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2 hrs ago | Wall Street Journal

U.S. Venture Capital Investment Highest Since 2001

Venture capital investment continued to trend upwards in the first quarter of 2014 with $10.74 billion raised by U.S. based companies, up 18% from the fourth quarter of last year and the most raised since the first three months of 2001.

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology

4 hrs ago | Reuters

Online dating website Zoosk files for IPO of up to $100 million

Online dating website Zoosk Inc filed with U.S. regulators on Wednesday to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering of common stock.

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Related Topix: Zoosk, Online Dating, US Securities and Exchange Commission, Financial Services, Emerging Technology

4 hrs ago | Universal Hub

While mayor vows to fight pot dispensaries, city stands ready to help Bain Capital

The Dig takes a look at Marty Walsh's steadfast opposition against letting non-profits open voter-approved medical-marijuana dispensaries in Boston even as his administration gets ready to shut its one public Methadone clinic just as Bain Capital is beefing up its portfolio in for-profit drug clinics.

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Related Topix: Startups, Bain Capital, Emerging Technology, Drugs, Marijuana

8 hrs ago | The Hartford Courant

BlackBerry's meltdown sparks start-up boom in Canada's Silicon Valley

The troubles at BlackBerry Ltd, which fired more than half its staff and lost more than 90 percent of its market value as consumers shunned its smart phones, might have spelled disaster for the company's hometown of Waterloo, Ontario.

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Related Topix: Canada, Emerging Technology, Ansonia, CT

13 hrs ago | Wall Street Journal

Jasper Raises $50M at $1 Billion-Plus Valuation For Internet Of Things

Jasper has raised $50 million in funding at a valuation of more than $1 billion for software that enables objects of all types-autos, baby pajamas, airplane engines and so on-to communicate in what has lately become known as the Internet of Things.

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Related Topix: Computers, Emerging Technology, iPhone

17 hrs ago | GlobeNewswire

Provista Diagnostics Secures $6MM Series B Financing

Provista Diagnostics, Inc., a privately held molecular diagnostics company developing and commercializing diagnostic, prognostic and predictive tests for cancers affecting women, today announced completion of its Series B financing.

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology, Corporate / Securities Law, Law, Securities and Exchange Commission

21 hrs ago | Wall Street Journal

The Daily Startup: Avvo Overcomes Lawyers' Objections, Raises $37.5M

Lawyers who don't like being rated on the Web used to sue or threaten online legal marketplace Avvo regularly, but now they've begun to view the service as a valuable tool instead of a threat, the company says.

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Related Topix: Avvo, Emerging Technology, VirtualTourist, Travel/Tourism, TripAdvisor, Startups, Yelp

Tue Apr 15, 2014

Wall Street Journal

Squarespace Raises $40 Million as Website-Tools Battle Heats Up

Squarespace , which provides tools for people and businesses to create polished websites, said on Tuesday that it closed a $40 million growth round from General Atlantic, upping its total outside funding to at least $78 million and fueling a big expansion.

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Related Topix: Squarespace, Startups, General Atlantic, Automattic, Emerging Technology

Bajan Reporter

Timely and Successful Discussions at CCMF's Venture Capital Seminar

A wide cross-section of regional executives from private and public sector organisations participated in a venture capital financing seminar hosted by The University of the West Indies, Caribbean Centre for Money and Finance at the Hyatt Conference Centre in Port-of-Spain.

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology, Trinidad and Tobago, Central America, World News

WKXW-FM Trenton

Kosher Foods on the Rise: Where's the Best NJ Deli?

Newark-based Manischewitz, the country's largest manufacturer of processed kosher foods, announced it had been bought by Sankaty Advisors, a division of Bain Capital.

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Related Topix: Life, Food, Deli Food, Emerging Technology

InvestmentNews

Online rivals Betterment, LearnVest rake in $60 million of venture funding

Betterment and LearnVest on Tuesday both announced new rounds of funding that makes the two online advisory firms richer by a combined $60 million.

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology, LearnVest

Wall Street Journal

U.S. Venture Capital Scores Biggest Fundraising Quarter Since 2007

U.S. venture capital firms raised more cash in the first three months of this year than at any time since the final quarter of 2007, but it's still a handful of funds driving up the numbers.

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology, Dow Jones & Co.

Information Technology

AAVLife Raises $12 Million in Series A Financing to Advance Gene Therapy for Friedreich's Ataxia

AAVLife, a gene-therapy company focusing on rare diseases, today announced that it has raised $12 million in Series A financing to advance into clinical studies the promising work on Friedreich's ataxia recently reported in Nature Medicine .

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology, Genetics, Medicine

Wall Street Journal

AngelLists's Newest Experiment: A $25 Million Fund to Invest in Angel Investors

AngelList, an online forum connecting individual investors with startups, is trying a new fund called Maiden Lane that will invest in angels and co-invest in select startups.

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology, Twitter

Reuters

U.S. venture firms raise $8.9 bln, most in six years

U.S. venture funds raised $8.9 billion in the first quarter, the most in six years and almost double the amount raised the year before, underscoring the growing enthusiasm of investors for start-up companies.

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology, Social Software

Mon Apr 14, 2014

Charleston Business Journal

From Dig South, Angel investors share tips for entrepreneurs

"In this marketplace, venture capital is exceedingly scarce," said Matt Dunbar , the managing director of Greenville-based Upstate Carolina Angel Network , during the Dig South festival in downtown Charleston.

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology, Greenville, SC, Charleston, SC, PeopleMatter

AndhraNews

TIAA-CREF to Purchase Nuveen Investments

CREF, a leading financial services provider, announced today an agreement to acquire Nuveen Investments , a diversified investment management company with approximately $221 billion in assets under management.

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Related Topix: Nuveen Investments, Financial Services, Investment Services, Personal Finance, Retirement, Emerging Technology, Madison Dearborn Partners, Marketing

Fortune

Exclusive: Kleiner Perkins raising $1.2 billion for new funds

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers last week unveiled its new fundraising plans, at a meeting of the venture capital firm's limited partners.

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Startups, Financial Services, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Investment Services

Wall Street Journal

China Health Investor BVCF's Zhi Yang on Why He's Sick of Hospitals

Having recently secured just under $200 million for a new fund to invest in China's health-care and life sciences industry, BVCF Managing Partner Zhi Yang talked to Venture Capital Dispatch on how the sector is getting too hot and why his firm is avoiding hospitals.

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology, 9

Reuters

Brazil group seeks lower taxes for venture capital funds

The group representing Brazil's buyout industry is in talks with the government and lawmakers to implement a lower tax structure on venture capital funds to help lure more money into the highly-risky segment, senior executives said on Monday.

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology, South America, Brazil, World News

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