From: The Venture Capitalist
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Subject: The Venture Capitalist - Local Venture News You Can Use
Date: Mon Apr 28 21:44:12 MDT 2014


What the Venture Community Reads

           April 28, 2014                                                                            

Utah Venture News


Senator Hatch: Immigration reform would create jobs


Originally posted on | By Lee Davidson


Draper • Sen. Orrin Hatch joined a group of Utah entrepreneurs Friday to say immigration reform would actually create more jobs for Americans, and not displace them, by bringing in engineers that local high-tech companies need to expand.

Hatch and former Utah Republican Chairman Stan Lockhart said the right-wing of their party should stop blocking Senate-passed reform in the U.S. House by targeting anyone who speaks out for immigration reform.




Venture Profile



JAFCO Ventures is a Palo Alto, California based venture capital firm.  The firm seeks to invest in the information technology, media, financial services and energy sectors.  The firm most often invests in companies that have already received a round of financing from an established venture or angel investor.




Cooperative Venturing Network®

People You Should Know


Jackie Juston


VPI Technology Group’s Jackie Juston, Director of Business Development, partners with companies and entrepreneurs by providing contract electronic system engineering and manufacturing services. VPI helps entrepreneurs design and manufacture disruptive, innovative electronic systems in a timely fashion. Clients view VPI as an extension of their own engineering organization, working collaboratively on new electronic product designs. Jackie is active in Utah STEM initiatives influencing young people to consider engineering careers.


Upcoming Venture Community Events





Funding your company starts on April 30th, 2014 at Jones Waldo.


Stay Up to Date on Fundraising Issues for Your Company! Can you raise money?

Where is it? How do I find an investor? Get answers to the questions that haunt entrepreneurs. Join us for the Institute's rotating series of free seminars entitled 'How to Raise Money in Utah.


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Register today to attend the 12th annual Utah Innovation Awards, presented by Stoel Rives LLP and Utah Technology Council, onThursday, May 1, 2014 at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. To register, click here by Thursday, April 24, 2014. Thirty finalists and honorable mention recipients will be honored, and a winner will be announced in each of the program’s eight categories.


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The next WBI Deal Forum will be held on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 3pm-6pm at Zions Bank Founders Room.


Now Accepting Presenter Applications. 


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ACA Northwest Regional Meeting 
Portland, OR 
June 3 - 5, 2014


ACA members and accredited investors from throughout the Northwest are invited for the 2014 ACA Northwest Regional Meeting. Hosted by Portland Seed Fund & focused on interactive discussions by investors for investors, this one-day event will include topics such as regional investment trends, best of the region deal opportunities, updates on important federal policy, and great networking with your future co-investors.




WBI - Alumni Financing Events and News


Financing Events



U Spin-Out Takes Major Strides Forward With New Round of Federal Funding


Originally posted on | By Elenor Heyborne


Vaporsens, a Utah Science Technology and Research initiative supported spin-out from the University of Utah and the developer of a unique chemical detection technology has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grant of approximately $720,000 through the National Science Foundation.









If you are an Alumni Company and you have Press Releases on financing events, new product launches, or milestones celebrations; please email us a link to the news and we will include it here. 


WBI - Sponsor News




Date and Time

Friday, May 2, 2014
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET


Before You Hit Send: How E-Mail Can Get Employers in Trouble


Please join us for one of our most popular webinars. The average corporate e-mail user sends and receives more than 100 messages each day. Considering the prevalence of e-mail use in the workplace, the potential liability for its misuse by employers and employees is tremendous.

We will offer tips for avoiding these traps, suggestions for promoting e-mail best practices, and provide real-world examples of questionable or incriminating e-mails that proved critical when it came time for a trial.






Student-Athletes: Are They Employees? Part 2


Digging Deeper into the History of the NLRB’s Decision and Northwestern’s Appeal


This case started when the “College Athletes Players Association” (“CAPA”) was formed as a union created to represent the Northwestern football players, with backing from the United Steelworkers. The CAPA then filed a union representation petition with the Board, claiming that it had majority support among players on the Northwestern football team and demanding a union representation election. Northwestern objected to the petition and refused an election, arguing that legally its student athletes simply are not “employees” and thus have no right under the National Labor Relations Act (the “NLRA” or the “Act”) to organize and collectively bargain.



….Part 3



Join Stoel Rives attorneys for an update on the highlights of the new federal regulations and their implications on your business as you prepare for 2015, including:

Reporting and disclosure final rules for plans and employers Pay-or-play final rules, including penalty transition relief for all employers Delay of pay-or-play penalties for certain small employers Changes in the definitions of “full-time” and “seasonal” employees Dependent coverage requirements Developments in 90-day waiting period rule.


Who Should Attend? :

Human Resource Directors
Benefit Specialists
In-House Counsel 
C-Level Executives


When / Where? :

SALT LAKE CITY - Thursday, May 15, 2014
7:30 - 8 a.m. - registration and breakfast
8 - 9:30 a.m. -
 presentation by Steven Woodland
andHoward Bye-Torre
Click here to register 

Marriott City Center
Capital C Ballroom, 2nd Floor
220 South State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111 
(801) 961-8700



If you are a Sponsor and you have Press Releases, corporate events, organizational news you would like us to share here; please email us a link to the news and we will include it. 


In This Issue


Upcoming VC Events

This Wednesday
How To Raise Money
April 30th, 2014
@ Jones Waldo
This Thursday
Utah Innovation Awards 2014
May 1st, 2014
@ Hilton Salt Lake City Center
The Deal Forum
May 27th, 2014
Zions Bank Founders Room


Angel Investor News


Silicon Valley Early Stage Review – B2B Gets Love & Deal Sizes Get Larger in Q1 2014


Originally posted on


With almost $700M of early-stage investments in Q1 2014, Silicon Valley saw deal sizes grow appreciably in Q1. Business intelligence and CRM related investments were evidence of the enterprise/B2B shift.


Silicon Valley’s early stage deals (defined as angel, seed and Series A deals) ticked up in Q1 2014 and focused on enterprise technology.  While overall deal levels kept pace with the previous year’s levels (204 deals in Q1 2014 vs 198 in Q1 2013), the funding to early stage deals did jump indicating larger early-stage deal sizes.




VC Industry News


Venture spending returns to dot-com era levels


Originally posted on | By Michael B. Farrell


The venture capital industry is pumping money into new companies at a rate not seen since the dot-com heyday at the turn of the century.


Software firms, Web businesses, biotech companies, and other technology startups nationwide received some $9.5 billion in new venture funding during the first quarter of 2014, the largest amount since the middle of 2001 when the Internet bubble began to deflate.


Indeed, industry analysts and investors describe the current boom in some of the same language used back during the bubble.




Which VCs syndicate the most deals with corporate venture units?


Originally posted on


The rise of corporate venture capital investors, whether at the seed-stage, in the largest financings or into the billion-dollar valuation club, has been reshaping the VC ecosystem as of late. And while some VCs including Fred Wilson have been critical of corporate venture units, others have syndicated dozens of deals with corporate venture arms in just the past few years alone.






How Business Valuation Services Can Get You More Money for Your Business


By Dale Richards


With the downturn in the economy, many small business owners are looking to sell their companies.  While this offers a great opportunity for those looking to become self-employed, it is all for nothing if these companies for sale are not being marketed effectively.  This is where it is very important to hire a financial business valuation services company to work to get you the most amount of money for your company which you have likely spent years building to what it is today.  There are several reasons why you should look for help from professionals before attempting to sell your business.




Crowdfunding News


The Democratizing Power of Crowdfunding and the JOBS Act


Originally posted on | By Dave Harvilicz


While discussing the stock market over dinner recently, John Mackey, the Founder and CEO of Whole Foods said unequivocally: "I wish crowdfunding had been around when I started Whole Foods." While he did eventually list several positive relationships with VCs and institutional investors, John's sentiment is common among founders after taking the well-trod but treacherous VC track.




Articles of Interest


Are Top Venture Firms Making More Bets Outside of California?


Originally posted on


The data suggests that the later-stage you go, the further from California and other major venture hubs you look.

In March we examined the venture capital power law to understand the distribution of exits in VC across the 100 largest exits in tech.  We also identified the VC investors who had invested in the greatest # of these 100 companies.





U.S. Views of Technology and the Future


Science in the next 50 years


Originally posted on | By Aaron Smith




The American public anticipates that the coming half-century will be a period of profound scientific change, as inventions that were once confined to the realm of science fiction come into common usage. This is among the main findings of a new national survey by the Pew Research Center and Smithsonian magazine, which asked Americans about a wide range of potential scientific developments—from near-term advances like robotics and bioengineering, to more “futuristic” possibilities like teleportation or space colonization. In addition to asking them for their predictions about the long-term future of scientific advancement, we also asked them to share their own feelings and attitudes toward some new developments that might become common features of American life in the relatively near future.




Party’s Over: Why PE Firms Are No Longer Clubbing


Originally posted on | By Peter Fogel


Many of the largest and most familiar private equity deals of all time, including Energy Future Holdings (formerly TXU), Freescale Semiconductor and Hospital Corporation of America, are known for having multiple private equity firms join together to submit bids large enough to cover the entire equity check but still small enough for each firm to safeguard the integrity of their funds. Throughout the private equity boom years of the mid-2000s, these “club deals,” as they’re known, accounted for about half of all platform buyouts of more than $1 billion (large deals). Moreover, club deals usually comprised nearly two-thirds of the total capital invested in large deals from that era.




Feel Good Monday


Great uplifing stories to start the week out with.






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