Benchmark, Fortress, Ribbit invest in Pantera Bitcoin

Pantera Capital Management, which is now focused exclusively on Bitcoin, said Wednesday that Benchmark, Fortress Investment Group and Ribbit Capital are acquiring an interest in Pantera Bitcoin Partners. Founded in 2003, Pantera Capital previously focused on global macro hedge fund investments.

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Billion-dollar venture exits still rare birds

Need more proof that a dozen – maybe 15 – private tech companies bring in the bacon each year to the venture business? Of the 1,824 tech companies that found either M&A or IPO exits in 2013, just 19 won billion dollar plus valuations.

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Latin American PE investing rose last year

Private equity and venture capital investing in Latin America climbed for a third straight year as fund managers put $8.9 billion to work in 234 deals last year, according to the Latin American Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.

Greater Cleveland tech companies attract $259mln in 2013

Last year, 118 tech-based companies in Greater Cleveland raised $259 million from venture capitalists and angel investors, according to the region’s Venture Capital Advisory Task Force. This was a 15 percent percent increase over the amount attracted in 2012.

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