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Author: MARK SUSTER


Source: Business Insider


Interest: It’s not hard to find people willing to write the narrative that “venture capital is not an asset class” or “venture capital has performed terribly.” The most recent was 18 months ago or so called The Kauffman Report. It had an influence on the people who fund our industry in a negative way as many asset managers who fund our industry read this flawed report. That’s a shame because many of these people missed out on what will be a few great VC vintages.


Link: http://www.businessinsider.com/why-venture-capital-is-so-much-more-compelling-now-2014-6

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Author: The Times of India


Source: The Times of India


Interest: Venture fund Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers filed to raise a total of $1.2 billion for two new funds, reflecting scaled-back ambitions compared with previous funds.


Link: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Kleiner-Perkins-files-to-raise-1-2-billion-in-new-venture-funds/articleshow/37388191.cms

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Author: SARAH MCBRIDE


Source: Reuters


Interest: (Reuters) - 500 Startups, the $100 million Silicon Valley venture fund perhaps best known for its incubator program for young companies, said on Thursday it would tap a new source of cash for its latest fund: the public.


Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/26/venture-fundraising-500startups-idUSL2N0P711120140626

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Author: Todd Hixon


Source: Forbes


Interest: Corporate venture capital has been quietly reborn over the last ten years. Corporate VCs were dinged, justifiably at times in my experience, for naive investments, narrow agendas, passivity, and fickle decisions. For this reason entrepreneurs often look on them as opportunistic money, not true investment partners.


Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/toddhixon/2014/06/26/the-money-source-entrepreneurs-often-overlook/

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Author: Sharifah Pirdaus Syed Ali


Source: http://www.bernama.com.my/


Interest: KUALA LUMPUR, June 25 (Bernama) -- The venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE) industry must start sourcing for funds from the private institutional and corporate investors instead of solely relying on the government. Deputy Finance Minister, Datuk Ahmad Maslan, said most of the funds in Malaysia came directly and indirectly from the government and in 2013 they amounted to RM3.56 billion, or 61.36 per cent, of the total funds.


Link: http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v7/bu/newsbusiness.php?id=1049135

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Author: Nikita Peer


Source: http://techcircle.vccircle.com/


Interest: Kolkata-based surveillance solution company Videonetics Technologies Pvt Ltd has raised an undisclosed amount in its Series A round of funding from GenNext Ventures, according to a The Economic Times report citing its founder Tinku Acharya. Founded in 2008, the company is an incubatee of Webel Venture Capital, from which it had earlier raised an undisclosed amount. This is the first round of institutional funding for Videonetics.


Link: http://techcircle.vccircle.com/2014/06/25/surveillance-solution-company-videonetics-raises-series-a-funding-from-gennext-ventures/

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Author: Wisbusiness.com


Source: Wisbusiness.com


Interest: Madison will never be Silicon Valley, but a New York City venture capitalist said Tuesday he believes the city has the potential to become a hotbed for startup tech companies. “From my perspective, Madison holds great promise as a center for entrepreneurship,” said John Philosophos, a partner with the Manhattan-based Great Oaks Venture Capital firm. The Brookfield native is a graduate of UW-Madison and in charge of his company’s investments in the Midwest.


Link: http://www.wisbusiness.com/index.iml?Article=326063

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Author: Julia Pimsleur


Source: Forbes


Interest: The New York Venture Summit I attended earlier this week, now in its 14th year, was packed with over 500 attendees from life sciences/healthcare, tech and education. Of the nearly 90 companies presenting, about 5% of the presenters were women. Only half of the 5% women were actually CEOs. Many of the women who pitched were in bus dev type roles. There is more Venture and Angel money being invested than ever – in 2013 alone $29B in Venture and $25B in Angel.


Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/juliapimsleur/2014/06/20/when-women-venture-to-get-venture-capital/

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Author: Cameron Conway


Source: The Motley Fool


Interest: Investing in smaller companies carries a certain amount of risk that more conservative investors are unwilling to bear, yet these types of companies are the ones that tend to offer higher returns if successful. So how about adding a middle man to mitigate the risk? That’s where these two companies come in. Think of them as a mutual-fund-style packaging of smaller up-and-coming companies all bundled together.


Link: http://www.fool.ca/2014/06/20/get-your-venture-capital-fix-with-these-2-private-equity-companies/

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Author: SARAH MCBRIDE


Source: Business Insider


Interest: Investors in March fired G. Steven Burrill as the head of a $283 million venture-capital fund he ran, amid alleged fraud and misuse of capital, according to a lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed last week in state court in San Francisco, comes at a time when the Securities and Exchange Commission is taking a hard look at hidden fees at private equity funds, although the investigation has not yet touched venture-capital funds.


Link: http://www.businessinsider.com/r-venture-capitalist-sues-former-boss-now-fired-for-fraud-2014-19

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Author: CHRISTA WAGNER VINSON


Source: Exit Event


Interest: A sold-out crowd packed HQ Raleigh for the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster's recent Growing Your Cleantech Venture event. They were hungry to hear what three premier venture capital experts had to say about the current landscape for securing investment and how companies can access it. Capital for cleantech ventures has become increasingly tough to tap in the past five years.


Link: http://exitevent.com/why-theres-still-hope-for-funds-raising-cleantech-startups-14619.asp

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Author: Bruce Carlson


Source: GEN


Interest: Top pharmaceuticals face a dilemma in that many blockbuster drugs are losing patent protection and existing pipelines may not compensate for lost revenues. The choice for many is layoffs, office closings, downsizing or to innovate with new products. Most companies will do the former if they must but prefer the latter. Rather than the megamergers that achieve big cost savings through layoffs and factory closings, most drug companies are aiming for transactions that grow their bottom line.


Link: http://www.genengnews.com/keywordsandtools/print/3/35245/

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Author: The Wall Street Journal


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - Jun 19, 2014) - Cisco Canada (NASDAQ: CSCO) today, together with Canada's Finance Minister, the Hon. Joe Oliver, announced the Cisco Canada Innovation Program, a strategy to invest $150 million (CAD$) to support and accelerate innovation in Canada.


Link: http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20140619-908417.html

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Author: PRESS RELEASE


Source: marketwatch.com


Interest: SAN FRANCISCO, Jun 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) -- via PRWEB - Sunverge Energy, Inc. a leading developer and manufacturer of distributed energy management systems, announced today the closing of a $15 million Series B financing round led by the Southern Cross Renewable Energy Fund and joined by the Venture Capital Unit of Siemens and Total Energy Ventures International. The investment will support immediate growth opportunities for Sunverge in key markets worldwide.


Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/sunverge-energy-completes-15-million-series-b-funding-round-2014-06-17

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Author: Digital Journal


Source: Digital Journal


Interest: TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 17, 2014) - The Funding Portal Inc. reported today that it has entered into a Joint Venture with the University Health Network (UHN), Canada's leading academic research hospital, to improve access to capital and commercialization opportunities for businesses and inventors in the Canadian healthcare sector Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1992493#ixzz3553QJXSM


Link: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1992493

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Author: Zacks


Source: Zacks


Interest: Four mutual fund firms – BlackRock, Fidelity Investments, Janus Capital Group and T. Rowe Price Group – are reportedly have become active players in backing the Silicon Valley startups. Mutual fund firms are increasingly betting money in the startups, particularly in the Silicon Valley. The list includes prominent startups like Airbnb Inc., Dropbox Inc. and Pinterest Inc.


Link: http://www.zacks.com/stock/news/137139/funds-play-venture-capital-s-role-invest-rapidly-in-silicon-valley

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Author: George Anders


Source: Forbes


Interest: Ask Trevor Kienzle about his favorite movies and within an instant he’s gushing about Moneyball. “It inspired me,” says Kienzle, a lean, bald fellow who hardly looks like the movie’s real-life hero, sports executive Billy Beane. (There’s even less resemblance to Brad Pitt, who portrayed Beane.) But Kienzle has a bigger point to make.


Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/georgeanders/2014/06/18/moneyball-spurs-venture-crew-to-pick-startups-by-the-numbers/

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Author: Kevin Robinson-Avila


Source: Albuquerque Journal


Interest: The latest tally of venture capital investment in New Mexico shows funding for local startups barely has budged since the recession knocked the industry on its heels.


Link: http://www.abqjournal.com/416083/biz/nm-venture-capital-still-in-recession.html

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Author: Wiki Su


Source: China Money Network


Interest: While the debate about a technology bubble is gaining popularity in the U.S., Chinese venture capitalists haven't the time for bubble talk. They are busy injecting money into the hottest tech companies at an unprecedented speed and making technology venture investments on track to set a new record by a large margin in 2014.


Link: http://www.chinamoneynetwork.com/2014/06/16/venture-capitalists-pile-cash-onto-chinese-mobile-apps

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Author: The Wall Street Journal


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Jun 16, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- The Dolby family today launched Dolby Family Ventures. The early stage venture capital fund adds to the Dolby family's existing technology venture portfolio, and formalizes the Dolby family's ongoing, multi-generational commitment to Ray Dolby's legacy of discovering and supporting visionary entrepreneurs.


Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/dolby-family-launches-venture-capital-fund-honoring-ray-dolby-legacy-2014-06-16

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