Heather Clancy


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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Michigan city commits to LED streetlight retrofit

Michigan city commits to LED streetlight retrofit

Since so many of you are reading my dispatches about the use of LEDs, here’s another one for you: The city of Ann Arbor, Michigan, is converting ALL, yes, ALL of its downtown streetlights over to this sort of light starting in November. The project is part of the LED City initiative, which already includes Raleigh, North Carolina, and Toronto, Ontario.

October 20, 2007 by in Tech Industry

Green business backlash: We could see this coming

Green business backlash: We could see this coming

There's a thought-provoking cover story in the latest issue of BusinessWeek that is sure to spark much green-o-sphere debate over the next few days, so let me lob my own two cents into the mix.The article, called "Little Green Lies," seeks to debunk the idea that being green can be profitable for a business (as businesses from Wal-Mart to Home Depot have implied).

October 19, 2007 by in Tech Industry