"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way."
  • Silver nanoparticle ink producer NanoMas raised a $3.2mm Series A, with $1.5mm from BASF.  Earthrise Capital Partners and NanoMaterials Investors LLC also participated.
  • Second Rotation raised a $6mm Series B led by RockPort and including existing investors Venrock and angels.  There's been a little mini-wave lately of these e-waste recycle/ barter plays.
  • VentureWire reported that waste heat capture developer ElectraTherm has raised a $2.6mm Series A round, led by Interlaken LLC and friends and family.
  • PE Week Wire reported that Solexant (a "well-funded startup") has raised $18.17mm in Series B financing from Trident Capital, Firelake Capital, Medley Partners and X/Seed Capital.
Other news and notes:  Water markets to rise quickly...  I hereby extend the same offer to Fisker that I made to Tesla -- give me a loaner for a while, and I'll write about my test drives in what I promise will be very glowing terms!...  Here are your California Clean Tech Open winners...  Here's a really good overview of angel investing and investors...  Finally, as if you needed any more reason to watch Jon Stewart. . . .