Colorado companies: Get feedback from the Foundry Group

If you’re a tech company in driving distance from Boulder, Colo., and are considering launching your product over the next year or so, you should join VentureBeat for a meetup with Foundry Group in two weeks.

John Doerr, Vinod Khosla headline GreenBeat 2010 conference

The smart grid is turning into the Super Grid. What does that mean for cleantech investors? There’s only one place to find out: VentureBeat’s GreenBeat 2010 event, held at Stanford University on Nov. 3 and 4. Green superstars John Doerr and Vinod Khosla are just some of the speakers we’re announcing today.

Lean startups, fit entrepreneurs? Share your secrets for staying healthy

As the pace of innovation increases and we’re asked to do more with less — the capital-efficient “lean startup” movement, for example — it’s easy to get overwhelmed by stress. And when you’re out changing the world, thinking about the state of your own body can seem self-indulgent.

DEMO Fall wraps in Silicon Valley — set your course for Palm Desert for DEMO Spring!

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.

Five more reasons DEMO Fall 2010 will really jam

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.

DEMO application deadline is today; meetup at Accel Partners

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 raises $50M at whopping value of $750M, prepares IPO

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.

Want to launch at DEMO? Join us at an open house at Kleiner Perkins

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.

How Jajah, a little phone company, sold for $207M while everyone else got killed

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.

Nuance buys voice-to-text company Spinvox for $102.5 million

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.

Rumor: 02 is buying Israel’s Jajah for $200M — but we hear it’s not done

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.

Chinese video website Youku raises $40M more, furthering arms race

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.