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Author: ZORAN BASICH


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: The University of California is planning a $250 million venture fund to finance startups springing from research conducted by its faculty and students, the WSJ’s Erica Phillips reports. The effort is part of an overall trend toward increased entrepreneurism arising from campus research. Stanford and other universities have created incubators and accelerators.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/09/16/the-daily-startup-uc-plans-250m-fund-amid-rise-in-campus-startups/

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Author: Angela Mueller


Source: St. Louis Business Journal


Interest: Washington University was the highest bidder for a venture capital investment being sold by New Jersey's $81 billion pension fund. The investment was the subject of a state "pay-to-play" investigation , the Wall Street Journal reports. Auditors in New Jersey are examining whether state rules were violated when the New Jersey Division of Investment committed $15 million to a venture capital fund that was run by General Catalyst Partners, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/morning_call/2014/09/washington-university-pays-14-million-for-stake-in.html

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Author: Alyssa Fisher


Source: Alligator.org


Interest: UF’s Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator was recognized as a national leader in technology-based economic development in the eyes of the State Science and Technology Institute. The incubator accepted the 2014 Excellence in Technology-Based Economic Development award Monday at the SSTI’s Annual Conference in Chicago SSTI is an organization that had policy makers and people from 42 states placing its five awards.


Link: http://www.alligator.org/news/campus/article_0bd9e7d8-3e27-11e4-ae60-6bde603922cc.html

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Author: Harichandan Arakali


Source: International Business Times


Interest: India's Reliance Industries Ltd. (NSE: RELIANCE) will partner with Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) to fund and mentor startups in the subcontinent, The Economic Times newspaper reported on its website Monday, citing an unidentified person with direct knowledge of the matter.


Link: http://www.ibtimes.com/reliance-industries-partner-microsoft-startup-funding-mentoring-venture-1674838

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Author: China Money Network


Source: China Money Network


Interest: Taiwanese PC maker Acer Inc. has established a venture capital fund with over NT$1 billion (US$33.5 million) to make long-term investments to strengthen its technology advances, according to media reports. The company has hired an unnamed executive from outside of the company as an investment director, who will take office on September 1.


Link: http://www.chinamoneynetwork.com/2014/09/01/taiwans-acer-launches-33-5m-venture-fund-arm

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Author: The Wall Street Journal


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: With mutual funds and other public-market players showing strong interest in private biotechnology financing rounds, Bellicum Pharmaceuticals has amassed $55 million from crossover and venture capital investors to develop cellular therapies for cancer and other diseases, Brian Gormley reports for Dow Jones VentureWire. Tapping into public-market investors enables private companies to raise large sums and to improve their balance sheet ahead of an IPO.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/08/28/the-daily-startup-public-market-investors-crossing-into-private-biotechs/

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Author: Want China Times


Source: Want China Times


Interest: Acer said Thursday it has established a venture capital fund to seek out long-term investments that will strengthen its technology development and promise good financial returns. Acer founder Stan Shih, who oversees the company's cloud computing strategy, said the Acer Venture Capital fund was approved by the board of directors in April this year. It manages more than NT$1 billion (US$33.5 million).


Link: http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1206&MainCatID=12&id=20140830000015

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Author: Udayan Gupta


Source: Institutional Investor


Interest: For the first time in more than a decade, venture capital is experiencing a resurgence. During the second quarter of 2014, venture funds invested nearly $13 billion in more than 1,100 deals, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers - the highest level since the fourth quarter of 2000. But there has been a noticeable change in the industry's investment behavior, notes Mark McCaffrey, a partner at PwC's technology practice in San Jose, California.


Link: http://www.institutionalinvestor.com/article/3375581/asset-management-hedge-funds-and-alternatives/the-not-so-great-venture-capital-renaissance.html#.VAVAkcWSy0e

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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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