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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. If the old chestnut is correct, a rising tide floats all boats.


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

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Author: The Republican Business Desk


Source: Mass Live


Interest: Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. has formed MassMutual Ventures LLC, a $100 million corporate venture capital firm with the mandate to back start ups and entrepreneurial businesses whose technologies have the potential to transform MassMutual’s core insurance, retirement and asset management businesses, MassMutual said in a news release.


Link: http://www.masslive.com/business-news/index.ssf/2014/07/massmutual_forms_venture_capital_arm.html

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Author: Lauren Hertzler


Source: Philadelphia Business Journal


Interest: A new Delaware-based venture fund dubbed Leading Edge Ventures will cater to early-stage companies in the state and region. It’s headquartered in Newark, with another office in Bethlehem, Pa. The fund, which is still in the process of raising money, will focus on startups that benefit businesses and consumers in the areas of IT, healthcare and other high-growth markets. Initial investments will range from $50,000 to $250,000 per company, with potential to invest up to $750,000 per company.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/news/2014/07/24/new-delaware-venture-fund-to-help-earlystage.html

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Author: Digital Journal


Source: Digital Journal


Interest: NEWARK, Del.Leading Edge Ventures I, L.P., announced today the formation of an early stage venture fund. Headquartered in Newark, Delaware, the Fund will make investments in promising early stage companies in Delaware and the Mid- Atlantic region. It will also maintain an office in Bethlehem, PA. Leading Edge Ventures will target companies that provide productivity benefits to businesses and consumers in the areas of information technology, healthcare, and other high growth markets.


Link: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2069486

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Author: Nichole Dobo


Source: Delaware Online


Interest: A new venture fund headquartered in Newark to support early stage businesses with a high potential for growth has raised $7.5 million, leaders from the initiative said Monday. Leading Edge Ventures plans to make strategic investments in emerging companies, including in the fields of information technology and health care. The venture fund is expected to grow to $10 million by the fall, and its board plans to make its first investment in a business soon.


Link: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/money/business/2014/07/22/new-venture-fund-support-businesses-delaware-region/12975125/

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Author: ZORAN BASICH


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Startups making tools to manage corporate networks and software don’t grab the same kind of attention as flashier consumer apps, but some of the biggest venture capital firms are going all-in. Three big investments–for Okta, Tanium and now AppDynamics–totaling more than a quarter of a billion dollars are part of a surge in investment for network and systems management software, a sector that has seen more than $851 million in VC deals in the first half of this year.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/07/22/the-daily-startup-vcs-pouring-money-into-corporate-software-tools/

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Author: RICHARD NEWMAN


Source: NorthJersey.com


Interest: Six New Jersey companies, including a telecommunications company in Paterson, received a combined $83 million in venture capital funding during the April-June period, the largest quarterly total for the state since the second quarter of 2013, according to a new report. However, the quarterly total is less than half of the amount from the same period of a year ago.


Link: http://www.northjersey.com/news/paterson-company-among-six-in-n-j-to-receive-venture-capital-funding-1.1054940

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Author: DEBORAH GAGE


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: AppDynamics Inc., whose software monitors how applications are performing in order to help companies avoid bottlenecks, has raised $120 million in equity and debt at a valuation of more than $1 billion, the company told VentureWire. The funding comes as AppDynamics prepares for an eventual IPO and continues its legal battle against competitor CA Inc., where AppDynamics founder and Chief Executive Jyoti Bansal and other AppDynamics executives previously worked.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/07/22/appdynamics-raises-170m-valued-at-1-billion-for-corporate-software/

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Author: Stephen Roper


Source: Epoch Times


Interest: The announcement that Google is to set up a European version of its venture capital operation is welcome news. Google Ventures’ new US$100m fund for fledgling European tech firms represents a new source of the sort of risk capital which has often been in short supply on this side of the Atlantic. Startups may also be able to access Google’s impressive technology and corporate networks.


Link: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/798529-how-google-venture-capital-will-help-europes-risk-taking-techies/

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Author: Eric Hal Schwartz


Source: InTheCapital


Interest: Chevy Chase-based venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates will invest $7 million in mobile technology startup mNectar. The San Francisco-based mNectar has developed a way for customers to try out apps without downloading them using virtualization and the cloud to simulate the app without putting any data on a device. The Series A funding round that NEA raised will help the company expand its list of apps and companies involved and get mobile advertisers interested.


Link: http://inthecapital.streetwise.co/2014/07/11/nea-invests-7-million-in-mobile-tech-startup/

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Author: Jerin Mathew


Source: International Business Times


Interest: Venture capital investment in bitcoin increased 28% sequentially in the second quarter, signalling investors' increased enthusiasm and confidence in crypto-currencies. CoinDesk's State of Bitcoin report for the second quarter showed venture capital investments in the digital currency totalled $73m (£42.6m, €53.6m) in the second quarter, up 28% from $57m in the first quarter.


Link: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/bitcoin-venture-capital-investments-soar-28-increased-optimism-1456253

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Author: CHRIS WITKOWSKY


Source: Reuters PE HUB


Interest: Impact investing is a term that generally describes the lofty goal of making money on investments in companies whose stated purpose is to benefit the community in some way—or, to put it a simpler way, to make money while doing good. I usually think of impact investing as something that occurs in emerging markets, where even something as basic (in a developed market sense) as providing mobile phone service can be viewed as an amazing investment opportunity.


Link: http://www.pehub.com/2014/07/vestar-excellere-executives-launch-colorado-impact-fund/

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Author: CHRIS WITKOWSKY


Source: Reuters PE HUB


Interest: Google Ventures has launched a fund with initial funding of $100 million to back European entrepreneurs. Google’s venture arm was established in 2009 and has invested in more than 250 portfolio companies.


Link: http://www.pehub.com/2014/07/google-ventures-launches-100-mln-fund-to-invest-in-europe/

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Author: The Wall Street Journal


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Runa Capital, a venture firm founded by entrepreneurs with strong Moscow ties, is raising a second venture fund that will haul in between $200 million and $300 million, Yuliya Chernova reports in VentureWire. The fund, though, plans to invest the the majority of the new fund outside of Russia, according to founder and Senior Partner Serguei Beloussov.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/07/03/the-daily-startup-large-russian-venture-fund-looks-elsewhere-for-investments/

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Author: David S. Latchman


Source: THE (Times Higher Education)


Interest: In 1999, I founded a spin-off company to exploit technology I had developed with a postdoctoral researcher in my laboratory at University College London. Twelve years later, the company, BioVex, was sold to the biotech firm Amgen for $1 billion (£600 million): $425 million upfront and another $575 million on reaching further milestones. It was one of the biggest buyouts of a UK biotech company.


Link: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/features/four-things-to-know-about-venture-capital-funded-spin-offs/2014207.article

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Author: James Breiner


Source: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)


Interest: Venture capitalists in Latin America are looking for digital media startups with rapid growth, a plan for monetization, and international potential. Obviously, most new media don’t fit that profile. But startups with these characteristics are starting to attract angel investors who provide the first rounds of capital, says Francisco Coronel, CFO and co-founder of Nxtplabs, an incubator of digital companies in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Link: http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2014/07/why-venture-capital-is-flowing-to-latin-america-media/

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Author: YOREE KOH


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Twitter raised hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital before it held an IPO last November. Now it may be making its own venture bets. Buried under all the chatter about Twitter’s new chief financial officer was the fact that the company is starting a new strategic investments group. Mike Gupta, who was replaced as financial chief by former Goldman banker Anthony Noto, will head up the new corporate VC arm.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/07/01/enter-twitters-new-venture-capital-arm/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed: wsj/biztech/feed (WSJ.com: Business Technology)

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Author: Digital Journal


Source: Digital Journal


Interest: TOKYO--(Business Wire)--Rakuten Ventures today announced the launch of a US$100 million global investment fund. The fund will target investments in startups and companies in Israel, Asia Pacific, and the USA and builds on the success of the Southeast Asia fund, which was originally launched in 2013 and counts Carousell, Visenze, Coda Payments and Send Anywhere among its investment portfolio.


Link: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2023631

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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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