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February 4, 2014   |   Vol. 6, Issue 5
Is State Startup Investing Too Risky for Texas Taxpayers?
February 2, 2014 | Austin American Statesman
Two promising Central Texas technology companies — boosted with taxpayer money from the state’s Emerging Technology Fund — have fallen on hard times, reigniting a debate over whether taxpayers’ money should be invested in risky startups. State officials say they aren’t surprised. Investing in startups, by all accounts, is a risky business. Of the 142 companies receiving taxpayer investments, nine have been purchased or had other successful exits from the tech program while 18 have ceased operations, often failing to repay the state. The jury is out on the others.
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Scientists Hail Breakthrough in Embryonic-like Stem Cells
January 30, 2014 | Reuters
In experiments that could open a new era in stem cell biology, scientists have found a simple way to reprogram mature animal cells back into an embryonic-like state that allows them to generate many types of tissue. The research, described as game-changing by experts in the field, suggests human cells could in future be reprogrammed by the same technique, offering a simpler way to replace damaged cells or grow new organs for sick and injured people.
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Scientists Discover New, Simpler Way to Make Stem Cells

Stanford Group Wins $40M Grant to for Stem Cell Center

Boston Mayor Eyes Regional Approach on Biotech
January 30, 2014 | Boston Globe
Mayor Martin J. Walsh, in his first address to executives from one of the city’s fastest-growing industries, said that he would push to expand the life sciences sector in Boston but also work with other communities to fuel growth in the region. In his remarks at the MassBio event, the new mayor said the rapid growth of the life sciences cluster in Cambridge and other cities and towns benefits the entire region. He noted that Massachusetts startups drew about 20 percent of all US biomedical venture capital last year.
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California Officials Forecast ‘Zero’ Available Water Delivery
February 1, 2014 | Sacramento Bee
State officials announced Friday that 29 water agencies serving 25 million people across California can expect “zero” water deliveries from the State Water Project this summer because of the worsening drought. The decision was among several emergency measures announced Friday to deal with a persistent statewide drought that has left the California mountain snowpack at just 12 percent of the January average.
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San Francisco Leads in Water Conservation

Experts on Crowdfunding: Where to From Here?
February 2, 2014 | Forbes
Crowdfunding is a genuine phenomenon. If you include—as many people do—the newly created market for “private issuers publicly raising” or PIPRs using the new SEC rules allowing general solicitation of accredited investors allowed under the 2012 JOBS Act signed by President Obama, 2014 could see over $10 billion of crowdfunded transactions. Crowdfunding is going mainstream. Beyond scale, the impact on the economy, the venture capital industry and on entrepreneurs—especially women and minorities—is intriguing.
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A Crucial Reform to Fix the Patent System

Turnabout Is Fair Play: California Seeks Tax Breaks to Lure Films

Alex Bogusky Behind New Boulder Startup Accelerator Boomtown

Metro Detroit’s Startup Initiative Awarded $33M in Grants

Missouri Entrepreneur Stitches a Vibrant Quilting Business

Austin Tech Company Spiceworks Lands $57M for Growth

House Republicans Split Over Tackling Immigration

Governor Threatens to Veto ‘Puny’ Ohio Fracking-tax Bill

Many States Wrestling with Budget Surpluses

25 Startups Set to Graduate from Austin Technology Incubator

Tampa Bay Startup Businesses Making Strides

Two Companies, $22 Million, 229 Jobs for Detroit

Medical Startups in Central Ohio Seeking Funding

Industries Unite Against Obama's Climate Change Rules

Detroit Turns Bankruptcy Into Challenge of Banks

Farm Bill Set for Vote, but Still Highly Criticized

Austin Startup Axelo Hopes its Technology Lessens Brain Injuries

Much Of North Dakota's Natural Gas Is Going Up In Flames

Tech Rides Are Focus of Hostility in Bay Area

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