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Author: Charles King


Source: IT Trends & Analysis


Interest: Venture capital and capitalists (VC/s) enjoy a legendary status in Silicon Valley and the broader technology industry. That’s partly due to the remarkable gains and spectacular wealth that some in the VC community have managed to achieve time and again. But those investments also qualify as the literal financial lifeblood of IT. Without VCs willing to take a risk, it is difficult or impossible to discern how companies could have survived and thrived to change the modern world.


Link: http://it-tna.com/2014/03/26/dell-ventures-mobilizing-early-stage-innovation/

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Author: Timothy B. Lee


Source: The Washington Post


Interest: n Monday, for the first time since 1981, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether software — or more precisely, computer-implemented inventions — can coninue to be patented. The case, Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, focuses on software built to eliminate “settlement risk” in currency and financial transactions where money is held in escrow and one party could renege on a deal and leave the other holding the bag. Alice Corp. claims that CLS Bank offers a service that infringes on its patent.


Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/in-new-case-supreme-court-revisits-the-question-of-software-patents/2014/03/28/a3da1c52-ad3a-11e3-9627-c65021d6d572_story.html

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Author: Barbara Voerg


Source: Times Herald-Record


Interest: I suggested it could be a good candidate for a crowdfunding campaign. The producers concurred and their efforts resulted in successfully raising more than their initial goal of $10,000 in 21 days.


Link: http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140331/BIZ/403310308/-1/NEWS

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Author: Timothy Hay


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


Interest: The firm, founded in 2009 by Netscape Communications Corp. co-founder Marc Andreessen and Opsware Inc. and LoudCloud Inc. founder Ben Horowitz, is among a small number of firms that can raise and fairly quickly deploy funds of more than $1 billion.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/03/27/andreessen-horowitz-raises-yet-another-1-5-billion-fund/

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Author: Danielle Abril


Source: Dallas Business Journal


Interest: The company primarily offers seed and series A funding that can range anywhere between $25,000 and $2 million. But it doesn’t stop there, according to Shampant. “We’re looking for companies that we can be active partners with,” he said, adding that Live Oak will often follow up with the next couple rounds of funding and play active roles in advising. “We don’t want to just give you a little bit of money and go away.”


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2014/03/25/austin-venture-capital-firm-seeks-to-fund-dallas.html

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Author: Alex Konrad


Source: Forbes


Interest: Facebook’s announced acquisition of WhatsApp meant a $3 billion return for sole investor Jim Goetz of Sequoia Capital. But the meat of Goetz’s portfolio might actually be in the enterprise world, where he’s enjoyed four major public exits since 2012: Ruckus Wireless RKUS 0%, Palo Alto Networks PANW +2.7%, Barracuda Networks and Nimble Storage. Sequoia’s the only firm with two partners in the top ten, as Doug Leone clocks in at #6 due to the hot IPO of security company FireEye in September.


Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkonrad/2014/03/26/midas-top-ten-list-for-2014/

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Author: Ashley Fitzpatrick


Source: Telegram


Interest: The government has opted to take money from the existing investment attraction program and place it into two separate funds. The first will be a regional fund, where the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will contribute $10 million towards an overall pot of $60 million.


Link: http://www.thetelegram.com/Business/2014-03-28/article-3667090/N.L.-government-moving-into-venture-capital/1

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Author: Editors of Electric Light & Power/ POWERGRID International


Source: Utility Products


Interest: The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) awarded $17 million in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) projects to help small businesses in 13 states develop prototype technologies that could improve manufacturing energy efficiency, reduce the cost of installing clean energy projects and generate electricity from renewable energy sources.


Link: http://www.utilityproducts.com/articles/elp-archives/2014/03/doe-awards-energy-efficiency-renewable-power-funding-to-small-businesses.html

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Author: Zoran Basich


Source: Wall Street Journal


Interest: Box Inc. has made it official – it plans to go public. The Los Altos, Calif.-based online storage provider’s newly disclosed plans to hold an IPO come three months after the company raised $100 million in funding at a valuation of about $2 billion.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/03/24/box-files-for-ipo-how-big-are-the-venture-capital-stakes/

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Author: Ashley Powell


Source: Arizona Daily Star


Interest: A course at the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona serves as a bridge to connect inventors to their products’ commercialization. Technology, Entrepreneurship and Commercialization is a graduate-level course — described as the only one of its kind in Arizona — and is offered once a year. The course is cross-listed with various departments, which allowed for a diverse class, not one with solely graduate business students.


Link: http://azstarnet.com/business/local/new-ua-management-course-a-how-to-on-taking-inventions/article_35b74ece-da7c-56e9-94a7-d05b5b32c9d1.html

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Author: Taylor Soper


Source: GeekWire


Interest: More innovations coming out of the University of Washington could reach commercialization thanks to a new grant from Washington Research Foundation (WRF). Xconomy reports today that the WRF plans to assign a $30 million, five-year grant that will help attract researchers to several programs at the UW — ranging from the Clean Energy Institute to the Institute for Protein Design — and encourage them to move their ideas from the lab to the real world.


Link: http://www.geekwire.com/2014/washington-research-foundation/

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Author: Sandra E. Garcia


Source: The New York Times


Interest: Inside the Sweets Building, a renovated structure that was formerly a confectionery research lab, is Harlem Biospace, a new business incubator focused on biotechnology. Situated on West 127th Street between Amsterdam and Convent Avenues, north of Columbia University and south of City College, Harlem Biospace is an effort to tap the scientific talent and entrepreneurial spirit of the two storied educational institutions.


Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/24/nyregion/rejuvenated-harlem-building-becomes-a-business-incubator-for-biotechnology.html?hpw&rref=nyregion&_r=0

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Author: Jon Campbell


Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle


Interest: ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration spent $15.2 million since December on television advertisements touting the state's tax-free program for businesses, according to newly released state data.


Link: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/local/2014/03/24/cuomo-administration-spent-million-start-ads/6798535/

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Author: Katie Hope


Source: BBC News


Interest: Start-up firm Cambridge Nanosystems is aiming to make this tech a reality, with its method of producing the key necessary ingredient - graphene.


Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26668034

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Author: Christina Riboldi


Source: CVIP


Interest: IBF grabbed the attention of Davorin Kuchan shortly after his participation at the Corporate Venturing & Innovation Partnering Conference that took place in Newport Beach, California this past February. Recently transitioning from his vital role in leading the Corporate Venturing & Innovation initiatives at Texas Instruments, Alexandra Scott, Founder of International Business Forum, found it to be an ideal time to capture his thought process surrounding this new model for CV.


Link: http://cvipcommunity.com/former-texas-instruments-exec-develops-new-model-corporate-venture-capital/?utm_content=buffer87328&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Author: BROCK WILLIS


Source: blogs.calgaryherald.com


Interest: Everyone keeps talking about venture capital when they talk about Equity Crowdfunding, but is the real beast the exempt market? The industry is eagerly anticipating rule changes to the exempt market sector expected to be announced by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) before the end of March 2014. The OSC is considering new capital raising prospectus exemptions including an Equity Crowdfunding exemption, which aims to develop an Equity Crowdfunding regulatory framework, focused on investin


Link: http://blogs.calgaryherald.com/2014/03/19/equity-crowdfunding-a-brave-new-market/

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Author: www.dailygazette.com/


Source: www.dailygazette.com/


Interest: We supported the idea of tax-free zones on and around State University of New York campuses when Gov. Cuomo first proposed it last year, and still do, even more now that we see what kind of interest it has attracted among businesses. And now that the University at Albany's plan is one of the first eight to be approved in the program, officially called Start - Up NY.


Link: http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2014/mar/19/0319_editorial/

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Author: Derick Waller


Source: http://www.wncn.com


Interest: RALEIGH, N.C. - A March Madness-themed competition is sending some lucky college students on a trip to Silicon Valley. N.C. State University's Poole College of Management hosted the fourth annual Start Up Madness. Business students from the 15 universities in the Atlantic Coast Conference offered up their best real world product pitches.


Link: http://www.wncn.com/story/25023370/acc-business-students-compete-in-start-up-madness-at-ncsu

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Author: http://www.uwyo.edu/


Source: http://www.uwyo.edu/


Interest: March 18, 2014 — David Bohling has been named program manager with the Innovation Center of the Rockies (ICR). He works directly with the Wyoming Technology Business Center (WTBC) and the Wyoming Research Products Center (RPC), both University of Wyoming programs that work collaboratively to commercialize UW inventions.


Link: http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2014/03/innovation-center-of-the-rockies-adds-innovation-and-business-development-expertise.html

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Author: http://seekingalpha.com


Source: http://seekingalpha.com


Interest: Dennis Purcell, senior managing partner of Aisling Capital, has seen the biotechnology industry morph from exciting science project to a full-blown, multibillion-dollar industry producing blockbuster products that routinely save lives. Now a new crisis is looming, as drug-resistant bacteria evolve, proliferate and wreak havoc. With this dire need driving interest, Purcell believes a change of focus, from oncology and orphan drug indications to anti-infectives, will develop in 2014 and beyond. In


Link: http://seekingalpha.com/article/2097273-promising-biotechs-target-new-ways-to-kill-bad-bugs-venture-capitalist-dennis-purcell?source=google_news

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