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November 5, 2013   |   Vol. 5, Issue 42
Climate Change Seen Posing Risk to Food Supplies
November 2, 2013 | New York Times
Climate change will pose sharp risks to the world’s food supply in coming decades, potentially undermining crop production and driving up prices at a time when the demand for food is expected to soar, scientists have found. The scientists say, they are already seeing the harmful effects in some regions.
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Environmental Groups Urge Congress to Tie Crop Insurance to Conservation

West Coast Climate Pact: Back to the Future?

Obama Asks Federal Agencies to ‘Prepare’ for Climate Change

Venture Capitalists Seize upon Drone Potential
November 3, 2013 | Washington Post
Commercial drones will soon populate U.S. airspace, and venture capitalists like Tim Draper are placing their bets. Draper, an early investor in Hotmail, Skype and Baidu, is now backing DroneDeploy, a start-up that is building software to direct unmanned aircraft on land mapping and the surveillance of agricultural fields. Draper says he even expects drones to one day bring him dinner.
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Venture Capitalists Call Patent Aggregators Negative Forces for Innovation

Angels Seek Changes in SEC's Crowfunding General Solicitation Rules
November 1, 2013 | Angel Capital Association
Angel Capital Association and other active angel investing groups expressing concerns about some of the elecments related to the recently proposed in Rule 506 as included in the Jobs Act
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Angels & Crowdfunding

Angels Meet Crowdfunders in Planned Charlotte Hookup with Startups

Trepidation and Restrictions Leave Crowdfunding Rules Weak

Ohio State's $50M Investment in Mark Kvamme
November 2, 2013 | Cleveland Plain Dealer
Ohio State University invested $50 million in a well-connected businessman's unproven venture capital fund, despite concerns raised by top officials. Records released Friday detail how Drive Capital co-founder Mark Kvamme began discussing the fund with OSU administrators, including close friend and then-President E. Gordon Gee, while he was still running the state's economic development agency.
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OSU Officials Had Reservations about Kvamme Investment

Officials Investigate South Dakota Office of Economic Development

Tech Industry, Oregon State Faculty Baffled in Dismissal of Engineering Head, Computing Program

‘The Frackers’ and the Birth of an Energy Boom
November 2, 2013 | New York Times
In “The Frackers,” Gregory Zuckerman sets out a 25-year narrative that focuses on the half-dozen or so Texas and Oklahoma energy companies behind the fracking boom, especially Chesapeake Energy, the Oklahoma City giant that is the Exxon Mobil of fracking. Technologies are born. Gushers gush. And fortunes are made and lost.
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Could Fracking Boom Peter Out Sooner than DOE Expects?

North Dakota Oil Boom Brings Worry to National Park

Patent Reform Fight Drives Wedge Through Tech Sector

Why Are Internet Startups Raising So Much, So Fast?

Reddit Encourages Nashville Startups to Look Beyond Silicon Valley

Kentucky Considers Creating Small-business Venture Capital Fund

Next Wave: Entrepreneurs Shaping New Michigan

To Teach Entrepreneurship, Get Out of the Classroom

18 Minnesota Tech Startups Raised Over $31M in Q3

Kauffman Foundation's Caffeinating to Entrepreneurs

Google's Boot Camp Design for Startups

There Ought to Be an Entrepreneurial ORTA

Chris Abele's Money at Work in Milwaukee Venture Fund

Phoenix Takes Steps to Fix Pension ‘Spiking’ Rules

Funding Dries Up for Medical Startups

Pension Pinch Busts City Budgets, Too

Crowdfunding Rules Contain Too Much Red Tape for Some

JOBS Act Leaves Crowdfunding Investors Unprotected ; Flawed

Despite Potential Pitfalls, Angel Investing Attracts Wealthy Individuals

Patent Wars Erupt Again in Tech Sector

U-M Logs a Record Number of Inventions

Meet the Unsung Angels of Silicon Valley

Which Regions Are Churning Out the Most Biotech IPOs?

Republic to Unveil its List of Top Innovators

A New Report Card on the SBA's Loan-Guarantee Programs

Wharton Prof Studies Relationship Between Economics and Greed

Angry Over U.S. Surveillance, Tech Giants Bolster Defenses

With Open Platform, Stanford Seeks to Reclaim MOOC Brand

U Arizona's New Tech-Transfer Effort Takes Flight

Illinois Lawmakers Say Tax-break Deals Need More Scrutiny

Innovation Imperative: Change Everything in Online Education

How Food Stamp Cuts Affect the States

Seeking Ways to Boost Futures of Children in Poverty

Stiff Resistance to State Technology Taxes

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