Google is jumping into the venture capitol game, with Google Ventures (they were probably already there before, but this is new to me) –
Google Ventures seeks to discover and grow great companies – we believe in the power of entrepreneurs to do amazing things. We’re studying a broad range of industries, including consumer Internet, software, hardware, clean-tech, bio-tech and health care. We invest anywhere from seed to mezzanine stage and embrace the challenge of helping young companies grow from the garage to global relevance.
What’s interesting is not the money, or the absurdly simplistic website, but the broad range of fields they’re covering.