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Venture Capital This Week - Feb 20

Published: 2/20/2014 8:39:34 AM

It's always an interesting week in venture capital. Discover the best stories, blog posts and other information inside the VC ecosystem in the US and in hotspots around the world. Onward dear reader…


CROWDFUNDING COMES TO FRANCE

French startups will be able to raise up to €1 million on crowdfunding sites, according to the French government.

             TechCrunch: French Startups and Crowdfunding

 

BIG DATA VC THOUGHTS

VCs are tired of hearing "big-data" in investment pitches.

             VentureBeat: What Big Data VCs Really Want

 

INVESTING IN A FRIEND'S STARTUP?

Here are some questions you should ask before investing.

             ReadWrite: 12 Questions to Ask

 

VCs DISHING ON BIG ECONOMIC ISSUES

Jon Evans interviewed a few VCs for their thoughts on income inequality and unemployment.

            TechCrunch: VCs on Our Uncertain Future

 

ANATOMY OF A DOWN ROUND

An unpleasant startup financing scenario is explored.

            TechCocktail: How You Get Slaughtered in a Down Round

 

LIFE SCIENCES FUNDING DECLINES

PwC says that 2013 life sciences funding declined vs. 2012.

            PE Hub: VC Funding in Life Sciences Declines in 2013

 

SEATTLE IS GREAT FOR CLOUDS

Seattle, WA is host to some of the top cloud companies in tech.

            GeekWire: Seattle Is The Cloud Capital of the World

 

FACEBOOK DROPS LARGE COIN

Facebook agreed to acquire venture-backed messaging startup WhatsApp for $19 billion.

            TechCrunch: Why Facebook Purchased WhatsApp

 

FENWICK & WEST VENTURE SURVEY

Technology law firm Fenwick & West has published their latest Silicon Valley VC survey.

            Fenwick & West: Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Q4 2013 (PDF)

 

IT PAYS TO EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS

A CEO gives some tips on considering your exit strategies.

            TNW Blog: Thinking of Exiting Your Business?

 

 

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