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Author: Lew McMurran


Source: GeekWire


Interest: The Washington state legislature meets for 60 days in the even-numbered years, which means that the legislative process goes much faster than during the long 105-day session in the odd numbered years. At the halfway point of the session, here’s a roundup of issues that the tech industry is paying attention to.


Link: http://www.geekwire.com/2014/crowdfunding-drones-open-data-washington-state-tech-legislation-update/

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Author: The Guardian


Source: http://www.theguardian.com


Interest: Crowdfunding might just become FTSE 2.0 – a place where any inventor, big or small, can appeal to the world for a bit of money and bring an audacious idea to life. Kano – a computer you build yourself, like Lego – became the UK's most crowdfunded idea ever last November.


Link: http://www.theguardian.com/media-network/media-network-blog/2014/feb/17/how-to-succeed-crowdfunding-campaign

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Author: Nicel Jane Avellana


Source: Venture Capital Post


Interest: Speaking at the O'Reilly Media's Strata big data conference in Santa Clara, California, Data Collective Managing Partner Matt Ocko said, "The most grotesquely overinvested category I have seen is anything that has to do with sales and marketing." This means taking marketing automation software such as that offered by Marketo or customer relationship management software like Salesforce.com and then adding natural language processing or even artificial intelligence to it, the report said.


Link: http://www.vcpost.com/articles/21667/20140216/venture-capitalists-say-what-they-dont-and-what-theyd-like-to-fund-in-big-data.htm

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Author: Sean Ndiho Obedih


Source: Venture Capital for Africa


Interest: We read more and more about big companies investing into startups in Africa. VC4Africa member Sean Ndiho Obedih, Founding Partner of UK based Corporate Venture Capital advisory firm Sobek Ventures, gives key tips for companies who engage in Corporate Venture Capital in Africa, both from a startup and corporate perspective. Also see the interview VC4Africa had with Sean last week.


Link: http://vc4africa.biz/blog/2014/02/14/engaging-in-corporate-venture-capital-in-africa-key-things-to-know-for-startups-corporates/

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Author: Tony Stanco and Clara Asmail


Source: Manufacturing Innovation Blog


Interest: The quintessential venture capital (VC) paradigm has been to grow a business from a technology that incubated for a couple of decades in federal, university and corporate labs. There’s a lot of R&D investment that has gone into university and federal labs, roughly $100 billion annually. Many of those research projects do have a chance of maturing into consumer markets with the right mix of investment and business direction.


Link: http://nistmep.blogs.govdelivery.com/limber-old-corporations-build-new-bridges/

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Author: James Duval


Source: Business2Community


Interest: Most definitions of venture capital emphasise the fact that the funds being provided are almost universally being supplied to start-up companies, still in the early stages of their development. This means that the practice is based around the idea of maximising potential and minimising risk, and the potential is huge.


Link: http://www.business2community.com/startups/venture-capital-going-work-0777233

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Author: Hunter Ruthven


Source: www.growthbusiness.co.uk


Interest: With GrowthBusiness keeping tabs on the start-ups and growth companies securing venture capital backing throughout the year, taking stock of the year's totals is an important practice.


Link: http://www.growthbusiness.co.uk/comment-and-analysis/2454027/the-venture-capital-numbers-game.thtml

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Author: Contributor


Source: The Sydney Morning Herald


Interest: Many founders have venture capital - VC - investment on the brain from the get-go, not only for the funding itself but for the public and personal validation that comes with it. But don’t assume the old idiom 'the sooner, the better' applies here. It’s critical to be cautious about the why, when and how of choosing a VC partner. It’s going to be one of the most important long-term relationships you’ll ever have, and you may only have one chance to get it right.


Link: http://www.smh.com.au/small-business/smallbiz-tech/should-you-accept-venture-capital-20140214-32pqn.html

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Author: Catherine Byerly


Source: www.bizjournals.com


Interest: Graduate students will be able to use the collaborative space at the community-focused incubator CoWork Jax for classrooms and mixers. In turn, entrepreneurs at CoWork Jax will receive help from up to thirty students and faculty members. The West Forsyth incubator houses more than 100 members in a collaborative space for independent workers and start-up businesses and offers desks, meeting rooms, web conferencing tools and a lounge.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2014/02/12/jacksonville-university-is-partnering.html

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Author: Kelsey M. Boudin


Source: Olean Times Herald


Interest: Still in its infancy, the START-UP NY initiative looks to boost economic development through cooperation between New York businesses and colleges, both public and private.


Link: http://www.oleantimesherald.com/news/article_6fc58a46-9264-11e3-805a-0019bb2963f4.html

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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: Amelia Huggins


Source: PR Web


Interest: Now entering its 10th year, the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative is the university’s premier student startup competition. Managed by ASU’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group (EIG), part of the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development (OKED), the initiative is one of the largest privately funded business plan competitions at a U.S. university. Its aim is to give ASU’s student entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop their innovative ideas and launch viable startup companies.


Link: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/02/prweb11559915.htm

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Author: Peter Delevett


Source: Contra Costa Times


Interest: Rip-roaring demand for tech IPOs has created lots of happy people in Silicon Valley. But it also has some tech CEOs feeling pressured to bring their companies to market -- and some venture capitalists worrying that things are getting overheated. After a decade marked by dismal returns and restive investors in the wake of the dot-com crash, the valley last year saw the most initial public offerings of stock since those dark days.


Link: http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_25080352/venture-capital-looks-be-full-blown-recovery-but

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Author: Reuters


Source: http://www.reuters.com/


Interest: That low overhead helped the Provo, Utah, startup reach profitability almost immediately. As the company grew year by year, venture capitalists started circling, reaching a critical mass during year five. Smith says he fielded roughly 100 calls from venture capitalists and investment groups before he finally agreed to a deal in 2012.


Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/02/idUS92197276520140202

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Author: The Daily News Reporter


Source: The Daily News


Interest: The venture capital and private equity investment financing industry has been hailed as an initiative that will substantially contribute to further strenghening the country's private sector.


Link: http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/biz/27940-venture-capital-seen-crucial-for-development

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Author: Lauren Ottinger and Yu Zhai


Source: The Peninsula Blog


Interest: The nature of the Venture Capital industry is undergoing a fundamental shift, according to a panel of venture capitalists who spoke at Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s State of the Valley conference on Friday. Chris DiGiorgio, Executive Research Fellow (Emeritus) at Accenture said that, “Venture Capital is at an inflection point in its 50 year history.”


Link: http://blog.sfgate.com/inthepeninsula/2014/02/07/venture-capital-fundamental-shift/

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Author: Jim Forsyth


Source: http://www.woai.com/


Interest: State Representative Mike Villarreal (D-San Antonio), says the House Committee on Investments and Financial Services will look into the costs and benefits of implementing what is called an 'intrastate equity crowd funding system.'


Link: http://www.woai.com/articles/woai-local-news-119078/state-moving-to-make-texas-more-12044374/

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Author: Anton Root


Source: http://www.crowdsourcing.org/


Interest: A great start is essential for every crowdfunding campaign. The early support inspires confidence in a project and makes it more likely that members of the media will report on it, among many other benefits. Indeed, it’s no secret that a campaign owner should do as much promotion as possible before the campaign goes live to ensure a good start. But what does that promotion actually entail, and what can a project creator do to ensure maximum exposure in the early going?


Link: http://www.crowdsourcing.org/editorial/how-to-build-early-support-for-your-crowdfunding-campaign/30424

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Author: Sustainable Business News


Source: GreenBiz


Interest: Investors who have shied away from clean-tech companies for the past two years haven't lost interest, but are broadening their scope into more areas of sustainability, according to a report by Cleantech IQ [PDF].


Link: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2014/02/05/sustainability-new-buzzword-venture-capital

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Author: William Alden


Source: The New York Times


Interest: Mr. Kvamme and another former Sequoia partner, Chris Olsen, have finished raising an inaugural $250 million fund for Drive Capital, their new venture capital firm focused on companies in the Midwest region, according to an announcement on Tuesday. The firm, which Mr. Kvamme and Mr. Olsen founded in 2012, has already backed a handful of companies in fields related to technology, consumers and health care.


Link: http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/02/04/venture-capital-firm-focused-on-the-midwest-raises-a-250-million-fund/

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