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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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Author: Alex Konrad


Source: Forbes


Interest: Facebook’s announced acquisition of WhatsApp meant a $3 billion return for sole investor Jim Goetz of Sequoia Capital. But the meat of Goetz’s portfolio might actually be in the enterprise world, where he’s enjoyed four major public exits since 2012: Ruckus Wireless RKUS 0%, Palo Alto Networks PANW +2.7%, Barracuda Networks and Nimble Storage. Sequoia’s the only firm with two partners in the top ten, as Doug Leone clocks in at #6 due to the hot IPO of security company FireEye in September.


Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkonrad/2014/03/26/midas-top-ten-list-for-2014/

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Author: Ashley Fitzpatrick


Source: Telegram


Interest: The government has opted to take money from the existing investment attraction program and place it into two separate funds. The first will be a regional fund, where the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will contribute $10 million towards an overall pot of $60 million.


Link: http://www.thetelegram.com/Business/2014-03-28/article-3667090/N.L.-government-moving-into-venture-capital/1

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Author: Zoran Basich


Source: Wall Street Journal


Interest: Box Inc. has made it official – it plans to go public. The Los Altos, Calif.-based online storage provider’s newly disclosed plans to hold an IPO come three months after the company raised $100 million in funding at a valuation of about $2 billion.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/03/24/box-files-for-ipo-how-big-are-the-venture-capital-stakes/

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Author: Christina Riboldi


Source: CVIP


Interest: IBF grabbed the attention of Davorin Kuchan shortly after his participation at the Corporate Venturing & Innovation Partnering Conference that took place in Newport Beach, California this past February. Recently transitioning from his vital role in leading the Corporate Venturing & Innovation initiatives at Texas Instruments, Alexandra Scott, Founder of International Business Forum, found it to be an ideal time to capture his thought process surrounding this new model for CV.


Link: http://cvipcommunity.com/former-texas-instruments-exec-develops-new-model-corporate-venture-capital/?utm_content=buffer87328&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Author: MARTHA MENDOZA


Source: Boston.com


Interest: Fred Turner, who studies culture and technology as an associate professor at Stanford University, said it’s ‘‘fascinating that a person of his caliber and experience would move into this space.’’


Link: http://www.boston.com/business/technology/2014/03/04/former-naacp-president-moves-venture-capital/ZYMk4INHuSgkEQtLiksoTP/story.html

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Author: Nicole Bolton


Source: BusinessWire


Interest: LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bruin Biometrics, LLC (“BBI”), a medical device company with two biometric sensing products ready for market in Europe and the United States, announced it has closed a $10 million round of funding which was oversubscribed by almost $2.7 million. The funds will be deployed to market the developed products, complete clinical trials and continue R&D on the product pipeline...


Link: http://goo.gl/HGbKpy

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Author: BUSINESS DESK


Source: Cambridge News


Interest: The University of Cambridge is one of the founding members of the Startup Europe Partnership (SEP), the first pan-European open platform dedicated to helping start-ups to progress to maturity. Read more: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Business/Business-News/ideaSpace-Cambridge-Universitys-representative-for-the-first-pan-European-open-platform-goes-global-with-start-ups-initiative-20140225081643.htm#ixzz2uTKSYgBC


Link: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Business/Business-News/ideaSpace-Cambridge-Universitys-representative-for-the-first-pan-European-open-platform-goes-global-with-start-ups-initiative-20140225081643.htm

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