22 May '12, 6pm

The Facebook IPO’s Connection to Solar Energy

The Facebook IPO’s Connection to Solar Energy

When the Facebook IPO was the #1 news topic last week, it didn’t cross my mind that there was any important connection to cleantech, or solar energy in particular. However, a couple days later, it struck me that there was an important one. Facebook went from a simple idea in 2003 or 2004 to a multi-billion-dollar company with one of the biggest IPOs in history this month. Why? What does Facebook offer? Facebook’s offerings are pretty straightforward (though, it’s obviously trying to broaden those as much as it can). Primarily, for as long as I’ve known about it, it has offered two main things, and those two things are still the core of its business: it gives people an easy way to ‘publish’ whatever they want (it acts as a decentralized publishing agency that lets everyone be ‘a star’); it delivers a custom ‘newspaper’ (or news feed) to every member (again, acting as a dece...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/05/22/facebook-ipos-connect...

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