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The Daily Startup: Kleiner Perkins’ CFO Takes Stand in Trial

blogs.wsj.com — The inner workings of venture capital firms are for the most part private dealings kept behind closed doors. But some of the inner working of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers may be on display today as the firm's chief financial officer takes the stand in the Ellen Pao gender-discrimination case.

The Daily Startup: Transatomic Power Receives $2.5M for Nuclear Energy

blogs.wsj.com — In one of the rare fundings for a nuclear energy startup, Transatomic Power picked up $2 million for its nuclear reactor technology that the company says will be safer and more efficient than the reactors that are currently in use, Timothy Hay reports for Dow Jones VentureWire.

The Daily Startup: Hardware Investments Increased in 2014

blogs.wsj.com — Venture investment in electronics and computer hardware hit a record in 2014, surpassing the high that was set in 2000, according to data from Dow Jones VentureSource. In 2014, there were 159 financings for a total of $2.6 billion invested in the sector. That beat 2000, when there were 128 financings and $2.2 billion in investment.

Interactive Map: Where Venture Capital Was Invested in 2014

blogs.wsj.com — Venture capital investment soared in 2014, hitting a high that hasn't been seen since 2000. As reported in The Wall Street Journal, $52.12 billion was invested in private companies last year by venture and private equity firms, as well as corporations, hedge funds and mutual funds, according to Dow Jones VentureSource.

Kevin Rose Raises $5M for North Technologies, Steps Down From Google Ventures

pevc.dowjones.com:80 — Entrepreneur and investor Kevin Rose is stepping down from Google Ventures to run his technology-development startup North Technologies Inc. full time after raising $5 million in seed funding.Since forming in September, North Technologies has launched two apps: Tiiny, which allows users to share small-size photos and videos with friends, and Watchville, an app for watch enthusiasts that aggregates news and provides other timekeeping information, such as atomic time and the cycles of the moon....

Kevin Rose Snags $5M for Startup, Steps Down From Google Ventures

blogs.wsj.com — Entrepreneur and investor Kevin Rose is stepping down from Google Ventures to run his technology-development startup North Technologies Inc. full time after raising $5 million in seed funding.

LendingClub Hikes IPO Price Range; Implied Market Cap $4.69 Billion

blogs.wsj.com — LendingClub Corp. on Monday revised the estimated price range for its initial public offering, which also pushed the company's potential market capitalization even higher than its last private valuation. The Wall Street Journal reported that the San Francisco-based company estimated a new price range of $12 to $14 for the IPO.

Ev Williams Launches Obvious Ventures

blogs.wsj.com — Obvious Ventures, the new venture fund co-founded by Ev Williams, has officially launched with the aim of "world-positive investing."

Job Recruiting, HR Startups Land Big Venture Investments in Third Quarter

blogs.wsj.com — Startups that are providing human-resources services to companies received large funding rounds in the third quarter, driving the total this year to a high that hasn't been seen since the dot-com boom. From July through September, venture firms invested $175.9 million in U.S.-based companies that are in the human resources and recruiting sectors, according to Dow Jones VentureSource.

Sequoia-Backed The Melt Moves Beyond Grilled Cheese

blogs.wsj.com — The venture-backed restaurant chain that raised eyebrows when it launched in 2011 with a high-tech approach to making and delivering grilled cheese is now branching out into other American staples. Beginning today, Sequoia Capital-backed The Melt will unveil a new menu at its 15 California restaurants that features burger melts, chicken melts, mac and cheese, and french fries.
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Mar 29, 2015

RT @NWSBayArea: Northwest winds this week will create upwelling along the coast keeping water temperatures on the cool side. #cawx pic.twitter.com/QINrLwERif

Mar 27, 2015

RT @JeffElder: Ellen Pao: "If I have helped to level playing field for women & minorities in venture capital, battle was worth it." http://…

Mar 27, 2015

RT @WSJD: Breaking:Jury finds for Kleiner Perkins on final count in discrimination case filed by Ellen Pao wsj.com

Mar 27, 2015

RT @JeffElder: We are waiting to go back into the courtroom to learn the new verdict In the Pao-Kleiner trial, the last day of which had been interesting.

Mar 27, 2015

Weekend long reads: Is the fish you buy caught by slaves?m.apnews.com/ap/db_289563/c… The Deadly Global War for Sand wired.com/2015/03/illega…

Mar 27, 2015

RT @ellenhuet: OH: Court liaison telling onlookers that the judge, who has overseen hundreds of trials, says this jury situation is very rare. #ellenpao



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