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Inside China’s Version of Silicon Valley

On the outside, China’s answer to Silicon Valley doesn’t look the part: It’s a crowded mass of electronics malls, fast-food joints and office buildings in northwest Beijing, bisected by congested highways.

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Tech Investors Target Gun Safety

Ron Conway, a financier known for his early investments in technology companies such as Google Inc., is leading a Silicon Valley effort to curb gun violence by investing in technologies such as firearm locks and better school security.

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New Money Ventures to Silicon Valley

Even as some venture-capital firms have become skittish after the disappointing initial public offerings of Facebook, Groupon Inc. and Zynga Inc., a number of hedge funds, private-equity firms and other asset-management firms are pouring money into closely held startups.

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Venture Firms Narrow Sights in Tough Times

Venture-capital firms are taking stiff measures to survive a tough fundraising environment and lackluster returns, including gutting their partnerships, slashing their fund sizes and refocusing their investment areas.

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Venture Capital to Suppress Its Appetite for Risk in 2013

Internet entrepreneurs have had the upper hand over venture capitalists in recent years but that balance of power is now showing some signs of shifting, a trend that could accelerate in 2013.

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Looking for the “Next Big Thing”? Ranking the Top 50 Start-Ups.

Venture capitalists are still investing in flashy Internet start-ups, but the “Next Big Thing” is more likely to be a maker of humdrum Internet plumbing for businesses.

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Investment Values Web Retailer Fanatics at $1.5 Billion

Despite concerns over how Facebook Inc.’s disappointing initial public offering may hurt start-up funding, venture capitalists are continuing to vote with their checkbooks.

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Start-Ups Need Staff to Get Investors’ Cash

Many Silicon Valley start-ups have had a tough time finding qualified computer engineers amid a growing talent war. Investors are adding to the pressure.

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Flash Sale Site Fab.com Lands $200 Million Valuation

Newly public Internet companies are having a tough time on the stock market this fall, but that hasn’t stopped venture capitalists from making some big bets on start-ups.

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The New Rules of Raising Cash

Raising money for start-ups is relatively easy in Silicon Valley these days. But longtime entrepreneurs and venture capitalists say it is still nowhere near as simple as it was in 1999 and 2000, when a cash flood fueled the dot-com bubble.

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