland.

By 2020, all new homes in California will have to be Net Zero compliant (Assembly Bill 32). Commercial buildings will have until 2030 to comply. In San Jose, Calif., Integrated Design Associates (IDeAs) opened last year the first “Z Squared” office in the U.S. which is both net zero energy and zero carbon emissions.

Buildings use 40% of the total energy in the US and European Union.


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