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Author: Brian Brown


Source: TechCrunch


Interest: Raising venture funding may have just gotten a little tougher. A major investor recently announced that venture capitalists are “taking on an excessive amount of risk right now – unprecedented since ’99.” Marc Andreessen recently said that valuations seemed to be getting “warm.” Add to this the public market jitters, with stocks hitting a two year low last month before bouncing back, and there’s a touch of nervousness in the air.


Link: http://techcrunch.com/2014/11/22/how-to-raise-venture-capital-in-a-frothy-market/

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Author: SARAH MCBRIDE


Source: Reuters


Interest: (Reuters) - Claude Burns, who just earned a degree from MIT's Sloan School of Management, hatched what he thought was a great startup idea: a subscription business peddling craft beers. The problem was how to come up with the half-a-million to fund it? He figured he'd target the usual suspects - family, friends, angel investors, maybe even a local bank. What he didn't expect was that one of his classmates would step up. Victoria Gutierrez liked the idea so much that right before graduation...


Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/21/us-funding-classmates-idUSKCN0J42AK20141121

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Author: Ahmedabad


Source: Business Standard


Interest: Urging universities and institutes to encourage youngsters to start business and make an attempt at entrepreneurship, Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan on Saturday said it is the best time to start a new business. Speaking at the national workshop on 'Development of Policy Framework for Innovation, Student Entrepreneurship and IPR' at the Gujarat Technological University (GTU), Gopalakrishnan said almost all sectors will get disrupted and transformed over the next 30 years.


Link: http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/best-time-to-start-a-new-business-says-infosys-co-founder-114112200838_1.html

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Author: Sarah Gooding


Source: The Morning Sun


Interest: The entrepreneurial and innovative spirit that defines Southeast Kansas is a draw for leaders from around the state. Leadership Kansas, a program that brings leaders from around the state together to learn about the state's communities, needs, issues and more, paid a visit to Pittsburg this week even though the community was not officially on this year's rotation.


Link: http://www.morningsun.net/article/20141122/NEWS/141129926

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Author: William Craig


Source: FORBES


Interest: You’re not going to make it as an entrepreneur. That’s what the math says, anyway. A lack of funding early on is the reason why many companies are forced to fold, which is also why venture capitalists are as successful as they are: they offer a product of their own – financial support – in exchange for a stake in the companies they back.


Link: http://You Don't Need VC Money To Build A Great Product

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Author: Elizabeth Segran


Source: FORTUNE


Interest: Female entrepreneurs, take note. It’s slim pickings if you’re a female entrepreneur hoping to raise money. A recent study from Babson College found that venture capital firms with female partners are more than three times as likely to invest in companies with female CEOs than firms led by all-male teams, but the percentage of women in the VC industry has dropped from 10% to 6% since 1999—and only 2.7% of VC-backed companies have a female CEO.


Link: http://fortune.com/2014/11/21/into-the-gloss/

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Author: Cadie Thompson


Source: CNBC


Interest: The year since hackers broke into Target and accessed millions of credit and debit card numbers has been a brutal one for cyberattacks. Next year's threat forecast doesn't look any better. But for cybersecurity firms and companies offering cyber-insurance, the year has been great. Business is booming and stock prices are shooting upward. Security start-ups are also getting a massive boost in funding.


Link: http://www.cnbc.com/id/102208309#.

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Author: ZORAN BASICH


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Steve Jurvetson likes big ideas. The venture capital investor placed early, bold bets on electric cars (Tesla Motors) and space exploration (SpaceX). He speaks publicly every chance he gets on how the world will be transformed sooner than we think by advances like robotics and driverless vehicles. Commercial air travel has been on his mind lately, and Jurvetson, a partner at Menlo Park, Calif.-based Draper Fisher Jurvetson, has an idea that may seem even more shocking than self-driving...


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/11/21/would-air-travel-be-safer-without-pilots-steve-jurvetson-thinks-so/

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Author: Chance Barnett


Source: Forbes


Interest: If you don’t know the story of women and venture capital, you should. Here’s what the data says… Of the 6,793 companies funded by VCs between 2011 and 2013, only 2.7% of those companies had a woman at the helm as CEO – according to the recent Babson College study titled “Women Entrepreneurs and Bridging the Gap in Venture Capital” (PDF).


Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/chancebarnett/2014/11/21/crowdfunding-to-narrow-the-gender-gap-in-venture-capital/

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Author: Post Bulletin


Source: Post Bulletin


Interest: Wall Street is becoming a bigger player in the tech startup scene, throwing gobs of money at companies, driving up funding rounds and creating outsized valuations. Many of the biggest startup investments this year belong not to the storied Silicon Valley venture firms but to 401(k) managers such as Fidelity and behemoth financial institutions such as BlackRock. Their influx has reshaped the world of venture investing — as long as hedge funds...


Link: http://www.postbulletin.com/archives/venture-capital-world-changing-as-hedge-funds-target-tech-startups/article_2f5cfea6-54e7-5e53-8384-af95a264a01b.html

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Author: JAMES B. STEWART


Source: The New York Times


Interest: Now that Republicans control both houses of Congress, they need to show they can accomplish something, and President Obama has just two years to burnish his legacy. So the search is on for bipartisan consensus. I have two suggestions: “tax reform” and “carried interest.” Is there anyone who truly believes the current individual and corporate tax systems are efficient and fair and promote growth?


Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/15/business/idea-for-new-congress-end-a-tax-break-for-the-elite.html?_r=0

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Author: Emily Spaven


Source: CoinDesk


Interest: Coinbase is rumoured to be in the midst of another funding round, attempting to raise up to $60m with a company valuation of $400m. The US-based company, which provides bitcoin wallets and merchant services, is expected to take on investment from venture capital firm DFJ and is looking to raise $40-60m, according to Re/Code. CoinDesk has contacted Coinbase, but is yet to receive a response. DFJ has declined to comment.


Link: http://www.coindesk.com/coinbase-reportedly-seeking-60m-funding/

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Author: The Star Online


Source: The Star Online


Interest: NINE talented university students recently won a range of prizes, worth RM260,000, at the recent inaugural RSA Genovasi Malaysia Awards. The competition, which was organised by Genovasi, Malaysia’s first and only Design Thinking school, in collaboration with the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), aimed to empower university students the world over to develop solutions to pressing social, environmental and economic issues using the principles of Design


Link: http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Education/2014/11/16/Ideas-for-innovative-solutions/

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Author: Mike Hasten


Source: The Town Talk


Interest: BATON ROUGE – College and university campuses across the state are now approved to start investing funds in training students for some of Louisiana's most pressing job needs. Board of Regents' Executive Committee Friday authorized implementation plans compiled by the four higher education systems — LSU, Southern University, University of Louisiana and Community and Technical College — and the Louisiana University Marine Consortium (LUMCON) to invest $40 million appropriated by the state,...


Link: http://www.thetowntalk.com/story/news/local/2014/11/14/campuses-line-receive-wise-funds/19062749/

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Author: Clarey Zhu


Source: The Huffington Post


Interest: After China's Bright Food acquired 56% of Israel's largest food producer, Tnuva, in May, the burgeoning Chinese-Israeli connection in high tech and venture capital finally aroused public attention. The "Start-up Nation", as Israel was called in highly popular 2009 book on the topic by Dan Senor and Saul Singer, now eagerly seeks foreign investment from China to sustain its high-tech inventiveness, while Chinese firms are scaling up manufacturing and pouring billions of dollars...


Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/china-hands/growth-potential_b_6165062.html

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Author: DAVID RANII


Source: News & Observer


Interest: Agribusiness giant Syngenta dipped its toe into the venture capital arena in 2006 by investing in venture capital firms. It upped its game three years later by creating its own venture capital arm, Syngenta Ventures, that plows money directly into promising agricultural startups. “We were surprised by the number and quality of investment opportunities out there,” said Alex Steel, who heads Syngenta’s venture capital efforts.


Link: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/11/15/4321130/triangle-startups-benefiting-from.html?sp=/99/104/

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Author: Cory Weinberg


Source: San Francisco Business Times


Interest: You probably wouldn't be surprised if I told you that the more venture capital that floods the market, the more inflated office rents get. But what's surprising from research that Cushman & Wakefield shared with me this week is just how closely the two data points correlate. If you click on the graph on the right, you'll see that Bay Area venture capital investments and direct rental rates in San Francisco's north and south financial district rise and fall with each other like clockwork.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/blog/real-estate/2014/11/venture-capital-and-office-rents-rise-sf-valley.html

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Author: ZORAN BASICH


Source: Wall Street Journal


Interest: The rise of online real estate search sites a decade ago made it much easier for the average consumer to peruse which homes were for sale, but since then the mechanics of buying and selling a home haven’t changed drastically. Investors apparently see a chance to take advantage, and they’re backing companies using data analysis and other tools to remake the process.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/11/12/real-estate-startups-heating-up-with-venture-capital-investors/

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Author: WCPO


Source: WCPO


Interest: CINCINNATI -- Southwest Ohio's entrepreneurial spirit was recognized Wednesday by Ohio’s Third Frontier Commission with a $9.1 million award. The award was granted based on the Cincinnati region’s “efforts to attract and foster entrepreneurs and innovators, grow high potential startup companies and create new jobs,” according to the commission.


Link: http://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/cincinnati/ohios-third-frontier-commission-awards-91-million-award-for-sw-ohio-entrepreneurial-program

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Author: Matt Palmquist


Source: strategy+business magazine


Interest: Bottom Line: For young firms seeking outside funding, making a positive first impression on investors counts for a lot. They should refrain from bashing the competition and acknowledge they have room for improvement. Entrepreneurs attempting to secure early-stage funding should strike a delicate balance between confidence and restraint when spelling out their business plan, according to a new study. Although investors appreciate an entrepreneur’s bold vision, they frown upon overly...


Link: http://www.strategy-business.com/blog/Dont-Brag-An-Entrepreneurs-Guide-to-Getting-Capital?gko=30e91

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