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I edit and write for the Dow Jones and WSJ.com

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.

ChargePoint Looks to Accelerate Home Penetration With Solar Partnership

blogs.wsj.com — ChargePoint Inc., a company that makes charging stations and software for electric vehicles, has become one of the world's largest charging networks primarily through having chargers in public and commercial spaces. Now the venture-backed company is pushing into the home. It will soon launch a program in conjunction with a solar installer to help it gain traction in users' garages.

Behind the Tweets: The Secretive People Behind S.F.'s Fog, Seagulls, and Bridges

sfweekly.com — During an event at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco in early November, a presenter screened a short film about San Francisco's fog. After the show concluded, before the sold-out crowd could even finish filing out of the auditorium, several people in the audience took to Twitter to tell the fog that it was featured in the show.

Interactive Map: Where The Venture Capital Dollars Are Going

blogs.wsj.com — In the Boston-versus-New York rivalry, the Red Sox and the Yankees were also-rans this baseball season. Now, Massachusetts and New York are in another battle for the No. 2 spot: U.S. venture capital investment.
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Jan 28, 2015

RT @deborahgage: ‘Frothy’ Venture Capital for Robotics Inspired by Drones, Medicine—and a Car-Racing Toy blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015…

Jan 28, 2015

RT @Carolyn_Copes: #BREAKING: Suitcase found in #SanFrancisco on 11th street between Market and Mission is filled with dismembered body parts.

Jan 28, 2015

RT @marcelolprince: Psychology + facial recognition + data mining = A giant database of human emotions. on.wsj.com/1yO4kVe http://t.co/y2GxXSzUey

Jan 28, 2015

RT @PaulRogersSJMN: Why plans to raise the dam on California's largest reservoir are in trouble mercurynews.com/News/ci_274066… http://t.co/xkdYaAZfEr

Jan 28, 2015

Science has proven what many workers know: Employees fake a positive outlook when the boss is around on.wsj.com/15KVFr6 via @WSJ

Jan 28, 2015

RT @KTVU: Rare white dolphin spotted in Monterey Bay: bit.ly/1zzCvCx http://t.co/uWHVqkU7Xw

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