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June 23, 2008




We love scoops more than air (not really, but you get the idea), so when our own Deep Throat Bob Nelson invited us to an Alexandria parking garage lunch at Lebanese Taverna at Tysons II to tell us about his new venture capital directory called “CrossMine,” we happily accepted. Bob’s site, which launches in beta tomorrow, will organize vc’s, vc- and angel-funded companies, and everyone looking for start-up cash in one spot. “We want to become the definitive directory for all things venture-related in the area,” Bob tells us.


That’s Bob, second from left, with strategy consultant Liddy Manson, COO Bill Livingston, and Intridea partner Barg Upender, whose company is handling Crossmine’s software development. Bob says the Washington region boasts 500 venture-funded companies; 5,000 angel-funded companies, and 20,000 unfunded or privately-held companies, along with half a million tech workers. Companies in all stages are allowed to sign up, and the site features a social network for local tech workers to connect based on jobs, geography, industry, or whatever suits them.


Bill wanted a tan on the right side of face, so we happily obliged through our fine photography. All of these guys know a thing or two about the business world. Bob and Bill co-founded voice email company CrossMedia Networks, which they later sold. Bob was also Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Network Solutions when the company sold for $21 billion to VeriSign, while Liddy used to head the Washington Post online classifieds department. Barg co-founded Intridea and is a serial entrepreneur as well.



With gas prices nearing $46 a gallon we figured someone around here must be doing something to attack energy costs, and we were right: Tony Clifford heads Gaithersburg-based Standard Solar, which installs solar systems in homes and business. Tony’s clients usually get one third to two thirds of their power from his systems, but a rare few get 100%. “With gasoline you are reminded of the price every day, but home and business electrical costs are also rising at astronomical rates.” There is good news for Marylanders: The state is giving solar panel buyers property tax breaks that, combined with federal solar tax breaks, can pay for half of a new system. Looks like sunny days ahead for the solar business.

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