PG Particpating in Panel at the Google I/O 2010 (5/19 @ 3pm)

Technology, innovation, computer science, & more: A VC panel

What do notable tech-minded VCs think about big trends happening today? In this session, you'll get to hear from and ask questions to a panel of well-respected investors, all of whom are programmers by trade. Albert Wenger, Chris Dixon, Dave McClure, Paul Graham, and Brad Feld will duke it out on a number of hot tech topics with Dick Costolo moderating.

Details available here: code.google.com

Hope to see you there!

Former Microsoft Execs Lead $10 Million Round In Ruby On Rails Startup Heroku (W08)

Ruby Cloud Platform as a Service provider Heroku has raised $10 million in Series B funding led by Ignition Partners with existing investors Redpoint Ventures, Baseline Ventures, and Harrison Metal Capital participating. John Connors, General Partner with Ignition and former CFO/CIO of Microsoft has joined the company’s board of directors. This brings the company’s total funding to over $13 million.

Read the full story here: techcrunch.com

Way to go Heroku!

Picwing is Offering 2 Months Free in Honor of Mother's Day

Of all the startups Y Combinator has funded, Picwing is probably the one that has changed our lives the most. It's the perfect thing for parents with a new baby, because it's the easiest way to send prints of photos. All you have to do is tell Picwing where you want prints sent. Then as you take good photos you send them to Picwing, which sends a shipment every two weeks to all the people you've specified.

It's such an easy way to get prints that not only is this the main way we send photos to family, it's the main way we get them ourselves.

In honor of Mother's Day, Picwing is running a special promotion. You can try Picwing for 2 months for free. The plan includes 15 photos printed and mailed twice a month to your mom. No credit card is required to sign up; you provide your credit card information only if you decide to continue the service.

To get the special promotion, sign up through this link: http://www.picwing.com/signup/ncc

Most Moms like pictures, even if they're not yet pictures of grandchildren. So if you're looking for a last-minute Mother's Day present, this would be a good one.

Zencoder (W10) Wants To Be The Amazon Web Services Of Video Encoding

Transcoding videos, which changes the format, size and bit rate of a video file, is an arduous, yet necessary process for media content owners. Many sites outsource the transcoding technology to services like Encoding.com, which offer a SaaS application to format videos. Today, Y Combinator-backed Zencoder is entering the space, hoping to become the Amazon Web Services for encoding.

Full article on TechCrunch