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Venture Briefing: May 31, 2017

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Supreme Court Eases Rules for Companies in Patent Disputes
The U.S. Supreme Court tightened rules for where patent lawsuits can be filed in a decision that may make it harder for so-called patent "trolls" to launch sometimes dodgy patent cases in friendly courts, a major irritant for high-tech giants like Apple and Alphabet's Google. The justices sided 8-0 with beverage flavoring company TC Heartland in its legal battle with food and beverage company Kraft Heinz Co, ruling that patent infringement suits can be filed only in courts located in the jurisdiction where the targeted company is incorporated.
(Source: Reuters, 2017-05-22) Read the full article
Law to Expand Crowdfunding Falling Short of Expectations
About a year after the implementation of a law that allows ordinary people to invest in startups regardless of their net worth, far fewer businesses than expected are being funded by everyday people looking to get in on Silicon Valley's next unicorn. Many companies, which may have to go to significant lengths to market themselves, solicit investments, consult lawyers and publicize their financial information, have decided the new option is more trouble -- and perhaps more money -- than it's worth.
(Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 2017-05-26) Read the full article
Committee OKs Small Biz Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act
The Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2017 may be one step closer to reality. The bill is aimed at streamlining and improving the regulatory process for American small business.
(Source: Small Business Trends, 2017-05-21) Read the full article
Sales of Small Business Increased 29 Percent Over Last Year
Small business transactions got off to an impressive start in the first quarter of 2017, building off of and surpassing last year's activity. BizBuySell's latest Insight Report revealed a record 2,368 small businesses changed hands in the first quarter of 2017 -- up 29 percent from the same time last year -- suggesting a move toward a balanced market.
(Source: The Business Journals Digital Network, 2017-05-22) Read the full article
Popularity of Crowdfunding Industry Sparks Slew of Consultants
Crowdfunding is a now an established part of the entrepreneurial landscape, and as it has grown in popularity, an entire industry of services has sprung up around it. Crowdfunding consultants, videographers, social media managers and marketers all now offer their services to entrepreneurs who want to run crowdfunding campaigns.
(Source: Marketplace, 2017-05-22) Read the full article
Corporate Venture Capital Offers Entrepreneurs Some Advantages
One type of funding, which is sometimes overlooked and which can be quite powerful, is corporate venture funds. Loosely referred to as "strategic" investors, they represent a fast-growing segment of the funding market.
(Source: Entrepreneur.com, 2017-05-19) Read the full article
Report Finds Growing Number of CEOs Ousted for Ethics Violations
If it seems like more CEOs are getting cast aside amid ethical blunders or corporate scandals, they are. According to a new report on CEO succession from Strategy&, PwC's strategy consulting business, the percentage of CEOs getting pushed out for questionable behavior -- lapses including environmental disasters, insider trading, résumé fraud, accounting scandals and sexual misconduct -- is up over the past five years.
(Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2017-05-20) Read the full article
Companies Using Kidnap Policies to Cover Ransomware Losses
Companies without cyber insurance are dusting off policies covering kidnap, ransom and extortion in the world's political hotspots to recoup losses caused by ransomware viruses such as "WannaCry", insurers say. The kidnap policies, known as K&R coverage, are typically used by multinational companies looking to protect their staff in areas where violence related to oil and mining operations is common, such as parts of Africa and Latin America.
(Source: Reuters, 2017-05-19) Read the full article
Google Launches V.C. Program Focused on Artificial Intelligence
Google has launched a new venture capital program focused on artificial intelligence, Axios is reporting. Google declined to comment on the report, which states that the initiative will be led by longtime Google VP of engineering Anna Patterson and involve a rotating cast of engineers instead of the venture investors who work for Alphabet's corporate venture unit, GV.
(Source: Tech Crunch, 2017-05-26) Read the full article
 
 
 
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According to Preqin’s 2017 Global Private Equity & Venture Capital Report, private equity firms’ assets under management has ballooned to $2.49 trillion as of June 2016, more than doubling from the end of 2006.
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