Okay, I admit it: I let loose and danced a little last night. After a year of planning, globetrotting, meeting entrepreneurs, and looking for the best new technologies in the world, it was finally time to celebrate. DEMO, the conference for which I’m the executive producer, celebrated its 20th anniversary as the tech world’s ultimate launchpad for new products this week in a new home — Silicon Valley, the pulsing heart of the tech ecosystem.
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Rarely have I been as excited about the huge trends we’re seeing in technology as I am right now. Billion-dollar businesses are being created and destroyed. And the best place to get into the thick of things is DEMO Fall 2010, right here in Silicon Valley, next Monday through Wednesday, September 13-15.
Silicon Valley entrepreneur Rajesh Setty wrote a book — then used it to lure in customers, one of whom came through with a $1 million deal.
If you’re a player in technology, you’ll want to come to DEMO, our big technology conference scheduled to hit Silicon Valley on September 13-15.
Finally, it looks like searching for apps on your smartphone will go from a terrible experience to a pretty good one.
If you haven’t used the search engine Kngine yet, check it out next time you’re doing some research online.
So how do you get attention?
Several proven Russian entrepreneurs have formed what looks to be the first promising seed-stage venture capital firm in Russia, called Runa Capital.
If you’re a company about to launch a product that will change the world, remember today is the deadline to apply to DEMO.
The Washington Post Company has acquired iCurrent, an online tool that allows users to collect news automatically according to their interest. The purchase price was not disclosed, and while not a big deal, it was likely north of $5 million.
Today is the deadline for applications to the upcoming DEMO conference. We’ve got some truly pathbreaking companies launching this Spring and can’t wait to reveal them on stage at Palm Springs March 22 and 23.
Glam Media, the fast-growing online media company catering to mostly women, has raised another $50 million from investors — to help it expand before going public over sometime in the next one to three years. More impressively, the company is now valued at $750 million by its investors.
We’ve extended the deadline for applications to the upcoming DEMO conference to Feb. 5.
VentureBeat continues to grow, and has an another ambitious year planned. We’re looking for key people to help us manage our growth.
If you’re considering launching your company’s product at DEMO conference this year, you’re welcome to join us at an open house at one of Silicon Valley’s most respected venture capital firms, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
Two weeks ago, the Spanish phone giant Telefonica said it had acquired Internet phone company Jajah for $207 million in cash. That’s an excellent return for Silicon Valley-based Jajah, considering its investors put in only $33 million and it launched a little more than four years before.
I’m delighted to announce that DEMO, the conference where key technology companies from Netscape to Salesforce.com have launched their products over the past two decades, is moving to the San Francisco Bay Area for its fall event.
Nuance has confirmed the story VentureBeat broke earlier this morning, that it has acquired voice-to-text company SpinVox for $102 million. Of that, $66 million will be in cash, the rest in stock. The company said it was buying Spinvox to expand the voice-to-text part of its speech-recognition business.
[This is confirmed: Spinvox just announced a sale to Nuance in a blog post, and in a press release. The price is $102.5 million, comprising $66 million in cash and $36.5 million in common stock..]
VentureBeat is still hiring.
Livemocha, the fast-growing site that lets people learn other languages for free — by matching them up with other native speakers online — has raised $8 million more in a second round of funding.
Internet telephone company Jajah, one of a host of companies that allow users to make international phone calls cheaply over the Internet, will be acquired for about $200 million by the large Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica’s mobile division, O2, this week, according to a report in the Israeli financial news site TheMarker Sunday.
Youku.com, one of the largest and fastest growing Chinese video websites, said Sunday evening it has raised $40 million in its latest round of funding and signaled that it expects to raise up to $40 million more before the round is over.
The venture capital industry we’ve known for the past decade is fading away, and a bunch of question marks hover over its future.
I’m traveling to Atlanta tomorrow, in the lastest trip I’m making to major cities to meet with local start-ups and entrepreneurs.
I’m delighted to announce the relaunch of our VentureBeat Job Board.
I’ve just arrived in Austin, Texas, and look forward to meeting local entrepreneurs.
New York, here we come!
I’m hitting the road to visit major entrepreneur cities, on the prowl for the most promising technology products that I can find to showcase at the upcoming DEMO conference in Palm Springs, Calif.
In the latest turn of events surrounding the astounding management disaster at healthcare banking service company Canopy Financial, the San Francisco startup has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
If you’re an entrepreneur, or even just a regular reader of VentureBeat considering launching your own company, you should join us at our DEMO/VentureBeat holiday party and jam session in San Francisco this Wednesday, Dec. 2.
I’m pleased to announce the latest plans by DEMO:
I’m delighted to announce that Vinod Khosla, one of Silicon Valley’s highest profile green investors, will be speaking at our GreenBeat conference next week.
Computer giant HP said today it has agreed to acquire networking company 3Com for $2.7 billion in a deal it says will create a “networking industry powerhouse.”
VentureBeat is looking to hire the next David Pogue!
If you’re looking for some consequences from Google’s bold acquisition of leading mobile ad network company AdMob yesterday, consider Weather.com.
Shazam, owner of the application that lets you identify a song by holding your phone up to a music source, has released a paid ($4.99) version of its iPhone app that makes it easier to share music and discover what’s popular among other users.
EBay has settled with the founders of Skype, clearing up some nasty lawsuits that had stood in the way of a Skype acquisition. Now the Internet phone company to be sold to a consortium of investors that includes Skype’s co-founders.
EmSense — the San Francisco company that has created a device to read your mind to assess how you react to TV commercials and other media — has raised $9 million more in a third round of funding.
I’m delighted to announce that Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt has agreed to speak at our GreenBeat event on Nov. 19, which focuses on the overhaul of our nation’s electrical grid.