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(Reuters) - TPG Capital LP has been exploring a sale of Aptalis Pharma, a specialty drugmaker it has owned since 2008 and values at more than $3 billion, four people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The private equity firm has been working with JPMorgan Chase & Co and ...

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Perseus has sold their controlling stake in Physicians Interactive to the Global Health Innovation Fund. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Reading, Mass.-based Physicians Interactive provides online and mobile clinical resources. Global Health Innovation previously invested in Physicians Interactive in January 2012. PRESS RELEASE WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwired – Aug ...

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Venture capitalists in Silicon Valley express greater enthusiasm for future business conditions, according to a study of industry confidence. The Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index rose to 3.78 in the second quarter, the fourth quarter in a row of improvement. The index is published by University of San Francisco ...

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from http://cdixon.org 442 days ago

The pop culture view of startups is that they’re all about coming up with a great product idea. After the eureka moment, the outcome is preordained. This neglects the years of toil that entrepreneurs endure, and also the fact that the vast majority of startups change over time, often dramatically. ...

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from http://cdixon.org 442 days ago

Steve Jobs predicted that tablet computers would become so dominant that “PCs would become like trucks” – special-purpose industrial devices. Skeptics replied that tablets were only useful for consumption and not creation and therefore couldn’t replace PCs, to which Jobs said: We are just scratching the surface on the kinds ...

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from http://cdixon.org 442 days ago

- People tend to lump smartphones and tablets together as “mobile”. This can be misleading. Ask people who run internet companies and they’ll tell you that user behavior on tablets is far more similar to user behavior on desktops/laptops than it is to user behavior on smartphones. That said, the ...

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from http://www.feld.com 523 days ago

At this year’s NVCA meeting, my partner Jason Mendelson (who was the chair of the event) interviewed Dick Costolo, the CEO of Twitter. Dick is an awesome CEO, awesome human, and awesome interviewee. Among other things, he’s hilarious, and PandoDaily wrote a fun summary of the interview in their post ...

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from http://www.feld.com 523 days ago

As I’m coming out of my depression, I’ve been reflecting on the hundreds of emails I’ve gotten from entrepreneurs, investors, friends, and people I don’t know talking about their own struggles with depression. It’s remarkable how much stigma is associated with depression in our society, which makes the struggle with ...

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from http://www.feld.com 523 days ago

I’m excited to join David Cohen and his team in announcing TechStars in Austin. From the TechStars blog: “The Managing Director of TechStars Austin is Jason Seats. Jason is a “techie” and entrepreneur. Rackspace acquired his company Slicehost in 2008 and then made him VP of Engineering. Jason is an ...

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from http://www.feld.com 523 days ago

When I was in Rio a few months ago for the Global Entrepreneurial Congress, I did a talk called “Day1” that Endeavor puts on. It’s a 20 minute presentation about “your day 1″ – a profound moment that impacted your entrepreneurial journey. I decided to talk about a number of ...

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from http://www.feld.com 523 days ago

The Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at CU is looking to hire a new Director. As part of the Leeds School of Business, the Deming Center prepares students across CU’s campus to think like entrepreneurs, act as social innovators and deliver as successful business leaders. It actively engages the community members ...

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from http://www.feld.com 523 days ago

It’s such an immense relief when the oppressive weight of depression begins to lift. While I’ve had a big struggle the past six months, the last few weeks have been better and recently I’ve felt a broad positive shift in how I’m feeling. My metaphor for my depressive episodes has ...

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from http://www.feld.com 523 days ago

I woke up this morning to a great article by Nick Grossman at Union Square Ventures on The Patent Quality Improvement Act. Nick does a great job of describing the software patent problem, suggesting several solutions, and explaining how the Patent Quality Improvement Act helps the increasingly dismal situation around ...

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from http://www.feld.com 523 days ago

When the Second Edition of Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist came out, I was baffled that the books were listed as two separate Amazon items. The biggest impact was that all the reviews for the first edition did not sync with the second edition, so ...

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from http://www.feld.com 523 days ago

Enterprise development is once again white hot. More evidence is this year’s Gluecon. Not only does Gluecon have the usual raft of amazing startup/early stage sponsors, but this year, the “big guys” are showing up (SAP, Intel, HP, Google, IBM, General Motors, Rackspace). And, I also know (because Eric’s told ...

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