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Bull City Venture Partners seeks startups, but only of a certain kind

by Lauren K. Ohnesorge Scot Wingo

F or Jason Caplain, co-founder of Durham venture fund Bull City Venture Partners, fall is travel time. In the past four weeks, he's had three trips to Washington D.C. Next week, he'll be in Silicon Valley, networking with the Facebook and Google folk, all potential contacts for startups in his portfolio.

While BCVP has just one announced investment (StepLeader), there have been other moves that  ...

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How cable companies are crippling the U.S. Internet, and 8 other stories to keep you well-informed

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T he U.S. falls ever further behind in broadband speeds, as the cost of Internet here dwarfs the price in many other industrialized countries. The blame for that goes largely to the cable monopolies who control broadband access for many of us. And it's a bigger problem than mere inconvenience, argues Claire Caine Miller in the New York Times. She makes the case that our slow Internet could put us  ...

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The story of what happened to Matt Taibbi and his fall from Pierre Omidyar's army

by J Jennings Moss The Intercept

M att Taibbi's sudden departure Tuesday from Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media is significant enough. Taibbi, after all, had built a respected name and strong following as a take-no-prisoners journalist with a truly great writer's flare ( see Goldman Sachs=Vampire Squid) before he joined Omidyar's camp to start a new digital magazine called Rocket.

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Can Zuckerberg do with virtual reality what he's done with social networking?

by Kent Bernhard Jr Mark Zuckerberg

M ark Zuckerberg sees a virtual future.

The Facebook CEO famously spent $2 billion buying Oculus Rift, the maker of a virtual reality headset. So it's no wonder he's bullish on the technology. But just how bullish he is wasn't known until this week.

During an earnings call for his company, he revealed that he believes Oculus will need to hit 50 million to 100 million units sold to become the  ...

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Running apparel startup Janji helps fund clean-water initiatives in Africa, Peru, India

by Sara Castellanos main

B rookline, Mass.-based Janji is a running apparel startup with a lofty mission that goes beyond profit: to help people in underdeveloped countries get access to clean water through the sale of its clothing. To date, the startup has raised $50,000 since its founding in 2010 for global clean water initiatives in Africa, Peru and Bangladesh, with India on the horizon next spring, and is continuing  ...

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Bill Blass gets social-media-savvy Chris Benz as new creative director

by Teresa Novellino Chris Benz

A merican sportswear brand Bill Blass has named award-winning designer Chris Benz as creative director to the brand, effective today.

Known for his active presence on Twitter, where he has more than 156,000 followers, Benz told WWD that he plans to focus on "what feels modern today ... taking advantage of social media and new platforms for personal connections with the customer."

He will  ...

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Who got nominated for the Upstart 100? A tech educator, a lip balm maven and many more

by J Jennings Moss Th Upstart 100

W ith just over a week left until nominations for the inaugural Upstart 100 — what we intend to be an annual celebration of a year's biggest disruptors, influencers, trailblazers and creative class — I wanted to share two more names offered up by readers. If you've got someone else in mind who you think is a true upstart who achieved something great in 2014, nominate them by clicking here and  ...

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