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Author: Malavika Velayanikal


Source: Tech in Asia


Interest: Indian startup AdNear, which provides location-based intelligence for advertising, has just raised US$19 million in series B funding. What is significant is that a leading Japanese venture capital firm, Global Brain, and the VC arm of Australian telecom giant Telstra have come on board, joining existing investors Sequoia Capital and Canaan Partners in this round. AdNear, which started in Bangalore but is now headquartered in Singapore, has taken its unique adtech model across...


Link: https://www.techinasia.com/japanese-vc-global-brain-telstra-ventures-invest-19-million-in-adnear/

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Author: Bruce V. Bigelow


Source: Xconomy


Interest: Venture capital activity descended from the stratosphere during the third quarter, but it was still flying high, as venture firms invested nearly $9.8 billion in 879 deals across the United States, according to a report released today by the financial data firm CB Insights. The amount invested during the quarter was down 30 percent from the $13.9 billion that VCs deployed in the previous quarter, and the deal count was down by 10 percent from the 974 deals that CB Insights counted in...


Link: http://www.xconomy.com/national/2014/10/14/venture-firms-turn-down-funding-volume-but-still-rockin-in-q3/

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Author: KAITLIN DEWULF


Source: The Daily Iowan


Interest: More Iowans will soon have access to a prestigious University of Iowa business-training program. The UI is expanding the Venture School program through the Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center to include Council Bluffs and the Quad Cities. The program will expand in those cities by March 2015. The Venture School is a six-week training program designed to accelerate the start-up process of a business while increasing the chance of success for entrepreneurs.


Link: http://www.dailyiowan.com/2014/10/13/Metro/39475.html

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Author: PR Newswire


Source: PR Newswire


Interest: CHICAGO, Oct. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On October 21, get access to The EC's Innovation Council and network with Chicago business leaders who are driving innovation within their enterprises at the first Innovation Council Program of the 2014-2015 season hosted by Baxter International. At this breakfast, hear a panel of thought leaders discuss how they are using collaborative innovation to position their organizations at the cutting edge of their industries.


Link: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-executives-club-of-chicago-innovation-council-program-panelists-to-discuss-collaborative-innovation-279020231.html

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Author: Seb Murray


Source: Business Because


Interest: Before Alex Money enrolled in a master’s and later a PhD at Oxford University, he was a fund manager in the City of London, where he spent two decades working in investor relations and as a portfolio manager at Citibank, among other financial services groups. Now he is a start-up founder, working out of a trendy incubator space at London’s Level 39, Europe’s largest financial technology accelerator surrounded by the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, where his company ACE Consensus provides...


Link: http://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-entrepreneurs/2840/mba-entrepreneurs-profit-as-schools-pump-funds-into-ventures

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Author: The New York Times


Source: The New York Times


Interest: The technology industry is clearly prospering, but has it entered a period of irrational exuberance? There are good reasons to worry that it has and that the bursting of this bubble could be painful, to investors in and employees of tech firms as well as to the broader economy.


Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/13/opinion/will-boom-lead-to-bust-in-silicon-valley.html?_r=0

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Author: Hiroko Tabuchi


Source: The Boston Globe


Interest: NEW YORK — Vestaron makes an eco-friendly pesticide derived from spider venom. Bagaveev uses 3-D printers to make rocket engines for nanosatellites. Transatomic Power is developing a next-generation reactor that runs on nuclear waste. They all have one thing in common: money from Silicon Valley venture capitalists.


Link: http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/10/12/venture-capitalists-return-backing-hard-core-science/HLGL6j9wbkVcczNmaoCBgM/story.html

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Author: recode


Source: recode


Interest: Home remodeling site Houzz raised $165 million in funding led from Sequoia Capital. The round was formally announced this week, but had previously been previously reported by Re/code. Good Technology, which helps businesses manage their employees’ mobile devices, raised $80 million from a group of secret investors despite filing for an IPO in May. In an interview, CEO Christy Wyatt said the company is not rethinking its plan to go public.


Link: http://recode.net/2014/10/04/capital-gains-the-weeks-venture-capital-brief/

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Author: IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Last week I discussed the recent MIT MITD 0.00% Second Machine Age Conference, an event inspired by the best-selling book of the same title published earlier this year by MIT’s Erik Brynjolffson and Andy McAfee. In his closing keynote, McAfee shared with us what to me was a rather surprising paradox: Entrepreneurship has never been easier, but entrepreneurship is on the decline...


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/cio/2014/10/03/a-surprising-entrepreneurship-paradox/

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Author: Bernard Moon


Source: Venture Beat


Interest: I’m writing this from my recent experiences both as a serial entrepreneur and as an investor at a seed-stage fund, which is typically a sub-$100 million fund. First, I agree with the emphasis on the importance of burn rate from Bill Gurley and Fred Wilson that generated some buzz a few weeks ago. Second, for a venture capitalist (defined for this post as $150+ million funds) like Fred Wilson, it is true when he says, “Valuations can be fixed...


Link: http://venturebeat.com/2014/10/05/entrepreneurs-heres-how-to-think-about-your-valuation/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed: Venturebeat (VentureBeat)

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Author: CHRIS WITKOWSKY


Source: PeHUB


Interest: Three student-led venture funds with the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business are actively seeking business plans to consider for their 2014-2015 investment rounds. The three funds together have more than $7 million under management. The funds seek investments in early-stage companies looking for seed or Series A funding rounds.


Link: https://www.pehub.com/2014/10/u-of-michigan-student-led-venture-funds-seeking-business-plans/

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Author: Joelle Lang


Source: The DiamondBack


Interest: Sophomore Adrienne Baer always knew she wanted to help people. That’s why she started college on the pre-med track. But after enrolling in an entrepreneurial course at this university, Baer realized there were other ways to help others — so she swapped all pre-med courses for non-profit courses in the business school.


Link: http://www.diamondbackonline.com/news/article_76920754-48f4-11e4-a7c4-001a4bcf6878.html

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Author: John Solari,


Source: Business 2 Community (B2B)


Interest: s Reno gains a foothold in the startup world, entrepreneurs with big ideas are building their companies from the ground up in Reno. But building a company can be expensive, and young entrepreneurs often struggle with the question of how to raise capital to scale their company early in their business’s lifecycle.


Link: http://www.business2community.com/finance/raise-capital-without-giving-much-company-away-01022217

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Author: ZORAN BASICH


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Limited partners are actively returning to venture capital and many are looking beyond the industry’s giants. “I think this is the first year that LPs have realized that you can make a lot of money in small venture funds as well,” said Hans Swildens, founder and CEO of Industry Ventures. The firm has closed on $170 million, more than twice the size of its previous fund, for a fund of funds targeting venture capital funds of less than $250 million.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/09/30/the-daily-startup-small-vc-funds-gaining-support-of-limited-partners/

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Author: SONJA CHEUNG


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Google Capital, a growth-stage vehicle backed by U.S. Internet giant Google Inc., has made its first investment in China. The firm, along with Chinese venture firm Lightspeed China Partners, co-led a Series C round totaling $38 million into a Suzhou-based business called InnoLight Technology Corp., a manufacturer of high-speed optical transceivers that are used by computer servers.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/09/29/google-capital-makes-first-china-investment-backs-innolight/

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Author: Amanda Quick


Source: Tech Cocktail


Interest: Armory Square Ventures, launched in early 2014, is an early stage venture fund based in Upstate New York and New York City that aims to help companies grow and scale. “The fund’s goal is to provide early stage companies in our portfolio with capital, contacts, mentorship, and connectivity to other venture hubs, including NYC, so they may scale into world class companies that generate top tier returns for our investors,” according to their website.


Link: http://tech.co/armory-square-ventures-2014-09

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Author: ANDREESSEN HOROWITZ


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Marc Andreessen is one of the most influential people in venture capital. He’s also one of the top evangelists of technology and tech investing in general, using his massive Twitter megaphone to argue almost daily about the transformative powers of emerging technology trends and generally dismissing talk of a bubble. So when he injects a note of measured caution, it’s worth paying attention.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/09/25/marc-andreessens-warning-to-cash-burning-startups-worry/

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Author: LAURIE PETERSON


Source: Fast Company


Interest: Six months into founding my dream toy company, Build & Imagine, I landed a meeting with the Venture Capital firm I had most admired. These weren’t the biggest players in Silicon Valley, but they had a fresh entrepreneur-friendly approach and had invested in early stage companies in my product category. I like them so much I had even applied to intern with them a few years back when I was wrapping up my MBA at Berkeley.


Link: http://www.fastcompany.com/3036130/hit-the-ground-running/why-venture-capital-wasnt-right-for-me-and-15-alternative-funding-sou

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Author: Dan Primack


Source: Fortune


Interest: It’s a great time to be invested in venture capital funds. So, naturally, everyone is freaked out. “Is now the time to double down, or to slam on the brakes?” That was the question posed to me earlier this week by a portfolio manager who has investments in dozens of venture capital funds, including some of the industry’s most illustrious names. I’m not (quite) so egotistical as to think he would make multi-million decisions on my two cents, but the inquiry was sincere.


Link: http://fortune.com/2014/09/25/when-it-comes-to-venture-capital-no-one-knows-what-to-do/

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Author: Tucker Echols


Source: Washington Business Journal


Interest: The District is getting another launch pad for startups. On Friday, American University's Kogod School of Business will take the wraps off its new startup incubator for current students and recent graduates, The Washington Post reported. The Kogod incubator will provide mentors and work space for entrepreneurs as well as $1,500 in cash to pay for initial expenses.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/morning_call/2014/09/incubator-debuts-at-american-university.html

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