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Author: ERICA E. PHILLIPS


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: The University of California is planning a $250 million venture-capital fund to finance startup companies stemming from research conducted by its faculty and students. The fund, seeded with money from the UC endowment, would be one of the largest of its kind, targeting work done at the university's 10 campuses, five medical centers and three national laboratories. A proposal to establish the fund is set to be presented to the governing UC Board of Regents on Wednesday. The plan was posted onlin


Link: http://online.wsj.com/articles/university-of-california-plans-fund-for-campus-startups-1410816743

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Author: Andrew Seidman


Source: Philly


Interest: The director of the agency that manages New Jersey's $80 billion pension fund confirmed Tuesday that the state had sold its stake in a fund managed by a venture-capital firm with ties to a prominent Massachusetts Republican, months after the investment drew scrutiny over pay-to-play concerns. The state earlier this month sold its interest, valued at $12.7 million, in General Catalyst Group VI for $14.1 million in cash to Washington University in St. Louis, the Treasury Department said.


Link: http://articles.philly.com/2014-09-17/news/54029968_1_pension-fund-pension-investments-state-investment-council

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Author: ZORAN BASICH


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: The University of California is planning a $250 million venture fund to finance startups springing from research conducted by its faculty and students, the WSJ’s Erica Phillips reports. The effort is part of an overall trend toward increased entrepreneurism arising from campus research. Stanford and other universities have created incubators and accelerators.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/09/16/the-daily-startup-uc-plans-250m-fund-amid-rise-in-campus-startups/

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Author: Angela Mueller


Source: St. Louis Business Journal


Interest: Washington University was the highest bidder for a venture capital investment being sold by New Jersey's $81 billion pension fund. The investment was the subject of a state "pay-to-play" investigation , the Wall Street Journal reports. Auditors in New Jersey are examining whether state rules were violated when the New Jersey Division of Investment committed $15 million to a venture capital fund that was run by General Catalyst Partners, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/morning_call/2014/09/washington-university-pays-14-million-for-stake-in.html

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Author: Alyssa Fisher


Source: Alligator.org


Interest: UF’s Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator was recognized as a national leader in technology-based economic development in the eyes of the State Science and Technology Institute. The incubator accepted the 2014 Excellence in Technology-Based Economic Development award Monday at the SSTI’s Annual Conference in Chicago SSTI is an organization that had policy makers and people from 42 states placing its five awards.


Link: http://www.alligator.org/news/campus/article_0bd9e7d8-3e27-11e4-ae60-6bde603922cc.html

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Author: JD Alois


Source: Crowdfund Insider


Interest: MicroVentures, an online venture capital platform, has stated they have raised more than $50 million directly for its portfolio companies, while generating positive returns for investors through successful exits. A recently sited example was the acquisition of Space Monkey, a cloud data storage company, by Vivint, the largest home automation services provider in North America.


Link: http://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2014/09/49869-microventures-claims-50-million-equity-crowdfunding-milestone/

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Author: Thomas H. Watterson


Source: Association of Corporate Counsel


Interest: Attention hedge funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds, and other private funds (collectively, "private funds"). This evening (September 9, 2014) , the CFTC Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (“DSIO”) issued CFTC Letter 14-116 providing exemptive relief (for some funds) from the general solicitation restrictions in CFTC Rule 4.7 and CFTC Rule 4.13(a)(3) to harmonize the CFTC rules with the SEC rules changes arising from the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act.


Link: http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=1977d8dc-ae3a-431b-a6ad-7ebcbb5e6861

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Author: AMANDA BARBARA


Source: Alley Watch


Interest: Words like these (somewhat stereotypically) have been associated with women for years. There might be some truth in them, though — at least when it comes to business. While women are more likely to start service businesses, they’re less likely to pursue anything — whether it’s a job, funding, or a personal interest — unless they’re 100 percent confident in their abilities.


Link: http://www.alleywatch.com/2014/09/breaking-the-gender-ceiling-why-female-entrepreneurs-are-crowdfunding/

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Author: Josh Pichler


Source: Cincinnati.com


Interest: When software giant Oracle announced in July it had purchased TOA Technologies, Cleveland-area investors weren't the only ones cheering. The acquisition was another victory for the $150 million Ohio Capital Fund, the state program that launched in 2003 to attract more venture capital into Ohio. Pittsburgh-based Draper Triangle Ventures, which received money from the Ohio Capital Fund and has an office in Cincinnati, is an investor in TOA Technologies.


Link: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/money/josh-pichler/2014/09/06/ohio-capital-fund-details-impactas-state-considers-programs-future/15132219/

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Author: Thomas Heath


Source: The Washington Post


Interest: Two Washington entrepreneurs with a history of building successful companies have teamed with a local businessman to start a venture capital fund focused on seed stage companies focused on applications that run on mobile devices. The fund, called Kiwi Venture Partners I , has raised $2.5 million from 24 limited partners, including 12 from the Washington area. The LP investments range from $25,000 to $500,000.


Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/capital-buzz-entrepreneurial-brothers-create-venture-capital-fund/2014/09/05/dfaf1d62-32d3-11e4-8f02-03c644b2d7d0_story.html

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Author: Trent Dykes


Source: JDSUPRA Business Advisor


Interest: Over the past few years, a new funding source for seed stage startups has developed and quickly become an integral part of the startup ecosystem. This newer brand of investor is typically labeled a seed venture or micro-venture capital fund (a Micro-VC). Micro-VCs are smaller venture firms that primarily invest in seed stage emerging growth companies, often have a fund size of


Link: http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/what-is-micro-venture-capital-72799/

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Author: CHELSEY DULANEY


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Salesforce.com Inc. CRM +0.92% has launched a $100 million venture-capital fund dedicated to investing in mobile app companies as the business-software company seeks to capitalize on what it calls the "Internet of customers." The fund, Salesforce1Fund, has already invested in DocuSign, a mobile transaction platform, and i.am+, a fashion and technology brand, among others, the company said. The fund is the first from Salesforce Ventures, the company's global corporate-investment group.


Link: http://online.wsj.com/articles/salesforce-launches-100-million-venture-capital-fund-for-app-companies-1410178641

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Author: alexandra liss


Source: http://brokeassstuart.com


Interest: How many of us have had brilliant “aha moments” or inhaled inspiration, yet nothing ever comes of it because of lack of cash? What if you were given an extra $1k, $5k, $10k (or more?). Guess what, my fellow procrasti-stoners, if socks made of coffee can raise $204,601, or a water bottle that informs you of how much water you take via your iPhone can raise $74,843, then so can you! Two friends and I, even raised $8,169 after sitting around drinking on a couch, lamenting about how cool it would


Link: http://brokeassstuart.com/blog/2014/08/20/10-unstoppable-steps-to-crowd-funding-success/

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Author: Daniel Taylor


Source: blogs.findlaw.co


Interest: A study released last month found that women are outperforming men in the increasingly lucrative world of online crowdfunding.


Link: http://blogs.findlaw.com/free_enterprise/2014/08/crowdfunding-favors-female-entrepreneurs-study.html

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Author: Annie Pilon


Source: small buziness trends http://smallbiztrends.com


Interest: When crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo began taking off, some thought they would make venture capitalists obsolete. That has not been the case so far. And crowdfunding sites have actually served as an opportunity for professional investors to easily find new startups to fund.


Link: http://smallbiztrends.com/2014/08/venture-capitalists-search-crowdfunding-opportunities.html

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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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