Tendril test-drives its electric car software with BMW

After a variety of strategies and around $100 million in funding, startup Tendril is now largely a software company, and on Tuesday at the DistribuTECH conference in San Antonio, Tendril announced a big partner in its play to provide the software layer for electric vehicles: BMW.

Former CIA Director Jim Woolsey Joins Lux Capital

Former CIA Director, and colorful energy security advocate, Jim Woolsey has left greentech firm VantagePoint Venture Partners, and has joined East Coast firm Lux Capital as a partner, focused on investing in energy technologies.

GE, VantagePoint Back Solar Tech Startup 1366

GE and venture capital firm VantagePoint have joined in a round of funding of $28.4 million for solar manufacturing technology company 1366 Technologies. This is an $8.4 million extension of the $20 million round announced in October.

VantagePoint: Hunting for Greentech Startups In China

With China’s greentech-friendly government policies, the country’s super hot economy, and the need for resource management for the rapidly booming population, China is clearly becoming a greentech world leader. And the VCs at VantagePoint Venture Partners want a piece of it.

A Couple Gems in the Tesla NYT Profile

As if Tesla’s CEO and driving force Elon Musk needed any more press — this weekend’s Sunday New York Times featured a long profile of the company and Musk’s personal story. The article mostly covered well-trodden ground, but here’s a couple tidbits that stood out.

Who Wins in the Tesla IPO?

UPDATED Here’s the rundown on who owns what portion of Tesla Motors, who will and won’t be selling shares at the IPO, and what their stakes will be worth (on paper, at least) at Tesla’s debut price of $17 per share.

Top 5 Superphones to Watch

There are smartphones and there are superphones, and the latter is heating up to a boil.The release of cool new phones often slows down to a trickle, but this year it’s becoming more of a firehose. Here are the 5 best superphones to watch.