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Cofee* Brad Feld: The founders visa movement.

* Really can’t believe it was eight years ago. Take more than a moment to remember…

* Harvard beats Yale: Crimson endowment drops 27.3% while the Swensenites fall 30%.

* Morning Call: U.S. futures point to higher open, London rises early, European shares keep climbing and increases for both China and Hong Kong exchanges.

* Moneyball doesn’t always pay off.

* The Economist: Electric fuel trade acid test.

* The Small Business Administration (SBA) has launched its own YouTube channel. Deborah Cohen wonders if it’s an unneccessary diversion?

* Conventional wisdom is that Obama gained at least a tiny bit of ground on Wednesday night. And then the market hit a year-long high on Thursday. Crickets from those who insisted (yes you, Jim Pethokoukis) that the public equity rally was tied to Obama’s agenda losing steam.

* The hedge fund industry tries to explain itself.

* Tweet of the Day comes from @anamariecox: To be fair, “You lie!” is a standard form of greeting in DC.

* Yesterday was particularly active for the Boston startup/venture community. TechStars Boston had its inaugural investor night, Polaris Venture Partners announced that it is expanding Dog Patch Labs eastward (Polaris also hosted a party at Fenway for the LogMeIn crew) and there were multiple events related to the Cleantech Forum (including something Bob Metcalfe was involved in at the Libery Hotel).

* Related: Boston-based VCs blog, whereas Waltham-based VCs do not.

* PE-backed IPO filing surge: DollaramaMyer and rue21.

* Scott Sperling of THL Partners goes on CNBC, to discuss economy, deal-making and PE interest in banks:

 

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  • [...] The SBA joins YouTube. Yes, you read right. Along with all the adorable baby panda videos, TV clips, and amateur singers/dancers/ranters destined for fame, you’ll now find a YouTube channel devoted the SBA. “The first instinct might be to chuckle,” writes Deborah L. Cohen at Reuters. “Anyone who has followed the SBA throughout the travails of the recession realizes the agency has been under scrutiny over the effectiveness of its primary mission of delivering financial support to a vast array of small companies. Could this be a bit off the point?” What do you think? Does launching a YouTube channel represent an about-face from ineffectual bureaucracy toward new media savvy and transparency? Or will we soon see an SBA social network and an SBA iPhone app instead of a boost in small business lending? The channel’s been up for about a month and, as of this morning, its most popular video, an introduction to the SBA, was viewed 3,185 times. (Hat tip, peHUB) [...]

  • [...] The SBA joins YouTube. Yes, you read right. Along with all the adorable baby panda videos, TV clips, and amateur singers/dancers/ranters destined for fame, you’ll now find a YouTube channel devoted the SBA. “The first instinct might be to chuckle,” writes Deborah L. Cohen at Reuters. “Anyone who has followed the SBA throughout the travails of the recession realizes the agency has been under scrutiny over the effectiveness of its primary mission of delivering financial support to a vast array of small companies. Could this be a bit off the point?” What do you think? Does launching a YouTube channel represent an about-face from ineffectual bureaucracy toward new media savvy and transparency? Or will we soon see an SBA social network and an SBA iPhone app instead of a boost in small business lending? The channel’s been up for about a month and, as of this morning, its most popular video, an introduction to the SBA, was viewed 3,185 times. (Hat tip, peHUB) [...]

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