Blockchain and Supply Chain Financing: A Conversation with Skuchain


Jules Besnainou
On November 9th in Boston, we will be hosting our  executive summit on Blockchain in Energy & Industry - a good excuse to catch up with some of the most interesting projects happening in the space. Founded in 2014, Skuchain is applying blockchain technology to the digitization and financing of the supply chain. To learn more, we spoke to Rebecca Liao, who heads Skuchain’s Business Development and Strategy, and to Ranga Krishnan, the company’s VP of Technology, who will join us... Read More »

Blockchain and IoT: A Conversation with Dominik Schiener of the IOTA Foundation


Jules Besnainou
In its landmark Device Democracy report a couple of years ago, IBM highlighted a series of challenges that connected things would face when scaling from the tens of billions to the hundreds of billions in the coming years. Among these challenges, cost of connectivity, the erosion of trust in the internet, and broken business models for connected devices stood out as hurdles already affecting IoT innovation. [caption id="attachment_15140" align="alignright" width="200"] Dominik Schiener, Co-Founder, IOTA[/caption] The report pointed out that using... Read More »

Diving into blockchain use cases: Wholesale energy trading


Jules Besnainou
Blockchain technology is gaining momentum in the energy sector. In our latest State of the Market, we tried to give a first overview of this ecosystem – the innovators, corporates and investors making bets in the space. While this state of the market is already in need of an update, our assessment is that there is an even stronger need for understanding specific use cases and deployments. Which ones are actually getting piloted? Why use blockchain for this problem? How... Read More »

Blockchain meets Energy: State of the Market


Jules Besnainou
Was it only a week ago? On February 14 and 15, two communities met in Vienna, Austria to discuss the promise, prospects and challenges of applying blockchain technology to the energy sector. To many in the audience, Event Horizon 2017 felt like a turning point. Energy professionals, caught by surprise by the rise of distributed generation, wouldn't miss the next wave of disruption. Blockchain innovators, touting the benefits of decentralization, were ready to rumble with a notoriously inert industry. The enthusiasm in... Read More »

Blockchain meets Energy: Building the Community


Jules Besnainou
For followers of our At the Cutting Edge subscriber research, the promise of using blockchain technology to improve distributed energy, IoT and logistics is nothing new. In fact, throughout 2016, you have observed organizations like LO3, Filament and Grid Singularity enter strategic partnership with large enterprises, deploy pilots and make the headlines. Here is our deal timeline for the year: Leveraging blockchain technology in exchanges of electrons and data makes sense. It’s great at securely processing transactions and registering ownership, meaning... Read More »

Gene Editing: The ever-hotter CRISPR


Jules Besnainou
During the inaugural Cutting Edge session at Cleantech Forum Europe a few months ago, biologist Anna Gilles explained the basics of CRISPR to an audience of energy investors and corporates. This method, re-discovered five years ago and dubbed "the copy-paste of genome editing," has revolutionized the field and allowed scientists around the world to edit organisms in an easier and cheaper way than was previously possible. The rapid rise of CRISPR-related medical research has been inspiring – as we wrote... Read More »

Augmented Reality: All Eyes on Industrial Applications


Jules Besnainou
Three months into the release of Pokémon Go, there is a good chance you have bumped into one of its estimated 100 million players. The game’s hype may be short-lived, but there is no denying that it has taken the world by storm. What is less commented on is that this represents the first major consumer breakthrough for augmented reality (AR). Indeed, one of the game’s innovations is to layer fictional characters on top of the reality captured by your... Read More »

Technological edge means business: why we’re adding patents to i3


Jules Besnainou
Each investor, innovation executive or business unit manager has their unique process to discover and evaluate companies in a technology area. However, they all share one key criterion to set companies apart: technological edge and the ability to protect it. With that in mind, we have been hard at work on a feature that would allow you to easily navigate a company's IP portfolio. And it is now ready! Here's what we just launched on i3 Connect: A tile showing US and... Read More »

Our data is yours – opening up i3 to global innovation enthusiasts


Jules Besnainou
  The i3 team is committed to connecting global enterprises with emerging technology. Until now, the data sets that power the i3 network have been closed to the public. In a bid to foster tech adoption and have more people benefit from the wealth of data we have collected, we are unveiling a new homepage, from which you can start navigating our data for free, without even signing up! Knowledge is key when making investment decisions in disruptive technology. The data... Read More »

Matchmaking for Corporates and Start-ups: A Product Journey


Jules Besnainou
As Cleantech Group unveiled its new i3 online platform on September 27, Director of Product Development Jules Besnainou tells the story of what brought about the major shift in the product’s direction, and describes where it is headed. When I joined Cleantech Group in early 2012, my job was straightforward: to maintain i3, a database of transactions in the cleantech space. At the time, the platform was mainly geared toward investors, and the data came from manual inputs of a top-notch Research... Read More »