Heather Clancy

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Heather Clancy is an award-winning business journalist specializing in transformative technology and innovation. Her articles have appeared in Entrepreneur, Fortune Small Business, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. In a past corporate life, Heather was editor of Computer Reseller News. She started her journalism life as a business writer with United Press International in New York. She holds a B.A. in English literature from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and has a thing for Lewis Carroll.

I am fascinated about how businesses of all sizes can transform their operations through technology -- not just to make themselves more efficient, but to rise above their competitors. That's the theme for my two ZDNet blogs, Small Business Matters and Next-Gen Partner. For SmartPlanet, I'm focused on profiling inspirational and controversial business leaders who have great leadership lessons to share. I also write regularly and passionately about corporate social responsibility and sustainability issues for GreenBiz.com. Occasionally, I will pop up at an industry conference in some sort of speaking capacity. In cases where an engagement involves a sponsor that may be covered in this blog, that fact will be disclosed in coverage as appropriate. My corporate writing work usually consists of crafting research white papers about some aspect of technology or moderating Webcasts. In the event that my commentary (in written, audio or video form) mentions a company for which I have provided consulting advice, I will disclose that fact. However, there is no connection between these projects and topics that I cover in my blogs.

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Electric vehicle outlook gets curiouser and curiouser

Electric vehicle outlook gets curiouser and curiouser

To say that the legislative picture regarding government support for electric vehicles is blurry would be a serious understatement. Not to get political, but the challenge is that right now much of the support for promoting and testing the nationwide (if not national) infrastructure that we need to get electric vehicles on the road is rolled into highly contentious energy bills.

July 28, 2010 by in Government : US

U.S. has much to learn from Europe about solar tech standards

U.S. has much to learn from Europe about solar tech standards

Somehow I missed out on the invite to the Jefferies Clean Technology Conference in New York this week, but some of my ZDNet colleagues were there, including Larry Dignan, who contributed this piece on solar technology to SmartPlanet. One of the panels dealt with the rather slim adoption of residential solar tech in the United States, compared with Europe.

March 17, 2010 by in Government : US

Smart grid player Trilliant closes $40 million in funding round

Smart grid player Trilliant closes $40 million in funding round

Trilliant, a green tech company that's working with about 100 utilities on various smart grid deployments, has just closed a $40 million round of equity funding from a group of investors including affiliates of MissionPoint Capital Partners and zouk ventures.Trilliant CEO Bill Vogel characterizes the investment as an important endorsement of his company as it eyes a potential public offering.

August 27, 2008 by in Government : US

IT resellers encouraged to spread the EPEAT green gospel

IT resellers encouraged to spread the EPEAT green gospel

If you're not interested in understanding the in's and out's of the EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) rating systems, the Green Electronics Council has started training IT solutions and services providers about how to better-interpret the information for their clients.EPEAT uses 51 different criteria (such as materials, recycling options and upgradability) to rate desktops, notebooks, integrated systems and monitors.

November 21, 2008 by in Government : US