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Author: Steven Overly


Source: Washington Post


Interest: Bethesda-based M3D concluded the first week of its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign with more than $2.3 million in the bank from some 8,200 financial backers who want to see production begin on a 3-D printer that consumers can use at home. But the bulk of the supporters — one of whom pledged $5,000 — double as the company’s first customers. A link on the firm’s Web site to “pre-order” the printer directs you to the Kickstarter page where you can contribute the initial retail price of $299.


Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/crowdfunding-helps-product-companies-with-sales-and-marketing-not-just-fundraising/2014/04/11/a0a904b2-bffa-11e3-b574-f8748871856a_story.html

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Author: Geert De Lombaerde


Source: Nashville Post


Interest: The backers of the newly launched American Born Moonshine have raised approximately $6 million from more than 40 investors, money they plan to invest in taking their liquor national.


Link: http://nashvillepost.com/news/2014/4/1/start_up_distillery_raises_6m

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Author: Hollie Slade


Source: Forbes


Interest: As a founding partner at Y Combinator, Jessica Livingston helped shape some of Silicon Valley’s greatest hits – Dropbox, Airbnb, Reddit and Stripe to name just a few. To date, Y Combinator’s invested in 630 startups. These embryonic businesses move to Silicon Valley for a three month boot camp to get them in the best possible shape for Demo Day, when the startups pitch their business plan to a select audience.


Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/hollieslade/2014/04/15/early-stage-startups-the-biggest-killers/?utm_campaign=forbesfbsf&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

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Author: Zlati Meyer


Source: Detroit Free Press


Interest: A digital marketing software company that a University of Michigan MBA student-run venture capital fund invested in 14 years ago is being acquired by IBM for an undisclosed amount. The Wolverine Venture Fund put $200,000 in the Atlanta-based Silverpop during the dot-com bubble, but stuck with it.


Link: http://www.freep.com/article/20140414/BUSINESS06/304140100/IBM-venture-capital-vc-university-michigan-MBA

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Author: NCET2


Source: NCET2


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Link: http://center.ncet2.org/index.php?option=com_joomla_lms&task=details_course&id=123&Itemid=53

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Author: Evan Belanger


Source: AL.com


Interest: MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Alabama State University announced today it has garnered a $336,634 from the National Science Foundation to host its Research Experience for Undergraduates program. The REU program will host 10 undergraduate students for 10 weeks in a summer program that will provide hands-on research experience in nanotechnology and biotechnology, said Komal Vig, the principal investigator of the ASU research program.


Link: http://blog.al.com/wire/2014/04/alabama_state_university_garne.html

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Author: Joseph Allen


Source: IPWatchdog


Interest: Last year the White House put together its Lab to Market Summit and asked Diane Palmintera and me to co-chair a panel of external experts to review several innovative agency technology transfer programs and come up with “transformational, not incremental” ideas to increase the commercialization of $140 B of federally funded research.


Link: http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2014/04/07/take-the-brake-off-federal-tech-transfer/id=48959/

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Author: Enid Burns


Source: RedOrbit


Interest: Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) worked in partnership with Sunkyunkwan University to develop a new method for synthesizing graphene. The material has one-hundred times greater electron mobility than silicon. Silicon is used in semiconductors today, and an increased availability of graphene could mean that semiconductors can become more powerful and more functional.


Link: http://www.redorbit.com/news/technology/1113114863/samsung-develops-graphene-wearable-technology-other-040714/

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Author: Pavithra Rathinavel


Source: International Business Times AU


Interest: StoreDot, a start-up company based out of Israel, has revealed a prototype super charger for smartphones that can fully charge the handset's battery in 30 seconds at Microsoft's Think Next Conference in Tel Aviv. The potential firm showcased its technology to charge an almost empty Samsung Galaxy S4 in only 30 seconds, which is a huge advantage in a world where chargers take nearly an hour to give a full boost to handsets.


Link: http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/547162/20140408/storedot-battery-charger-samsung-galaxy-s4-tel.htm#.U0PRzVd3-k4

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Author: NCET2


Source: NCET2


http://center.ncet2.org/images/courseimage/30611-laptop2.jpgNCET2 Launches its webinar schedule for the 2nd Quarter of 2014. Bringing together expert speakers and resource persons, the offerings for this quarter include a free webinar series with the US Small Business Administration on the current SBIR/STTR programs and the Application Online Workshop series in Applying to the NSF and NIH SBIR Programs for First-time Applicants. For those interested in developing their research into a product, join us on April 15 with Dr. Art Gooray as he facilitates the 5-session certificate course on "Product Development and the Innovation Process for Researchers."


Link: http://center.ncet2.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=448&Itemid=87

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Author: Manuel Baigorri, Albertina Torsoli and David Welch


Source: Bloomberg


Interest: Sanofi (SAN), maker of the world’s top-selling diabetes treatment, has joined the bidding for Merck & Co. (MRK)’s over-the-counter health-products unit, people with knowledge of the matter said.


Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-24/sanofi-said-to-join-bidders-for-merck-s-consumer-health-business.html

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Author: Frank Witsil


Source: Detroit Free Press


Interest: A pair of professors, one at the University of Michigan, has completed the first round of funding for PsiKick, a two-year-old start-up aiming to sell ultra-low-power chips that can be embedded in a T-shirt or other clothing, do not need a battery or wires and can run on heat, vibrations and sunlight.


Link: http://www.freep.com/article/20140331/BUSINESS06/303310091/psikick-technology-sensor

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Author: Staff report


Source: Greenville News


Interest: Clemson University officials will break ground this afternoon for an innovation center that they say will transform student lives and the academic center of campus. The planned four-story, 70,000-square-foot Watt Family Innovation Center will be built behind the R.M. Cooper Library.


Link: http://www.greenvilleonline.com/viewart/20140401/PCN/304010109/New-Clemson-center-designed-incubator-innovation-

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Author: E.B. Solomont


Source: St. Louis Business Journal


Interest: For a $14 billion company, Monsanto Co.’s four-person venture group is small but mighty. As I wrote in this week’s edition of the Business Journal, Monsanto Growth Ventures was formed in 2011 and to date has had a hand in seven deals, including Monsanto’s $1 billion acquisition of Climate Corp. last year, and the more recent launch of Preceres LLC, a company focused on biological pest and weed control, with a group of MIT scientists.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/blog/2014/03/monsanto-s-4-power-investors.html

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Author: Charles King


Source: IT Trends & Analysis


Interest: Venture capital and capitalists (VC/s) enjoy a legendary status in Silicon Valley and the broader technology industry. That’s partly due to the remarkable gains and spectacular wealth that some in the VC community have managed to achieve time and again. But those investments also qualify as the literal financial lifeblood of IT. Without VCs willing to take a risk, it is difficult or impossible to discern how companies could have survived and thrived to change the modern world.


Link: http://it-tna.com/2014/03/26/dell-ventures-mobilizing-early-stage-innovation/

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Author: Timothy B. Lee


Source: The Washington Post


Interest: n Monday, for the first time since 1981, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether software — or more precisely, computer-implemented inventions — can coninue to be patented. The case, Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, focuses on software built to eliminate “settlement risk” in currency and financial transactions where money is held in escrow and one party could renege on a deal and leave the other holding the bag. Alice Corp. claims that CLS Bank offers a service that infringes on its patent.


Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/in-new-case-supreme-court-revisits-the-question-of-software-patents/2014/03/28/a3da1c52-ad3a-11e3-9627-c65021d6d572_story.html

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Author: Barbara Voerg


Source: Times Herald-Record


Interest: I suggested it could be a good candidate for a crowdfunding campaign. The producers concurred and their efforts resulted in successfully raising more than their initial goal of $10,000 in 21 days.


Link: http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140331/BIZ/403310308/-1/NEWS

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Author: Timothy Hay


Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/


Interest: The firm, founded in 2009 by Netscape Communications Corp. co-founder Marc Andreessen and Opsware Inc. and LoudCloud Inc. founder Ben Horowitz, is among a small number of firms that can raise and fairly quickly deploy funds of more than $1 billion.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/03/27/andreessen-horowitz-raises-yet-another-1-5-billion-fund/

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Author: Danielle Abril


Source: Dallas Business Journal


Interest: The company primarily offers seed and series A funding that can range anywhere between $25,000 and $2 million. But it doesn’t stop there, according to Shampant. “We’re looking for companies that we can be active partners with,” he said, adding that Live Oak will often follow up with the next couple rounds of funding and play active roles in advising. “We don’t want to just give you a little bit of money and go away.”


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2014/03/25/austin-venture-capital-firm-seeks-to-fund-dallas.html

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Author: Alex Konrad


Source: Forbes


Interest: Facebook’s announced acquisition of WhatsApp meant a $3 billion return for sole investor Jim Goetz of Sequoia Capital. But the meat of Goetz’s portfolio might actually be in the enterprise world, where he’s enjoyed four major public exits since 2012: Ruckus Wireless RKUS 0%, Palo Alto Networks PANW +2.7%, Barracuda Networks and Nimble Storage. Sequoia’s the only firm with two partners in the top ten, as Doug Leone clocks in at #6 due to the hot IPO of security company FireEye in September.


Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkonrad/2014/03/26/midas-top-ten-list-for-2014/

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