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USC/G1000 March 10-12, 2015

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USC/G1000 March 10-12, 2015

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Author: Erin Hobey


Source: Crowdfund Insider


Interest: A radical re-think of crowdfunding regulation has been called for by thought leaders from finance and the stock markets, social media, crowdfunding and the law after an endorsement by Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, placed him in potential legal jeopardy. The Crowdfunding Centre Founder Barry James spoke at the third Crowdfunding: Deep Impact Conference in Sheffield, along with experts including Simon Brickles, the former head of AIM (the Alternative Investment Market, the London...


Link: http://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2014/11/55894-crowdfunding-centres-barry-james-calls/

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Author: CNN Money


Source: CNN Money


Interest: What's making venture capitalists nervous? Hedge funds. As startups take longer to go public, investors with deeper pockets -- like hedge funds and mutual funds -- are playing a bigger role in their funding. But high valuations come with higher expectations for rapid growth. Historically, VC firms have invested in both early- and late-stage startups. But as hedge funds are increasingly involved in funding late-stage firms, many VCs have been shifting to invest in early-stage, more...


Link: http://money.cnn.com/2014/11/12/smallbusiness/venture-capitalist-confidence/

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Author: Carol Lewis


Source: The Times


Interest: Innovation is the key to business growth, but just how do you move beyond the initial bright idea that sparked your start-up. Post comments and questions below and then join us at 1pm on Friday to debate the issues. Our innovative panel comprises: John Bessant, professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Exeter; David Simoes-Brown co-founder of 100%Open; James Haycock managing director of Adaptive Lab and Joanna Brassett director of Studio INTO.


Link: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/smehub/article4266573.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2014_11_13

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Author: Johnathan Gay


Source: The Floyd County Times


Interest: The old joke has it that when you grew up in eastern Kentucky in the old days you needed to master the “3 R’s” to have a good living: “readin’, ‘ritin’, and Route 23” (if you lived further west, just switch 25 or 27 for that route part). In other words, if you wanted to have a successful life, you needed to pack your bags and head elsewhere. Fortunately, things are changing. The days of having to go to a big city to start a business are over. You just need to have passion, the ability...


Link: http://www.floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150526307/Teaching-our-children-to-be-kidpreneuers

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Author: DOUGLAS MACMILLAN


Source: The Australian


Interest: UBER Technologies, already one of the world’s most highly valued start-ups, is preparing to raise yet another mega-round of funding. The ride-sharing company has informed investors it plans to raise more than $US1 billion ($1.16bn) in funding, according to people briefed on the matter. Uber’s new round of financing could total as much as $US2bn and is likely to value the company at more than $US30bn, one of the people said.


Link: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/wall-street-journal/meter-running-as-ridesharing-startup-uber-seeks-more-funding/story-fnay3ubk-1227117491505?nk=e2e0ba593f054c5ee03f5ee4c471fca4

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Author: Natalie Briggs


Source: Guardian


Interest: T&T’s International Finance Centre is spearheading a prospective financing programme for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that has the potential to overhaul and, perhaps replace, this country’s venture capital environment. During an interview with the Sunday BG, CEO Varun Maharaj said the development of an entrepreneurial class in T&T was not only important to him personally, but part of the mandate of the IFC to assist with the development of this country’s capital market and economy.


Link: http://www.guardian.co.tt/business/2014-11-09/debt-new-equity

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Author: China Money Network


Source: China Money Network


Interest: Tina Ju, founding and managing partner of KPCB China, is said to be on the road raising a US$200 million venture fund for TDF Capital, another venture fund established by Ju in 2005, according to media reports. The new fund will focus on investing in the TMT (technology, media, telecom), consumers and healthcare sectors in China.


Link: http://www.chinamoneynetwork.com/2014/11/10/tdf-capital-targets-200m-china-venture-fund

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Author: Henry Lyimo


Source: AllAfrica


Interest: PENSION funds have the largest share of more than seven billion US dollars committed by venture capital and private equity funds for long-term investment financing in Tanzania. The Managing Director of Statera Capital, David Ross, told the 'Daily News' in Dar es Salaam over the weekend that the local pension funds committed four billion US dollars in the new investment drive that is set to empower the local private sector own large-scale investments.


Link: http://allafrica.com/stories/201411100178.html

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Author: The Cougar


Source: The Cougar


Interest: UH was recognized by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities as part of the second annual Innovation & Economic Prosperity University Awards. “The University of Houston takes its responsibility to help drive the region’s economic development very seriously, so we are gratified to have our efforts acknowledged with this national recognition,” said President Renu Khator in a statement.


Link: http://thedailycougar.com/2014/11/09/uh-wins-connection-award/

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Author: The Hindu


Source: The Hindu


Interest: Young chief executive officers heading campus startups in affiliated colleges of Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) may no longer have to run from pillar to post to avail of the twin carrots of relaxation in attendance and grace marks under the government’s ambitious student entrepreneurship scheme. Cusat has decided to offer an online facility that would help young entrepreneurs overcome the cumbersome bureaucratic process involved in availing the 20 per cent relaxation...


Link: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/online-facility-to-support-student-entrepreneurs/article6582415.ece

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Author: Andrew Nicla


Source: The State Press


Interest: An ASU-based tool company is reinventing of the oldest tools in history: the shovel. Bosse Tools, based at ASU SkySong in Scottsdale, is a tool company that is changing hardware tools through ergonomics with its proposed “two-handed shovel” design. The company’s two-handed tools features a patented rotational center handle located about halfway down the shaft that allows users to perform the task needed while improving posture and reducing back and muscle strain.


Link: http://www.statepress.com/2014/11/09/asu-startup-reinvents-shovel-digs-up-funds-for-venture/

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Author: EMMIE MARTIN


Source: Business Insider


Interest: While many business schools offer entrepreneurship classes and even majors, there haven't been any schools dedicated entirely to entrepreneurship — until now. This quarter, Drexel University in Philadelphia opened the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship, America's first stand-alone entrepreneurship school. Though the school has offered classes since January 2013, it officially launched its degree and minor programs this term.


Link: http://www.businessinsider.com/drexel-school-of-entrepreneurship-2014-11?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed: businessinsider (Business Insider)

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Author: Tom Henderson


Source: Crain's Detroit Business


Interest: A Houston-based venture capital firm that has raised more than $100 million for its newest fund is to announce Monday that it has opened an office in Ann Arbor and recruited Adrian Fortino, formerly a vice president at Invest Detroit, to run it. Blair Garrou, a partner and co-founder of Mercury Fund, said that his firm has big plans for the Michigan office. He said that not only will the new fund invest in local early-stage high-tech companies, but it plans to move here other Midwest...


Link: http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20141109/NEWS/311099978/texas-vc-firm-opens-branch-in-ann-arbor

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Author: Kyle Fugere


Source: Venture Beat


Interest: A few weeks ago during a moment of self-reflection, I noticed a recurring theme throughout the top deals in our pipeline and became suddenly aware of my tendency to value startups with well-formed user experience and user interface (UX/UI) design elements over more technical elements. My initial reaction was to think of ways to weigh this aspect of the evaluation less (don’t be influenced by the pretty). However, perhaps there is a deeper meaning for this gut intuition. A great...


Link: http://venturebeat.com/2014/11/09/how-design-changes-the-way-investors-see-your-startup/

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Author: Tom Still


Source: Wisconsin State Journal


Interest: Someplace, Mitt Romney must be smiling. Romney, who lost the 2012 presidential election to Barack Obama, weathered no small amount of campaign heat over the alleged “vulture capitalist” practices of his private equity firm, Bain Capital. Romney was accused of building Bain’s portfolio on the backs of the working poor, a charge tied to the company’s merger and acquisition business far more than its venture capital investments.


Link: http://host.madison.com/wsj/business/tom-still-investors-captured-voter-imagination-what-does-it-mean/article_eb63885c-f314-5eae-a5c0-2754ab9dea79.html

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Author: Sonja Cheung


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Two senior female partners from Asia’s venture capital industry are giving their male peers a run for their money, having set up a new firm called Arbor Ventures. Established by Melissa Guzy, previously a managing director of VantagePoint Asia, and Citi Ventures’ former head of Asia, Wei Hopeman, Arbor Ventures secured a first close for a $125 million debut fund on Wednesday.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/11/05/female-venture-capitalists-set-up-asian-tech-fund-arbor-partners/

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Author: Elizabeth Daley


Source: Pop City Media


Interest: n Pittsburgh in the first nine months of 2014, the $250 million in venture capital dollars flowing to growing technology companies outstripped the annual totals for each of the past five years, according to state-funded business accelerator Innovation Works.


Link: http://www.popcitymedia.com/features/riverfrontventures_specialedition102814.aspx

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Author: eNews Park Forest


Source: eNews Park Forest


Interest: Rep. Peter DeFazio is pleased to announce the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded a $100,000 grant to mAbDx Inc., an early stage Eugene-based technology firm founded by former University of Oregon science researcher, Michael Marusich, Ph.D.


Link: http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/health-and-fitness/56599-representative-defazio-applauds-federal-grant-for-eugene-innovator.html

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Author: Gabbie Mont


Source: Central Florida Future


Interest: Fifteen years after the founding of the Business Incubator Program at UCF, the entrepreneurial organization has created nearly 3,600 jobs and established 100 companies. There are currently about 150 companies within the program working toward stabilizing themselves economically, or "graduating" from the program, said Director Gordon Hogan.


Link: http://www.centralfloridafuture.com/story/news/2014/11/05/ucf-business-incubator-heats-central-fla-job-market/18557787/

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Author: University of Wyoming


Source: University of Wyoming


Interest: Sheridan County and the University of Wyoming have signed an agreement for UW’s Wyoming Technology Business Center (WTBC) to operate Sheridan’s business incubator.


Link: http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2014/11/uw-brings-record-of-success-to-sheridan-business-incubator.html

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