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February 25, 2014   |   Vol. 6, Issue 8
Tech Transfer in the Groves of Academe
February 19, 2014 | Innovation-America
Because universities receive significant public support for injecting innovativeness into the innovation system, policymakers are increasingly demanding a return on those investments; they want tangible results in terms of economic activity and job creation. More and more universities will be held accountable for their effectiveness in converting intellectual value into economic value, a task generally called technology transfer. The difficulty with this accountability crunch on the university is that technology transfer is neither a linear process nor an activity amenable to measurement in all its parts and relations.
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The JOBS Act Provision That Could Change IPOs Forever
February 21, 2014 | Entrepreneur
There is excitement on "Main Street" about equity crowdfunding democratizing the investment process. Most people are unaware of another provision of the JOBS Act that could have a much larger impact on entrepreneurs and small businesses: Regulation A+. This provision will allow entrepreneurs to raise up to $50 million in a simplified form of an initial public offering. Depending on how the SEC rules look when finalized, raising $50 million under Regulation A+ could have a similar cost and require nearly the same regulatory compliance required to raise only $1 million under the JOBS Act “equity crowdfunding” proposed rules.
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Mt. Gox's Bitcoin Website Appears to Have Been Deleted
February 25, 2014 | Wall Street Journal
The website of bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox became unavailable Tuesday and trading in bitcoin at the site appeared to have stopped, signaling a new stage in troubles that have dented the image of the virtual currency. Earlier Tuesday, the chief executives of six major bitcoin exchanges and businesses pledged to coordinate efforts to assure customers of the security of their funds in response to mounting concern about the future of Mt. Gox. The statement underlines the wider worry in the bitcoin community that the upheaval at Mt. Gox has caused significant harm to the bitcoin business.
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Bitcoin Transitioning from Obscurity to Commonplace

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Online Courses Help Colleges Finding Prodigies
February 24, 2014 | Christian Science Monitor
Across the country, colleges are experimenting with online learning to see how it might reshape higher education in the future. Most expect it to usher in one of the biggest revolutions since the advent of the chalkboard – eventually. For now, online classes – MOOCs in particular – represent more of a tantalizing idea than a transformative one. Critics excoriate the free courses for not having done much yet to help solve the high cost of college. Professors fret that MOOCs threaten in-person teaching and the experience of going to school on campus.
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Chicago Chosen as Site for Manufacturing Initiative
February 23, 2014 | Chicago Tribune
Chicago will be the site of a digital manufacturing institute backed by $70 million in federal money and another $250 million in private and other government funding, giving the city, once a factory town, a better chance to re-establish its credentials as a modern maker of things.
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For Detroit, New Stage in Its Race to Recover
February 24, 2014 | New York Times
Labor union leaders say they hated it. Financial creditors say it's lopsided against them. Some community leaders say it favores the banks. And at least one pension fund official calls it premature and draconian. Yet for all of the discord of the city’s $18 billion debt to creditors, Detroit now moves into a pivotal period where change is being promised at a pace rarely seen in any city.
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Beware the Patent Trolls?

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WhatsApp, $19 Billion, and the Unreal Economy of Silicon Valley

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Kauffman Foundation Renews its Embrace of Community

States Sued Over Education Funding

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Science: The Raw Fuel of Innovation

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Bootstrapping vs. VC Funding

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