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Author: Harichandan Arakali


Source: International Business Times


Interest: India's Reliance Industries Ltd. (NSE: RELIANCE) will partner with Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) to fund and mentor startups in the subcontinent, The Economic Times newspaper reported on its website Monday, citing an unidentified person with direct knowledge of the matter.


Link: http://www.ibtimes.com/reliance-industries-partner-microsoft-startup-funding-mentoring-venture-1674838

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Author: China Money Network


Source: China Money Network


Interest: Taiwanese PC maker Acer Inc. has established a venture capital fund with over NT$1 billion (US$33.5 million) to make long-term investments to strengthen its technology advances, according to media reports. The company has hired an unnamed executive from outside of the company as an investment director, who will take office on September 1.


Link: http://www.chinamoneynetwork.com/2014/09/01/taiwans-acer-launches-33-5m-venture-fund-arm

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Author: The Wall Street Journal


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: With mutual funds and other public-market players showing strong interest in private biotechnology financing rounds, Bellicum Pharmaceuticals has amassed $55 million from crossover and venture capital investors to develop cellular therapies for cancer and other diseases, Brian Gormley reports for Dow Jones VentureWire. Tapping into public-market investors enables private companies to raise large sums and to improve their balance sheet ahead of an IPO.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/08/28/the-daily-startup-public-market-investors-crossing-into-private-biotechs/

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Author: The Economic Times


Source: The Economic Times


Interest: JAMMU: Universities today need to become drivers of innovation and their focus should be on collaborative relationships with industry and government, President Pranab Mukherjee said today. Addressing the 14th convocation of Jammu University, he said entrepreneurial activities in universities could take various forms such as contract research, consultancy, patenting, licensing, spin outs, start-ups and incubating companies.


Link: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/services/education/universities-need-to-become-drivers-of-innovation-president-pranab-mukherjee/articleshow/41439111.cms

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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: 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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Author: Sang Lee


Source: The Huffington Post


Interest: Equity crowdfunding has become something of a legend in the startup industry. It is being hailed (and criticized) for being a brand new conduit for startups to raise capital and for entrepreneurs to launch new endeavors. It's true that a great amount of potential capital could be unlocked by including the non-accredited investors in the startup industry.


Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sang-lee/5-benefits-of-raising-cap_b_5669144.html

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Author: Russ Garland


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Venture capitalists worldwide are highly confident about the U.S. despite a belief by U.S. investors that government can’t get out of its own way, a survey found. Global investor confidence in the U.S. was 4.03 on a 1-to-5 scale, the highest recorded for any nation in three years by the annual survey conducted by the National Venture Capital Association and Deloitte & Touche LLP. U.S.-based investors gave their country an even higher rating of 4.17, up 11% from last year.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/08/13/venture-investors-highly-confident-in-u-s-but-not-in-government/

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Author: Mary Coleman


Source: KOTA Territory News


Interest: Student attorneys from the University of Nebraska College of Law made their way to the panhandle to continue building connections with western Nebraska communities. Locals came out last night to the entrepreneurship legal clinic as part of a rural outreach tour. Student attorneys offered free legal help to any start-up business that may not be able to afford any other legal advice.


Link: http://www.kotanow.com/story/26202747/student-lawyers-aim-to-help-start-up-businesses-with-legal-help

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Author: George Zack


Source: Bidness Etc


Interest: The two major sources that investors consider to raise capital include venture capitalists and crowdfunding (sometimes referred to as crowdsourcing). In terms of funding, the two are at opposite ends of the spectrum.


Link: http://www.bidnessetc.com/23694-jobs-act-brings-together-venture-capitalists-and-crowdfunding/

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Author: Michael Hennigan


Source: Finfacts


Interest: Venture capital is the exception, not the norm, as a funding source for even tech startups. More VC-backed new companies fail than succeed, and since 1999 US VC funds have barely broken even. Those are just some of the myth-busting facts that were revealed by Diane Mulcahy, director of private equity at the Kauffman Foundation, the leading US entrepreneurship think-tank, and a former VC herself, in the May 2013 issue of the Harvard Business Review (HBR) that focused on entrepreneurship.


Link: http://www.finfacts.ie/irishfinancenews/article_1028031.shtml

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