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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: 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: 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: 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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Author: CNN Money


Source: CNN Money


Interest: What's making venture capitalists nervous? Hedge funds. As startups take longer to go public, investors with deeper pockets -- like hedge funds and mutual funds -- are playing a bigger role in their funding. But high valuations come with higher expectations for rapid growth. Historically, VC firms have invested in both early- and late-stage startups. But as hedge funds are increasingly involved in funding late-stage firms, many VCs have been shifting to invest in early-stage, more...


Link: http://money.cnn.com/2014/11/12/smallbusiness/venture-capitalist-confidence/

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Author: Carol Lewis


Source: The Times


Interest: Innovation is the key to business growth, but just how do you move beyond the initial bright idea that sparked your start-up. Post comments and questions below and then join us at 1pm on Friday to debate the issues. Our innovative panel comprises: John Bessant, professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Exeter; David Simoes-Brown co-founder of 100%Open; James Haycock managing director of Adaptive Lab and Joanna Brassett director of Studio INTO.


Link: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/smehub/article4266573.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2014_11_13

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Author: Johnathan Gay


Source: The Floyd County Times


Interest: The old joke has it that when you grew up in eastern Kentucky in the old days you needed to master the “3 R’s” to have a good living: “readin’, ‘ritin’, and Route 23” (if you lived further west, just switch 25 or 27 for that route part). In other words, if you wanted to have a successful life, you needed to pack your bags and head elsewhere. Fortunately, things are changing. The days of having to go to a big city to start a business are over. You just need to have passion, the ability...


Link: http://www.floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150526307/Teaching-our-children-to-be-kidpreneuers

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Author: DOUGLAS MACMILLAN


Source: The Australian


Interest: UBER Technologies, already one of the world’s most highly valued start-ups, is preparing to raise yet another mega-round of funding. The ride-sharing company has informed investors it plans to raise more than $US1 billion ($1.16bn) in funding, according to people briefed on the matter. Uber’s new round of financing could total as much as $US2bn and is likely to value the company at more than $US30bn, one of the people said.


Link: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/wall-street-journal/meter-running-as-ridesharing-startup-uber-seeks-more-funding/story-fnay3ubk-1227117491505?nk=e2e0ba593f054c5ee03f5ee4c471fca4

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Author: Natalie Briggs


Source: Guardian


Interest: T&T’s International Finance Centre is spearheading a prospective financing programme for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that has the potential to overhaul and, perhaps replace, this country’s venture capital environment. During an interview with the Sunday BG, CEO Varun Maharaj said the development of an entrepreneurial class in T&T was not only important to him personally, but part of the mandate of the IFC to assist with the development of this country’s capital market and economy.


Link: http://www.guardian.co.tt/business/2014-11-09/debt-new-equity

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Author: China Money Network


Source: China Money Network


Interest: Tina Ju, founding and managing partner of KPCB China, is said to be on the road raising a US$200 million venture fund for TDF Capital, another venture fund established by Ju in 2005, according to media reports. The new fund will focus on investing in the TMT (technology, media, telecom), consumers and healthcare sectors in China.


Link: http://www.chinamoneynetwork.com/2014/11/10/tdf-capital-targets-200m-china-venture-fund

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Author: The Cougar


Source: The Cougar


Interest: UH was recognized by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities as part of the second annual Innovation & Economic Prosperity University Awards. “The University of Houston takes its responsibility to help drive the region’s economic development very seriously, so we are gratified to have our efforts acknowledged with this national recognition,” said President Renu Khator in a statement.


Link: http://thedailycougar.com/2014/11/09/uh-wins-connection-award/

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Author: Kyle Fugere


Source: Venture Beat


Interest: A few weeks ago during a moment of self-reflection, I noticed a recurring theme throughout the top deals in our pipeline and became suddenly aware of my tendency to value startups with well-formed user experience and user interface (UX/UI) design elements over more technical elements. My initial reaction was to think of ways to weigh this aspect of the evaluation less (don’t be influenced by the pretty). However, perhaps there is a deeper meaning for this gut intuition. A great...


Link: http://venturebeat.com/2014/11/09/how-design-changes-the-way-investors-see-your-startup/

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Author: New Jersey Health Foundation


Source: PR Newswire


Interest: Stevens Institute of Technology and New Jersey Health Foundation look forward to working together to advance the frontiers of science and technology to positively address health-related challenges worldwide.


Link: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-jersey-health-foundation-partners-with-stevens-institute-of-technology-to-advance-innovative-technologies-and-breakthrough-research-281306041.html

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Author: The Herald


Source: The Herald Online


Interest: FreeATM, an advertising-driven surcharge-free ATM network, unveiled today its first phase of FreeATMs across New York City. With a focus on merging marketing with consumer commerce, FreeATM’s footprint in phase one will cover twenty-five (25) locations in three boroughs including Manhattan, Brooklyn & Queens.


Link: http://www.heraldonline.com/2014/11/04/6490416/freeatm-unveils-first-25-locations.html?sp=/100/773/385/

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