• GE To Buy Lineage Power, Makers Of Green Data Center Equipment, For $520 Million

    GE To Buy Lineage Power, Makers Of Green Data Center Equipment, For $520 Million

    Consumer and business uptake of cloud computing, mobile internet voice, video and real-time data are increasing energy demand dramatically among data centers, telecom and IT service providers. Anticipating the trend will continue for quite some time, General Electric (GE) today announced its plan to acquire Lineage Power Holdings from Los Angeles private equity firm, Gores Group, for $520… Read More

  • GE Invests In Makers Of Solar-Powered Air Conditioners, And Eleven Others

    GE Invests In Makers Of Solar-Powered Air Conditioners, And Eleven Others

    At a conference held by General Electric (GE) this morning in New York, chief executive Jeff Immelt revealed his company’s plans to invest $45 million in twelve digital energy, or smart-grid related companies— the first of several investments planned through the company’s Ecomagination business competition. The newly funded entities include: ClimateWell, Consert, FMC-Tech, Ltd. Read More

  • GE To Buy 25,000 Electric Vehicles Including 12,000 Of The Chevy Volt

    GE To Buy 25,000 Electric Vehicles Including 12,000 Of The Chevy Volt

    Today, General Electric (GE) offered details about its committment to encourage the widespread adoption of all-electric vehicles. The company plans to walk the walk with a purchase of 25,000 electric vehicles by 2015, including an order for 12,000 Chevy Volt vehicles in 2011 from General Motors (GM), a GE business partner. Within the next three years, GE expects to generate up to $500 million… Read More

  • GE's New Halogen-CFL Hybrid Bulb Eliminates Light Switch Lag

    GE's New Halogen-CFL Hybrid Bulb Eliminates Light Switch Lag

    One of the most annoying things about fluorescent bulbs (including their new and improved little brothers, the CFLs) is the way they take a little time to get to full brightness. It differs from bulb to bulb, but you always end up cursing it inwardly, as it always keeps you in suspense of when that slight flicker will end. Well, GE has solved that problem, at least kind of, by putting a… Read More

  • Follow The Solar Panel Road: Solar Roadways Wins First GE Ecomagination Challenge Award

    Follow The Solar Panel Road: Solar Roadways Wins First GE Ecomagination Challenge Award

    It looks like the future may be paved with solar panels after all. In early August, we told you about an out-of-the-box green tech company, named Solar Roadways, that had the audacious plan to replace America’s asphalt roads with textured, glass solar panels that could collect energy, distribute it and simultaneously serve up LED-powered signs (see video below). Sounds like a pipe… Read More

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

    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

    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%

    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

    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 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

  • How Can Brands Best Get In Front Of Digital Audiences?

    How Can Brands Best Get In Front Of Digital Audiences?


    We’re still here at the first TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York. Up on stage right now is an interesting group of people discussing how brands can best engage with digital audiences in this day and age. This is an overview of what Judy Hu, Global Executive Director of Advertising & Branding at GE, Brian Pokorny (CEO of dailybooth), Christopher ‘moot’ Poole of… Read More

  • Done Deal: Comcast Takes Over NBC Universal

    Done Deal: Comcast Takes Over NBC Universal

    Comcast and General Electric announced early this morning that they agreed to form a joint venture that will be 51 percent owned by Comcast and 49 percent by GE. The joint venture, which will consist of the NBC Universal businesses and Comcast’s cable networks, regional sports networks and more, will be managed by the newly formed Comcast Entertainment Group (CEG). GE will contribute to… Read More

  • Video: GE's microholographic storage disc explained

    OK. This is an official GE video so once you get past the first 50 seconds of fluff, it explains how microholographic discs work in everyday speak. Seriously, it’s 1:52 out of your life and you’ll probably learn something about next-gen optical media. Click through to watch the video. Read More

  • GE announces a waterproof point and shoot, the G3WP

    GE announces a waterproof point and shoot, the G3WP

    As an amateur photographer, I generally look down on point and shoots because their image quality stinks something fierce on top of other things, but once in a while a few gems pop up like Fujifilm’s F30 and upcoming F200EXR. And then there are folks like General Imaging or GE or whatever they are that have no business making or selling consumer digital cameras. Read More