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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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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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