Santa Cruz is leading the state when it comes to solar energy. We have more solar installations per capita than any other city in California. As Allterra Solar marketing director David Stearns says, “We’re doing something right.”
By Joel Hersch
Justis Earle—the local founder of a camera-stabilizing wrist strap known as “Hansnap”—thinks of himself as a longtime “troublemaker,” ever since he was young. But, in his view, that label doesn’t always add up to something problematic. Sometimes, it’s about creativity; not being afraid to march to the beat of one’s own proverbial drum, an eagerness to color outside the lines, and a devotion to throwing rulebooks out of windows whenever possible.
by Cat Johnson
Paystand is on a mission to transform B2B payments using the internet, blockchain, and SaaS technologies. The goal is to enable enterprises of all size to reduce their time to cash, lower cost, and improve their operational efficiency.
The Santa Cruz standout is growing rapidly and catching people’s attention. The company has been featured in TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, Mashable, Forbes and more.
But all the attention is peripheral to the company’s focus.
Here in Santa Cruz, it takes little effort to find a wide variety of locally grown produce all year round. For many communities across the US, however, eating locally isn’t an option. Nick Halmos, CEO and founder of Cityblooms is combining technology and innovative urban farming techniques to change this and bring locally grown food to the masses.
Dark Energy, the Universe and Bridging Local Tech with Astronomy: a Conversation with UCSC’s Ryan J. Foley
by Cat Johnson
According to his UCSC bio, Ryan J. Foley is an assistant professor of Physical & Biological Sciences in the university’s Astronomy & Astrophysics Department. The title is slightly intimidating and I’m not entirely sure what it means.
When I ask Foley what he says when someone casually asks him what he does for work, he jokes that it depends on whether or not he wants to talk to the person.