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Technology is creating a new generation of companies that increasingly choose to collaborate as a coordinated ecosystem, even if they have overlapping or competitive offerings. This transparent way of doing business is transforming the way services are delivered and products are developed. There are a number of factors propelling this new wave of collaboration, many of which are derived from the increasingly transient workforce where founders and staff no longer stay at the same company for life, rather choosing to move between companies and build networks along the way. Seamless customer experiences are no longer just a strategy, they’re now seen as mandatory. The next generation of companies have emerged from a world that values design and customer experiences. Developing seamless customer experiences, even between overlapping products, is a goal these companies share. Customers are at the center of every decision, to the point where it’s their journey, both in and out of a product, that matters most. Founder-led companies exhibit a unique DNA, especially the younger ones that are growing up in a business world where transparency, customer-centric design and collaboration are the cornerstones. They are born with the confidence to partner, and compete — if required — through their user experience. Active founders like meeting other founders, and have a shared empathy for building businesses and genuinely enjoy helping others. David Barrett, founder and CEO of Expensify, says the strength of marketplaces comes down to an open API framework that infiltrates a company’s entire culture. “The idea that individual software must be all-encompassing is a thing of the past; we live in an era where add-ons should be embraced instead of being seen as a threat,” Barrett says. Anyone building software in the last generation has seen the open-source movement and benefited from many open-source projects. They have seen that open almost always beats closed, and therefore default to open APIs and open approaches to partnering. This open philosophy is a mindset shift for incumbent companies that often take several attempts to become truly open. For new companies, reducing Customer Acquisition Costs (CAC) is paramount, so connecting solutions to existing platforms or applications with large user bases and channels is very attractive. With this approach, many new companies entering the market can minimize marketing and sales costs by cleverly attaching to the marketing machines of more established vendors, as well as inexpensively gain access to an existing customer base. For peer companies, it’s very inexpensive to cross-market, where both companies win. Many of the current SaaS founders are experienced entrepreneurs who seek a balanced lifestyle and a career with purpose — and seek experiences and contact with like-minded people. Social media and the internet mean that these people are in contact everyday; there is a sense of fellowship that underpins the industry. Frequent industry events allow face-to-face contact to build relations kept alive with Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. While political uncertainty rears its head around the world with Brexit and the upcoming U.S. election (just two of the many examples), software is quickly becoming the one thing that connects the world. It largely operates without borders, connecting cultures, countries and people on one platform.

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. markets fell slightly despite gains in markets around the world as falling oil and gas prices dragged energy companies lower. The twelve biggest decliners in the Standard & Poor's 500 index Monday were energy companies, led by an 8 percent drop for Southwestern Energy and a 7 percent decline for Chesapeake Energy. Starwood Hotels soared after a consortium led by China's Anbang Insurance Group offered to buy the chain for $14 billion. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 31 points, or 0.2 percent, to 17,181 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time. The S&P 500 fell 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,017. The Nasdaq composite fell 12 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,736. Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 1.96 percent. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below. European and Asian stocks extended gains Monday on expectations that central bankers meeting this week will keep intact policies supporting equity markets in some of the world's biggest economies. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany's DAX rose 1.5 percent to 9,980.29 and France's CAC 40 added 0.6 percent to 4,517.68. Britain's FTSE 100 rose 0.5 percent to 6,169.54. U.S. stocks were poised to open lower, taking a breather after ending last week with a rally. Dow futures slipped 0.1 percent while the broader S&P 500 futures lost 0.2 percent. CENTRAL BANKS: Investors are awaiting more central bank meetings after the European Central Bank followed through last week on its promise to provide more stimulus. The Fed wraps up a two-day meeting on Wednesday and while investors think there's little chance of a rate hike, they'll be watching to see whether policymakers are leaning toward such a move at their next major meeting in June. The Bank of Japan and the Bank of England are also due to meet this week though analysts don't expect any major policy changes. Australia's central bank is set to release meeting minutes on Tuesday, which will provide further insight. ANALYST VIEWPOINT: "In recent weeks we have seen some encouraging data for the U.S. economy that are likely to have bolstered the Fed's confidence," said Jane Foley, strategist at Rabobank. "At the same time, not all the doves are convinced and they would like to see more evidence of inflation moving back toward the 2 percent target. This suggests that we should not expect a Fed rate hike this week, but we may see a consensus forming by the June meeting." INDUSTRY GAINS: Market sentiment was supported by a 2.1 percent gain in eurozone industrial production in January, the biggest monthly rise since 2009. The figure suggests the weaker euro has been helping the region, though economists think manufacturing is likely to soften in coming months due to the slowdown in the global economy. In Japan, private sector machinery orders jumped 15 percent in January over a year earlier, the biggest such increase since comparable data became available starting in April 2005. Machinery orders are seen as a leading indicator, so some analysts say they expect capital spending to recover this year. BEIJING BOOST: Chinese shares rose after the chief of the China Securities Regulatory Commission told a press conference over the weekend that it's too early to talk about winding back official support measures for the markets, according to the official Xinhua news agency. That suggests support for Chinese equities, which have gyrated since a meltdown last summer, will remain in place for a while longer. ASIA'S DAY: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 1.7 percent to close at 17,233.75 while South Korea's Kospi was nearly flat at 1,972.27. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 1.2 percent to 20,435.34 and the Shanghai Composite Index in mainland China gained 1.8 percent to 2,859.50. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 finished 0.4 percent higher at 5,242.40. Shares in Taiwan and Southeast Asia also rose. ENERGY: U.S. benchmark crude fell $1.03 to $37.47 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract added 66 cents on Friday. Brent crude, which is used to price international oils, lost $1.01 to $39.38 a barrel. CURRENCIES: The dollar dipped to 113.72 yen from 113.81 yen while the euro weakened to $1.1102 from $1.1157.

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Abstract: Teijin Limited announced today that it will exhibit a wide range of nanotech materials and products incorporating advanced Teijin technologies during the International Nanotechnology Exhibition and Conference (nano tech 2016), the world’s largest nanotechnology show, at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo, Japan from January 27 to 29. Teijin’s booth (Stand 4E-09) will present nanotech materials and products for sustainable transportation, information and electronics, safety and protection, environment and energy, and healthcare, including the following: ■ Nanofront®, an ultra-fine polyester fiber with an unprecedented diameter of just 700 nanometers, features slip-resistance, heat shielding, wiping and filtering properties. It is used for diverse applications, including sportswear, cosmetics and industrial applications such as filters and heat-shielding sheets. ■ Carbon nanotube yarn (CNTy) is 100%-CNT continuous yarn offering high electrical and thermal conductivity, easy handling and flexibility. Uses including space, aerospace, medical and wearable devices are envisioned. A motor using CNTy as its coil, developed by Finnish Lappeenranta University of Technology, will be exhibited first time in Japan. ■ NanoGram® Si paste is a printed electronics material containing 20nm-diameter silicon nanoparticles for photovoltaic cells capable of high conversion efficiency. ■ Teijin®Tetoron® multilayer film is a structurally colored multilayer polyester film that utilizes the interference of each multilayer’s optical path difference rather than dyes or pigments. Decorative films for automotive and other applications will be exhibited. ■ High-performance membranes, including a high-precision porous thin polyethylene membrane and multilayer membrane composites for micro filters, are moisture-permeable waterproof sheets. ■ Carbon Alloy Catalyst (CAC) (under development) is platinum free catalyst made from polyacrylonitrile (precursor of carbon fiber) in combination with iron species, which is less expensive and more readily available than platinum, enabling production for reduced cost and in higher volumes. Fuel cells in which the cathode consists of the CAC without the platinum catalyst can generate exceptionally high electric power. ■ Carbon nanofiber (under development) is a highly conductive carbon nanofiber with an elliptical cross section consisting of well-developed graphite layers ordered in a single direction. Envisioned applications include additives for lithium ion secondary batteries (LIBs) , thermal conducting materials and plastic-reinforcing materials, among others. About Teijin Limited Teijin (TSE: 3401) is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of sustainable transportation, information and electronics, safety and protection, environment and energy, and healthcare. Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibers such as aramid, carbon fibers & composites, healthcare, films, resin & plastic processing, polyester fibers, products converting and IT. The group has some 150 companies and around 16,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide. It posted consolidated sales of JPY786.2 billion (USD 6.6 billion) and total assets of JPY 823.7 billion (USD 6.9 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015. For more information, please click If you have a comment, please us. Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

When SunEdison went through difficult layoffs in October 2015, hundreds were let go -- but the folks in the C-suite were mostly left unscathed. As GTM's Stephen Lacey reported, "The cuts have reached all the way to the VP level, but not the executive level. Sources within the company expressed worry and surprise that the cuts didn't impact the architects of the Vivint acquisition." The other shoe has started to drop. Oaktree acquired asset management, operations and maintenance firm Solarrus and named Mark McLanahan as CEO. He was formerly VP of global services at SunEdison. Northern States Metals, a maker of extruded aluminum products and owner of Solar FlexRack, a ground-mount solar racking system supplier, named Jeff Gwinnell as CEO. Gwinnell was most recently CEO of Avtron, a manufacturer of engineered equipment and components. Gwinnell replaces Tom Meola, who resigned from the company after four years as CEO. Solar FlexRack has completed more than 1 gigawatt worth of solar racking installations. CLEAResult, a 3,000-employee firm that designs and implements energy-efficiency programs for utilities, named Aziz Virani as its new CEO. Virani joins the company from Avanade, a technology consultancy. Prior to Avanade, Virani was a partner at Accenture. Co-founder and interim CEO Jim Stimmel will return to the executive VP position and remain on the board. CLEAResult is part of equity firm General Atlantic's portfolio. Robert Scheuermann, SoCore Energy’s interim president and CFO, was officially named full-time president of the C&I solar developer. SoCore Energy is a subsidiary of Edison International Chris Beitel is now COO of battery-based energy storage firm SimpliPhi Power. Previously, Beitel was executive VP of global operations and planning at Silevo, playing a role in its $350 million acquisition by SolarCity. The company's battery technology uses a lithium-ferrous-phosphate chemistry. Tom Werthan was named CFO at Phononic, a solid-state cooling and heating technology startup. Previously, Werthan was CFO at Solid State Equipment, a semiconductor capital equipment firm sold to Veeco in 2014. The near-term applications for Phononic's thermoelectrics include high-end refrigeration for labs and medical facilities, as well as cooling for fiber optics and data servers. Phononic has raised more than $85 million in funding from investors including Eastwood Capital, Wellcome Trust, Tsing Capital, Venrock, Oak Investment Partners, and Rex Health Ventures. Jacqueline DeRosa was promoted to VP of emerging technologies at Customized Energy Solutions, a consultancy and energy market specialist. CES recently acquired the assets of demand-response startup Powerit. Sighten, a solar software provider, added Vivek Malipatil, previously with Verengo Solar, as VP of strategy and operations, and Mariya Nomanbhoy, previously with CPF, as VP of product. Sighten landed a $3.5 million round A of venture funding from Obvious Ventures late last year for its platform to drive down solar's soft costs. Karen Gados was promoted to chief of staff at SunShare Community Solar, a developer of community solar programs. Enertech Search Partners, an executive search firm with a dedicated cleantech practice, is the sponsor of the GTM jobs column. The firm has an active opening for a CFO: The client is an intelligent distributed energy storage system that captures solar power and delivers it when needed most. It combines batteries, power electronics, and multiple energy inputs in a UL-certified appliance controlled by software running in the cloud. The client is seeking a chief financial officer who will report directly to the CEO and will be responsible for all financial aspects of the company. In this role, you will provide guidance and support on financial and business matters, as well as growth strategy, business systems, human resources and financial and treasury issues. This role will also serve as the leader of a three-person team that includes the controller and the director of financial planning and administration. Premier Solar Solutions, a small solar sales and installation company based in Henderson, Nevada, eliminated 66 full-time positions. The move follows the decision by the state's PUC to eliminate solar savings for new and current solar customers, according to a release, which added, "Premier Solar Solutions is a family-owned and operated solar sales and installation company formerly based in Nevada." Tesla is delivering far fewer jobs than it promised for the Gigafactory. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is back to the grind this week, after a two-month paternity leave, according to website StrictlyVC. Isabelle Kocher was named CEO of French energy giant Engie (the former GDF Suez), becoming the first woman to head a Paris CAC 40 stock index firm (one of the 40 largest publicly held firms in the country), as reported in The Wall Street Journal.

BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stocks declined Wednesday as investors awaited the outcome of this week's meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve for possible insights into the state of global growth and future Fed moves. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.6 percent to 2,842.70 points and Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.4 percent to 20,343.06. Sydney's S&P ASX 200 fell 1.3 percent to 5,119.00 and Taiwan also declined. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 slipped 0.2 percent to 17,207.93 and Seoul's Kospi was almost unchanged at 1,971.02. Benchmarks in Malaysia, New Zealand and the Philippines rose. WATCHING THE FED: The Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee meets Tuesday and Wednesday. Investors don't expect a rate hike but are watching for indications of possible future Fed moves. In December the Fed raised interest rates for the first time in almost a decade, but it left them unchanged in January. ANALYST'S TAKE: "The most anticipated item on the U.S. economic calendar this week is the FOMC meeting, even though policy will almost certainly be left on hold. With no change in rates the focus will be entirely on forward guidance," said Jim O'Sullivan of High-Frequency Economics in a report. WALL STREET: U.S. stocks barely budged as declines by energy companies were offset by gains for hotels and travel-related companies. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 15.82 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,229.13. The S&P 500 lost 2.55 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,019.64. The Nasdaq composite index gained 1.81 points to 4,750.28. STARWOOD IN PLAY: Starwood Hotels jumped after a consortium led by China's Anbang Insurance Group offered to buy the hotel chain for $14 billion. Last year Marriott International agreed to buy Starwood for $12.2 billion. Starwood said it will examine the new offer. Its stock gained $5.51, or 7.8 percent, to $75.93. Marriott stock rose $2.04, or 3 percent, to $70.93. It will get a $400 million payment if Starwood backs out of their agreement. The news lifted other travel-related companies. GLOBAL RALLY: Stocks in Europe rose after the eurozone had its biggest monthly increase in industrial production since 2009. Germany's DAX rose 1.6 percent. France's CAC 40 added 0.3 percent while Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.6 percent. CURRENCY: The dollar slipped to 113.63 from 113.79 yen. The euro gained to $1.1112 from Monday's $1.1105. ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude shed 19 cents to $36.99 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell $1.32 on Monday to close at $37.18. Brent crude, used to price international oils, lost 32 cents to $39.21 per barrel in London. On Monday, the contract declined 86 cents to $39.53.

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