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Solar industry heating up, again: VCJ

Investor interest in solar startups is swelling, again, thanks to an uptick in installations nationwide, a lowering of prices and such exits as SolarCity’s $158 million acquisition last fall of solar-module mounting startup Zep Solar, writes Mary Ann Azevedo, contributor to Reuters Venture Capital Journal.

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VCs launch into new space: VCJ

Welcome to the era of “New Space,” where a small, but growing number of emerging hardware companies – many venture backed – are starting to take over the reins of space exploration as Washington, D.C., and other government agencies worldwide, shift the financial burden to private enterprise, affiliate magazine Venture Capital Journal reports.

VCJ Cover Story: Lights, Camera, Action, Disrupt!

Shortly before he died, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs told his biographer, Walter Isaacson, that he had “finally cracked” the secret of the connected TV. The resulting product could be an easy-to-use Internet television that syncs with other devices and the cloud and perhaps respond to voice commands. Imagine what this will do to the venture […]

VCJ Cover Story: The Rise of the Celeb Investors

Life is imitating art on the TV show “Two and a Half Men,” in which actor Ashton Kutcher plays an Internet billionaire. In real life, Kutcher is an Internet investor, with plenty of actual startups to his credit, including room rental service Airbnb, social magazine app Flipboard, travel search site Hipmunk and mobile marketplace provider […]

VCJ Report: VCs Show a Yen for Japanese M&A

As a venture capitalist with a long list of contacts in Silicon Valley and Tokyo, Gen Isayama is accustomed to introducing startups to strategic partners on opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean. Never before, however, has he gotten so many requests to do so. Isayama, a partner at DCM, tells Joanna Glasner of Venture Capital […]

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