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Author: alexandra liss


Source: http://brokeassstuart.com


Interest: How many of us have had brilliant “aha moments” or inhaled inspiration, yet nothing ever comes of it because of lack of cash? What if you were given an extra $1k, $5k, $10k (or more?). Guess what, my fellow procrasti-stoners, if socks made of coffee can raise $204,601, or a water bottle that informs you of how much water you take via your iPhone can raise $74,843, then so can you! Two friends and I, even raised $8,169 after sitting around drinking on a couch, lamenting about how cool it would


Link: http://brokeassstuart.com/blog/2014/08/20/10-unstoppable-steps-to-crowd-funding-success/

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Author: Daniel Taylor


Source: blogs.findlaw.co


Interest: A study released last month found that women are outperforming men in the increasingly lucrative world of online crowdfunding.


Link: http://blogs.findlaw.com/free_enterprise/2014/08/crowdfunding-favors-female-entrepreneurs-study.html

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Author: Annie Pilon


Source: small buziness trends http://smallbiztrends.com


Interest: When crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo began taking off, some thought they would make venture capitalists obsolete. That has not been the case so far. And crowdfunding sites have actually served as an opportunity for professional investors to easily find new startups to fund.


Link: http://smallbiztrends.com/2014/08/venture-capitalists-search-crowdfunding-opportunities.html

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Author: Harichandan Arakali


Source: International Business Times


Interest: India's Reliance Industries Ltd. (NSE: RELIANCE) will partner with Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) to fund and mentor startups in the subcontinent, The Economic Times newspaper reported on its website Monday, citing an unidentified person with direct knowledge of the matter.


Link: http://www.ibtimes.com/reliance-industries-partner-microsoft-startup-funding-mentoring-venture-1674838

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Author: China Money Network


Source: China Money Network


Interest: Taiwanese PC maker Acer Inc. has established a venture capital fund with over NT$1 billion (US$33.5 million) to make long-term investments to strengthen its technology advances, according to media reports. The company has hired an unnamed executive from outside of the company as an investment director, who will take office on September 1.


Link: http://www.chinamoneynetwork.com/2014/09/01/taiwans-acer-launches-33-5m-venture-fund-arm

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Author: The Wall Street Journal


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: With mutual funds and other public-market players showing strong interest in private biotechnology financing rounds, Bellicum Pharmaceuticals has amassed $55 million from crossover and venture capital investors to develop cellular therapies for cancer and other diseases, Brian Gormley reports for Dow Jones VentureWire. Tapping into public-market investors enables private companies to raise large sums and to improve their balance sheet ahead of an IPO.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/08/28/the-daily-startup-public-market-investors-crossing-into-private-biotechs/

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Author: The Economic Times


Source: The Economic Times


Interest: JAMMU: Universities today need to become drivers of innovation and their focus should be on collaborative relationships with industry and government, President Pranab Mukherjee said today. Addressing the 14th convocation of Jammu University, he said entrepreneurial activities in universities could take various forms such as contract research, consultancy, patenting, licensing, spin outs, start-ups and incubating companies.


Link: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/services/education/universities-need-to-become-drivers-of-innovation-president-pranab-mukherjee/articleshow/41439111.cms

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Author: Want China Times


Source: Want China Times


Interest: Acer said Thursday it has established a venture capital fund to seek out long-term investments that will strengthen its technology development and promise good financial returns. Acer founder Stan Shih, who oversees the company's cloud computing strategy, said the Acer Venture Capital fund was approved by the board of directors in April this year. It manages more than NT$1 billion (US$33.5 million).


Link: http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1206&MainCatID=12&id=20140830000015

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Author: Udayan Gupta


Source: Institutional Investor


Interest: For the first time in more than a decade, venture capital is experiencing a resurgence. During the second quarter of 2014, venture funds invested nearly $13 billion in more than 1,100 deals, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers - the highest level since the fourth quarter of 2000. But there has been a noticeable change in the industry's investment behavior, notes Mark McCaffrey, a partner at PwC's technology practice in San Jose, California.


Link: http://www.institutionalinvestor.com/article/3375581/asset-management-hedge-funds-and-alternatives/the-not-so-great-venture-capital-renaissance.html#.VAVAkcWSy0e

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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: Sarah McBride


Source: Yahoo 7 News


Interest: Women venture capitalists underperform their male counterparts by some 15 percent, according to a new Harvard University study, but the performance differences have narrowed over time and in firms that employ more than a single female venture partner.


Link: https://au.news.yahoo.com/technology/a/24853931/women-venture-capitalists-underperform-men-say-harvard-academics/

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Author: Chad Lawhorn


Source: LJ World.com


Interest: Helping start-up companies with grants, loans and larger venture capital investments is among the highlights of a strategic plan being proposed by the Lawrence chamber of commerce and the Lawrence-Douglas County Economic Development Corporation. Chamber leaders are beginning to present the draft plan to community leaders and will ask the city and county’s Joint Economic Development Council to approve it at a Sept. 11 meeting.


Link: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2014/aug/27/new-eco-devo-plan-proposes-venture-capital-fund-ot/

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Author: Molly Greenberg


Source: In the Capital


Interest: Pitchbook released their 2014 list of top universities for VC-backed entrepreneurs Wednesday morning, which looked at global VC-backed companies that received funding between the dates of January 1, 2009 and August 21, 2014.


Link: http://inthecapital.streetwise.co/2014/08/27/top-universities-for-vc-backed-entrepreneurs-pitchbook-ranking/

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Author: Fatima Hussein


Source: The Daytona Beach News-Journal


Interest: DAYTONA BEACH — The Volusia County-funded University of Central Florida Business Incubator at Daytona Beach International Airport recently celebrated the third anniversary of its launch. Enlarge Connie Bernal Since opening its doors on July 27, 2011, the incubator has helped more than 30 startup businesses — which its staff refers to as “clients” — that have led to the creation of 76 jobs.


Link: http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20140823/BUSINESS/140829689/1024?Title=Daytona-business-incubator-aims-to-cultivate-innovative-startups

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Author: SAINUL K ABUDHEEN


Source: VCCIRCLE


Interest: Bangalore and US-based Theatro Labs Inc., which makes voice-controlled wearable communications devices for hourly workers in the retail, hospitality and manufacturing industries, has secured $5 million in its Series A round of funding from Khosla Ventures. With this round, the total capital raised so far by the firm touches $8.8 million. As part of the deal, Ben Ling, investment partner at Khosla Ventures, has joined Theatro’s board of directors.


Link: http://www.vccircle.com/news/technology/2014/08/27/wearable-devices-maker-theatro-raises-5m-funding-khosla-ventures

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Author: eTeligis


Source: EO SmallCap Network


Interest: WEST DES MOINES, IA, United States, via ETELIGIS INC., 08/27/2014 - - Spotlight Innovation, Inc. (OTCQB: STLT) today published a white paper reporting the progress and growth of the transfer and commercialization of university-generated research and intellectual property (IP).


Link: http://www.smallcapnetwork.com/New-White-Paper-From-Spotlight-Innovation-Focuses-on-Evolution-of-Efforts-to-Transform-University-Research-into-Profitable-Business-Ventures/s/via/18950/article/view/p/mid/1/id/5024/

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Author: Alex Konrad


Source: Forbes


Interest: It’s been 28 years since ARCH Venture Partners spun out of the University of Chicago in 1986, but the partners at the venture firm specialized in biotech are still going strong due to an investment strategy one of its own partners calls “a little crazy.” Crazy has worked for ARCH historically, except for a bad patch in the late 1990s. And limited partners are trusting it will work again, as the firm announced Wed. it has closed its eighth investment fund, for more than $400 million.


Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkonrad/2014/08/27/biotech-investors-arch-venture-partners-raise-400-million-new-fund-to-bet-on-wild-ideas/

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Author: Daniel Price


Source: Cloud Tweaks


Interest: For those who are regularly involved with SMEs, venture capital, and company valuations, it is common knowledge that start-ups that exit for more than $1 billion dollars are extremely rare – often termed ‘unicorn’ companies. Despite their rarity, it should come as no surprise that venture capitalists are very keen to identify them at the earliest possible stage. The problem is that it is much easier said than done.


Link: http://cloudtweaks.com/2014/08/using-big-data-analyze-venture-capitalists-ability-recognize-potential/

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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: Larry Rulison


Source: Times Union


Interest: Venture capital is flowing into upstate New York at a record pace these days. Although the total amount of money coming to early-stage companies and start-ups isn’t anywhere near the levels of 2000 or before the 2008 recession, the deal-making reached record levels during the second quarter of 2014, according to the MoneyTree report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association.


Link: http://blog.timesunion.com/business/venture-capital-activity-red-hot-in-upstate-ny/61288/

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