Twitter and Google have reached a deal to make tweets searchable in real time using the search engine.

The tweets will now appear as people search for content using the search engine. Before this deal, Google would have to crawl the social media website and then post the tweets.  Google will most likely pay a flat licensing fee for the tweets and Twitter hopes to get increased traffic. Read more

Here’s a great InfoGraphic from CBInsights with the healthcare venture capital landscape marked out by type.  This is how to find the funding source for life science, healthcare and device startups. Read more

Venture capital funding hit its highest annual mark since 2001 as venture investors participated in $47.3 billion across 3,617 deals. Even versus 2013, the past year was huge as venture capital skyrocketed 62% YoY due to multiple $500M+ mega-rounds while deal growth was more modest, climbing 8%. Of note, two quarters each – Q2’14 and Q4’14 – notched over $13B in funding. Read more

Rockies Venture Club recently launched a beta program for due diligence analytics, assembling a team of highly capable industry and academic individuals in order to streamline the time consuming process and assist angel investors with making the most informed decisions possible. This is an extremely exciting prospect because research shows that extensively researching a company at the onset of a deal pays off for angel investors. Read more

 Transparent consumer markets have never existed in our current healthcare system.  This means that consumers don’t have access to information that is needed for making informed decisions about healthcare options.  The result is that we randomly select care providers without any knowledge of the costs to the payers – thus increasing the costs for everyone.
Lack of transparency is about to go away and the implications for health care providers, payers and consumers will be huge.
Here is an article describing eight new startups that are working to increase transparency in health care.
http://mobihealthnews.com/29400/8-companies-working-on-price-transparency/
If that is not enough for you, the Colorado Capital Conference (November 13, 2014 Denver, CO) will be addressing this issue.  Our keynote speaker, Tom Main (of Oliver Wyman) will address these issues and a panel of experts will dig deeper into the transparency issue to help investors make smart decisions about investing in early stage Digital Health companies in this area.  Visit www.coloradocapitalconference.org for more information and registration.

It goes without saying that the Internet plays a vital role in our lives. The Internet enables us to shop, watch the play from the playoffs that we missed and cat videos. It’s estimated that Americans spend 11 hours a day with electronic media like the radio, TV, the Internet and movies. Keeping the Internet affordable and accessible has been an important tenet of its growth and expansion.  While many people – especially Congress – have disagreed on the best ways to do that, Congress and presidents agreed for more than a decade that state taxation to access the Internet is a bad idea. Read more

If you are a Founder or CEO of a technology company that hopes to raise capital, the Rockies Venture Club would like to invite you to attend the Evening Party of the Colorado Venture Summit on June 19.

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Finding capital is no easy task. Lots of start-ups struggle early on with where to find the capital they need to bring a great product (or service) to market or to tend to a broken technology in need of some work.  Funding Your Dreams: Calling All Entrepreneurs, a panel at this year’s WILD Summit, covered just this.  Once you’ve determined how much capital you need, how do you put together your fundraising strategy?  Who do you ask for funding and are you offering something in return?  What do you need to know before you start? Read more

You may think that investors assess value in the companies they back in a strictly financial way – analyzing the proformas, return on investment, key ratios and so on.  These things are important, but investors look at a lot more than just the financials.  In fact, the financials are driven by other less easily measured aspects of the company such as the Team, Patents and Intellectual Property,the social or environmental impact the company has, the speed at which it can scale up and grow,  their brand value, the solidness of their core mission, vision and values as well as a clear path to an M&A or IPO transaction for an exit. Read more