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Global Edge
August 10, 2010 Posted by
Read about changes to International Commercial Terms (Incoterms) —internationally accepted rules used in commerce — that deal with the costs, risks and responsibilities when shipping goods internationally. It's crucial to understand the new Incoterms in order to accurately negotiate or quote your sales contracts.
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Energy & Resource Innovation
August 04, 2010 Posted by
Cleantech investing continues to recover at faster pace. All of the news services, including VentureSource, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and Cleantech Network, report consistently strengthening investment activity through the second quarter of 2010.
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Quarterly Economic Report
July 12, 2010 Posted by
It’s been interesting to watch the markets set up for alternating scenarios through this downturn. Several times during the last 22 months since Lehman went under, fears of inflation have swept in like waves on the beach. Just as quickly the water receded from the shore.
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Energy & Resource Innovation
June 03, 2010 Posted by
On April 8-9, 2010, Silicon Valley Bank broughttogether 104 experts from the entrepreneurial, venture capital, energy,academic and policy worlds to discuss critical issues affecting the long termgrowth of the energy generation, storage and efficiency markets.  Here are our key takeaways from this set ofinvigorating, closed door discussions.
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Venture Capital
May 31, 2010 Posted by
SVB Capital is interested in understanding this issue and the many dynamics necessary for a healthy venture capital industry. Median fund sizes in venture capital have declined dramatically in recent years, and many limited partners have liquidity constraints that have caused them to reduce or pull back from allocations to the asset class.
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Global Edge
May 10, 2010 Posted by
By hedging, or actively managing your company's foreign exchange exposure to protect revenues, expenses, assets and liabilities from exchange rate volatility, you can minimize disruption to the business and improve the bottom line. This online seminar replay covers risk-management best practices.
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Energy & Resource Innovation
April 09, 2010 Posted by
The last year has seen a wave of investment and utility interest in home and business energy intelligence tools. Power providers and companies that supply infrastructure envision a smart grid that will provide significant improvements over the current utility distribution grid. Targeted improvements include automated meter reading, faster outage detection and repair, demand response tools to reduce energy usage during peak usage times, and load shifting capabilities to distribute power to high demand areas in real time.
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Energy & Resource Innovation
April 09, 2010 Posted by
The magnitude of opportunities in global energy markets is enormous, but scaling up a new technology to “utility” scale also presents unique challenges for the venture model. The leap from initial product demonstration and small scale manufacturing into production or assets in the hundreds of megawatts (and hundreds of millions of dollars) largely exceeds the capacity of venture equity financing. Given the current state of capital markets, start-ups are wondering what sources of lending are available for initial large scale manufacturing or projects and what role can and should government play (for example, through loan guarantees and grants) in “picking winners” and lowering the hurdle for new clean energy technologies to attract commercial capital and gain traction in the market.
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Energy & Resource Innovation
April 09, 2010 Posted by

Much has been made of the potential role of emerging cleantech markets in driving the economic recovery and renewing U.S. leadership in technology innovation. The mobilization and retraining of displaced workers for jobs in the new “green collar” workforce was a primary motivation behind federal stimulus funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy and smart grid. Yet, among cleantech venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, there is a decided ambivalence about the role of the sector in creating national competitive advantage. Indeed, the very notion of national competitiveness can take on divergent overtones in a world where capital from all over the world, flowing through investors in Silicon Valley, supports companies based around the world, with networks of manufacturing, supply chain, and markets located wherever economic logic may dictate. As one VC in our discussion put it, “Global markets are great if you’re an entrepreneur or investor, but I have to put on my nationalistic hat” for discussions about competitiveness. In short, capitalism and economic nationalism make strange bedfellows in today’s globally interconnected economy.  ­

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