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Author: Peter Delevett


Source: SiliconBeat


Interest: For the first Elevator Pitch of the new year, we’re spotlighting a guy who’s taking on a new challenge. Bobby Franklin was named head of the National Venture Capital Association in the fall, replacing 20-year NVCA veteran Mark Heesen. Franklin and I broke bread recently at Silicon Valley’s Four Seasons, and the longtime Capital Hill tech lobbyist was frank about the learning curve he’s facing — while also sounding eager to dive in.


Link: http://www.siliconbeat.com/2014/01/06/elevator-pitch-bobby-franklin-takes-the-reins-of-the-national-venture-capital-association/

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Author: Yuliya Chernova


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Early investors in Tesla Motors have backed another electric transportation company, bus maker Proterra, company representatives told VentureWire. Nick and Joby Pritzker, via their investment firm Tao Invest, participated in a $10 million second close of Proterra’s Series C round, which now totals a little more than $34 million, as VentureWire previously reported. Proterra’s valuation is getting close to $200 million, Chief Executive Garrett Mikita said.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/01/07/early-tesla-motors-investors-back-electric-bus-co-proterra/

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Author: Gregg Bayes-Brown


Source: Global University Venturing


Interest: Columbia startup Infinio raises $12m in oversubscribed series B round backed by university investment consortium Osage.


Link: http://www.globaluniversityventuring.rsvp1.com/article.php/3213/osage-backs-infinios-12m

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Author: Gregg Bayes-Brown


Source: Global University Venturing


Interest: The University of California wins battle with Thompson Reuters for the right to not disclose the investment performance of venture capital funds within its portfolio.


Link: http://www.globaluniversityventuring.rsvp1.com/article.php/3218/uc-wins-venture-lawsuit-against-reuters

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Author: Gregg Bayes-Brown


Source: Global University Venturing


Interest: Defence contractor Northrop Grumman to partner with Johns Hopkins University, BioHealth Innovation, and DreamIt Ventures on startups.


Link: http://www.globaluniversityventuring.rsvp1.com/article.php/3222/northrop-dreams-partnership-with-johns

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Author: John Cook


Source: GeekWire


Interest: Venture capital investing in Washington state started out with a whimper in 2013, but it is ending with a bang. The momentum going into 2014 should warm the hearts (and potentially line the pockets) of entrepreneurs and VCs this holiday season. And no wonder that both groups are generally optimistic going into the new year.


Link: http://www.geekwire.com/2013/deals-year-top-25-venture-capital-investments/

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Author: KIMBERLY VEKLEROV


Source: Daily Californian


Interest: An appellate court ruled Thursday that the University of California is not required to obtain or reveal details of investment performance in two venture capital firms.


Link: http://www.dailycal.org/2013/12/21/university-california-required-disclose-venture-capital-information-court-rules/

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Author: Beth Potter


Source: Boulder County Business Report


Interest: Venture capital firm Bullet Time Ventures plans to raise $150 million in the new Bullet Time Ventures 2014 LP fund, according to a federal regulatory filing. Founder David Cohen declined to comment on fund details in the Regulation D filing made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday, Dec. 18. He previously raised $28 million in the Bullet Time Ventures II fund. Cohen also is a founder of the TechStars startup business incubator.


Link: http://www.bcbr.com/article/20131219/NEWS/131219876

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Author: Paul Brinkmann


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


Interest: The U.S. Department of Treasury called the program a key part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to provide needed capital to “Main Street businesses.” Through the program, Treasury has awarded almost $1.5 billion to fund programs that support small businesses and small manufacturers.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2013/12/19/florida-spends-42m-from-federal-small.html?ana=RSS&s=article_search

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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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