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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: 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: 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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Author: Ashley Fitzpatrick


Source: Telegram


Interest: The government has opted to take money from the existing investment attraction program and place it into two separate funds. The first will be a regional fund, where the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will contribute $10 million towards an overall pot of $60 million.


Link: http://www.thetelegram.com/Business/2014-03-28/article-3667090/N.L.-government-moving-into-venture-capital/1

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Author: Jon Campbell


Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle


Interest: ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration spent $15.2 million since December on television advertisements touting the state's tax-free program for businesses, according to newly released state data.


Link: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/local/2014/03/24/cuomo-administration-spent-million-start-ads/6798535/

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Author: Katie Hope


Source: BBC News


Interest: Start-up firm Cambridge Nanosystems is aiming to make this tech a reality, with its method of producing the key necessary ingredient - graphene.


Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26668034

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Author: DAVID JANECZEK


Source: The Cornell Daily Sun


Interest: Cornell has recently been granted state approval for tax-free zones to house start-up companies in areas aligned with the University’s academic mission, according to University officials. Businesses eligible for the program include companies involved in research collaborations with a Cornell department, firms commercializing research done at the University or companies that offer co-ops or internships to Cornell students, according to Tom Schryver ’95 MBA ’02, executive director of new venture


Link: http://cornellsun.com/blog/2014/03/19/cornell to-provide-tax-free-zones-for-state-start-ups/

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Author: Edward Lakatis


Source: Net Features


Interest: Today, everybody is familiar with websites such as Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. The crowdfunding phenomenon has been kicked into high gear, in part by recent manifestations over the last couple of years in a variety of popular online news media.


Link: http://www.websitemagazine.com/content/blogs/posts/archive/2014/03/16/why-crowdfunding-is-potentially-harmful-to-inventors.aspx

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Author: James M. Odato


Source: Timesunion


Interest: State officials have approved commercial site plans for eight SUNY-linked schools that want to lure businesses under Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Start-Up NY initiative — including the blueprint proposed by the University at Albany.


Link: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/UAlbany-map-for-Start-Up-NY-program-approved-5295673.php

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Author: Rafaela Relvas


Source: BioNews Texas


Interest: The report detailing these successes, which was published by the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Texas at Austin and drawn from an analysis by researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder, comes as the region prepares to host the 21st annual SXSW Interactive Festival, which draws global attention to the area’s tech industry.


Link: http://bionews-tx.com/news/2014/03/06/austin-technology-incubator-generates-thousands-of-jobs-and-millions-in-economic-impact/

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Author: Chance Barnett


Source: Huffington Post


Interest: Last week was Global Innovation Week 2014 and one of the highlights was the Global Innovation Summit (GIS) in Silicon Valley.


Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chance-barnett/will-equity-crowdfunding-_b_4904534.html

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Author: FREYA BERRY


Source: Reuters


Interest: Crowdfunding allows individuals and small businesses to raise money from pools of investors who can put money into peer-to-peer lending schemes or securities such as unlisted shares.


Link: http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/03/06/britain-crowdfunding-fca-idINL6N0M32P620140306

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Author: Andrea Corry


Source: IT Business Net


Interest: Siemens via its Venture Capital unit (SFS VC) has made a strategic corporate investment of $10 million (series A funding) in Polarion Software.


Link: http://internet.itbusinessnet.com/article/Polarion-Secures-10-Million-in-Series-A-Funding-from-Siemens-Venture-Capital-3102399

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Author: MARTHA MENDOZA


Source: Boston.com


Interest: Fred Turner, who studies culture and technology as an associate professor at Stanford University, said it’s ‘‘fascinating that a person of his caliber and experience would move into this space.’’


Link: http://www.boston.com/business/technology/2014/03/04/former-naacp-president-moves-venture-capital/ZYMk4INHuSgkEQtLiksoTP/story.html

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