Biofuels are back. This time they might even work

Make something people want to buy at a price they can afford. Hardly a revolutionary business strategy, but one that the American biofuels industry has, to date, eschewed. Now a new wave of companies think that they have the technology to change the game and make unsubsidised profits. If they can do so reliably, and […]

Reno-based Optim sets geothermal and geotechnical industry standard

Bill Honjas and Dr. Satish Pullammanappallil met when they were both graduate students at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1992. Today, they are the president/CEO and vice president/CTO of Optim, a Reno-based seismic data analysis software company that has become a market leader. Honjas and Pullammanappallil developed software that accurately analyzes complex seismic imaging […]

Nevada tax climate remains favorable to business

Nevada remains the state with the fourth-best tax climate for business, according to the 2011 rankings released Tuesday by the Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation.
The nonprofit education organization put Nevada "The top eight tax systems all raise sufficient revenue without imposing one or two of the three major state taxes — sales taxes, personal income […]

Is there a difference between Marketing & Selling with green energy or other start-ups?

In larger companies, whether consumer or business-to-business targeted, the difference between sales and marketing is well defined since there is usually a director or VP of Marketing, as well as a counterpart in Sales. Often there’s friendly rivalry between who brings in the revenue and who spends it on advertising, etc. But what about these […]

EDAWN presents K-12 Education and Economic Development – Dec 1

As a business owner, business leader, citizen and parent, we hope you will join EDAWN as we launch the Business BUZZ economic series and tackle key issues that are impacting economic diversification in Greater Reno-Tahoe starting with:
K-12 Education and Economic Development featuring Dr. Heath Morrison, Superintendent of Schools, Washoe County School District
Wednesday, December 1, 5 […]

Angel Funding: Deals Are Up, Dollars Are Down

Angel investors are committing fewer dollars but spreading them out over more deals as they hunker down and look for exits, according to new analysis from the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire (PDF).
The study, which looked at the first half of 2010, found that total investments fell 6.5 percent to […]