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Author: CB Insights


Source: CB Insights


Interest: Corporate venture investors lead the way in terms of Internet of Things deal activity with Intel Capital, Qualcomm Ventures and Cisco Investments taking 3 of the top 4 spots. The lone pure-play VC in the top IoT investors is True Ventures.


Link: http://www.cbinsights.com/blog/trends/internet-of-things-investors

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Author: SUSAN SCHRETER


Source: San Antonio Express


Interest: Innovative, fast moving, smart, determined, opportunistic. These words are commonly used to describe Bay Area entrepreneurs.


Link: http://www.mysanantonio.com/technology/article/Startups-find-allies-in-corporations-venture-5132691.php

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Author: CB Insights


Source: http://www.cbinsights.com/


Interest: Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures isn’t a big fan of corporate venture capital recently saying he’d “never ever ever ever do” a deal with corporate VCs. Since such straight talk is generally frowned up in VC-land, he subsequently did acknowledge that some of them do not suck including Google Ventures and Intel Capital.


Link: http://www.cbinsights.com/blog/trends/tech-corporate-venture-capital-balance-sheet?utm_content=buffer1ff52&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Author: Ilya Pozin


Source: http://www.ceou.org/


Interest: Corporate venture capital (CVC) funds are on the rise. Consider the growing number of big companies creating funds to find promising startups: Google Ventures, Intel Capital, Qualcomm Ventures, Novartis Venture Funds, Samsung Ventures, AOL Ventures, Dell Ventures, Dow Venture Capital, Microsoft Ventures, and Citi Ventures. And that's just a short list. Going with a CVC fund, especially if your startup is in a similar category to the company behind the fund, offers benefits that go beyond money-


Link: http://www.ceou.org/executive-buzz?vaid=9ef3064b0ed69e18de64e97ef65bc2eb

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Author: Florida Science Communications


Source: http://www.pddnet.com/


Interest: Although more opportunity exists for university-based researchers to be innovative, and there is more financial support for innovation than ever before, the cost of university research is rising to new levels and presents a serious funding problem. The “real costs” of research—costs that include indirect costs—often extend far beyond support from a university’s central research office and are almost never covered by funding.


Link: http://www.pddnet.com/news/2014/01/high-costs-research-made-worse-funding-gap

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Author: Tina Costanza


Source: Silicon Republic


Interest: Some US$6.8bn of venture capital had been invested in clean technology worldwide in 2013, research by market intelligence firm Cleantech Group suggests.


Link: http://www.siliconrepublic.com/clean-tech/item/35336-global-vc-investment-in-cle/

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Author: Lauren Hepler


Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal


Interest: His latest project melding these two worlds: A 20-person angel investment fund called the Central Coast Angels, which was first reported by Santa Cruz Tech Beat. The angel group is not releasing its entire roster, but individuals with ties to Silicon Valley tech companies like Google Inc., Apple Inc. and PayPal are involved, Colligan said.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2014/01/09/apple-google-talent-team-on-santa.html

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Author: Jacob Geiger


Source: http://www.timesdispatch.com/


Interest: The web portal, formally known as the Commonwealth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Measurement System, was built by the Center for Innovative Technology. CIT is a non-profit corporation based in Northern Virginia that receives state funding. It loans money to startups and helps entrepreneurs launch new companies.


Link: http://www.timesdispatch.com/workitrichmond/news/state-luanches-new-innovation-tracker/article_85bdee0a-7960-11e3-9869-0019bb30f31a.html

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Author: http://phys.org/


Source: http://phys.org/


Interest: Entrepreneurs looking for risk capital to fund growth will need to get to grips with the rise of the angel group, according to the latest research by leading academics into business angel activity.


Link: http://phys.org/news/2014-01-groups-future-angel-investing.html

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Author: Dr. Gary Dushnitsky


Source: Marketing Magazine


Interest: A new strategy, corporate venturing, offers a way forward. Increasingly, big corporations balance entrepreneurship and strategy by turning to innovative start-ups.


Link: http://www.marketingmagazine.co.uk/article/1226300/why-corporate-venturing-heralds-new-approach-innovation

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Author: Chris Seper


Source: MedCity News


Interest: Now in its 11th year, MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum unites active healthcare venture capitalists and corporate business development executives with more than 30 of the most promising Midwest-based healthcare startups to facilitate investment opportunities and showcase dealflow originating in the Midwest.


Link: http://medcitynews.com/2014/01/midamerica-healthcare-venture-forum-brings-together-venture-capitalists-startups/

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Author: JOSIC Media


Source: JOSIC Media


Interest: A survey conducted by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and the Dow Jones VentureSource, predicted a higher number of venture capital investments from both venture capitalists and COE’s in 2014. Approximately 59% of the venture capital firms surveyed stated they expected a greater level of venture investments. Likewise, 57% of CEO’s reported the same in their survey. These numbers represent a clear up tick from the year before. When this same survey was conducted in 2012, only 27%


Link: http://www.josic.com/survey-predicts-more324-venture-capital-investments-in-2014

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Author: PR Newswire


Source: PR Newswire


Interest: University of Maryland Ventures (UM Ventures) announced today that Dr. Martha J. Connolly has been named director of bioentrepreneurship, a new program supported by the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) and the A. James Clark School of Engineering, designed to enhance collaboration between the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) as part of the MPowering the State initiative.


Link: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bioentrepreneurship-leader-joins-um-ventures-team-238879481.html

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Author: Chad Swiatecki


Source: Austin Business Journal


Interest: University of Texas scientists and commercialization specialists are hoping that an advance developed at the school which improves the effectiveness of vaccines could mean big business from pharmaceutical giants like GlaxoSmithKline.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2014/01/06/ut-vaccine-research-eyed-for.html

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Author: Nicel Jane Avellana


Source: Venture Capital Post


Interest: Sources told TechCrunch that Microsoft has bought Parature for a price tag of $100 million. Parature is a customer service SaaS provider. Its flagship product is the "Parature Customer Service Software" currently supports over 70 million end users around the world.


Link: http://www.vcpost.com/articles/20500/20140106/microsoft-purchases-parature-100m-deal-sources.htm

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Author: Peter Delevett


Source: SiliconBeat


Interest: For the first Elevator Pitch of the new year, we’re spotlighting a guy who’s taking on a new challenge. Bobby Franklin was named head of the National Venture Capital Association in the fall, replacing 20-year NVCA veteran Mark Heesen. Franklin and I broke bread recently at Silicon Valley’s Four Seasons, and the longtime Capital Hill tech lobbyist was frank about the learning curve he’s facing — while also sounding eager to dive in.


Link: http://www.siliconbeat.com/2014/01/06/elevator-pitch-bobby-franklin-takes-the-reins-of-the-national-venture-capital-association/

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Author: Yuliya Chernova


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Early investors in Tesla Motors have backed another electric transportation company, bus maker Proterra, company representatives told VentureWire. Nick and Joby Pritzker, via their investment firm Tao Invest, participated in a $10 million second close of Proterra’s Series C round, which now totals a little more than $34 million, as VentureWire previously reported. Proterra’s valuation is getting close to $200 million, Chief Executive Garrett Mikita said.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/01/07/early-tesla-motors-investors-back-electric-bus-co-proterra/

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Author: Gregg Bayes-Brown


Source: Global University Venturing


Interest: Columbia startup Infinio raises $12m in oversubscribed series B round backed by university investment consortium Osage.


Link: http://www.globaluniversityventuring.rsvp1.com/article.php/3213/osage-backs-infinios-12m

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Author: Gregg Bayes-Brown


Source: Global University Venturing


Interest: The University of California wins battle with Thompson Reuters for the right to not disclose the investment performance of venture capital funds within its portfolio.


Link: http://www.globaluniversityventuring.rsvp1.com/article.php/3218/uc-wins-venture-lawsuit-against-reuters

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Author: Gregg Bayes-Brown


Source: Global University Venturing


Interest: Defence contractor Northrop Grumman to partner with Johns Hopkins University, BioHealth Innovation, and DreamIt Ventures on startups.


Link: http://www.globaluniversityventuring.rsvp1.com/article.php/3222/northrop-dreams-partnership-with-johns

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