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Author: Vivek Wadhwa


Source: Venture Beat


Interest: Research on successful technology firms by a team I led at Duke and Harvard in 2008 looked only at companies that had made it out of the garage and were generating at least $1 million in revenue. The research revealed that the average and median age of their founders was 39. Twice as many were older than 50 as were younger than 25. And twice as many were older than 60 as were younger than 20. In a follow-up project, we studied the backgrounds of 549 successful entrepreneurs in 12 high-growth ind


Link: http://venturebeat.com/2014/10/31/why-middle-aged-entrepreneurs-will-be-critical-to-the-next-trillion-dollar-business/

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Author: IRIS DORBIAN


Source: PE HUB


Interest: Minneapolis-based Buzz360, a software platform developer, has received $385,000 in funding. The investors included Dakota Venture Group. The capital will be used to beef up the company’s sales and marketing initiatives. Minneapolis MN (PRWEB) October 30, 2014 Marketing software platform developer Buzz360 LLC (http://www.buzz360.co) today announced it has closed a round of funding that includes both equity and debt financing totaling $385,000. Participants in the equity portion...


Link: https://www.pehub.com/2014/10/dakota-venture-group-backs-buzz360/

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Author: Wayne Faulkner


Source: StarNewsOnline


Interest: Wilmington-based NextGlass was one of the top five tech start-up companies selected to present at the Wall Street Journal's global technology conference. NextGlass, which is developing a mobile app that will generate wine and beer recommendations for users, was selected from hundreds of applicants to appear before 200 executives of technology companies and venture capital firms and share the spotlight with the likes of tech giants Apple and Alibaba, Jim Kittridge, vice president...


Link: http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20141029/ARTICLES/141029644?Title=Wilmington-based-NextGlass-earns-Wall-Street-Journal-honor

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Author: SONJA CHEUNG


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Google Capital, a growth-stage vehicle backed by U.S. Internet giant Google Inc., has made its first investment in China. The firm, along with Chinese venture firm Lightspeed China Partners, co-led a Series C round totaling $38 million into a Suzhou-based business called InnoLight Technology Corp., a manufacturer of high-speed optical transceivers that are used by computer servers.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/09/29/google-capital-makes-first-china-investment-backs-innolight/

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Author: ZORAN BASICH


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: The Internet of Things–the idea of a vast, connected network of devices that can communicate with each other and with us–is a new high-tech buzzword, and some companies are starting to shift their strategies in that direction. Norwest Venture Partners has led a $30 million round for Ifttt (“If This, Then That”), maker of a tool that enables software to take actions when certain conditions are met, Lizette Chapman reports for VentureWire.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/08/29/the-daily-startup-will-the-internet-of-things-fit-ifttt-or-go-pffft/

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Author: The Wall Street Journal


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Machine learning, which was all the rage among developers in the 1980s only to fall out of favor in the 1990s when real-world results were slow to materialize, is back with a vengeance today, says Draper Fisher Jurvetson Partner Steve Jurvetson.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/08/21/the-daily-startup-dfj-bets-on-nervana-for-machine-learning/

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Author: Geeks News Desk


Source: Broad Way World


Interest: A new era of innovation is coming to central Florida, and it is also an era of education, technology and entrepreneurship. MakerBot, a global leader in desktop 3D printing, is very proud to become an industry partner of Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Florida, and to be part of its grand opening. As an industry partner of the University, MakerBot will have the opportunity to help shape the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.


Link: http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwgeeks/article/MakerBot-and-Florida-Polytechnic-University-Partner-to-Bring-MakerBot-3D-Printing-to-the-Florida-Poly-RAD-Makerspace-20140723#.U9JoivmSzow

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Author: ZORAN BASICH


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Startups making tools to manage corporate networks and software don’t grab the same kind of attention as flashier consumer apps, but some of the biggest venture capital firms are going all-in. Three big investments–for Okta, Tanium and now AppDynamics–totaling more than a quarter of a billion dollars are part of a surge in investment for network and systems management software, a sector that has seen more than $851 million in VC deals in the first half of this year.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/07/22/the-daily-startup-vcs-pouring-money-into-corporate-software-tools/

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Author: DEBORAH GAGE


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: AppDynamics Inc., whose software monitors how applications are performing in order to help companies avoid bottlenecks, has raised $120 million in equity and debt at a valuation of more than $1 billion, the company told VentureWire. The funding comes as AppDynamics prepares for an eventual IPO and continues its legal battle against competitor CA Inc., where AppDynamics founder and Chief Executive Jyoti Bansal and other AppDynamics executives previously worked.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/07/22/appdynamics-raises-170m-valued-at-1-billion-for-corporate-software/

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Author: The Wall Street Journal


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Runa Capital, a venture firm founded by entrepreneurs with strong Moscow ties, is raising a second venture fund that will haul in between $200 million and $300 million, Yuliya Chernova reports in VentureWire. The fund, though, plans to invest the the majority of the new fund outside of Russia, according to founder and Senior Partner Serguei Beloussov.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/07/03/the-daily-startup-large-russian-venture-fund-looks-elsewhere-for-investments/

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Author: TONY ADAMS


Source: Government Technology News


Interest: Georgia's Columbus State University has launched an IT Innovation Center that it hopes will make money for it, while also helping outside businesses and organizations become more successful and profitable. Abraham George, CSU’s chief information officer and the person who will head the center, said Wednesday the center will serve a hosts of clients, becoming an incubator in time, while creating a “spirit of entrepreneurship” among the IT staff at school.


Link: http://www.govtech.com/education/Columbus-State-University-Launches-IT-Innovation-Center-to-Give-Clients-Competitive-Edge.html

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Author: Peter Dinham


Source: iTWire


Interest: Some business and technology industry heavy hitters, led by Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, have invested in crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to support its global expansion plans.


Link: http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/strategy/64170-branson-invests-in-crowdfunding-site-indiegogo

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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: 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: Pavithra Rathinavel


Source: International Business Times AU


Interest: StoreDot, a start-up company based out of Israel, has revealed a prototype super charger for smartphones that can fully charge the handset's battery in 30 seconds at Microsoft's Think Next Conference in Tel Aviv. The potential firm showcased its technology to charge an almost empty Samsung Galaxy S4 in only 30 seconds, which is a huge advantage in a world where chargers take nearly an hour to give a full boost to handsets.


Link: http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/547162/20140408/storedot-battery-charger-samsung-galaxy-s4-tel.htm#.U0PRzVd3-k4

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Author: Rafaela Relvas


Source: BioNews Texas


Interest: The report detailing these successes, which was published by the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Texas at Austin and drawn from an analysis by researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder, comes as the region prepares to host the 21st annual SXSW Interactive Festival, which draws global attention to the area’s tech industry.


Link: http://bionews-tx.com/news/2014/03/06/austin-technology-incubator-generates-thousands-of-jobs-and-millions-in-economic-impact/

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Author: Andrea Corry


Source: IT Business Net


Interest: Siemens via its Venture Capital unit (SFS VC) has made a strategic corporate investment of $10 million (series A funding) in Polarion Software.


Link: http://internet.itbusinessnet.com/article/Polarion-Secures-10-Million-in-Series-A-Funding-from-Siemens-Venture-Capital-3102399

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Author: Samuel Horstman


Source: ABQ Journal


Interest: A new startup company launched through Studio G, the student business incubator at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center, has developed its first iPad application – a code generator for the popular computer game “Minecraft.”


Link: http://www.abqjournal.com/350560/biz/nmsu-student-startup-creates-ipad-gaming-app.html

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Author: Barry Levine


Source: Top Tech News


Interest: Google is going deeper into intelligence Relevant Products/Services. According to news reports, the technology giant has paid in the vicinity of $400 million to buy artificial intelligence start-up DeepMind Technologies. On its one-page Web site, the London-based DeepMind describes itself as a "cutting edge" AI company, combining techniques from "machine learning and systems neuroscience to build powerful general-purpose learning algorithms."


Link: http://www.toptechnews.com/story.xhtml?story_id=123003YKUYI9

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Author: CB Insights


Source: CB Insights


Interest: Corporate venture investors lead the way in terms of Internet of Things deal activity with Intel Capital, Qualcomm Ventures and Cisco Investments taking 3 of the top 4 spots. The lone pure-play VC in the top IoT investors is True Ventures.


Link: http://www.cbinsights.com/blog/trends/internet-of-things-investors

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