Category Archives: Industry Insights

China’s Energy and Climate Policies: Pragmatic, Productive, but Ultimately Ineffective?

by Urosh Tomovich, MEM/MBA ’15 On March 26, EDGE hosted a Forum on Cleantech in China at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business that featured insights from five panelists about starting, funding, and growing businesses in China. Panelist Tom Darden, CEO … Continue reading

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Utilities Can Win by Entering the Distributed Solar Market

By Omar Arriaga (MBA ’15), Adam Cornelius (MEM ’14), Julia Mote (MBA ’15), and Eric Vandenbrink (MBA ’15) This article was written in response to a seminar given by Allen Burchett, Senior VP for Business Development, ABB North America, in … Continue reading

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Together now: Good governance and better business discussed at the World Ocean Summit

By Sarah Hoyt (MEM/MBA ’16) Leaders in business, government, academia and nonprofit convened in San Francisco at The Economist’s World Ocean Summit last week to address the role of ocean health in a thriving global economy. I was fortunate to … Continue reading

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China’s smog cloud may have a silver lining

Environmental concerns are ubiquitous in China. Every day, the newspapers include stories about the converging crises related to air pollution, food contamination, water shortages, and solid waste. There is also a growing frustration that China’s “growth at all costs” development … Continue reading

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Smart cities: Lessons from the internet

by Jeff Fish, MEM ’14 This article was written in response to a seminar given by Ken Geisler, Vice President, Strategy, Siemens Smart Grid, in an EDGE Seminar on Nov. 20, 2013 at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Ken … Continue reading

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Lessons for energy entrepreneurs

by Lisa Huber, MBA ’14 This article was written in response to a seminar given by Pedro Santos, Founder and CEO of OsComp Systems, in an EDGE Seminar on Nov. 13, 2013 at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Pedro … Continue reading

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Sustainable development requires truth in advertising

by Tim McDonald, MBA ’15 This article was written in response to a seminar given by Tom Albanese, Chairman, Vedanta Resources Holdings, in an EDGE Seminar on Nov. 6, 2013 at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Sustainable development is … Continue reading

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Winning in cleantech VC

By Richard Bethune, MBA ’14 This article was written in response to a seminar given by Randall Ledford, PhD, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Emerson Electric Co. in an EDGE Seminar on Oct. 9, 2013 at Duke University’s … Continue reading

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Purpose to profit: Considering next-generation retail platforms

By Tatyana Brown, MEM/MBA ’16 This article was written in response to a seminar given by Terry Yosie, PhD, President & CEO of the World Environment Center, in an EDGE Seminar on Oct. 2, 2013 at Duke University’s Fuqua School … Continue reading

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Sustainability: Reducing risk is the reward

By Dan Chow, MEM/MBA ’15 This article was written in response to a seminar given by Terry Yosie, PhD, President & CEO of the World Environment Center, in an EDGE Seminar on Oct. 2, 2013 at Duke University’s Fuqua School … Continue reading

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