Liz Gannes

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With Energy Data for 50M Households, Opower Spends $25M Per Year on R&D

Opower, the home energy efficiency start-up, says it now manages energy data for more than 50 million households across 75 utility partners in six countries. It’s also now spending more than $25 million annually on research and development on such things as behavioral science and big-data analysis, and is doing a product revamp today that focuses on customer engagement.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work