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January 21, 2014   |   Vol. 6, Issue 3
2013 Venture Capital Investments Rise 7%, Near $30 Billion Total
January 17, 2014 | PWC, NVCA
Dollars invested in internet-specific companies reaches highest total since 2001; software companies capture more than a third of total VC in 2013. Venture capitalists invested $29.4 billion in 3,995 deals in 2013, an increase of 7 percent in dollars and a 4 percent increase in deals over the prior year, according to the MoneyTree Report and the National Venture Capital Association.
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Venture Capital Firms Booming in Massachusetts

Silicon Valley Investing Continues its Venture Growth

Venture Capital Surged Last Year in Baltimore and D.C.

VC Investment in Boulder/Denver Fell 23 Percent in 2013

For Austin, 2013 Venture Funding Finished Strong

Oregon Venture Capital Subpar in 2013, Despite Deal Growth

Software Continues to Eat the Venture Capital World
January 17, 2014 | Xconomy
Venture investments in both software and Internet-specific deals last year amounted to $18.1 billion, or nearly 62 percent of the $29.4 billion total that VCs invested in all industries nationwide, according to the end-of-year MoneyTree Report. Software investments alone accounted for more than a third of the year’s total, as venture firms pumped $10.9 billion into the sector. At the same time, VC funding for Internet-specific companies hit a 12-year high in 2013, with investors sinking more than $7.1 billion into 1,059 transactions nationwide
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This New Kind of Kickstarter Could Change Everything
January 20, 2014 | Time
What if you got to decide your company’s next big project instead of the boss? Some companies are beginning to cede the reins of control to their workers, and they’re looking to an unlikely source as inspiration: crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter. IBM has become one of the most prominent organizations to experiment with enterprise crowdfunding. So far about 1,000 employees in 30 countries have participated in two rounds of IBM crowdfunding.
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Crowdfunding Catching On in Cash-Strapped Schools

UNLV Launches a University Program to Lure More ‘Angel’ Investors
January 18, 2014 | Las Vegas Review Journal
Bill Payne is hoping to get more business owners, doctors, lawyers and investors interested in taking a similar risk to fund angel investor who provides financial backing for small startups or entrepreneurs in Las Vegas startups. To do that, Payne and three other investors were recruited to teach a certificate course on angel investing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “I’m not sure there is any other program like this in the U.S.,” Payne says. “This is truly unique.”
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U.N. Says Lag in Confronting Climate Woes Will Be Costly
January 16, 2014 | New York Times
Nations have so dragged their feet in battling climate change that the situation has grown critical and the risk of severe economic disruption is rising, according to a draft United Nations report. Another 15 years of failure to limit carbon emissions could make the problem virtually impossible to solve with current technologies, the experts found. The report sayd that governments of the world are still spending far more money to subsidize fossil fuels than to accelerate the shift to cleaner energy
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California Governor Declares Drought Emergency

Climate Change Could Spawn More Frequent El Ninos

Chicago Startups Raised More than $1B in 2013 Venture Funding

Wisconsin's State-sponsored Venture Capital Effort Shaping Up

Austin Offer $5.7M in to Lure Massachusetts Firm

Half of Taxpayer Funded Research to Become Available to the Public

Congress Slashes SEC’s Funding for Technology Upgrades

Ann Arbor-based 'Farm Logs' Wins 4$M Round of Funding from Midwest VC Drive Capital

Animal Researcher Leads Effort to Help UW-Madison Entrepreneurs

Hot New Biotech Knows That Roller-Coaster Feeling

Biotechs Buoy New England Venture Investments

CalPERS Reports Higher Investment Gains

Clean Energy Investing Down, but Not Out

Solar Power Future Not So Bright

Startup Valuations Keep Rising

A Globe-Trotting Serial Entrepreneur Finds Roots in China’s Start-Up Scene

Bitcoin Judged Commodity in Finland After Failing Money Test

Kentucky Leads Nation in New Busines Creation

Tiny Olin Aims for Big Impact

Obama Using Executive Power to Affect Immigration Law

Washington Beltway’s Silicon Valley Emerges

Student Loans, the Next Big Threat to the U.S. Economy?

Inspecting a Student Loan Spigot

Small Businesses Say Loans Easier to Get

Hackfit Taps Tech Community’s Interest in Fitness

Explaining the Senate Plan to Kill the Small Business Administration

Entrepreneur Lets No Impediment Stop Him

Cleveland-style Entrepreneurship Offering Model to World Cities

San Antonio Launches HeroX Challenge By Targeting Mexican Innovators

Obama to Dems: Boehner Will Pass Immigration Reform in 2014

More Teens Using Tablets, Smartphones to Study for Tests

South Dakota Becomes a Tax Haven

Malware Threatens Small Businesses' Data, Livelihood

In Kansas State of the State Address, Governor Tells Courts Not to Order School Funding

States Take Lead in Boosting Immigrants

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