|Type of site||Online Newsroom|
|Created by||Matt Marshall|
VentureBeat is a technology news site that focuses on disruptive technology. VentureBeat publishes news stories, analysis pieces, long-form features, interviews, product reviews, and videos. The company also produces several annual technology-focused conferences.
The company was founded in 2006 by Matt Marshall. In 2008, the New York Times called VentureBeat one of the "top blogs". In March 2009, VentureBeat signed a partnership agreement with IDG to produce DEMO, a conference for launching emerging technology products. In 2012, the partnership with IDG ended. In 2012, "SF Weekly" called VentureBeat the "Best Tech Zine" in San Francisco. The site has taken less than $1 million of outside investor funding, and has disclosed all of its investors, but is otherwise self-funded, on revenues. VentureBeat attracted about 3.9 million visitors per month as of September 2012, according to Comscore.
The editorial team behind VentureBeat is composed of editors from a variety of disciplines and focus areas. They include:
The site is broken up into a series of distinct news "Beats": Big Data, Business (general news), Cloud, Deals, Dev, Entrepreneur, Gadgets, Green, Health, Lifestyle, Media, Mobile, New York, Science, Security, Small Biz, and Social. Each area specializes on said topic and the companies and executives making news within. In addition, VentureBeat includes a semi-separate publication, GamesBeat, as one of its major sections. GamesBeat focuses on videogames and the videogame industry.
In September 2009, Matt Marshall took on the role of executive producer for the DEMO conference, and has helped showcase it as the premiere launchpad event for emerging technologies. Over the years a variety of companies have either launched at DEMO including Boingo, TiVo, ETrade, VMware, Palm, Java, Symantec, Salesforce and others. In September 2012, VentureBeat ended its partnership with DEMO.
VentureBeat produces a variety of themed industry conferences, including HealthBeat, MobileBeat, GamesBeat, CloudBeat, and DevBeat. In addition, it produces a small, annual conclave of mobile industry executives called Mobile Summit.