After 10 years of service, 3,000 articles written, and 10,000 articles edited, I'm taking leave of GTM. Helping GTM grow and succeed from its early days is one of my favorite things I've ever done. I'm sending gratitude to the people and companies that are fighting the clean energy fight, the GTM founders for being smart enough to hire me, to everyone who ever worked at GTM, to writers and copy editors everywhere, and especially to our readers and commenters.
While Solyndra burned, the executives fiddled -- and kept feeding themselves healthy bonuses. Dana Hull of the San Jose Mercury News read the 277-page Solyndra bankruptcy documents so you wouldn't have to. She uncovered the fact that Solyndra bankruptcy law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher earned $616,838 this summer -- including $275,000 on August 19. (Here's a link to download the bankruptcy document.)
Another week brings more moves and shifts at the upper levels of the energy industry. Alicia Barton is the new CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, succeeding John Rhodes who is now chair of the Public Service Commission. Barton was most recently at law firm Foley Hoag, serving as co-chair of its energy and cleantech practice. Before that, Barton was chief of operations for the global utility group at SunEdison.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".