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Author: The Wall Street Journal


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: In another case of China’s biggest corporates muscling into the venture scene, Xiaomi Ventures, a unit of one of the country’s biggest smartphone makers, Xiaomi, has invested $20 million into mobile gaming business Westhouse.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/02/18/xiaomi-backs-gaming-co-as-chinese-corporations-build-in-vc/

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Author: Herald-Citizen


Source: Herald-Citizen


Interest: Tennessee Tech University has gained momentum on its aggressive plans to link engineering education and entrepreneurship by being selected as one of 12 universities across the U.S. to take part in the new Pathways to Innovation program.


Link: http://www.herald-citizen.com/view/full_story/24602074/article-TTU-selected-to-join-national-leaders-in-engineering-education?instance=latest_articles

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Author: http://www.trentonian.com


Source: http://www.trentonian.com


Interest: It’s a good thing for the Obama administration that it’s part of the federal government. Otherwise, investigators from one of the federal agencies — SEC, IRS, Justice, whoever — might be demanding to know more details on its venture capital activities. Venture capitalists are guys like Mitt Romney who raise money to buy out businesses or back new ones. For this Romney was villainized no end in the presidential campaign.


Link: http://www.trentonian.com/opinion/20140218/furthermore-government-venture-capitalists

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Author: http://www.marketwatch.com


Source: http://www.marketwatch.com


Interest: ViSenze Pte Ltd ( www.visenze.com ) today announced it has closed a US$3.5 million Series A round of financing led by Rakuten Ventures (the corporate venture capital unit of Rakuten Inc), with participation from new investors Walden International ("WI") and UOB Venture Management ("UOBVM"). The investment comes within 7 months of the company's first announcement of its collaboration with Rakuten Taiwan.


Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/visenze-announces-us35-million-series-a-funding-2014-02-19?reflink=MW_news_stmp

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Author: PRWEB.COM Newswire


Source: PRWEB.COM Newswire


Interest: Leaders of Los Angeles’ innovation, technology, and creative communities and the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) today launched inLA™ (Innovate Los Angeles)—a non-profit organization focused on galvanizing, accelerating and promoting the innovation economy in Los Angeles County.


Link: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1744048

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Author: Devin Thorpe


Source: http://www.forbes.com


Interest: Duncan is launching a $20 million venture fund, Northwest Social Venture Fund, to invest in technology startups with a social mission and less than $1 million in revenue. She plans to invest $500,000 to $3 million in series A rounds with such companies, according to Sustainable Business Oregon.


Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/devinthorpe/2014/02/19/new-venture-fund-in-portland-to-focus-on-social-impact/

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Author: ElectronicsWeekly.com


Source: ElectronicsWeekly.com


Interest: University spinout Ionix Advanced Technologies is developing a range of devices based on high-temperature piezoelectric materials developed by the University of Leeds. The two-year-old start-up has received funding from IP Group.


Link: http://www.electronicsweekly.com/news/general/university-spin-develops-high-temperature-piezoelectric-materials-2014-02/

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Author: Brianna Bailey


Source: NewsOK.com


Interest: The national nonprofit Venture for America has begun searching for start-up companies to partner with in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The organization is seeking businesses in Oklahoma City and Tulsa that are interested in interviewing and hiring members of its 2014 class.


Link: http://newsok.com/nonprofit-considers-oklahoma-for-expansion-of-start-up-fellowship-program/article/3934660

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Author: Jefferson Graham


Source: DesMoinesRegister.com


Interest: Chris Olsen believes the next great tech firm could emerge right here from the heartland. Sure, Silicon Valley is home to most huge tech household names (Apple, Facebook, Twitter, eBay and so many more), with New York (Tumblr) and Boston (Trip Advisor) creeping up, but as he sees it, why not Ohio or Michigan?


Link: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20140217/BUSINESS04/302170128/1034/Venture-capital-firm-goes-Midwest-next-big-thing-tech?nclick_check=1

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Author: London Business School


Source: London Business School


Interest: Academic finds growth in corporate investors is fuelling biotech start-ups Biotech start-ups are increasingly turning to corporate venture capital divisions for backing with dramatic results for innovation, according to new research by leading academics.


Link: http://www.london.edu/newsandevents/news/2013/10/Corporate_venture_capital_is_driving_cutting_edge_medical_innovation_1708.html

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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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