• GE Acquires Smart Grid, Specialty Software Designers, Opal Software


    General Electric (GE) — one of the world’s largest, corporate cleantech investors and acquirers of cleantech companies — today announced its acquisition of Opal Software, which designs software and provides engineering services that help electricity, gas and water utilities run their operations and networks faster, and more productively. Opal’s specialty is in data… Read More

  • GE' Beth Comstock and Intuit's Scott Cook on Cultures of Innovation

    Intuit, GE Executives Trade Notes On Innovation And Acquisitions

    Speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco today, Scott Cook, the founder and chairman of Intuit, and Beth Comstock, the chief of marketing and vice president of General Electric (GE) traded notes on innovation, investing and acquisitions. Intuit’s best-known products include Turbo Tax, Quickbooks and Quicken, software that helps consumers, the owners of small and medium sized… Read More

  • Khosla Completes The VC Triumvirate At Disrupt

    In venture capital, there are three people who rule Silicon Valley: John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins, Michael Moritz of Sequoia Capital, and Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures. All three will be speaking at Disrupt. (There are still a few tickets left). We’ve already mentioned Doerr and Moritz, and now we are pleased to announce that Khosla will be completing the triumvirate. Khosla, of… Read More

  • Intuit's Scott Cook And GE's Beth Comstock To Explore Cultures Of Innovation At Disrupt SF

    Intuit's Scott Cook And GE's Beth Comstock To Explore Cultures Of Innovation At Disrupt SF

    Disruption happens. If you are a startup, you try to be the disruptor. But what if you are an established company with billions of dollars in revenue? Then you try to create a culture of innovation that rides the wave of change before it leaves your company behind. The trick is to know when to catch that wave. Next week at TechCrunch Disrupt, Intuit founder Scott Cook and GE’s… Read More

  • GE Counting On Energy Monitoring And Solar To Cut Home Energy Usage By 70%

    In an effort to push the limits of home energy efficiency, General Electric is partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy on a $5 million project to connect homes in the Western U.S. to its energy management system, LED lights, appliances and solar panels. The purpose of the project is to research home energy efficiency and test new tracking systems. GE thinks participants will be able to… Read More

  • Opportunities In The Patent-Free Zone


    China may overtake Japan to become the world’s second-largest economy this year. On its heels is India, and countries such as Brazil and Russia are not far behind. What does this mean for entrepreneurs? That, increasingly, the big opportunities lie outside the U.S. Most people aren’t aware of another advantage in emerging markets: you can freely leverage the wealth of proven… Read More

  • Terra-Gen Power Closes $1.2B in Financing to Build Nation's Largest Wind Farm

    Terra-Gen Power announced closing $1.2 billion in construction financing and wind turbine orders. The company will build four wind power projects for the Alta Wind Energy Center in Kern County, California, for which Vestas-American Wind Technology will provide 190 turbines with a capacity of 570 megawatts. This is the largest number of wind turbines ever ordered for a single site in the… Read More

  • Curbside car chargers should start showing up next year

    Given the limited range in fully electric cars, charging points are going to be an important part of the infrastructure in the future. GE has hired a designer to create the “WattStation”, a charger designed to top up your new electric car in four to eight hours. Read More

  • GE introduces their own home energy management system

    While home energy management options have been around for a while, this is the first time someone like GE has come out with a product to help you manage your home energy usage. Read More

  • Not A DONE Deal: NBC Agrees To Sell Women.com, Backs Away, Gets Sued

    DONE! Ventures, a Manhattan Beach, California-based Internet marketing and publishing firm, is slapping NBC Universal with a lawsuit after a domain name sales deal went awry. DONE! CEO Ben Padnos claims NBC Universal accepted an offer to sell the domain names Women.com and Women.net for $1 million, only to have President & CEO Jeff Zucker overrule and block the transaction after the… Read More

  • Help GE "Avoid The Lame" For Their Next Digital Advertising Campaign

    In the spirit of disruption, GE is bypassing the traditional agency model for marketing campaigns. The company has set up both a basic Google Moderator tool at ge.com/adideas and a dedicated email inbox (ad.ideas@ge.com) in order to solicit ideas from anyone (including industry pros). In the spirit of disruption, GE is bypassing the traditional agency model for marketing campaigns. The company… Read More