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Author: Contributor


Source: The Sydney Morning Herald


Interest: Many founders have venture capital - VC - investment on the brain from the get-go, not only for the funding itself but for the public and personal validation that comes with it. But don’t assume the old idiom 'the sooner, the better' applies here. It’s critical to be cautious about the why, when and how of choosing a VC partner. It’s going to be one of the most important long-term relationships you’ll ever have, and you may only have one chance to get it right.


Link: http://www.smh.com.au/small-business/smallbiz-tech/should-you-accept-venture-capital-20140214-32pqn.html

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Author: Amelia Huggins


Source: PR Web


Interest: Now entering its 10th year, the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative is the university’s premier student startup competition. Managed by ASU’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group (EIG), part of the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development (OKED), the initiative is one of the largest privately funded business plan competitions at a U.S. university. Its aim is to give ASU’s student entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop their innovative ideas and launch viable startup companies.


Link: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/02/prweb11559915.htm

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Author: Peter Delevett


Source: Contra Costa Times


Interest: Rip-roaring demand for tech IPOs has created lots of happy people in Silicon Valley. But it also has some tech CEOs feeling pressured to bring their companies to market -- and some venture capitalists worrying that things are getting overheated. After a decade marked by dismal returns and restive investors in the wake of the dot-com crash, the valley last year saw the most initial public offerings of stock since those dark days.


Link: http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_25080352/venture-capital-looks-be-full-blown-recovery-but

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Author: Reuters


Source: http://www.reuters.com/


Interest: That low overhead helped the Provo, Utah, startup reach profitability almost immediately. As the company grew year by year, venture capitalists started circling, reaching a critical mass during year five. Smith says he fielded roughly 100 calls from venture capitalists and investment groups before he finally agreed to a deal in 2012.


Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/02/idUS92197276520140202

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Author: The Daily News Reporter


Source: The Daily News


Interest: The venture capital and private equity investment financing industry has been hailed as an initiative that will substantially contribute to further strenghening the country's private sector.


Link: http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/biz/27940-venture-capital-seen-crucial-for-development

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Author: Lauren Ottinger and Yu Zhai


Source: The Peninsula Blog


Interest: The nature of the Venture Capital industry is undergoing a fundamental shift, according to a panel of venture capitalists who spoke at Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s State of the Valley conference on Friday. Chris DiGiorgio, Executive Research Fellow (Emeritus) at Accenture said that, “Venture Capital is at an inflection point in its 50 year history.”


Link: http://blog.sfgate.com/inthepeninsula/2014/02/07/venture-capital-fundamental-shift/

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Author: Jim Forsyth


Source: http://www.woai.com/


Interest: State Representative Mike Villarreal (D-San Antonio), says the House Committee on Investments and Financial Services will look into the costs and benefits of implementing what is called an 'intrastate equity crowd funding system.'


Link: http://www.woai.com/articles/woai-local-news-119078/state-moving-to-make-texas-more-12044374/

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Author: Anton Root


Source: http://www.crowdsourcing.org/


Interest: A great start is essential for every crowdfunding campaign. The early support inspires confidence in a project and makes it more likely that members of the media will report on it, among many other benefits. Indeed, it’s no secret that a campaign owner should do as much promotion as possible before the campaign goes live to ensure a good start. But what does that promotion actually entail, and what can a project creator do to ensure maximum exposure in the early going?


Link: http://www.crowdsourcing.org/editorial/how-to-build-early-support-for-your-crowdfunding-campaign/30424

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Author: Sustainable Business News


Source: GreenBiz


Interest: Investors who have shied away from clean-tech companies for the past two years haven't lost interest, but are broadening their scope into more areas of sustainability, according to a report by Cleantech IQ [PDF].


Link: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2014/02/05/sustainability-new-buzzword-venture-capital

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Author: William Alden


Source: The New York Times


Interest: Mr. Kvamme and another former Sequoia partner, Chris Olsen, have finished raising an inaugural $250 million fund for Drive Capital, their new venture capital firm focused on companies in the Midwest region, according to an announcement on Tuesday. The firm, which Mr. Kvamme and Mr. Olsen founded in 2012, has already backed a handful of companies in fields related to technology, consumers and health care.


Link: http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/02/04/venture-capital-firm-focused-on-the-midwest-raises-a-250-million-fund/

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Author: Gregg Bayes-Brown


Source: Global University Venturing


Interest: The Wellcome Trust’s previously announced £200m evergreen fund launches as Syncona Partners.


Link: http://www.globaluniversityventuring.rsvp1.com/article.php/3283/wellcome-trusts-200m-evergreen-fund-comes-to-life

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Author: Ben Sutherly


Source: The Columbus Dispatch


Interest: Central Ohio is still waiting for a breakout moment in its quest for major backing from venture capitalists for local health-care startups — financing that’s crucial in helping those businesses grow.


Link: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/02/03/medical-startups-seek-funding.html

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Author: PR Web


Source: PR Web


Interest: Venture capital fund performance continued to make gains across most time horizons as of September 30, 2013, according to the Cambridge Associates LLC U.S. Venture Capital Index®, the performance benchmark of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). The quarterly, 1-, 3-, 5-, 10- and 15-year horizons all showed higher returns with no change in the 20-year horizon.


Link: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/02/prweb11546753.htm

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Author: Gregg Bayes-Brown, editor


Source: Global University Venturing


Interest: Velocity, the University of Waterloo's accelerator programme, is celeberating a milestone achievement after successfully raising $100m in funding for its startups since laughing five years ago.


Link: http://www.globaluniversityventuring.rsvp1.com/article.php/3281/waterloo-hits-100m

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Author: Gregg Bayes-Brown, editor


Source: Global University Venturing


Interest: Kansas University has announced KU Catalyst, a new business accelerator to offer its students access to work space, mentorship, and capital.


Link: http://www.globaluniversityventuring.rsvp1.com/article.php/3286/kansas-accelerates

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Author: Davorin Kuchan


Source: Corporate Venturing & Innovation Partnering


Interest: In the last few years, Corporate Venture Capital has been growing and evolving. According to CB Insights, in Q2 2013, 25% of all venture funding included CVC participation, and the deals in which CVCs participated were 60% larger than those with traditional VCs alone. An average deal in which a CVC participated was $15.1M in Q2 2013 compared to a VC-only average of $9.5M. Impressive statistics indeed.


Link: http://cvipcommunity.com/corporate-venture-capital-sport/

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Author: Cadie Thompson


Source: CNBC


Interest: But while the crowdfunding phenomenon (essentially raising small amounts of money from a large pool of investors) has worked for companies like Kickstarter and Indiegogo—which fund specific projects like films and music, trying to fund start-ups this way could prove disastrous for many people, experts say.


Link: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101360140

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Author: Weston Betts


Source: DailyToReador.com


Interest: Crowdfunding is an online business model that allows people from around the world to pool together money that helps fund a person’s project idea that otherwise would never have the funds to be created. In return, these backers don’t receive equity in a company, but instead receive rewards that range from a physical products to a special perk, such as a special invitation to a screening of a film or a Skype session with the maker of the project.


Link: http://www.dailytoreador.com/opinion/article_1fe91ab8-8a37-11e3-b198-0017a43b2370.html

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Author: Rhonda Abrams


Source: USA Today


Interest: For many years, entrepreneurs and aspiring small-business owners had only two options when seeking investors. They could beg financing from a small group of those closest to them, what's referred to as friends, family, and fools. Or if they had a truly promising concept, they might be lucky enough to raise money from angel investors or venture capitalists.


Link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/abrams/2014/01/31/small-business-crowdfunding-success/5050949/

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Author: Andrea Gerlin


Source: Bloomberg Business Week


Interest: Syncona LLP, the Wellcome Trust- backed venture-capital fund, invested 12 million pounds ($20 million) in an Oxford University spinoff that is developing gene therapy to treat an inherited form of blindness. Syncona is backing NightstaRx Ltd., which is testing a treatment that uses a modified virus to deliver the choroideremia gene to cells in the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye.


Link: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-01-29/wellcome-trust-s-venture-fund-backs-oxford-blindness-treatment

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