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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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Author: Sara Brumfield


Source: WOUB


Interest: U.S. Senator Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, took a tour of Ohio University’s Innovation Center on Friday morning to get a glimpse into how the university is working with entrepreneurs to create innovative jobs in the area.


Link: http://woub.org/2014/01/13/sen-portman-talks-jobs-during-visit-ous-innovation-center

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Author: Connie Guglielmo


Source: Forbes


Interest: There’s no shortage of technology wunderkinds under the age of 30 transforming business, society and our day-to-day lives. We’ve all heard the startup stories behind Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Aaron Levie of Box, Dustin Moskovitz of Asana, Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi of Dropbox, to name just a few. But for every well-known young techster out there generating headlines, there are literally hundreds more smart, energetic, enterprising and unusual thinkers working on everything from new al


Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/connieguglielmo/2014/01/06/30-under-30-meet-technologys-smartest-youngest-and-most-daring-innovators/

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Author: Nicel Jane Avellana


Source: Venture Capital Post


Interest: Sources told TechCrunch that Microsoft has bought Parature for a price tag of $100 million. Parature is a customer service SaaS provider. Its flagship product is the "Parature Customer Service Software" currently supports over 70 million end users around the world.


Link: http://www.vcpost.com/articles/20500/20140106/microsoft-purchases-parature-100m-deal-sources.htm

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Author: Gregg Bayes-Brown


Source: Global University Venturing


Interest: MIT robotics spin-out Boston Dynamics gets snapped up by Google.


Link: http://www.globaluniversityventuring.rsvp1.com/article.php/3211/boston-dynamics-says-i-google

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Author: WOUB Contributing Writer


Source: WOUB


Interest: The Ohio Third Frontier Commission has awarded Ohio University's Innovation Center $350,000 to help grow technology businesses in southeastern Ohio. In addition to supporting existing staff and entrepreneurship initiatives, the funding will allow the small business incubator to hire two new contract employees who can focus on customer service management and executive talent recruitment to further develop its two dozen startups.


Link: http://woub.org/2013/12/16/third-frontier-awards-ohio-universitys-innovation-center-350000

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Author: Megan O'Neil


Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education


Interest: If all good ideas start with a problem, Alex Rattray had only to look as far as his hands for inspiration.When he was growing up just north of Seattle, his penmanship was so poor that his mother forced him to do morning cursive exercises before packing him off to school. Upon enrolling at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010, Mr. Rattray labored to fill exam blue books with legible essay responses.


Link: http://chronicle.com/article/The-Blue-Book-of-the-Future/143319/

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Author: National Academies Press


Source: National Academies Press


Interest: This book is the summary of a 2013 symposium convened by the National Research Council Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy and members of the Nano Consortium that drew state officials and staff, business leaders, and leading national figures in early-stage finance, technology, engineering, education, and state and federal policies to review challenges, plans, and opportunities for innovation-led growth in New York.


Link: http://www.innovationamerica.us/index.php/innovation-daily/34174-new-yorks-nanotechnology-model-building-the-innovation-economy?utm_source=innovation-daily---your-daily-newsletter-highlighting-global-innovation-news-and-trends&utm_medium=gazetty&utm_campa

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Author: Stephanie Baum


Source: MedCity News


Interest: University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Technology Transfer is entering a new phase by adding mobile apps to its technology portfolio. That includes mhealth apps conceived by students and faculty at its Perelman School of Medicine and nursing school. Its inaugural app challenge AppITUP is tonight.


Link: http://medcitynews.com/2013/11/penns-tech-transfer-program-enlists-vcs-developers-bring-mobile-apps-market/

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Author: VCPOST Staff Reporter


Source: Venture Capital Post


Interest: Japan's Sumitomo Corporation of America and Sumitomo Corp completed the acquisition of Edgen Group Inc. The transaction is valued at USD520 million. Assuming that Edgen's debt is included, the deal is worth USD1.2 billion, according to a report published by The Advocate.


Link: http://www.vcpost.com/articles/18419/20131121/sumitomo-completes-edgen-acquisition.htm

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