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NVCA honors Heesen with lifetime achievement at VentureScape

Mark Heesen, former president of the National Venture Capital Association, was honored at the group’s annual meeting in San Francisco with its Lifetime Achievement Award. At the group’s VentureScape conference, Heesen was praised for his commitment to transparency and for helping to establish the NVCA as the definitive source for data, commentary and insight about the venture community. Heesen was with the NVCA for more than 20 years, including 14 years as its president. He announced last year his retirement from the nation’s top lobbyist organization for the venture industry.

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Midwest venture tries to up its game: VCJ

Midwest venture investing has been on an upswing over the past few years. A lot of this has to do with activity in Illinois, where the Chicago startup ecosystem has grown, affiliate publication Venture Capital Journal reports. But other states are trying to pull their own weight.

Venture backed IPOs post best year since 2007

Venture backed IPOs had a banner year in 2013 with 82 offerings completed, the most since 2007, according to a report from the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters, publisher of peHUB.

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Corporate takeover

With corporate venture investing now approaching levels not seen since the dot-com boom, a key question remains: “Is it different this time?”

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The micro-cap IPO disappearing act

Decimalization has clearly damaged the market for small-cap IPOs. The VC industry would be “much healthier if we went back to the days when stocks traded in 1/8 or even 1/4 dollar increments for small companies,” writes guest blogger Mark Siegel of Menlo Ventures.

Study finds rising activity from patent trolls

Seventy percent of venture capitalists and one in three startup companies have received patent assertions, or claims from patent trolls, according to a new survey from the National Venture Capital Association and the Institute for Innovation Law at University of California Hastings. Eighty percent of survey respondents indicated that the number of patent demands they have received increased over the past five years, the report found.

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Venture fundraising remains anemic in 3Q

Venture fundraising remained anemic in the third quarter with 56 funds raising $4.1 billion, according to a study released Monday. The dollar total was down 21% from the third quarter of last year and dollars committed during the first three quarters of the year are down 29%.

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For VCs, SEC Ruling Should Make Fundraising a Bit Easier

The lifting of the ban on general solicitations will likely have the biggest impact on emerging managers seeking new limited partners. But even established VCs should benefit from the change, at the very least because it means they can now publicly discuss fundraising plans.

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How Should The NVCA Change Under Its New Leadership?

The National Venture Capital Association this week named a new president after sifting through more than 100 resumes during a roughly three-month executive search. So what new course will the appointee, Bobby Franklin, chart for the association? Offer your suggestions to Franklin in the comments section below.

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Early Stage Deal Making Takes It On The Chin

Venture investing pulled back in the first quarter due in part to a broad industry-wide rationalization. The deals most feeling the pinch are early stage ones. Here are some thoughts on why from a look at the numbers.

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Venture Investing At Slowest Pace In Two Years

Venture capitalists began 2013 by pouring money into startups at the slowest pace in two years, suggesting a reset for an industry where dollars coming into new funds has trailed portfolio company investments for six years.

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