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1 hr ago | TheStreet.com

Why Venture Capitalists are Pumping Millions into Anonymous Social Apps

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology, Mozilla, TheStreet, Social Software, Startups, Facebook

5 hrs ago | Wall Street Journal

The Daily Startup: Lowe's Lays Foundation for VC Fund, Backs Porch

In a rare deal for the home improvement company, Lowe's confirmed it led a $27.6 million Series A round in home services and data startup Porch.com , Lizette Chapman reports for Dow Jones VentureWire. Porch lets people search for home services professionals by browsing pictures of past home-improvement projects along with the price tag, user reviews and other details.

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology, Internet, Science / Technology

9 hrs ago | Business Opportunities Weblog

Do You Really Need a VC?

According to Business Insider , only 3 out of every 100 companies that try to get cash from angel investors succeed. The success rate with venture capitalists is even lower.

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology, Small Business, Personal Finance

Tue Sep 16, 2014

Wall Street Journal

JD.com Feeds Chinese Food Delivery Co. Daojia's $50 Million Round

JD.com founder Richard Liu delivers goods for customers to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the company . As China's waistline expands, so does its appetite for online food ordering and delivery services.

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Related Topix: World News, China, Asia, Emerging Technology

Business Wire

Docker Secures $40M in Series C Funding to Drive the Future of Distributed Applications

Coming on the heels of a successful series B in January, this round represents a nearly 3X increase in round size and an even greater increase in valuation, reflecting the explosive growth of the Docker platform and ecosystem, and the broad interest in Docker as a solution for delivering distributed applications. Existing investors Benchmark, Greylock Partners, Insight Ventures, Trinity Ventures, and Jerry Yang also participated.

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology, Search Engines

Chico Enterprise-Record

UC plans VC fund to finance startups

The University of California on Monday announced plans for a $250 million venture capital fund to finance startups created by students and faculty, signaling a growing interest from the state's revenue-strapped university system to cash in on companies created in dorm rooms and classrooms. UC Ventures would be seeded with money from the university system's $9 billion endowment and target work done at the university's 10 campuses, five medical centers, three national laboratories and 30 incubators and accelerators, and signals the rise in student- and faculty-led startups not only at prestigious private institutions such as Stanford, but at public universities.

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology, Santa Clara County, CA, Stanford, CA, Oakland, CA, UC San Francisco

Business Journal

2014: The year of the 'undisclosed investor' in North Carolina

"Two-thirds of the deals we've seen this year are undisclosed investors," explains CED President Joan Siefert Rose . "This is a whole new class of investors that are really starting to make a real impact on North Carolina."

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology

WWLP

New Jersey sells 1 pension fund investment

New Jersey has sold its pension fund investment in a venture capital firm that has connections to a Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate. The state Treasurer's Office announced Tuesday that it had sold its investment in General Catalyst to Washington University in St. Louis for $14.1 million, netting the state a $4.5 million profit over what it paid for the investment in December 2011.

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology, Massachusetts, US Governors, Chris Christie

WVIZ-TV Cleveland

Regional News Stories: Venture Capitalists and Social Safety Net...

Big election years have always been about the state of the Ohio economy, and as usual, those with different political perspectives have different views on how the state's economic recovery is going. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler talked to experts who've been examining the extreme ends of the economic scale.

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Related Topix: Ohio, Emerging Technology, US Governors, John Kasich

Examiner.com

Can You Survive SharkMeet Columbus - Entrepenuers Gather to Compete for VC

Do you have a business idea and have wondered, how do I get the money to get this idea off the ground? Have you heard about all of the great SMB programs and grants offered by the City of Columbus Chamber of Commerce ? Or are you simply an IT Enthusiast who may also happen to be a reality TV junkie? If any of this describes you, then IT Martini, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, and a host of other amazing sponsors has just the event for you. No this isn't the latest in the "Amazing" Sharknado series, or another bumbled attempt at Shark Week by the Discovery Channel .

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology

Wall Street Journal

Diapers.com Founder Raises New Funds for Amazon Rival

The new company, known as Jet.com, has raised $20 million from Western Technology Investment, a Portola Valley, Calif., debt-financing firm that backed Facebook , as well as $5 million from Silicon Valley Bank, said Lore. Jet had previously raised $55 million from New Enterprise Associates, Accel Partners, Bain Capital and MentorTech Ventures.

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Related Topix: Internet, Science / Technology, San Mateo County, CA, Portola Valley, CA, Social Software, Emerging Technology

Business Journal

Arlington's Privia Health lands $400M to begin national expansion

Privia Chairman and CEO Jeff Butler and President Dave Rothenberg, seen here in 2012, will continue to lead the company after it received a $400 million infusion to expand nationally. Arlington-based Privia Health LLC is getting a $400 million infusion to expand nationally, the company announced Tuesday morning.

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Related Topix: Goldman Sachs, Financial Services, Investment Services, Cohen Group, Consulting, Emerging Technology, Philadelphia, NY

Wall Street Journal

Sequoia Leads $40 Million Round for Docker As App Platform Takes Off

Wowed by developer enthusiasm for Docker Inc ., Sequoia Capital has led a pre-emptive $40 million round to help the startup scale its technology, which creates and runs distributed applications. Docker Chief Executive Ben Golub said the startup just this month began spending the $15 million it raised in January, and did not need the fresh funding.

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology, Sequoia Capital, Startups

Silicon Alley Insider

New York's Number One VC Has An Ominous Warning For The Tech Industry

I think that Silicon Valley as a whole or that the venture-capital community or startup community is taking on an excessive amount of risk right now." Gurley believes startups are burning more cash today than at any other point since 1999.

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology

Business Journal

Nara Logics hires veteran tech entrepreneur Jana Eggers as president

From left to right: Thomas Copeman, Nara Logics founder and CEO; Jana Eggers, president; and Nathan Wilson, founder and CTO. Nara Logics , the Cambridge, Mass.-based computational neuroscience firm, announced that it had hired veteran tech entrepreneur Jana Eggers as its new president.

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Related Topix: New York, Emerging Technology, Spreadshirt, Science, Computer Science, Internet, Science / Technology

Hispanic Business

Militello Capital Maintains Steady Funding Agenda in Venture Capital and Real Estate Investments

"Our ongoing deployment of capital in the real economy confirms our passion and due diligence in uncovering wealth creating opportunities," says . "We are energized about the future prospects of our recent investments, especially as we continue to align our capital with veteran venture capitalists and bring value-add real estate deals to our investors."

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology

Mon Sep 15, 2014

TechCrunch

Business Analytics Company RJMetrics Raises $16.5M Round Led By August Capital

RJMetrics , a company saying it provides sophisticated data tools to businesses of all sizes, is announcing that it has raised $16.5 million in Series B funding. The round was led by August Capital , with August partner Eric Carlborg joining the RJMetrics board of directors.

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology, RJMetrics, Startups, August Capital, Marketing, Internet, Science / Technology

Business Journal

CED: 2014 has a 'broader mix of investors' eyeing N.C. startups

"We're seeing a broader mix of investors beyond just VC funding, and our region isn't the only one," says spokesperson Kelly Voelker . "The Angel Capital Association has confirmed that North Carolina is experiencing an increase in angel and other accredited individuals investing in startups and growth-stage companies, which is part of a national trend."

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology, North Carolina

Business Journal

Houston tech exec: 'Massachusetts and California better watch out'

It doesn't do Houston any good to bring companies or venture capital to the city, only to have those two leave the city when they succeed, said Walter Ulrich, president of the Houston Technology Center. Ask Walter Ulrich what he thinks Houston's startup ecosystem will look like in 10 years and you'll get a simple answer: The best.

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology, Rice University

Silicon Alley Insider

Why One Founder Says She'll 'Definitely' Never Meet With A Venture Capitalist Again

Choi spent the past few months meeting with a number of venture capitalists for her startup, Mink. Mink is a makeup printing company that teaches anyone how to hack a home printer so it can yield any shade of FDA-approved nail polish, lipstick or eyeshadow they want.

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology, Healthcare Law, Law

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