Southern California venture capital: Deals up, dollars down in 1st half

SoCal's $2.4 billion venture capital take in 2017's first half is more than the state of Texas plus the Seattle and Washington, D.C. areas took in - combined! Young Southern California companies found venture capitalists willing to make more bets, but for less money, in 2017's first half. Dow Jones VentureSource reports that 193 venture capital deals were made in the region from January through June.

U.S. venture capital’s digital coin quandary: cash-rich startups

U.S. venture capital firms lining up for a slice of the burgeoning digital currency market are grappling with a novel challenge - some of the hottest tech startups that sell the coins just don't need their money. Only a few years ago, digital currency entrepreneurs, like other Silicon Valley peers, had to line up to pitch their ideas to venture capitalists, who controlled their destiny as virtually the only source of funding.

Scott Wright: Fender chief has a tune worth listening to

WHEN you get the chance to speak someone who has had an illustrious a career in business like Andy Mooney, it pays to listen - and not just because he rubs shoulders with rock stars most days. The Scot who runs the renowned American guitar company Fender, having previously held senior positions with Nike and Disney, has some very interesting views around entrepreneurship in his homeland.

Heavenly manna from angel investors

The Canterbury Angels startup investment group is on the hunt for startup investments following a recent agreement with the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund. The partnership means when Canterbury Angels invest in a new company, NZVIF will match it dollar-for-dollar, according to local Angels chairman Ben Reid.

The big interview: Jackie Waring, founder and chief of Investing Women

California's motto "eureka" is likely a nod to the discovery of gold, but the phrase also seems a suitably triumphant summary of the visit by a group of Scottish-based entrepreneurs to the state earlier this year. Jackie Waring describes the week in San Francisco to present their wares and make key connections as "enormously impactful" for participants.