Where Are Venture Capitalists Placing Their Bets?

The optimism of VCs for new technologies is rising across the board, but especially for cloud computing, mobile, and health-care IT

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Where Are Venture Capitalists Placing Their Bets?

According to a recent international survey [PDF] of hundreds of venture capitalists conducted by Deloitte Consulting for the U.S. National Venture Capital Association, overall investor confidence is growing across almost every tech sector. The greatest growth globally is in the clean technology and robotics sectors, but looking at just U.S. venture investors, robotics and consumer businesses led growth. Cloud computing remained the sector inspiring the most confidence, for the second year in a row.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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