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Author: Russ Garland


Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/


Interest: The investment outlook has improved from a year ago when a similar survey found 27% of VCs and 42% of CEOs expecting an increase in venture investment. Venture-backed companies plan to take advantage of the better climate, with 69% of CEOs saying they plan to raise additional financing in 2014.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2013/12/20/venture-survey-finds-big-jump-in-investor-optimism-for-2014/

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Author: Margie Manning


Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/


Interest: Seventy-eight percent of the $318 million invested in Florida went to businesses in the biotechnology, information technology services, media and entertainment, and software industry sectors, according to a report from Cherrystone Management Consultants in Boca Raton.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/blog/morning-edition/2013/12/venture-capitalists-pump-more-into.html

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Author: Christina Farr


Source: http://venturebeat.com/


Interest: The Ellison Medical Foundation has been one of the largest funding sources for promising research into anti-aging technologies. According to the San Francisco Business Times, the New York-based foundation is facing a funding crunch, and so it may shift its focus to other areas.


Link: http://venturebeat.com/2013/12/19/larry-ellisons-foundation-cuts-funding-for-anti-aging-research/

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Author: Ari Levy and Serena Saitto


Source: http://www.businessweek.com/


Interest: Rewards that great -- for such a range of firms -- are scant in venture capital. Venture returns have lagged the public markets for the past decade, leading to a contraction in the number of funds. Following last year’s blockbuster paydays from the IPOs of Facebook Inc. and Workday Inc., the wealth was spread in 2013 as Twitter Inc., Zulily Inc., Nimble Storage Inc. and other companies went public at valuations topping $1 billion.


Link: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-12-20/billion-dollar-gains-reach-10-venture-firms-on-revival-of-ipos

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Author: Paul Grinnell


Source: http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/


Interest: Dr John French, chief executive of the Adapt Low Carbon Group, said: “We’re committed to helping small and medium-sized firms and have identified a real need for smaller investments in the region.” He said that investment is open to any eligible business in the region that is interested in developing or producing low carbon technologies, products or services, and/or increasing their operational efficiency to reduce carbon emissions.


Link: http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/business/business-news/new-funding-venture-for-green-friendly-companies-1-5757697

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Author: Penn State News


Source: http://news.psu.edu/


Interest: William and Margaret Donley, of Pittsburgh, targeted their $50,000 gift to an existing endowment that provides programmatic support for the college's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program.


Link: http://news.psu.edu/story/298805/2013/12/18/academics/donley-gift-support-entrepreneurship-innovation-programs

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Author: moneycontrol.com


Source: http://www.moneycontrol.com/


Interest: Persistent Systems has invested USD 150,000-250,000 in a US-based life sciences start-up called DxNow through Persistent Venture Fund. More than 85% of the company’s business comes from the US markets.


Link: http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/persistent-invests-36250kstart-up-via-venture-fund_1010990.html

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Author: Lizette Chapman


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: As 2013 winds down, we asked several venture capital investors to reflect on the past year and give us their outlook for 2014. Next up in our series is Scott Kupor, partner and chief operating officer, Andreessen Horowitz. Mr. Kupor speaks about the increasing strategic interest from Asian Internet companies, the need for engineering talent and why fears of a new tech bubble are overblown.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2013/12/16/vc-in-2014-andreessen-horowitzs-scott-kupor-on-why-fears-of-a-new-tech-bubble-are-overblown/

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Author: JULIAN SAROKIN


Source: JULIAN SAROKIN


Interest: Essentially, the purpose of venture capital is to give startups the funding they need to execute their visions and reach a mass audience. Traditionally, venture capital is reserved for high risk, high reward, early-stage startups. A VC will provide money, as well as strategic advising services in order to bring a company to IPO or an acquisition event. The trend we’re seeing today is that startups need less and less money to build out a first version and find product / market fit. This in tur


Link: http://juliansarokin.com/100-years-the-future-of-venture-capital/

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Author: Scott Dance


Source: The Baltimore Sun


Interest: Northrop Grumman Corp. has signed on as a sponsor of DreamIt Health Baltimore, a business accelerator backed by Johns Hopkins University and BioHealth Innovation Inc.The accelerator gives startups $50,000 in seed funding, help gathering customers, and accounting and legal support, along with access to the expertise of the sponsors. Philadelphia-based accelerator DreamIt Ventures launched the incubator.


Link: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/bs-bz-northrop-health-accelerator-20131216,0,1799436.story

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Author: Peter Delevett


Source: San Jose Mercury News


Interest: But in tech circles, there's increasing concern about a flood of venture capital money that could artificially boost the value of startups -- and then lead to a dot-com style crash.


Link: http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_24726899/venture-capital-funding-rounds-keep-getting-bigger-raising

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Author: Dan Primack


Source: http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/


Interest: The program in question is Investor Growth Capital, which has invested more than $3 billion into over 250 technology and healthcare companies since being founded in 1996. Most of that activity has been in the U.S., where its deals have include Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ), MedImmune, Guavus and Rocket Lawyer.


Link: http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2013/12/12/investor-ab-kills-off-u-s-venture-capital-program/

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Author: King & Spalding LLP


Source: http://www.metrocorpcounsel.com/


Interest: As the number of venture capital firms is diminishing and the amount of money being raised by venture firms is shrinking, we’re seeing many corporate investors coming into the venture market and making strategic investments. Many of the small companies we’re working with are increasingly taking money from large corporations rather than from the venture capital industry and many of our large clients are forming venture funds and investing in start-ups.


Link: http://www.metrocorpcounsel.com/articles/26645/corporations-new-player-venture-capital-world-start-ups

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Author: Ben Fidler


Source: http://www.xconomy.com/


Interest: Sia is the co-founder of Harlem Biospace, a new biotech incubator on 127th Street in Manhattan’s West Harlem. The incubator officially opened just a month ago, on Nov. 1, and Sia said it has already become profitable. Sia wouldn’t disclose just what the final revenue and profit figures are from the first six weeks of operation, but scientists from 16 local startups occupy 22 of its 24 workstations. Each workstation goes for a list price of $995 per month.


Link: http://www.xconomy.com/new-york/2013/12/13/sam-sias-ny-biotech-incubator-already-bustling-16-startups/

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Author: http://video.foxbusiness.com/


Source: Fox Business


Interest: NYC Economic Development Corporation president Kyle Kimball on New York City working with large pharmaceutical companies and venture capital firms.


Link: http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/2919794015001/nyc-to-form-100m-venture-capital-fund-in-biotech/

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Author: http://www.marketwired.com/


Source: Industry Ventures


Interest: With Secondary VII, the firm will continue to invest in leading private companies and venture capital funds. Founders, angel investors, financial institutions, hedge funds, venture capital firms, corporate venture funds and family offices are among the parties seeking investment structures that align risk/reward profiles for diverse circumstances.


Link: http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/industry-ventures-closes-oversubscribed-425-million-secondary-fund-200-million-special-1858848.htm

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Author: Dan Alexander


Source: Forbes


Interest: Venture capitalists are betting most of their money in California, encouraging the most promising Heartland start-ups to move to the coasts and letting others go unfunded because of their location. It’s not just hard for Middle America entrepreneurs, it’s also a missed opportunity for California investors.


Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/danalexander/2013/12/12/venture-capitalists-are-overfunding-california-and-its-hurting-the-rest-of-the-country/

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Author: Business Wire


Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/


Interest: Dell Ventures, Dell's strategic investment arm, today announced an expanded commitment to entrepreneurship and innovation with a $300 million Strategic Innovation Venture Fund. The fund will enable Dell to invest in early-to-growth-stage companies in emerging technology areas including storage, cloud computing, big data, next-generation data center, security and mobility.


Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/dell-expands-its-commitment-to-entrepreneurship-and-innovation-with-300-million-strategic-innovation-venture-fund-2013-12-12?reflink=MW_news_stmp

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Author: PRWEB.COM


Source: Digital Journal


Interest: Drexel University, the University City Science Center and DreamIt Ventures are on a mission to support innovators and entrepreneurs in the Philadelphia region and have formed a strategic partnership that creates a hub for start-ups to test their wings and the capital that will support their continued growth.


Link: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1636561

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Author: Techvibes


Source: Techvibes


Interest: Versant Ventures, a US-based life sciences venture capital firm, revealed today that it is expanding operations into Canada to invest in early-stage drug discovery programs. The firm hopes to establish new life science companies that can accelerate the commercialization of scientific research in Canada.


Link: http://www.techvibes.com/blog/us-venture-capital-firm-expands-operations-into-canada-2013-12-09

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