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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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Author: Aaron Mamiit


Source: Tech Times


Interest: Venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya says that Apple has lost its "mojo," compared with the overall better jobs being carried out by tech rivals Facebook and Google.


Link: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/7453/20140523/venture-capitalist-chamath-palihapitiya-apple-lost-mojo.htm

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Author: Steve Watkins


Source: Cincinnati Business Courier


Interest: River Cities Capital Funds has raised the largest fund in its history and the biggest fund in Cincinnati this millennium. River Cities completed a $200 million fund to invest in growing health care and tech companies. The fund dwarfs the $120 million fund it raised in 2007. Blue Chip Venture Co. raised the only Cincinnati venture capital fund that was larger when it put together $235 million in 1999.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2014/05/20/this-firm-just-raised-the-largest-cincinnati.html

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Author: Dan Alexander


Source: Forbes


Interest: At a time when more than half of the country’s venture capital–some $33 billion annually–is going to startups in California, two alums of Sequoia Capital, Silicon Valley’s most successful VC firm, are making the mother of all contrarian bets: that West Coast money is getting dumb chasing the next Facebook and overlooking opportunities in the heartland.


Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/danalexander/2014/05/07/top-venture-capitalists-leave-silicon-valley-bet-their-careers-on-midwest/

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Author: ZORAN BASICH


Source: THE DAILY STARTUP


Interest: After two years of operating in stealth mode, Lightstone Ventures, an early-stage life sciences firm launched by health-care investors from Morgenthaler and Advanced Technology Ventures, has closed its inaugural fund at $172 million and has already backed three startups, Tim Hay reports for VentureWire.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/05/01/the-daily-startup-morgenthaler-atv-vets-team-up-for-lightstone-ventures-debut-fund/

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Author: PR Newswire


Source: University of Maryland Ventures


Interest: MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca, and the University System of Maryland announced today that the initial research collaboration between MedImmune and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has been expanded to include the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The collaborators have also announced that they have identified the first five research projects to be undertaken under the expanded agreement.


Link: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/medimmune-expands-university-system-of-maryland-research-collaboration-257143241.html

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Author: Vivek Wadhwa


Source: Huffington Post


Interest: A young male who was born to be an entrepreneur drops out from a computer science program at a prestigious university. He meets a powerful venture capitalist who is so enamored with his idea that he gives him millions of dollars to build his technology. Then comes the multi-billion-dollar IPO.


Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vivek-wadhwa/make-it-as-an-entrepreneur_b_5234626.html

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Author: Lili Balfour


Source: Huffington Post


Interest: The Top 10 U.S.-based venture capital funds, based on amount of capital raised during the first quarter of 2014, pulled in $7.3 billion over eight venture capital firms. Accel Partners and Draper Fisher Jurvetson each raised two funds. When it rains it pours.


Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lili-balfour/top-10-venture-capital-funds_b_5183700.html

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Author: Louis Columbus


Source: Forbes


Interest: Just over $4B was invested in software deals by venture capitalists (VCs) during Q1, 2014, four times as much as biotechnology. Software deals netted out 42% of all dollars invested in the first quarter, with biotechnology receiving 11%. VCs invested $816M in IT Services or 9% of all dollars, making this the third largest investment category. Interest in IT Services continues to accelerate, with dollars invested in this category increasing 33% compared to the prior quarter.


Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/louiscolumbus/2014/04/19/software-is-dominating-venture-capital-investments-in-2014/

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Author: Geert De Lombaerde


Source: Nashville Post


Interest: The backers of the newly launched American Born Moonshine have raised approximately $6 million from more than 40 investors, money they plan to invest in taking their liquor national.


Link: http://nashvillepost.com/news/2014/4/1/start_up_distillery_raises_6m

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Author: E.B. Solomont


Source: St. Louis Business Journal


Interest: For a $14 billion company, Monsanto Co.’s four-person venture group is small but mighty. As I wrote in this week’s edition of the Business Journal, Monsanto Growth Ventures was formed in 2011 and to date has had a hand in seven deals, including Monsanto’s $1 billion acquisition of Climate Corp. last year, and the more recent launch of Preceres LLC, a company focused on biological pest and weed control, with a group of MIT scientists.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/blog/2014/03/monsanto-s-4-power-investors.html

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Author: Charles King


Source: IT Trends & Analysis


Interest: Venture capital and capitalists (VC/s) enjoy a legendary status in Silicon Valley and the broader technology industry. That’s partly due to the remarkable gains and spectacular wealth that some in the VC community have managed to achieve time and again. But those investments also qualify as the literal financial lifeblood of IT. Without VCs willing to take a risk, it is difficult or impossible to discern how companies could have survived and thrived to change the modern world.


Link: http://it-tna.com/2014/03/26/dell-ventures-mobilizing-early-stage-innovation/

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Author: Timothy Hay


Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/


Interest: The firm, founded in 2009 by Netscape Communications Corp. co-founder Marc Andreessen and Opsware Inc. and LoudCloud Inc. founder Ben Horowitz, is among a small number of firms that can raise and fairly quickly deploy funds of more than $1 billion.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/03/27/andreessen-horowitz-raises-yet-another-1-5-billion-fund/

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Author: Danielle Abril


Source: Dallas Business Journal


Interest: The company primarily offers seed and series A funding that can range anywhere between $25,000 and $2 million. But it doesn’t stop there, according to Shampant. “We’re looking for companies that we can be active partners with,” he said, adding that Live Oak will often follow up with the next couple rounds of funding and play active roles in advising. “We don’t want to just give you a little bit of money and go away.”


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2014/03/25/austin-venture-capital-firm-seeks-to-fund-dallas.html

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