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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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Author: Higher Education


Source: Higher Education


Interest: THE University of California has announced plans for a $US250 million venture capital fund to finance start-ups created by students and faculty. It signals a growing interest from the state’s revenue-strapped university system to cash in on companies created in dorm rooms and classrooms.


Link: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/uni-of-california-plans-to-capitalise-on-student-startups/story-e6frgcjx-1227061852599?nk=729db3f3952e01ba17a8aec50a94b22b

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Author: Harsimran Julka & Biswarup Gooptu


Source: The Economic Times


Interest: NEW DELHI: The churn in venture capital industry could continue as investment professionals begin exploring options outside the space, driven by a mix of opportunities offered by new economy ventures, increased early-stage investing and poor performances by funds themselves.


Link: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-09-18/news/54068456_1_helion-venture-partners-canaan-partners-venture-capital-industry

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Author: ERICA E. PHILLIPS


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: The University of California is planning a $250 million venture-capital fund to finance startup companies stemming from research conducted by its faculty and students. The fund, seeded with money from the UC endowment, would be one of the largest of its kind, targeting work done at the university's 10 campuses, five medical centers and three national laboratories. A proposal to establish the fund is set to be presented to the governing UC Board of Regents on Wednesday. The plan was posted onlin


Link: http://online.wsj.com/articles/university-of-california-plans-fund-for-campus-startups-1410816743

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Author: Andrew Seidman


Source: Philly


Interest: The director of the agency that manages New Jersey's $80 billion pension fund confirmed Tuesday that the state had sold its stake in a fund managed by a venture-capital firm with ties to a prominent Massachusetts Republican, months after the investment drew scrutiny over pay-to-play concerns. The state earlier this month sold its interest, valued at $12.7 million, in General Catalyst Group VI for $14.1 million in cash to Washington University in St. Louis, the Treasury Department said.


Link: http://articles.philly.com/2014-09-17/news/54029968_1_pension-fund-pension-investments-state-investment-council

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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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