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Author: Matt Glynn


Source: The Buffalo News


Interest: OnCore Golf is chasing the entrepreneurial dream of turning a startup into a thriving company. The Buffalo-based company has the product to pitch: a hollow metal core golf ball that promises to fly straighter. But developing and marketing the technology is only half the battle: OnCore also wants more capital to follow through on its growth plans. The company has attracted about $1 million in investment from the InVentures Group, an angel investor group in Tennessee, and...


Link: http://www.buffalonews.com/business/the-venture-adventure-startups-seeking-more-capital-in-region-to-advance-their-dreams-20141019

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Author: Tyler Waldman


Source: Technically/Baltimore


Interest: Venture capital investments in Maryland are still working their way back up, according to a report released this week by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. In the third quarter of 2014, venture capitalists spent $89 million, up 34 percent from the second quarter’s $66.5 million, but far off the third quarter number from last year, which hit $142 million, according to the report.


Link: http://technical.ly/baltimore/2014/10/17/maryland-firms-hauled-89m-venture-capital-q3/

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Author: NANCY DAHLBERG


Source: Miami Herald


Interest: Florida reaped just a tiny sliver – about a third of 1 percent – of the U.S. venture capital pie in the third quarter, according to statistics released Friday. In the state, $36.7 million was invested in six deals. That's down considerably from $113.9 in 13 deals last quarter and the lowest total since the first quarter of 2013. Florida companies receiving dollars in the third quarter were: Sancilio & Company ($20 million); LensAR ($7.85 million); Informed Medical Decisions ($5 million);...


Link: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article2942814.html

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Author: Mike Billings


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: In the Boston-versus-New York rivalry, the Red Sox and the Yankees were also-rans this baseball season. Now, Massachusetts and New York are in another battle for the No. 2 spot: U.S. venture capital investment. New York is leading Massachusetts in total venture capital invested so far this year, which if it held up would be the first time the Empire State edged out its East Coast rival and took second place behind industry leader California since at least 1992.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/10/17/interactive-map-where-the-venture-capital-dollars-are-going/

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Author: Malavika Velayanikal


Source: Tech in Asia


Interest: Indian startup AdNear, which provides location-based intelligence for advertising, has just raised US$19 million in series B funding. What is significant is that a leading Japanese venture capital firm, Global Brain, and the VC arm of Australian telecom giant Telstra have come on board, joining existing investors Sequoia Capital and Canaan Partners in this round. AdNear, which started in Bangalore but is now headquartered in Singapore, has taken its unique adtech model across...


Link: https://www.techinasia.com/japanese-vc-global-brain-telstra-ventures-invest-19-million-in-adnear/

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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: Seb Murray


Source: Business Because


Interest: Before Alex Money enrolled in a master’s and later a PhD at Oxford University, he was a fund manager in the City of London, where he spent two decades working in investor relations and as a portfolio manager at Citibank, among other financial services groups. Now he is a start-up founder, working out of a trendy incubator space at London’s Level 39, Europe’s largest financial technology accelerator surrounded by the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, where his company ACE Consensus provides...


Link: http://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-entrepreneurs/2840/mba-entrepreneurs-profit-as-schools-pump-funds-into-ventures

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Author: Hiroko Tabuchi


Source: The Boston Globe


Interest: NEW YORK — Vestaron makes an eco-friendly pesticide derived from spider venom. Bagaveev uses 3-D printers to make rocket engines for nanosatellites. Transatomic Power is developing a next-generation reactor that runs on nuclear waste. They all have one thing in common: money from Silicon Valley venture capitalists.


Link: http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/10/12/venture-capitalists-return-backing-hard-core-science/HLGL6j9wbkVcczNmaoCBgM/story.html

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Author: recode


Source: recode


Interest: Home remodeling site Houzz raised $165 million in funding led from Sequoia Capital. The round was formally announced this week, but had previously been previously reported by Re/code. Good Technology, which helps businesses manage their employees’ mobile devices, raised $80 million from a group of secret investors despite filing for an IPO in May. In an interview, CEO Christy Wyatt said the company is not rethinking its plan to go public.


Link: http://recode.net/2014/10/04/capital-gains-the-weeks-venture-capital-brief/

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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: CHRIS WITKOWSKY


Source: PeHUB


Interest: Three student-led venture funds with the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business are actively seeking business plans to consider for their 2014-2015 investment rounds. The three funds together have more than $7 million under management. The funds seek investments in early-stage companies looking for seed or Series A funding rounds.


Link: https://www.pehub.com/2014/10/u-of-michigan-student-led-venture-funds-seeking-business-plans/

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Author: ZORAN BASICH


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Limited partners are actively returning to venture capital and many are looking beyond the industry’s giants. “I think this is the first year that LPs have realized that you can make a lot of money in small venture funds as well,” said Hans Swildens, founder and CEO of Industry Ventures. The firm has closed on $170 million, more than twice the size of its previous fund, for a fund of funds targeting venture capital funds of less than $250 million.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/09/30/the-daily-startup-small-vc-funds-gaining-support-of-limited-partners/

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Author: SONJA CHEUNG


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Google Capital, a growth-stage vehicle backed by U.S. Internet giant Google Inc., has made its first investment in China. The firm, along with Chinese venture firm Lightspeed China Partners, co-led a Series C round totaling $38 million into a Suzhou-based business called InnoLight Technology Corp., a manufacturer of high-speed optical transceivers that are used by computer servers.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/09/29/google-capital-makes-first-china-investment-backs-innolight/

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Author: Amanda Quick


Source: Tech Cocktail


Interest: Armory Square Ventures, launched in early 2014, is an early stage venture fund based in Upstate New York and New York City that aims to help companies grow and scale. “The fund’s goal is to provide early stage companies in our portfolio with capital, contacts, mentorship, and connectivity to other venture hubs, including NYC, so they may scale into world class companies that generate top tier returns for our investors,” according to their website.


Link: http://tech.co/armory-square-ventures-2014-09

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Author: ANDREESSEN HOROWITZ


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Marc Andreessen is one of the most influential people in venture capital. He’s also one of the top evangelists of technology and tech investing in general, using his massive Twitter megaphone to argue almost daily about the transformative powers of emerging technology trends and generally dismissing talk of a bubble. So when he injects a note of measured caution, it’s worth paying attention.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/09/25/marc-andreessens-warning-to-cash-burning-startups-worry/

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Author: LAURIE PETERSON


Source: Fast Company


Interest: Six months into founding my dream toy company, Build & Imagine, I landed a meeting with the Venture Capital firm I had most admired. These weren’t the biggest players in Silicon Valley, but they had a fresh entrepreneur-friendly approach and had invested in early stage companies in my product category. I like them so much I had even applied to intern with them a few years back when I was wrapping up my MBA at Berkeley.


Link: http://www.fastcompany.com/3036130/hit-the-ground-running/why-venture-capital-wasnt-right-for-me-and-15-alternative-funding-sou

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Author: Dan Primack


Source: Fortune


Interest: It’s a great time to be invested in venture capital funds. So, naturally, everyone is freaked out. “Is now the time to double down, or to slam on the brakes?” That was the question posed to me earlier this week by a portfolio manager who has investments in dozens of venture capital funds, including some of the industry’s most illustrious names. I’m not (quite) so egotistical as to think he would make multi-million decisions on my two cents, but the inquiry was sincere.


Link: http://fortune.com/2014/09/25/when-it-comes-to-venture-capital-no-one-knows-what-to-do/

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Author: Fiona Barry


Source: BioPharma Reporter.com


Interest: GSK and venture capitalists Avalon have launched two early-stage R&D biotechs in San Diego, California. Silarus Therapeutics and Thyritope Biosciences will each receive $10m (€8m) in a Series A financing round to investigate the hormone behind anaemia, and anautoimmune disease.


Link: http://tinyurl.com/ol5lm7m

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Author: Education Investment


Source: Education Investment


Interest: The University of California (UC) is to create its own venture capital fund, which could have an initial commitment of $250 million (£152.5 million). The independent investment vehicle, called UC Ventures, could be launched in 2015 pending the approval of the university’s regents. It would back start-up spin outs, such as cancer treatment firm Kite Pharma, which had an initial public offering of 7.5 million shares this June.


Link: http://tinyurl.com/mosn46f

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Author: Businesswire


Source: Businesswire


Interest: Dutch venture capitalist Aglaia has announced the launch of Aglaia Oncology Fund II. Investors contribute a total of $65 million to the fund, whose target size is $80 to $100 million. Like its predecessor Aglaia Oncology Fund I, the fund is backed by high-net-worth families. The group of investors has now been expanded to include several institutional investors, including the European Investment Fund (EIF), which has made a substantial commitment.


Link: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140918005320/en/Biotech-Venture-Capital-Firm-Aglaia-Launches-65#.VCAVbJSSy0c

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