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Author: George Anders


Source: Forbes.com


Interest: Intel, the major microchip maker, is stirring the pot once again with additions to its eclectic venture-capital portfolio. Executives at Intel Capital today announced $62 million of investments in 16 young companies, whose products range from aerial drones to eye-tracking technology that can fit into augmented-reality goggles and helmets.


Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/georgeanders/2014/11/04/drones-and-eye-trackers-inspire-intels-62-million-venture-spree/

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Author: Anav Silverman


Source: Breaking Israel News


Interest: One of Israel’s most influential business conferences, the 12th Go4Israel Conference was held last week on Tuesday, October 27th at the Hilton Tel Aviv, and placed particular attention on China. Over 1,000 participants took part in the conference including international and local entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders. “The conference reflects Israel’s role in bringing the world’s West and East economies together. With an increasing presence of China in Israel’s business scene,...


Link: http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/23617/china-israel-sharing-market-opportunities/#dWiPMrKCKuispZZ1.97

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Author: Paul Garvey


Source: The Australian


Interest: THE $US7.9 billion ($8.9bn) Denham Capital private equity firm is eyeing a suite of stalled mining projects around the country as it readies to launch its new Australia-focused mining venture. Denham has recruited former Karara Mining chief executive Steve Murdoch to run the new business, called Auctus Minerals, and will back the venture with $US130 million in capital.


Link: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/denham-capital-fund-aims-to-kickstart-mine-projects/story-e6frg6n6-1227110159566?nk=9ecb385c69b96f83581287115625dcfb

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Author: Richard Waters and Simeon Kerr


Source: The Financial Times Ltd


Interest: Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has been paying for its ambitious Virgin Galactic space tourism venture out of its own pocket since launch delays exhausted funds put up to establish the business. The company’s latest problems, and its future financing needs, will be watched closely in Abu Dhabi, the project’s key outside partner and financier.


Link: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/9d51be70-62b7-11e4-9838-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3I7HV2nhl

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Author: Danny Crichton


Source: TechCrunch


Interest: There was a quite a jolt on Friday from the news that Slack, a company whose eponymous enterprise communications platform was first publicly launched this year, raised $120 million in new venture funding from KPCB and Google Ventures. Even more eye-popping was the valuation: $1.12 billion. Although Slack pivoted from an earlier incarnation as a games company called Tiny Speck, such a growth in valuation in just the first 8 months of a new product’s existence is almost completely unheard...


Link: http://techcrunch.com/2014/11/02/fundraising-acceleration-is-the-new-vc-investment-thesis/

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Author: Pamela Newenham


Source: The Irish Times


Interest: If the Web Summit is an X Factor for start-ups, then the venture capitalists are its Simon Cowells and Louis Walshes. More than 700 investors – with wallets at the ready – will attend this week’s technology conference in the RDS where more than 2,000 start-ups will vie for their attention. Two investors heading to the Dublin event told us what they look for in an entrepreneur and what gets them to hand over millions on the back of a good idea.


Link: http://www.irishtimes.com/business/investors-seek-maniacs-with-unrealistic-visions-1.1985532

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Author: Russ Garland


Source: Wall Street Journal


Interest: Venture capital performance slipped in the second quarter of this year but the 10-year return continued its climb, outperforming public market indexes.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/11/01/venture-capital-performance-slips-in-2q-but-longer-view-looks-rosier/

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Author: R. JAI KRISHNA


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Sequoia Capital has invested $8 million in Zoomcar, an Indian vehicle-rental startup, along with other investors. While small in value, the deal is the latest sign of investors’ growing appetite for startups focused on urban transportation needs, including online taxi booking, in emerging markets.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/10/30/sequoia-leads-8-million-funding-in-vehicle-rental-startup-in-india/

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Author: Jeff Swiatek


Source: Indy Star


Interest: Indiana's hardly a mecca for venture capital and other capital funding for business, but in at least one area — the life sciences — it outperforms the nation. A new study found that Indiana hiked its capital funding for the life sciences over the past two decades more than the nation did as a whole.


Link: http://www.indystar.com/story/money/2014/10/30/study-indiana-outpacing-us-life-science-funding/18175301/?utm_campaign=['FeedBlitzRss']&utm_content=['Study: Indiana outpacing U.S. in life-science funding']&utm_source=['feedblitz']

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Author: IRIS DORBIAN


Source: PE HUB


Interest: Minneapolis-based Buzz360, a software platform developer, has received $385,000 in funding. The investors included Dakota Venture Group. The capital will be used to beef up the company’s sales and marketing initiatives. Minneapolis MN (PRWEB) October 30, 2014 Marketing software platform developer Buzz360 LLC (http://www.buzz360.co) today announced it has closed a round of funding that includes both equity and debt financing totaling $385,000. Participants in the equity portion...


Link: https://www.pehub.com/2014/10/dakota-venture-group-backs-buzz360/

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Author: Iris Dorbian


Source: PE Hub


Interest: Telogis has secured an undisclosed investment from GM Ventures, General Motors‘ venture capital arm. Headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif., Telogis is a location intelligence platform.


Link: https://www.pehub.com/2014/10/gm-ventures-backs-location-intelligence-platform-telogis/

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Author: OSCAR WILLIAMS-GRUT


Source: The Independent


Interest: Bill Maris runs a tight ship. “I sign off not only every investment, but every dollar that goes out the door – I’m aware of it,” said the 39-year-old founder of Google’s investment arm, Google Ventures. And there are plenty of dollars for Mr Maris to keep track of – since it launched in 2009, Google Ventures has invested some $1.5bn dollars in around 250 US tech businesses including Uber and “smart” thermostat pioneer Nest, which was acquired by Google for $3.2bn (£2bn) in January.


Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/bill-maris-interview-google-ventures-into-europe-9822317.html

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Author: Mike Freeman


Source: UT San Diego


Interest: Industry veteran David Titus talks San Diego VC environment


Link: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/oct/27/Cooley-venture-capital-david-titus-entrepreneurs/

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Author: Dan Primack


Source: Fortune.com


Interest: New Enterprise Associates is preparing to raise the largest venture capital fund in history, Fortune has learned. The 37 year-old firm has told investors to expect formal documents by year-end for its fifteenth fund, which is expected to target approximately $2.8 billion. That’s nearly a 10% increase from the $2.6 billion NEA raised for Fund 14 in the summer of 2012, which itself was the industry’s record-holder (just edging out a $2.56 billion fund raised in 2006 by Oak Investment Partners).


Link: http://fortune.com/2014/10/27/exclusive-nea-raising-largest-vc-fund-of-all-time/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed: fortunebrainstormtech (Fortune Brainstorm Tech)

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Author: Hannah Kuchler


Source: Financial Times


Interest: Banks are among a new wave of companies including technology and industrial conglomerates taking stakes in cyber security start-ups in the hope that they could play a a key role in the fight against hackers.


Link: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/63d7798e-5b03-11e4-b449-00144feab7de.html#axzz3HRAgaRiV

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Author: Irish Independent


Source: Irish Independent


Interest: Dublin is host to some of the biggest technology companies in the world, but only ranks among the third tier of European cities in terms of the number of tech startups.


Link: http://www.independent.ie/business/technology/ireland-attracts-the-top-tech-firms-but-startups-thrive-elsewhere-30691190.html

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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.


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

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Author: Amina Elahi


Source: Chicago Tribune


Interest: Chicago is home to some great businesses, but Peter Thiel says a focus on capital instead of ideas could be an obstacle to what he considers true greatness. And he’s still waiting for the city’s breakout company. “Austin had Dell, Seattle had Microsoft and Amazon,” said Thiel, who was part of PayPal’s founding team and is a co-founder of San Francisco-based Founders Fund. “There is something about getting some sort of large breakout success that I feel Chicago hasn’t quite had yet.”


Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/bluesky/originals/chi-peter-thiel-zero-to-one-bsi-20141021-story.html

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Author: Dan Kedmey


Source: TIME


Interest: The four-year-old firm Magic Leap aspires to blend computer generated images into the physical world Google and several other leading tech firms have pooled $542 million in venture capital funding for Magic Leap, a secretive, Florida-based startup that is rumored to be working on virtual reality eyewear.


Link: http://time.com/3528584/google-venture-startup-magic-leap/

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Author: Tampa Bay Business Journal


Source: Tampa Bay Business Journal


Interest: In the third quarter, Florida attracted only about one-third of 1 percent of U.S. venture capital dollars nationwide. The new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the National Venture Capital Association shows a total of about $36.7 million was invested in six deals across the state, according to the Miami Herald. That figure is down sharply from the $113.9 million invested in 13 deals the previous quarter. The latest numbers mark the lowest total since the first quarter of 2013.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/blog/morning-edition/2014/10/florida-lags-badly-in-drawing-venture-capital.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed: bizj_national (Bizjournals National Feed)

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