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Author: Want China Times


Source: Want China Times


Interest: Acer said Thursday it has established a venture capital fund to seek out long-term investments that will strengthen its technology development and promise good financial returns. Acer founder Stan Shih, who oversees the company's cloud computing strategy, said the Acer Venture Capital fund was approved by the board of directors in April this year. It manages more than NT$1 billion (US$33.5 million).


Link: http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1206&MainCatID=12&id=20140830000015

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Author: Udayan Gupta


Source: Institutional Investor


Interest: For the first time in more than a decade, venture capital is experiencing a resurgence. During the second quarter of 2014, venture funds invested nearly $13 billion in more than 1,100 deals, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers - the highest level since the fourth quarter of 2000. But there has been a noticeable change in the industry's investment behavior, notes Mark McCaffrey, a partner at PwC's technology practice in San Jose, California.


Link: http://www.institutionalinvestor.com/article/3375581/asset-management-hedge-funds-and-alternatives/the-not-so-great-venture-capital-renaissance.html#.VAVAkcWSy0e

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Author: ZORAN BASICH


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: The Internet of Things–the idea of a vast, connected network of devices that can communicate with each other and with us–is a new high-tech buzzword, and some companies are starting to shift their strategies in that direction. Norwest Venture Partners has led a $30 million round for Ifttt (“If This, Then That”), maker of a tool that enables software to take actions when certain conditions are met, Lizette Chapman reports for VentureWire.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/08/29/the-daily-startup-will-the-internet-of-things-fit-ifttt-or-go-pffft/

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Author: Sarah McBride


Source: Yahoo 7 News


Interest: Women venture capitalists underperform their male counterparts by some 15 percent, according to a new Harvard University study, but the performance differences have narrowed over time and in firms that employ more than a single female venture partner.


Link: https://au.news.yahoo.com/technology/a/24853931/women-venture-capitalists-underperform-men-say-harvard-academics/

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Author: Chad Lawhorn


Source: LJ World.com


Interest: Helping start-up companies with grants, loans and larger venture capital investments is among the highlights of a strategic plan being proposed by the Lawrence chamber of commerce and the Lawrence-Douglas County Economic Development Corporation. Chamber leaders are beginning to present the draft plan to community leaders and will ask the city and county’s Joint Economic Development Council to approve it at a Sept. 11 meeting.


Link: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2014/aug/27/new-eco-devo-plan-proposes-venture-capital-fund-ot/

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Author: Molly Greenberg


Source: In the Capital


Interest: Pitchbook released their 2014 list of top universities for VC-backed entrepreneurs Wednesday morning, which looked at global VC-backed companies that received funding between the dates of January 1, 2009 and August 21, 2014.


Link: http://inthecapital.streetwise.co/2014/08/27/top-universities-for-vc-backed-entrepreneurs-pitchbook-ranking/

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Author: Fatima Hussein


Source: The Daytona Beach News-Journal


Interest: DAYTONA BEACH — The Volusia County-funded University of Central Florida Business Incubator at Daytona Beach International Airport recently celebrated the third anniversary of its launch. Enlarge Connie Bernal Since opening its doors on July 27, 2011, the incubator has helped more than 30 startup businesses — which its staff refers to as “clients” — that have led to the creation of 76 jobs.


Link: http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20140823/BUSINESS/140829689/1024?Title=Daytona-business-incubator-aims-to-cultivate-innovative-startups

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Author: SAINUL K ABUDHEEN


Source: VCCIRCLE


Interest: Bangalore and US-based Theatro Labs Inc., which makes voice-controlled wearable communications devices for hourly workers in the retail, hospitality and manufacturing industries, has secured $5 million in its Series A round of funding from Khosla Ventures. With this round, the total capital raised so far by the firm touches $8.8 million. As part of the deal, Ben Ling, investment partner at Khosla Ventures, has joined Theatro’s board of directors.


Link: http://www.vccircle.com/news/technology/2014/08/27/wearable-devices-maker-theatro-raises-5m-funding-khosla-ventures

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Author: eTeligis


Source: EO SmallCap Network


Interest: WEST DES MOINES, IA, United States, via ETELIGIS INC., 08/27/2014 - - Spotlight Innovation, Inc. (OTCQB: STLT) today published a white paper reporting the progress and growth of the transfer and commercialization of university-generated research and intellectual property (IP).


Link: http://www.smallcapnetwork.com/New-White-Paper-From-Spotlight-Innovation-Focuses-on-Evolution-of-Efforts-to-Transform-University-Research-into-Profitable-Business-Ventures/s/via/18950/article/view/p/mid/1/id/5024/

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Author: Alex Konrad


Source: Forbes


Interest: It’s been 28 years since ARCH Venture Partners spun out of the University of Chicago in 1986, but the partners at the venture firm specialized in biotech are still going strong due to an investment strategy one of its own partners calls “a little crazy.” Crazy has worked for ARCH historically, except for a bad patch in the late 1990s. And limited partners are trusting it will work again, as the firm announced Wed. it has closed its eighth investment fund, for more than $400 million.


Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkonrad/2014/08/27/biotech-investors-arch-venture-partners-raise-400-million-new-fund-to-bet-on-wild-ideas/

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Author: Daniel Price


Source: Cloud Tweaks


Interest: For those who are regularly involved with SMEs, venture capital, and company valuations, it is common knowledge that start-ups that exit for more than $1 billion dollars are extremely rare – often termed ‘unicorn’ companies. Despite their rarity, it should come as no surprise that venture capitalists are very keen to identify them at the earliest possible stage. The problem is that it is much easier said than done.


Link: http://cloudtweaks.com/2014/08/using-big-data-analyze-venture-capitalists-ability-recognize-potential/

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Author: The Wall Street Journal


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Machine learning, which was all the rage among developers in the 1980s only to fall out of favor in the 1990s when real-world results were slow to materialize, is back with a vengeance today, says Draper Fisher Jurvetson Partner Steve Jurvetson.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/08/21/the-daily-startup-dfj-bets-on-nervana-for-machine-learning/

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Author: Larry Rulison


Source: Times Union


Interest: Venture capital is flowing into upstate New York at a record pace these days. Although the total amount of money coming to early-stage companies and start-ups isn’t anywhere near the levels of 2000 or before the 2008 recession, the deal-making reached record levels during the second quarter of 2014, according to the MoneyTree report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association.


Link: http://blog.timesunion.com/business/venture-capital-activity-red-hot-in-upstate-ny/61288/

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Author: Richard Saintvilus


Source: The Street


Interest: NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Warren Buffett once said, "Your premium brand had better be delivering something special, or it's not going to get the business." With a global footprint that spans every continent, Coca-Cola (KO_) is -- without a doubt -- a premium brand.


Link: http://www.thestreet.com/story/12846159/1/thirsty-for-profits-coca-cola-adopts-venture-capital-strategy.html

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Author: JARED LINDZON


Source: The Globe and Mail


Interest: Venture capital is notoriously difficult to come by in Canada. The best way for entrepreneurs to find an investment partner is to put themselves in their shoes, understand what they’re looking for, and find a way to fit in to their overall strategy.


Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/sb-money/business-funding/want-venture-capital-funding-tips-from-four-investors/article20070390/

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Author: HIROKO TABUCHI


Source: The New York Times


Interest: Hug wants to raise $34,000 to build an app and sensor band that wraps round your water bottle to track daily hydration. Van Eko is targeting €150,000 (about $200,000) for an eco-friendly electric scooter made of hemp fibers. PetTunes is seeking $196,000 to build a personal music player that optimizes sound frequency for dog and cat ears.


Link: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/15/crowdfunding-and-venture-funding-more-alike-than-you-think/?_php=true&_type=blogs&partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

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Author: Dan Mayfield


Source: Albuquerque Business First


Interest: U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz on Monday joined a bevy of leaders in the city's technology-transfer arena for some frank discussion about the future of technology transfer in New Mexico. But the answers Moniz had weren't exactly what people wanted to hear.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/news/2014/08/11/local-leaders-press-u-s-energy-secretary-on-future.html

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Author: Christopher Curry


Source: The Gainesville Sun


Interest: Hsu and his University of Florida-spawned company, Prometheon Pharma, are looking to change that with an insulin patch they are trying to bring to market by 2018 as an alternative to needle injections.


Link: http://www.gainesville.com/article/20140812/ARTICLES/140819932

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Author: ARSELIA GALES


Source: Dallas News


Interest: Purnendu Dasgupta, who did a decade of research, has developed an environmentally friendly field analyzer for arsenic levels in water. Thanks to nearly $200,000 from the National Science Foundation, Dasgupta is a step closer to bringing his analyzer to market.


Link: http://www.dallasnews.com/business/headlines/20140812-professors-taking-their-research-from-the-lab-to-the-marketplace.ece

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Author: Bill Flook


Source: Washington Business Journal


Interest: When Facebook acquired virtual reality startup Oculus for $2 billion this year, the backlash fell into two categories, one age-old and predictable, the other entirely new.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/techflash/2014/08/like-pol.html

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