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?