Hispanic Entrepreneurs Play Larger Role in Economy
April 4, 2014 | Austin American Statesman
Hispanic entrepreneurs played a growing and larger role in the U.S. economy in the past decade, even during the recent downturn when they were needed most, according to a University of Texas at Pan American study released this month.
Spur-of-the-Moment - Million Investment in 10 Start-ups
April 4, 2014 | Washington Post
Venture capitalists are increasingly looking for young, innovative companies in areas outside of traditional technology hubs such as Boston, New York and California’s Silicon Valley. And few are scouring the country quite like Steve Case. Case, the former chairman of America Online, announced plans to invest $100,000 in each of 10 tech start-ups in cities such as Durham, N.C.; Nashville; and Minneapolis.
Biotech Sector Fears Financial Squeeze
April 3, 2014 | Boston Globe
As the pressure to make health care more affordable mounts, Massachusetts biotech companies and medical device makers are warning that lower costs for consumers could be bad for business. Companies and investors in the life sciences cluster say that new restrictions on payments for drugs and other medical products will stifle innovation and harm patients.
Rural States Critical of Boston’s Dominance in Research Funds
April 2, 2014 | Boston Globe
Two dozen rural states stretching from Maine to Mississippi and Montana are clamoring to increase their share of federal research dollars now disproportionately awarded to Boston-area institutions and scientists. The effort, coupled with other National Institutes of Health initiatives, could mean less federal money would go to research powerhouses like Massachusetts, New York, and California. Some Bay State researchers fear it threatens Boston’s dominance and could diminish chances for national scientific breakthroughs.
Bitcoin's Boosters Struggle to Shore Up Confidence
April 4, 2014 | Wall Street Journal
When Patrick Murck walked into a small, drab conference room at the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan last month, the freewheeling world of the virtual currency bitcoin got uncomfortably real. The 38-year-old Mr. Murck is general counsel of the Bitcoin Foundation, a trade group that promotes bitcoin. But when he showed up, the room also was filled with representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. Investigators peppered him with questions for two hours.
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