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See you next month in Orlando

If you are an entrepreneur or part of the “hodge-podge of scientists, institutions, and funding” that make up our state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, please join us at the 2014 Florida Venture Capital Conference.  On January 28 & 29, hundreds of venture capitalists and private equity investors from across the U.S. and the world will be at […]

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Tower Cloud named to Inc. 500 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies

With 3-Year Sales Growth of 964%, the BPV portfolio company ranked #478 on the 2013 Inc. 500 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies. The 2013 Inc. 500, unveiled in the September issue of Inc., is the most competitive crop in the list’s history.  To make the cut, companies had to have achieved a staggering minimum […]

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The promise of personalized cancer treatment, part II

Today’s Wall Street Journal includes a story about the dramatic genetic breakthroughs that are revolutionizing cancer treatment. (The promise of personalized cancer treatment, part I, can be found here.) One of our portfolio companies, MolecularMD, provides highly validated, standardized pharmacogenomic tests that support regulatory approval and clinical adoption of targeted, personalized oncology.  Several of their assays help […]

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Rise of the high-tech South, cont.

The Private Equity Growth Capital Council (PEGCC) reports that Texas received the most private equity investment in U.S. based companies in 2012: $46.6 billion in growth equity and venture capital invested in 222 companies.  (Florida ranked 4th in companies and 5th in dollars invested: 115 companies and $17.3 billion.) This is the latest confirmation of “the […]

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UF incubator named 2013 Incubator of the Year

Congratulations to David Day, his team at UF’s Office of Technology Licensing, and the University of Florida on being named the 2013 Incubator of the Year, besting much larger competition from all around the globe.  The university’s OTL, Innovation Hub and incubator are vital parts of the hodge-podge of scientists, institutions and funding that make […]

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The love of taxes is the root of unhappiness, Part II

New evidence from the dismal science confirms what social science has already shown: the love of taxes is the root of unhappiness.   The original social science, from the December 2009 issue of Science, indicated that states with the highest taxes also have the least happy residents.  Residents of high tax states not only have less money to spend on […]

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Happy 500th Anniversary, Florida

It was 500 years ago today that Ponce de Leon landed at St. Augustine, ‘discovering’ Florida for Europe. In honor of that historic event Adam Putnam, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture, wrote a column published in several of the State’s newspapers in which he recounts some interesting state history and sings the praises of living and […]

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BPV completes successful exit from FSV Payment Systems

Ballast Point Ventures is pleased to announce a successful exit from its investment in BPV II portfolio company FSV Payment Systems, a leading provider of prepaid program management and processing services.  FSV is known for its expertise managing a broad range of prepaid programs for companies, government agencies, financial institutions, and incentive/marketing firms.  Under the […]

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Meet Kevin Burgoyne

The BPV team was very pleased to host a meeting last week with Kevin Burgoyne, the new Executive Director of the Florida Venture Forum, at our offices in St. Petersburg.  It was an enjoyable and wide-ranging conversation about how to continue to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Florida, including new efforts to attract corporate participation, […]

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Southeast dominates CEOs Top 10

For the eighth consecutive year, Texas has been voted the best state for business by Chief Executive magazine.  The Top 10 looks familiar to us, as it constitutes most of the geography in which we have focused our investment efforts for over twenty years now, and adds to the growing list of evidence that some states […]

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