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April 8, 2014   |   Vol. 6, Issue 14
Hispanic Entrepreneurs Play Larger Role in Economy
April 4, 2014 | Austin American Statesman
Hispanic entrepreneurs played a growing and larger role in the U.S. economy in the past decade, even during the recent downturn when they were needed most, according to a University of Texas at Pan American study released this month.
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Spur-of-the-Moment - Million Investment in 10 Start-ups
April 4, 2014 | Washington Post
Venture capitalists are increasingly looking for young, innovative companies in areas outside of traditional technology hubs such as Boston, New York and California’s Silicon Valley. And few are scouring the country quite like Steve Case. Case, the former chairman of America Online, announced plans to invest $100,000 in each of 10 tech start-ups in cities such as Durham, N.C.; Nashville; and Minneapolis.
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Biotech Sector Fears Financial Squeeze
April 3, 2014 | Boston Globe
As the pressure to make health care more affordable mounts, Massachusetts biotech companies and medical device makers are warning that lower costs for consumers could be bad for business. Companies and investors in the life sciences cluster say that new restrictions on payments for drugs and other medical products will stifle innovation and harm patients.
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Rural States Critical of Boston’s Dominance in Research Funds
April 2, 2014 | Boston Globe
Two dozen rural states stretching from Maine to Mississippi and Montana are clamoring to increase their share of federal research dollars now disproportionately awarded to Boston-area institutions and scientists. The effort, coupled with other National Institutes of Health initiatives, could mean less federal money would go to research powerhouses like Massachusetts, New York, and California. Some Bay State researchers fear it threatens Boston’s dominance and could diminish chances for national scientific breakthroughs.
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Bitcoin's Boosters Struggle to Shore Up Confidence
April 4, 2014 | Wall Street Journal
When Patrick Murck walked into a small, drab conference room at the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan last month, the freewheeling world of the virtual currency bitcoin got uncomfortably real. The 38-year-old Mr. Murck is general counsel of the Bitcoin Foundation, a trade group that promotes bitcoin. But when he showed up, the room also was filled with representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. Investigators peppered him with questions for two hours.
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Bitcoin Gets Easier for Consumers to Buy, Spend

JOBS Act's Second Birthday and Equity Crowd-funding's Long Gestation
April 4, 2014 | Washington Business Journal
Saturday marked the second anniversary of President Barack Obama signing the sweeping Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act into law. One of its most touted provisions, allow equity-based crowd-funding for nonaccredited investors, remains stalled in regulatory rule-making. "It's time," says Steve Case, former CEO of AOL one of the most vocal JOBS Act advocates.
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3 Crowdsourcing Stories That Did Not End Well: What Can Entrepreneurs Learn?

Over $112M Pledged to Kickstarter Projects in Q1 2014

Crowdfunding Startups: Opportunities and Bottlenecks

H-1B Visa Cap Reached after Just Five Days

Houston Startup Energy Funders Aims to Crowdfund the Oil Patch

Chicago’s KarmaKrowd Plans Similar but Unlike Crowdfunding

Envious Texas Legislators Launch Challenge with Silicon Valley

I.P.O.s Leaving the Gate at Full Speed

GrubHub Shares Soar the First Day of Trading

Startup Accelerator Gener8tor Gets $110K From Angel Group WIP

What To Expect Inside A Startup Accelerator

Michigan Startups Working to Bridge IT Talent Gap

With Tepid Growth in Software Startups, San Diego Turns to “Swarm”

Entrepreneurs Looking Online for Financing

Boston Passes Cambridge as Massachusetts Tech Capital

Tech Spending Recovers, but It’s Different

Davis Ag Biotech Startup Lands $15M from Bay Area VC Firms

Improving Feedback for Entrepreneurs

Tech Start-Ups Are Targets of Ransom Cyberattacks

Why New Company Creation Is Important

Will the SBA's New Boss Tighten Its Lending Programs?

NY Genomics, Health Tech, Get $160M in State Support

Triangle Companies Welcome Efforts to Rein in Patent Trolls

How To Simplify Your Startup Fundraising

The STEM Enrollment Boom

Venture Capital's Secrecy Need Collides With Public Right to Know

Climate Meeting Set to Discuss Future of Fossil Fuels

Russia, U.S. Tied by Technology Investments

CalSTRS Pension Funding Gap Grows to $73.7 Billion

Congress Looks Toward Angels to Revive Economy

States Protest Proposed Federal Gambling Ban

Forbes Ranks Greater New Orleans No. 1 "Brainpower City"

A Cup of Coffee Flour May Hit the Spot for Seattle Startup

Engineered Salmon May Be Tough Sell

North Dakota Official Tells of $2 Billion Fracking Windfall

Measuring Health Threats In Fracking, a Worry

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