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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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Author: Michigan Growth Capital Symposium


Source: Michigan Growth Capital Symposium


Interest: MGCS is presented by the Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance and the Zell Lurie Institute at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business with support from the Michigan Venture Capital Association and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.


Link: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1756573

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Author: Jack Casey


Source: WisBusiness.com


Interest: Sean Jacobsohn, a California venture capitalist and UW-Madison grad, said potential company founders should focus on the quality of their "team" before looking for financial backing.


Link: http://www.wisbusiness.com/index.iml?Article=317347

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Author: JIM PROVANCE


Source: BLADE COLUMBUS BUREAU CHIEF


Interest: COLUMBUS — Rocket Ventures LLC, the venture capital firm formerly associated with the University of Toledo, essentially emerged from probation on Tuesday as the state loosened its purse strings to release $1 million in funding it had withheld as an incentive for improvement. Read more at http://www.toledoblade.com/Education/2014/02/26/Ohio-s-purse-opens-wider-for-Rocket-Ventures.html#8pTyFBvCFR7X7e1y.99


Link: http://www.toledoblade.com/Education/2014/02/26/Ohio-s-purse-opens-wider-for-Rocket-Ventures.html

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Author: Carrie Ghose


Source: Columbus Business First


Interest: The $35 million joint venture fund that Ohio State University and Ohio University committed to nearly two years ago could get bigger before it makes its first investment.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2014/02/26/ohio-state-ohio-university-in-talks.html

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Author: Larry Gordon


Source: Los Angeles Times


Interest: Crowdfunding sites, particularly those affiliated with universities, say they try to screen research projects for possible fraud and topics that seem frivolous or impossible. But ultimately online funding decisions are out of the hands of experts. "Crowd appeal is the ultimate arbiter," said Edward Derrick, a program director at the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C.


Link: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-me-crowdfunding-20140220,0,3396352.story#axzz2uFRQnEsZ

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Author: Stacy Cowley


Source: New York Times


Interest: What crowdfunding backers like best, the merchants said, is getting access to something special, something unavailable to the general public. This can either be fairly simple — Macaron Parlour offered those who donated $25 a box of macaroons with four custom flavors — or elaborate, like the special cooking class that the restaurant Travail Kitchen & Amusements offered its $500 backers.


Link: http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/24/how-to-avoid-a-crowdfunding-backlash/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

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Author: Nicole Fisher


Source: Forbes


Interest: The creators of the programming believe that disruptive innovation is the key component to reshaping the future of health care. They have faith that raising capital online post-JOBS Act will flourish, and that crowdfunding and secondary markets is the fastest way to create smarter clinical trials, personalized medicine and allow private companies to go public.


Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/nicolefisher/2014/02/24/crowdfunding-health-innovation-disruptive-companies-and-funders-meet-to-change-health-delivery/

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Author: Nicel Jane Avellana


Source: Venture Capital Post


Interest: Investors are clearly thinking of Africa based on recent developments, including the 16 Botswana-based mobile apps that Jim Goetz spoke of when he gave his view on the WhatsApp purchase by Facebook and the alliance Microsoft has forged with three African incubators. This is also signified by the setting up of new innovation centers in Lagos and Casablanca by IBM and the summit sponsored by the African Development Bank which tackled ways to effectively engage the private sector, the report said.


Link: http://www.vcpost.com/articles/21849/20140223/more-american-investors-backing-african-startups.htm

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Author: Sam Gustin


Source: Time Business & Money


Interest: Two of the most prominent venture capitalists in the United States have launched a new investment firm that’s generating buzz in Silicon Valley and beyond at a time of intensifying debate about diversity in the technology industry. Aspect Ventures, which was launched this month by Theresia Gouw, formerly a partner at Accel, and Jennifer Fonstad, formerly a partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, will focus on the booming mobile technology market.


Link: http://business.time.com/2014/02/24/aspect-ventures-launch/

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