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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.

Boris Wertz of Version One Ventures on Staying Small for Bigger Returns

blogs.wsj.com — Entrepreneur-turned-investor Boris Wertz wants to focus on larger venture capital returns by staying smaller. Mr. Wertz runs Vancouver, British Columbia-based Version One Ventures, investing in software startups from an $18.7 million fund since January 2012. Version One Ventures is among the "micro-VC funds" that have grown in popularity in the last few years to identify and back early-stage startups.

Accela Continues Acquisitions for Civic-Engagement Services With Purchase of Government Outreach

pevc.dowjones.com — Accela Inc. has continued its acquisition of companies to expand its offerings of civic-engagement software and services.The San Ramon, Calif.-based company has acquired Government Outreach Inc., which enables two-way communication between government agencies and citizens on a number of devices, including smartphones....

Mark Cuban on Investing: Forget Unicorns and the Big-Exit Strategy

blogs.wsj.com — Mark Cuban is tied into the tech scene as an entrepreneur and investor, but he said staying away from Silicon Valley-based companies has worked best for him. Mr. Cuban, who works out of Dallas, said companies in Silicon Valley tend to be overvalued compared to the rest of the country.

The Daily Startup: Twitch Gives Y Combinator Its Biggest M&A Exit

blogs.wsj.com — Silicon Valley incubator Y Combinator has big-name tech companies in its portfolio, including Dropbox and Airbnb, but the soaring valuations of some of those companies hasn't translated to huge exits, yet. On Monday that changed, with the news that Amazon.com is buying Twitch for $970 million.

Andreessen Horowitz’s BuzzFeed Deal is One of Firm’s Largest Solo Rounds

blogs.wsj.com — Andreessen Horowitz's solo investment in Buzzfeed Inc., in which it put up the entire $50 million amount for the viral content company, is a pretty rare deal for the Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Andreessen Horowitz has been the sole investor in a round 23 times since the firm's inception in 2008, according to data from industry tracker Dow Jones VentureSource.

Disrupt and Innovate--Are They Just Memes?

mike-billings.com — "Disruptive" and "disruption" are buzzwords flying around (along with "innovate" and "innovation"), mainly due to the technology boom in the Bay Area. An advertisement in a San Francisco subway station. Now the terms are cropping up elsewhere, including in advertisements around the city for products that one may not typically think of in terms of tech (such as sunglasses).

Where in the U.S. is Venture Investment Increasing the Most?

blogs.wsj.com — The three big venture capital investment hubs all took part in the industry's blockbuster second-quarter, but Massachusetts lagged a bit behind California and New York. The amount of venture capital invested in California for the first half of 2014 increased 91% year over year, far outpacing the overall U.S.

Parking Apps Suspend Service, Change Models After Legal Scrutiny in S.F.

blogs.wsj.com — Three parking startups that came under legal scrutiny by the City of San Francisco have suspended service and changed business models. The San Francisco City Attorney's Office on June 23 sent a cease-and-desist letter to MonkeyParking, a Rome-based startup.

San Francisco Tells Parking Startup to Stop Operations, Warns Two Others

blogs.wsj.com — Several parking startups that want to make it easier to find a parking spot in busy cities are facing a legal gauntlet in San Francisco, where the city attorney sent one company a cease-and-desist letter and is warning two others.
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Oct 23, 2014

Apple’s ex-retail chief’s startup to offer Web shoppers product help on.wsj.com/1yrnbTV

Oct 23, 2014

.@ellodotco raises $5.5M for social network, promises no ads or selling user data on.wsj.com/10qTCXk via @WSJD @zettewil

Oct 23, 2014

RT @WSJD: Venture capitalists’ confidence Is waning — or so it seems. on.wsj.com/1rrUMaD

Oct 23, 2014

RT @AdrianChen: An invisible army of outsourced moderators cleans the internet of porn and gore. My story for @WIRED wired.com/2014/10/conten…

Oct 22, 2014

Maverick Capital is the latest hedge fund to get into venture, saying it will start a fund in 2015 on.wsj.com/1vP92Aw via @WSJ

Oct 22, 2014

RT @Amirmizroch: "We’ve had more companies from our portfolios bought by Yahoo than Google," says @billmaris of @GoogleVentures

Oct 21, 2014

I am going to start assuming that every store has a credit card breach, then I will be pleasantly surprised when info is not stolen

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