Interest: Scott Moody could have moved to San Francisco or New York or Austin in 2012.
He sold the computer and mobile security firm AuthenTec for a reported $356 million to Apple last October and was ready to leave Melbourne, Fla., where he’d raised his family and spent 14 years building the business.
Moody had money to invest and knowledge to share. He wanted to be part of a community committed to building high-tech businesses that could transform industries and create jobs.
Interest: SAN FRANCISCO — When U.S. venture capital funds raised an aggregate $100 billion in 2000, amid an explosion in the number of VC firms, many veteran VCs predicted that such a rapid expansion would NOT be good for the industry.
With annual U.S. economic growth averaging roughly 3% during the 50 years after World War II, there could be only so many lucrative investment opportunities to be had — even in places as entrepreneurial as Silicon Valley.
Interest: After celebrating the first anniversary of the passage of the JOBS Act, the SEC still has not adopted regulations to implement the law as required. (Background post).
Congress is taking notice, as the House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations last week held hearings on the SEC's delay.
Growth vs. Innovation: If crowdfunding exists in China
By Tianzi Harrison Apr 15, 2013 4:09AM UTC
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Short films were never unheard-of in Mainland China. However, it was not until late 2010 that they suddenly found a large audience. The watershed film is Old Boys, a 42-minute short about unfulfilled dreams and aspirations as people grow old in life. It was produced by China Film Group with Chevrolet as a general production partner and subsequently distributed on...
Interest: When the U.S. Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act was passed last year, it included a “crowdfunding exemption” that opened the door to using social media and other Internet tools to raise capital. And while other jurisdictions, such as Australia, Britain and the Netherlands, have similar legislation, Canada remains mired in a regulatory logjam that threatens its competitive edge, especially when it comes to startups and SME’s.
Interest: BOULDER - Researchers working on more efficient building systems, less-toxic cancer treatments and healthier aging will be among those honored Monday night by the University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office.
Interest: Crowds have already demonstrated their value as a source of capital for start-ups. Support via donations or pre-purchasing on sites like Kickstarter has set high expectations for equity-based crowd funding in the United States.
Interest: As everyone knows, the health care system in the United States is complicated, overpriced, inefficient and often out of reach of many people, even after the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. I often wonder how the most developed nation in the world can be so behind the times in health care.
Interest: LOS ANGELES, April 2, 2013 -- Crowdfund leader launches film crowdfunding management services, starting with eight films and top indie film companies such as Mad Chance.
LOS ANGELES, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today David Marlett, working under his banner BlueRun Crowdfund, a division of BlueRun Media (BlueRun), announced the recent launch of the world's first full crowdfunding services firm for the film industry, including announcing some of BlueRun's current clients and eight.
Interest: The numbers seem astonishing: Last year, Kickstarter, the largest crowdfunding site, raised over $312M from over 2 million backers, funding 18,000 projects. Though raising money from large crowds to fund new artistic and cultural endeavors is not new, the speed at which internet crowdfunding has taken off – from almost nothing to hundreds of millions of dollars in just a couple of years – has caught the notice of policy makers, entrepreneurs, and investors.
Interest: Project Awakened came up short on Kickstarter in March, raising $338,498 of a requested $500,000, but the team at Phosphor Games wasn't ready to give up on the game just yet. After a week-long survey that attracted 4,000 responses, Phosphor decided there was enough interest to launch an independent fundraising campaign, with a few new...
Interest: Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part guest column by Zach Noorani that examines the ways in which equity crowdfunding might impact the startup world and the venture capital industry specifically. Zach is a former VC and current second-year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Follow him on Twitter @znoorani.
Interest: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Last fall, Iran came under suspicion of devastating the computer network of Saudi Arabia oil giant Aramco. Shortly thereafter, Iran was again deemed the culprit behind a slew of massive attacks that took down a string of American banks' web sites. Then hackers stole 3.6 million Social Security number from the South Carolina Department of Revenue. In this guest commentary, Bob Ackerman, founder and managing director of Allegis Capital, outlines how those cyberintrusions, and...
Interest: The accelerator formed by Gil Ben-Artzy and Shuly Galili to expose Israeli startups to Silicon Valley has sent its latest batch to Palo Alto. Although they represent a diverse collection of market sectors, the five companies are all B2B focused, unlike previous groups which were consumer oriented.
Interest: FORTUNE -- Call it a math lesson. Why would a school pay $80 for a textbook that may quickly become irrelevant, when it could pay around $5 or less?
A cadre of so-called open-education publishers is slowly beginning to gain the trust of schools and university systems by posing that question. Using free, open-source education materials, firms like CK-12 and Boundless are building digital textbooks and learning materials (mostly for math and science) that students and teachers can use and...
Interest: Hanhai zPark is an 80,000-square-foot incubator for tech startups that opened in June in San Jose. It's backed by investors from China, including the largest state-owned developer of business parks in Beijing.
The group plans to open a biotech incubator twice the size in South San Francisco, near Genentech's campus, by the middle of 2013. They're searching for a third Bay Area property to turn into a 200,000-square-foot space for clean-tech companies next year.
Interest: When Seth Freedman co-founded IntelligentM in December 2011, he was confident of the appeal of his company's product -- an electronic bracelet that keeps track of hand washing among health workers so hospitals can improve hygiene and better control the spread of infections. But Freedman's previous experience as an entrepreneur was in consumer products and GPS technology, so he lacked the connections to break into the competitive hospital market.
Interest: Many entrepreneurs seems to be convinced that the “crowd” of regular people using the Internet will somehow solve their startup funding needs, when they sense a lack of interest from accredited investors. Professionals maintain that there is plenty of money for equity in qualified startups, and funding marginal startups via any source will only make more people unhappy.
Interest: A new crowdfunding platform aimed solely at local sporting clubs has highlighted the growth of niche crowdfunding websites, suggesting there are opportunities for other start-ups to specialise.
Sportaroo, which has a team of six based in Australia and the United Kingdom, allows sports teams to raise funds for team projects by offering merchandise, experiences and sponsorship.
Interest: It’s insane that the world is buying into the joke known as “Crowdfunding.” Everyone and their mother is predicting that it’s the next miracle in the making. But, let’s be honest with ourselves. Crowdfunding is neither new, nor innovative. Most importantly, it doesn’t make sense.