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Author: Sarah McBride


Source: Yahoo 7 News


Interest: Women venture capitalists underperform their male counterparts by some 15 percent, according to a new Harvard University study, but the performance differences have narrowed over time and in firms that employ more than a single female venture partner.


Link: https://au.news.yahoo.com/technology/a/24853931/women-venture-capitalists-underperform-men-say-harvard-academics/

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Author: ZORAN BASICH


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: The Internet of Things–the idea of a vast, connected network of devices that can communicate with each other and with us–is a new high-tech buzzword, and some companies are starting to shift their strategies in that direction. Norwest Venture Partners has led a $30 million round for Ifttt (“If This, Then That”), maker of a tool that enables software to take actions when certain conditions are met, Lizette Chapman reports for VentureWire.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/08/29/the-daily-startup-will-the-internet-of-things-fit-ifttt-or-go-pffft/

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Author: Daniel Price


Source: Cloud Tweaks


Interest: For those who are regularly involved with SMEs, venture capital, and company valuations, it is common knowledge that start-ups that exit for more than $1 billion dollars are extremely rare – often termed ‘unicorn’ companies. Despite their rarity, it should come as no surprise that venture capitalists are very keen to identify them at the earliest possible stage. The problem is that it is much easier said than done.


Link: http://cloudtweaks.com/2014/08/using-big-data-analyze-venture-capitalists-ability-recognize-potential/

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Author: Larry Rulison


Source: Times Union


Interest: Venture capital is flowing into upstate New York at a record pace these days. Although the total amount of money coming to early-stage companies and start-ups isn’t anywhere near the levels of 2000 or before the 2008 recession, the deal-making reached record levels during the second quarter of 2014, according to the MoneyTree report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association.


Link: http://blog.timesunion.com/business/venture-capital-activity-red-hot-in-upstate-ny/61288/

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Author: Richard Saintvilus


Source: The Street


Interest: NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Warren Buffett once said, "Your premium brand had better be delivering something special, or it's not going to get the business." With a global footprint that spans every continent, Coca-Cola (KO_) is -- without a doubt -- a premium brand.


Link: http://www.thestreet.com/story/12846159/1/thirsty-for-profits-coca-cola-adopts-venture-capital-strategy.html

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Author: JARED LINDZON


Source: The Globe and Mail


Interest: Venture capital is notoriously difficult to come by in Canada. The best way for entrepreneurs to find an investment partner is to put themselves in their shoes, understand what they’re looking for, and find a way to fit in to their overall strategy.


Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/sb-money/business-funding/want-venture-capital-funding-tips-from-four-investors/article20070390/

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Author: HIROKO TABUCHI


Source: The New York Times


Interest: Hug wants to raise $34,000 to build an app and sensor band that wraps round your water bottle to track daily hydration. Van Eko is targeting €150,000 (about $200,000) for an eco-friendly electric scooter made of hemp fibers. PetTunes is seeking $196,000 to build a personal music player that optimizes sound frequency for dog and cat ears.


Link: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/15/crowdfunding-and-venture-funding-more-alike-than-you-think/?_php=true&_type=blogs&partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

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Author: Arash Massoudi in London and Tracy Alloway in New York


Source: THE FINANCIAL TIMES LTD


Interest: A new venture capital fund seeks to bridge the divide between Wall Street banks and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs by bringing together seasoned bankers and tech executives to support start-ups aiming to disrupt modern finance.


Link: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/0f9df9ac-1f16-11e4-9689-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3A59hnkt0

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Author: JEREMY QUITTNER


Source: INC.


Interest: As a small company, you have a number of things going for you because of your size: You're agile. You can react quickly to market changes. You can still innovate on a whim. Big businesses know this all too well, which helps explain what's driving an increase in the number of corporate venture capital arms cropping up in the past few years. If the old chestnut is correct, a rising tide floats all boats.


Link: http://www.inc.com/jeremy-quittner/corporate-venture-capital-drives-innovation-for-big-companies.html

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Author: The Republican Business Desk


Source: Mass Live


Interest: Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. has formed MassMutual Ventures LLC, a $100 million corporate venture capital firm with the mandate to back start ups and entrepreneurial businesses whose technologies have the potential to transform MassMutual’s core insurance, retirement and asset management businesses, MassMutual said in a news release.


Link: http://www.masslive.com/business-news/index.ssf/2014/07/massmutual_forms_venture_capital_arm.html

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Author: Lauren Hertzler


Source: Philadelphia Business Journal


Interest: A new Delaware-based venture fund dubbed Leading Edge Ventures will cater to early-stage companies in the state and region. It’s headquartered in Newark, with another office in Bethlehem, Pa. The fund, which is still in the process of raising money, will focus on startups that benefit businesses and consumers in the areas of IT, healthcare and other high-growth markets. Initial investments will range from $50,000 to $250,000 per company, with potential to invest up to $750,000 per company.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/news/2014/07/24/new-delaware-venture-fund-to-help-earlystage.html

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Author: Digital Journal


Source: Digital Journal


Interest: NEWARK, Del.Leading Edge Ventures I, L.P., announced today the formation of an early stage venture fund. Headquartered in Newark, Delaware, the Fund will make investments in promising early stage companies in Delaware and the Mid- Atlantic region. It will also maintain an office in Bethlehem, PA. Leading Edge Ventures will target companies that provide productivity benefits to businesses and consumers in the areas of information technology, healthcare, and other high growth markets.


Link: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2069486

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Author: Nichole Dobo


Source: Delaware Online


Interest: A new venture fund headquartered in Newark to support early stage businesses with a high potential for growth has raised $7.5 million, leaders from the initiative said Monday. Leading Edge Ventures plans to make strategic investments in emerging companies, including in the fields of information technology and health care. The venture fund is expected to grow to $10 million by the fall, and its board plans to make its first investment in a business soon.


Link: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/money/business/2014/07/22/new-venture-fund-support-businesses-delaware-region/12975125/

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Author: ZORAN BASICH


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Startups making tools to manage corporate networks and software don’t grab the same kind of attention as flashier consumer apps, but some of the biggest venture capital firms are going all-in. Three big investments–for Okta, Tanium and now AppDynamics–totaling more than a quarter of a billion dollars are part of a surge in investment for network and systems management software, a sector that has seen more than $851 million in VC deals in the first half of this year.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/07/22/the-daily-startup-vcs-pouring-money-into-corporate-software-tools/

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Author: RICHARD NEWMAN


Source: NorthJersey.com


Interest: Six New Jersey companies, including a telecommunications company in Paterson, received a combined $83 million in venture capital funding during the April-June period, the largest quarterly total for the state since the second quarter of 2013, according to a new report. However, the quarterly total is less than half of the amount from the same period of a year ago.


Link: http://www.northjersey.com/news/paterson-company-among-six-in-n-j-to-receive-venture-capital-funding-1.1054940

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Author: DEBORAH GAGE


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: AppDynamics Inc., whose software monitors how applications are performing in order to help companies avoid bottlenecks, has raised $120 million in equity and debt at a valuation of more than $1 billion, the company told VentureWire. The funding comes as AppDynamics prepares for an eventual IPO and continues its legal battle against competitor CA Inc., where AppDynamics founder and Chief Executive Jyoti Bansal and other AppDynamics executives previously worked.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/07/22/appdynamics-raises-170m-valued-at-1-billion-for-corporate-software/

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Author: Stephen Roper


Source: Epoch Times


Interest: The announcement that Google is to set up a European version of its venture capital operation is welcome news. Google Ventures’ new US$100m fund for fledgling European tech firms represents a new source of the sort of risk capital which has often been in short supply on this side of the Atlantic. Startups may also be able to access Google’s impressive technology and corporate networks.


Link: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/798529-how-google-venture-capital-will-help-europes-risk-taking-techies/

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Author: Eric Hal Schwartz


Source: InTheCapital


Interest: Chevy Chase-based venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates will invest $7 million in mobile technology startup mNectar. The San Francisco-based mNectar has developed a way for customers to try out apps without downloading them using virtualization and the cloud to simulate the app without putting any data on a device. The Series A funding round that NEA raised will help the company expand its list of apps and companies involved and get mobile advertisers interested.


Link: http://inthecapital.streetwise.co/2014/07/11/nea-invests-7-million-in-mobile-tech-startup/

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Author: Jerin Mathew


Source: International Business Times


Interest: Venture capital investment in bitcoin increased 28% sequentially in the second quarter, signalling investors' increased enthusiasm and confidence in crypto-currencies. CoinDesk's State of Bitcoin report for the second quarter showed venture capital investments in the digital currency totalled $73m (£42.6m, €53.6m) in the second quarter, up 28% from $57m in the first quarter.


Link: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/bitcoin-venture-capital-investments-soar-28-increased-optimism-1456253

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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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