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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Thomas H. Watterson


Source: Association of Corporate Counsel


Interest: Attention hedge funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds, and other private funds (collectively, "private funds"). This evening (September 9, 2014) , the CFTC Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (“DSIO”) issued CFTC Letter 14-116 providing exemptive relief (for some funds) from the general solicitation restrictions in CFTC Rule 4.7 and CFTC Rule 4.13(a)(3) to harmonize the CFTC rules with the SEC rules changes arising from the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act.


Link: http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=1977d8dc-ae3a-431b-a6ad-7ebcbb5e6861

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Author: AMANDA BARBARA


Source: Alley Watch


Interest: Words like these (somewhat stereotypically) have been associated with women for years. There might be some truth in them, though — at least when it comes to business. While women are more likely to start service businesses, they’re less likely to pursue anything — whether it’s a job, funding, or a personal interest — unless they’re 100 percent confident in their abilities.


Link: http://www.alleywatch.com/2014/09/breaking-the-gender-ceiling-why-female-entrepreneurs-are-crowdfunding/

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Author: CHRIS WITKOWSKY


Source: Reuters PE HUB


Interest: Impact investing is a term that generally describes the lofty goal of making money on investments in companies whose stated purpose is to benefit the community in some way—or, to put it a simpler way, to make money while doing good. I usually think of impact investing as something that occurs in emerging markets, where even something as basic (in a developed market sense) as providing mobile phone service can be viewed as an amazing investment opportunity.


Link: http://www.pehub.com/2014/07/vestar-excellere-executives-launch-colorado-impact-fund/

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Author: MARK BOSLET


Source: Reuters PE HUB


Interest: The JOBS Act became law in April 2012 with the promise it would grease the skids of small company IPOs and pave a broader avenue to the capital markets. Two years later, a debate rages over just how wide an opening it has created.


Link: http://www.pehub.com/2014/07/the-long-shadow-of-the-jobs-act-vcj/

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Author: Zlati Meyer


Source: Detroit Free Press


Interest: AOL co-founder Steve Case came to Detroit on Tuesday hoping to find a start-up worthy of a $100,000 prize. He found a winner — and more, declaring Detroit on the rebound: “Start-ups can help save the American dream.”


Link: http://www.freep.com/article/20140624/BUSINESS06/306240021/start-up-funding-steve-case-detroit

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Author: IT Business Net


Source: IT Business Net


Interest: Corporate venturing has started a new chapter with most of the largest global corporations now having some type of venturing activity. There are reportedly over 900 corporate venture groups with many only recently having started their programs. Global corporate venturing is the fastest growing venturing activity with already about $100 billion in venturing assets and more than $3.5 trillion in corporate revenues.


Link: http://www.itbusinessnet.com/article/CORPORATE-VENTURING-30:-NCET2-Announces-Showcase-and-Conference-to-Boost-Global-1000-Corporate-and-Portfolio-Transactions-3341954

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Author: Wisbusiness.com


Source: Wisbusiness.com


Interest: Madison will never be Silicon Valley, but a New York City venture capitalist said Tuesday he believes the city has the potential to become a hotbed for startup tech companies. “From my perspective, Madison holds great promise as a center for entrepreneurship,” said John Philosophos, a partner with the Manhattan-based Great Oaks Venture Capital firm. The Brookfield native is a graduate of UW-Madison and in charge of his company’s investments in the Midwest.


Link: http://www.wisbusiness.com/index.iml?Article=326063

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Author: Andy Brownfield


Source: Cincinnati Business Courier


Interest: Los Angeles entrepreneur, angel investor and blogger Mark Suster had some pretty good things to say about Cincinnati’s startup scene in a post that was recently published by Inc. Suster spent three days in Cincinnati visiting Cintrifuse, whose Fund of Funds has invested in Upfront Ventures, where Suster is a partner.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/blog/2014/06/west-coast-venture-capitalist-pens-love-letter-to.html

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Author: Sue Tabbitt


Source: The Guardian


Interest: Widespread job cuts and stricter banking terms have driven aspiring entrepreneurs into the arms of online investment communities in recent months, to the point that crowdfunding has become a mainstream means of accessing money for anyone with a great idea.


Link: http://www.theguardian.com/small-business-network/2014/jun/04/crowdsourcing-banks-startup-investment

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Author: Christopher Ingraham


Source: The Washington Post


Interest: The American economy is less entrepreneurial now than at any point in the last three decades. That's the conclusion of a new study out from the Brookings Institution, which looks at the rates of new business creation and destruction since 1978.


Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/05/05/u-s-businesses-are-being-destroyed-faster-than-theyre-being-created/

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Author: NIH


Source: NIH


Interest: The NIH announces a new funding opportunity to support proof-of-concept centers (Hubs) that facilitate and accelerate the translation of biomedical innovations into commercial products that improve patient care and enhance health. The REACH Hubs will provide qualified institutions with the initial investment and resources to nurture innovators to develop high priority early-stage technologies within the NIH’s mission by providing: (1) infrastructure for identifying the most promising technologie


Link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-14-005.html

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Author: Insurance News Net


Source: Insurance News Net


Interest: Lamar University is one of 19 universities awarded a grant in a national competition to advance and strengthen regional economies. Lamar will use the $102,590 grant to accelerate student learning, encourage innovation among faculty and students, and support fast-growing economic sectors through technology development and entrepreneurship.


Link: http://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/2014/04/28/lamar-university-receives-eda-innovation-grant-a-495556.html#.U1-u9CjYFIc

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Author: Glen Martin


Source: Hufftington Post


Interest: There is widespread consensus that crowdfunding is a boon, an egalitarian means for bringing great products and services to market without relying on banks, venture capitalists, or established financial angels. Myriad platforms now allow people with stunning epiphanies and folks with a little (or a lot) of cash to get together without the red tape and angst that so often accompanies the soliciting and procuring of start-up funds.


Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/glen-martin/the-crowdfunding-conundru_b_5206204.html

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Author: Deanna Pogorelc


Source: Medcity News


Interest: Researcher by nature, pursue scientifically interesting discoveries that could have a long-term impact. Meanwhile, investors and companies are interested in technologies that fill a very clear and immediate need in a market.


Link: http://medcitynews.com/2014/04/ideas-products-arent-one-lessons-university-tech-transfer/

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