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Because of Thanksgiving it was a slow week for VC. The stories:
The Morning Call writes about Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ struggle to obtain funding from the state. From the story: “Pennsylvania lawmakers have slashed the economic development organization’s funding by about a third, to $6.7 million in 2011. The looming expiration of a key grant portends an even deeper cut next year.”
As we mentioned yesterday, PACT kicks of its IMPACT Conference today at the Convention Center.
Local investor Ira Lubert has been named to the search committee formed to find the next head coach of Penn State football. The program is looking for a new head coach after a former coordinator was accused of sexually assaulting children.
First Round Capital and Google Ventures have teamed up once again to invest $1 million in Pocket Change, a platform for helping app developers monetize games.
The Daily Mail has an entertaining profile of Sean O’Sullivan, an investor and multimillionaire several times over whose many exploits including spending time as a starving artist in Philadelphia.
In one of the tech world’s worst kept secrets, it looks like Facebook will be filing for an IPO in Spring of next year.
AFCell Medical: Wayne-based biotech company raises $1M [VC Roundup]
Safeguard Scientifics leads $8.7M round for NYC’s AppFirst [VC Roundup]
InsPro Technologies: Eddystone-based insurance software company raises $1.5M [VC Roundup]
Meet these 10 hiring companies at Super Meetup
Penn (still) has high rate of alumni entrepreneurs leaving the region: report [VC Roundup]
Smaller VCs have tough time raising capital as VC funding falls 12% in last quarter [VC Roundup]
BFTP adds new manager for Project Liberty Digital Incubator [VC Roundup]
Verizon is looking for the brightest ideas on how to use its 5G technology
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