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Author: Jerin Mathew


Source: International Business Times


Interest: Venture capital investment in bitcoin increased 28% sequentially in the second quarter, signalling investors' increased enthusiasm and confidence in crypto-currencies. CoinDesk's State of Bitcoin report for the second quarter showed venture capital investments in the digital currency totalled $73m (£42.6m, €53.6m) in the second quarter, up 28% from $57m in the first quarter.


Link: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/bitcoin-venture-capital-investments-soar-28-increased-optimism-1456253

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Author: CHRIS WITKOWSKY


Source: Reuters PE HUB


Interest: Impact investing is a term that generally describes the lofty goal of making money on investments in companies whose stated purpose is to benefit the community in some way—or, to put it a simpler way, to make money while doing good. I usually think of impact investing as something that occurs in emerging markets, where even something as basic (in a developed market sense) as providing mobile phone service can be viewed as an amazing investment opportunity.


Link: http://www.pehub.com/2014/07/vestar-excellere-executives-launch-colorado-impact-fund/

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Author: MARK BOSLET


Source: Reuters PE HUB


Interest: The JOBS Act became law in April 2012 with the promise it would grease the skids of small company IPOs and pave a broader avenue to the capital markets. Two years later, a debate rages over just how wide an opening it has created.


Link: http://www.pehub.com/2014/07/the-long-shadow-of-the-jobs-act-vcj/

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Author: CHRIS WITKOWSKY


Source: Reuters PE HUB


Interest: Google Ventures has launched a fund with initial funding of $100 million to back European entrepreneurs. Google’s venture arm was established in 2009 and has invested in more than 250 portfolio companies.


Link: http://www.pehub.com/2014/07/google-ventures-launches-100-mln-fund-to-invest-in-europe/

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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: David S. Latchman


Source: THE (Times Higher Education)


Interest: In 1999, I founded a spin-off company to exploit technology I had developed with a postdoctoral researcher in my laboratory at University College London. Twelve years later, the company, BioVex, was sold to the biotech firm Amgen for $1 billion (£600 million): $425 million upfront and another $575 million on reaching further milestones. It was one of the biggest buyouts of a UK biotech company.


Link: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/features/four-things-to-know-about-venture-capital-funded-spin-offs/2014207.article

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Author: James Breiner


Source: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)


Interest: Venture capitalists in Latin America are looking for digital media startups with rapid growth, a plan for monetization, and international potential. Obviously, most new media don’t fit that profile. But startups with these characteristics are starting to attract angel investors who provide the first rounds of capital, says Francisco Coronel, CFO and co-founder of Nxtplabs, an incubator of digital companies in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Link: http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2014/07/why-venture-capital-is-flowing-to-latin-america-media/

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Author: YOREE KOH


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Twitter raised hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital before it held an IPO last November. Now it may be making its own venture bets. Buried under all the chatter about Twitter’s new chief financial officer was the fact that the company is starting a new strategic investments group. Mike Gupta, who was replaced as financial chief by former Goldman banker Anthony Noto, will head up the new corporate VC arm.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/07/01/enter-twitters-new-venture-capital-arm/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed: wsj/biztech/feed (WSJ.com: Business Technology)

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Author: Digital Journal


Source: Digital Journal


Interest: TOKYO--(Business Wire)--Rakuten Ventures today announced the launch of a US$100 million global investment fund. The fund will target investments in startups and companies in Israel, Asia Pacific, and the USA and builds on the success of the Southeast Asia fund, which was originally launched in 2013 and counts Carousell, Visenze, Coda Payments and Send Anywhere among its investment portfolio.


Link: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2023631

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Author: Carrie Rossenfeld


Source: Globest


Interest: Crowdfunding, while still in its early stages, continues to grow and gather momentum, said participants in the “Opportunities in Crowdfunding” panel during RealShare National Investment & Finance here last week. And, between cooling-off periods, third-party certification and the other hoops potential investors need to jump through before they can invest online, numerous measures are in place to prevent uncertified investors from investing through crowdfunding.


Link: http://www.globest.com/news/12_891/losangeles/technology/Crowdfunding-Is-Here-and-Here-to-Stay-347698.html

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Author: Simon Thompson


Source: NM State


Interest: 32 of New Mexico’s fastest growing tech companies saw collective growth of 14% since the recession. That is according to the ‘The Flying 40’, a list that reports on New Mexico’s tech industry progress annually. But when it comes to tech companies in the southern part of the state few are even mentioned.


Link: http://krwg.org/post/boosting-high-tech-southern-nm-means-faster-commericalization-university-technology

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Author: Andrew Sadauskas


Source: Smart Company


Interest: Google has officially announced a range of new features for its YouTube video sharing service, including crowdfunding for videos, an extended audio library and videos at a resolution of 60 frames per second.


Link: http://www.smartcompany.com.au/technology/42599-youtube-adding-crowdfunding-for-videos-crowdsourced-subtitles-and-creator-credits.html

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Author: Diane Diamond


Source: Arizona Daily Star


Interest: Crowdfunding on sites like Kickstarter and RocketHub offers the ability to raise capital without giving up equity or accumulating debt, by allowing entrepreneurs to raise capital from the public in exchange for tangible rewards.


Link: http://azstarnet.com/business/local/crowdfunding-your-startup-takes-some-work/article_c85f5015-d65f-5aee-a1b2-2734573b0d60.html

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Author: Ashna Ambre


Source: Live Mint


Interest: Mumbai: Online education start-ups are attracting the attention of investors, who expect this segment to grow substantially over time. Over the last two months, three such firms—Rankjunction.com, Toppr.com and Embibe.com—have raised, or are in the process of raising, funds from angel investors and venture capital firms.


Link: http://www.livemint.com/Politics/pJNhRA6gzUJryTGOtUgsUJ/Online-education-startups-new-flavour-for-venture-capital-f.html

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Author: MARK SUSTER


Source: Business Insider


Interest: It’s not hard to find people willing to write the narrative that “venture capital is not an asset class” or “venture capital has performed terribly.” The most recent was 18 months ago or so called The Kauffman Report. It had an influence on the people who fund our industry in a negative way as many asset managers who fund our industry read this flawed report. That’s a shame because many of these people missed out on what will be a few great VC vintages.


Link: http://www.businessinsider.com/why-venture-capital-is-so-much-more-compelling-now-2014-6

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Author: The Times of India


Source: The Times of India


Interest: Venture fund Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers filed to raise a total of $1.2 billion for two new funds, reflecting scaled-back ambitions compared with previous funds.


Link: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Kleiner-Perkins-files-to-raise-1-2-billion-in-new-venture-funds/articleshow/37388191.cms

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Author: Praire Business


Source: Praire Business


Interest: The school, part of the UND College of Business and Public Administration, will nurture faculty and students’ entrepreneurial actions, innovation, visionary leadership, networks and interdisciplinary learning, according to UND. The university’s vision is to build the highest-quality entrepreneurship school as part of a new, technology-focused business and public administration college.


Link: http://www.prairiebizmag.com/event/article/id/19773/group/Prairie News/

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Author: Benjamin Romano


Source: Xconomy


Interest: Vikram Jandhyala, newly charged with driving technology commercialization and a broader innovation strategy at the University of Washington, wears lots of hats already. His Twitter profile lists many of them succinctly: “Professor. Administrator. Entrepreneur. Researcher. Educator. Husband. Dad. Cat Parent. Sports and Health Enthusiast. Bookworm. Generalist.”


Link: http://www.xconomy.com/seattle/2014/06/26/qa-vikram-jandhyala-wants-entrepreneurship-to-be-part-of-uws-dna/

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Author: Andy Brownfield


Source: Cincinnati Business Courier


Interest: Northern Kentucky University has launched its new entrepreneurship center that will leverage local businesses to teach all students – not just business students – about starting their own businesses and working with startups.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2014/06/26/exclusive-nku-launches-new-rebranded.html

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Author: Tyler Waldman


Source: Technically Baltimore


Interest: A new venture fund from TEDCO Capital Partners (TCP) is exclusively targeting an important group: veteran-owned businesses. TCP says the fund is the first of its kind — ever.


Link: http://technical.ly/baltimore/2014/06/26/tedco-veterans-opportunity-redowl/

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