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The Digital Transformation of Oil and Gas

April 28, 2017 In February I was asked to kick-off the Big Data, IoT & Machine Learning in O&G Conference. I expect the organizers felt someone from Silicon Valley would know about these topics that are often lumped together, more for convenience than accuracy, under the label of artificial intelligence (AI). Certainly, Silicon Valley has been driving a great deal …

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Opus 12 joins Autodesk Entrepreneur Impact Program

April 4, 2017 Opus 12, led by Cyclotron Road alumnae Etosha Cave and Kendra Kuhl, recently joined the Autodesk Entrepreneur Impact Program. As part of the program, they receive $150,000 worth of software from Autodesk, as well as access to Autodesk’s worldwide network of Impact Entrepreneurs and training, events, and co-marketing opportunities. Congratulations to the Opus 12 team!

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Cenovus Energy buying most of ConocoPhillips’ Canadian assets for $17.7B

March 29, 2017 Cenovus Energy announced Wednesday it plans to swallow most of the Canadian assets belonging to ConocoPhillips in a C$17.7 billion blockbuster acquisition that builds upon a recent trend of Canadian consolidation in the oilsands. The deal makes the Houston-based ConocoPhillips the latest international player to reduce its exposure to Alberta’s oilpatch. “In a low oil price environment, …

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We Need to Get Smarter, Cheaper, Faster

March 14, 2017 After recently speaking at the Future of Oil & Gas 2017 Conference in Calgary, AB, Marty Reed was invited by TheFutureEconomy.ca to answer a few additional questions: TFE.ca You spoke at our conference, The Future of Oil & Gas 2017, and stated that we need to shift to the new paradigm where speed of execution trumps all …

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Cleantech is the fastest growing sector of the BC economy: KPMG report

March 13, 2017 BC’s Cleantech industry surges with 9,800 employees forecasted in 2017, $1.8 billion in expected revenues for 2016 VANCOUVER – Over the past five years, British Columbia has emerged as a globally recognized centre of Cleantech innovation. BC’s Cleantech entrepreneurs have expanded the economy by launching dozens of new, high-growth companies, creating thousands of high-paying technology jobs for …

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Opus 12 Wins $400,000 Roddenberry Foundation Grand Prize

February 9, 2017 Congratulations to Opus 12 for winning the inaugural Roddenberry Foundation grand prize, beating 600 other companies from around the world. The Roddenberry Prize awards ideas from innovative thinkers that: put humanity first, to benefit a large and diverse population; are feasible and replicable, with potential to scale the magnitude of their impact; and are strategic, to alter …

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Reflections from our CEO – Q1 2017

February 6, 2017 Welcome to Evok’s inaugural quarterly update in which we will share the latest news from our portfolio and our team, as well as trends from within the cleantech community. 2016 saw several key additions to the Evok team. Mike Biddle, who had been advising Evok previously, has now joined full-time as our Managing Director. Based in San …

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Splitting Molecules And Fitbits For Farms: Energy Excelerator Invests $5M In 12 New Cleantech Companies

February 1, 2017 Hawaii’s Energy Excelerator (EEx) announced today that Opus 12, led by Cyclotron Road innovators Etosha Cave, Kendra Kuhl and co-founder Nicholas Flanders, was selected to join its 2017 Cohort. According to the press release, this year’s cohort was selected from a pool over 300 applicants. Selected as part of EEx’s Go-to-market Track, Opus 12 will receive $75,000 …

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A chain reaction to spare the air

January 27, 2017 Last year, in the high-profile journal Nature, Jeffrey Long, professor of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, reported devising a new material that can capture and release CO2 at a lower temperature and in a much greater volume than present-day technologies. This year, Jeffrey’s lab has begun work to efficiently synthesize the new material at a …