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Author: Rebecca Kendall


Source: UCLA Today


Interest: "For the public and the economy to realize the benefits of the discoveries taking place at UCLA in terms of products and services, we need to partner with companies," he said. "These partnerships may be with existing companies, or our office may support the formation of a new company that can take the technology forward."


Link: http://today.ucla.edu/portal/ut/ucla-industry-partnerships-bring-249443.aspx

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Author: Kent Bernhard Jr


Source: Upstart Business Journal


Interest: The executive director of the UCLA Venture Capital Fund, Silton, 47, comes to his position with plenty of entrepreneurial experience under his belt. He started his first company in his 20s—and failed—but followed that up with Rainmaker Systems, an enterprise software company he took public on the Nasdaq.


Link: http://upstart.bizjournals.com/money/loot/2013/11/25/veteran-entrepreneur-explores-new-way.html

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Author: FierceBiotech


Source: Amgen


Interest: Amgen's 2013 Revenues Increased 8 Percent To $18.7 Billion And Adjusted Earnings Per Share (EPS) Increased 17 Percent To $7.60 2013 GAAP EPS Were $6.64 2014 Revenues and Adjusted EPS Expected to be in the Range of $19.2-$19.6 Billion and $7.90-$8.20, Respectively


Link: http://www.fiercebiotech.com/press-releases/amgens-2013-revenues-increased-8-percent-187-billion-and-adjusted-earnings

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Author: Mahesh Sharma


Source: The Age


Interest: As the government considers whether to introduce new legislation allowing groups of punters to buy equity stakes in start-up companies, a local venture capital firm will launch an equity-based crowdfunding website for high net-worth individuals to collectively invest in early-stage, high-risk ventures.


Link: http://www.theage.com.au/it-pro/business-it/crowdfunding-for-highrisk-startup-investments-20140127-hva1y.html

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Author: Molly Ryan


Source: Houston Business Journal


Interest: Software companies received the most venture capital investment dollars in Houston in 2013, according to the year-end MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, which is based on data from Thomson Reuters. Some of these investments were in software companies related to Houston’s strongest industries, such as a $5 million deal for Houston’s LiquidFrameworks Inc., a software solution provider for the oil and gas industry.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/blog/nuts-and-bolts/2014/01/even-in-the-energy-capital-of-the.html?page=all

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Author: Staff Writer


Source: Dallas Business Journal


Interest: Corporate venture capital represented 15 to 20 percent of all the nation's deals last year representing between 6 and 9 percent of the dollars invested, Taylor said. Taylor gave an overview of the state of venture capital, citing the MoneyTree Report released by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the NVCA last week. The report showed venture capital investments were at a 12-year high for the Dallas area, surpassing amounts from cities including Austin, Houston and San Antonio.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/blog/2014/01/expert-corporate-venture-capital.html

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Author: VCPost Staff Reporter


Source: Venture Capital Post


Interest: Singularity University (SU) will launch its own $50-million venture fund later in 2014 to help tackle the major problems of the world, according to GigaOM. SU is an education center and accelerator headquartered at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View. The university will start raising capital on the second quarter of this year. The planned fund will focus of firms launched by students, graduates, and faculty members of SU, the report detailed.


Link: http://www.vcpost.com/articles/21071/20140124/based-accelerator-singularity-university-launch-50m-venture-fund-tackle-world.htm

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Author: ImmunGene, Inc.


Source: http://www.prnewswire.com/


Interest: ImmunGene, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on developing antibody-cytokine fusion technology therapies to treat cancer, today announced it has secured $9 million in a milestone-based Series A financing from Ally Bridge Group. Previous investments in the Company were converted into Series A preferred stock. ImmunGene will use the capital to advance its early-stage development products to IND-enabling studies.


Link: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/immungene-raises-9-million-in-series-a-financing-230953201.html

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Author: Star-Advertiser Staff


Source: Star Advertiser


Interest: "A Maui-based technology fund for Hawaii early-stage startup companies announced today that it raised $10 million in its first round of funding. The mbloom Fund 1 is a public-private partnership with Hawaii State Development Corporation and Rosemont Seneca Technology Partners, an East Coast hedge fund."


Link: http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/20140121_Mauibased_venture_capital_fund_raises_10M_for_startups.html?id=241370711

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Author: Jana Kasperkevic


Source: The Guardian


Interest: When it comes to finding women leaders in business, Canaan Partners are making it look like a piece of cake. Currently, 30% of the firm’s portfolio is female-led, one of the most accurate depictions of the US business world where about 29% of businesses are owned by women.


Link: http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jan/20/venture-capital-investing-leaders-gender-maha-ibrahim

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Author: Josic Media


Source: http://www.josic.com/


Interest: As mentioned earlier, venture capital firms did end on a strong note. In the 4th quarter of 2013, VC firms raised $4.9 billion from 48 different funds. This represents a 12 % increase from 3rd quarter earnings. Even more impressive, those numbers represented a 53% increase from 4th quarter 2012.


Link: http://www.josic.com/2013-was-a-rough-year-for443-venture-capital

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Author: Young Entreprenuer Council


Source: Business2Community


Interest: "Venture capitalists have a large impact upon the world of commerce. Venture capitalists invest more than $22 billion into approximately 2,700 United States companies every year, according to the NVCA. Approximately 2.7 percent of that money is invested in seed stage companies. But the bulk of venture capitalist funds are invested in companies that have progressed beyond the seed stage, but haven’t yet matured to the point of being able to go public."


Link: http://www.business2community.com/startups/venture-capital-helps-drive-startup-economy-0744420#!s9u50

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Author: Nancy Dahlberg


Source: Miami Herald


Interest: Venture capitalists invested $421 million in 37 Florida companies in 2013 -- that is double 2012’s total and the best year since 2004, according to data released Friday. South Florida companies attracted the lion's share of that total — $284 million, or more than two-thirds of the total invested in the state. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/01/17/3875230/venture-capital-investment-rises.html#storylink=cpy


Link: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/01/17/3875230/venture-capital-investment-rises.html

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Author: Leena Rao


Source: TechCrunch


Interest: The first question I thought of when I read that San Francisco hedge fund Coatue Management was the backer behind Snapchat’s $50 million round of funding was which VC firm lost the deal. My second question was why take money from a hedge fund?


Link: http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/18/the-rise-of-the-hedge-fund-startup-investor-again/

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Author: Wayne Heilman


Source: The Gazette


Interest: Nationwide, venture funding in 2013 increased 7.5 percent from 2012 to $29.4 billion but remained slightly below the $29.7 billion invested in 2011. Much of the gain came during the fourth quarter, when venture investments jumped 20.5 percent from a year earlier to $8.37 billion, the highest quarterly total in six years. Much of the increase was generated by the software industry, which landed $11 billion in funding last year, the most the industry has received since 2000.


Link: http://gazette.com/venture-capital-eludes-colorado-springs-hits-nine-year-low-in-colorado/article/1512808

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Author: Mike Rogoway


Source: The Oregonian


Interest: Entrepreneurial investment remained weak in Oregon in 2013, the second straight year of below-average venture capital activity in the state. Venture capitalists invested $130.3 million in Oregon last year, according to new data out tonight from the National Venture Capital Association. That’s up 5 percent from 2012 but well below Oregon’s 10-year average of about $152 million.


Link: http://www.oregonlive.com/silicon-forest/index.ssf/2014/01/oregon_venture_capital_was_sub.html

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Author: Susan Schreter


Source: http://www.sfgate.com/


Interest: Entrepreneurs who win support from corporate-backed venture capital funds enjoy a dual benefit, too. They get much-needed cash and the opportunity to leverage the corporation's established resources for extra promotion, intellectual property licensing, product development and distribution capabilities. These special strategic relationships can save entrepreneurs considerable time and money as they build their businesses.


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

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Author: http://www.govconwire.com/


Source: http://www.govconwire.com/


Interest: Mercom Capital Group has released a healthcare information technology report showing that venture capital funding for that sector reached a total of $2.2 billion in 2013, HIT Consultant Media reported Tuesday.


Link: http://www.govconwire.com/2014/01/healthcare-it-venture-capital-funding-reached-2-2b-in-2013/

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Author: Sarah Gantz


Source: Baltimore Business Journal


Interest: Venture firms invested more than $1.5 billion in the region in 2013, making that the biggest year for investment since 2001, according to the latest MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. Maryland companies took in 43 percent of that investment money.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2014/01/16/baltimore-dc-venture-capital.html

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Author: http://www.reuters.com/


Source: Thomson Reuters


Interest: Biotechnology, a sector that has seen some strong initial public offerings in recent months, was the second-most attractive over the year to venture dollars, taking in $4.5 billion last year and $1.32 billion last quarter.


Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/17/venture-investing-idUSL2N0KR04I20140117

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