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Author: DAVID RANII


Source: News Observer


Interest: The Triangle’s newest venture capital fund, Bull City Venture Partners, plans to announce Monday that it has raised nearly $26 million from investors that it will plow into the next generation of technology startups. Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/06/16/3939306/durham-venture-capital-firm-raises.html#storylink=cpy


Link: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/06/16/3939306/durham-venture-capital-firm-raises.html

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Author: Carrie Ghose


Source: Columbus Business First


Interest: Ohio State University, Battelle, Cardinal Health Inc., venture capital firms, other Ohio universities and hospitals, even the military are collaborating on a four-year $140 million effort to develop devices and treatments for neurological disorders.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2014/06/columbus-academic-corporate-players-to-launch-140m.html

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Author: Andy Brownfield


Source: Cincinnati Business Courier


Interest: Los Angeles entrepreneur, angel investor and blogger Mark Suster had some pretty good things to say about Cincinnati’s startup scene in a post that was recently published by Inc. Suster spent three days in Cincinnati visiting Cintrifuse, whose Fund of Funds has invested in Upfront Ventures, where Suster is a partner.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/blog/2014/06/west-coast-venture-capitalist-pens-love-letter-to.html

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Author: Brian Feldt


Source: St Louis Business Journal


Interest: Early-stage venture capital firms raised $9.37 million in 2013, the most since before the tech bubble of the early 2000s, according to DJX LP Source. According to the Wall Street Journal, 14 funds of $400 million or more closed on $9.94 billion in 2013, more than half of the capital raised by all 205 funds with closings last year.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/blog/biznext/2014/06/early-stage-venture-capital-on-the-rise.html

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Author: Ed Fletcher


Source: The Sacramento Bee


Interest: A pair of Sacramento-based venture capital funds say they are ready to add some vitality to the regional economy by investing in local firms. The Folsom-based Moneta Ventures recently secured $19.3 million to invest in early-stage technology companies, while Roseville’s DCA Capital Partners is looking to invest in the neighborhood of $25 million in larger business needing an influx of cash in order to grow.


Link: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/08/6462497/two-sacramento-area-venture-capital.html

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Author: HITC


Source: HITC


Interest: With more entrepreneurs turning to crowdfunding, VCs have to work harder than ever. Some are falling behind - maybe even facing extinction. With venture capitalists pumping nearly $10 million into deals in the first quarter, it's hard to imagine VCs becoming obsolete anytime soon. That's the highest total since the second quarter of 2001, according to research firm CB Insights.


Link: http://hereisthecity.com/en-gb/2014/06/09/endangered-species-the-venture-capitalist/

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Author: Larry Rulison


Source: Times Union


Interest: A Florida venture capital firm, Caerus Venutures, has committed $3 million to Paper Battery Co., an RPI spin-off that makes energy storage devices for mobile devices. Paper Battery specializes in making ultracapacitors, which store energy like batteries but don’t use a chemical reaction like traditional batteries.


Link: http://blog.timesunion.com/business/paper-battery-co-gets-3-million-from-fla-venture-firm/60313/

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Author: The Wall Street Journal


Source: The Wall Street Jounal


Interest: SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 9, 2014 - Applied Ventures, LLC, the venture capital arm of Applied Materials, Inc. and a leading corporate venture firm, announced today that it has participated in a Series B financing round for Twist Bioscience Corporation, an advanced biotechnology company developing a proprietary semiconductor-based technology platform for synthetic gene manufacturing.


Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/applied-ventures-broadens-portfolio-with-strategic-biotechnology-investment-2014-06-09?reflink=MW_news_stmp

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Author: Anora Mahmudova


Source: The Wall Street Jounal


Interest: Startup companies rely on funding to take off, but choosing the source of money is an important decision as they grow. Should they borrow from family? Find angel investors? Convince VC funds? As startups evolve, the way they raise funds to grow is evolving, too. “There is no hard and fast rule of how to raise funds and every startup is different,” David Aronoff, general partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, said Friday at the Nantucket Conference.


Link: http://blogs.marketwatch.com/thetell/2014/06/07/angel-investors-venture-capital-and-startups/

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Author: John Pletz


Source: Crain's Chicago Business


Interest: When it comes to spending money, Walgreen Co. is known for big, splashy deals like its $6.7 billion partial purchase of Swiss pharmacy chain Alliance Boots GmBH. Its smaller, on-the-QT investments may be transformational, too. For the past few years, the Deerfield-based retailer has been operating one of metro Chicago's largest venture-capital funds.


Link: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140607/ISSUE01/306079981/the-big-name-in-startup-funding-you-dont-know

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Author: ZORAN BASICH


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Beijing-based Shunwei Capital Partners’ new $525 million venture capital fund highlights a recent surge of fundraising for China-focused funds. It’s the fourth such major fund closure in the last two weeks, and the $2.23 billion worth of capital secured by Shunwei, IDG Capital Partners, Legend Capital and GGV Capital since May 22 more than doubles the total for the entire first quarter, Sonja Cheung reports for VentureWire.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/06/06/the-daily-startup-how-star-investors-are-driving-china-vc-fundraising/

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Author: Romulus Capital


Source: Yahoo Finance


Interest: Romulus Capital, a venture capital firm founded out of MIT focused on seed- and early-stage technology and science-enabled companies, announced today that it has raised $50 million from a powerful group of individual investors from six regions around the world including the US, Western Europe, Russia, South Asia, the Middle East, and Hong Kong.


Link: https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/romulus-capital-announces-close-50-120000054.html

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Author: Geeks News Desk


Source: Broad Way World


Interest: NEW YORK, June 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ImageBrief, the online global marketplace where commercial image buyers license curated photos from professional photographers, closed $750,000 in funding, bringing the company's total funding-to-date to around US $3.2 million. ImageBrief will use the new funds to expand its product team and develop additional offerings in response to the needs of advertising agencies, brands and publishing customers.


Link: http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwgeeks/article/Great-Oaks-Venture-Capital-Invests-750000-in-ImageBrief-20140604

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Author: Emily Kimball Pope


Source: MD Biz News


Interest: ockville-based CytImmune is working to revolutionize cancer treatment through tumor-targeted therapies. The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) and Montgomery County Department of Economic Development (DED), on Tuesday, announced their continued support for the company, resulting in a $400,000 total investment.


Link: http://mdbiznews.choosemaryland.org/2014/06/04/cytimmune-earns-400k-state-county-corporate-investment/

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Author: Matt Evans


Source: Triad Business Journal


Interest: Piedmont Venture Capital set up shop in April and is building its pipeline now, according to founder and Managing Director Sean Talbott. Talbott, formerly an associate director with real estate investment banking firm Wharton Gladden, said he and others he’s been working with on the project have seen that the need for capital extends far beyond the real estate realm.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/triad/blog/2014/06/new-piedmont-venture-capital-firm-hopes-to-connect.html

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Author: Tiffany Orr


Source: 3D Print


Interest: Texas-based Technology firm Structured Polymers raised $1.2 million in seed funding in less than a week via MicroVentures, a crowdfunding platform that connects startups with venture capitalists.


Link: http://3dprint.com/5054/structured-polymers-microventures/

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Author: Jesse Solomon


Source: CNN


Interest: The former chairman and group CEO of electronics giant Sony has joined the board of advisors of Fenox Venture Capital, Inc (Fenox). Mr. Idei is currently the founder and CEO of Quantum Jared Leto is many things: 90s teen drama star, a powerful portrayer of a transgender AIDS patient, and now, a venture capitalist. The Academy Award-winner is among the early investors in human resources automation company Zenefits, one of the hottest startups in Silicon Valley.


Link: http://money.cnn.com/2014/06/03/investing/jared-leto-zenefits/

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Author: Kathleen Gallagher


Source: Journal Sentinel


Interest: Recent reports from two respected nonprofits — the Brookings Institution and the Kauffman Foundation — have raised alarms that the number of business start-ups in the United States is falling. The rate of new companies being started fell by nearly half from 1978 to 2011, according to a May report from the Brookings Institution. Wisconsin ranked in the middle of the pack in terms of its rate of decline over that period, the report says.


Link: http://www.jsonline.com/business/alarm-sounded-over-wisconsins-lack-of-start-ups-venture-capital-b99279993z1-261467221.html

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Author: Paul Brinkmann


Source: Orlando Sentinel


Interest: At least one Central Florida venture capitalist is taking note of national news that venture capital funds outperformed the stock market in recent activity. Venture capital is money invested in a young company, usually in exchange for equity or a stake in the company. The National Venture Capital Association said Wednesday that the quarterly return for a VC investment outperformed the Dow Jones Industrial Average in the last quarter of 2013.


Link: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/blog/brinkmann-on-business/os-nationwide-venture-capital-outperforms-stock-market-20140528,0,6979274.post

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Author: Tom Still


Source: Journal Sentinel


Interest: Wisconsin's angel and venture capital landscape looks a lot different today than 10, five or even a few years ago. Ten years ago, only a handful of Wisconsin angel networks and a similar number of venture capital funds were active. Most deals involved biotechnology, medical devices and medical imaging companies.


Link: http://www.jsonline.com/business/wisconsin-venture-capital-involves-out-of-state-firms-wider-focus-b99278032z1-261373871.html

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