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Signs of life on Sand Hill Road

Ann Grimes reports in this morning’s Wall St. Journal about renewed signs of investor life among venture investors in Silicon Valley.

Ideas for start-ups are bubbling, and infusions into early-stage companies were up 43% in the second quarter over the previous quarter, according to a survey released this month by PricewaterhouseCoopers, Thomson Venture Economics and the National Venture Capital Association. “The summer slowdown that used to take place hasn’t happened this year,” says Magdalena Yesil, a general partner at U.S. Venture Partners.

In a related article, Grimes reports on the segments that seem to be generating the most investor interest: alternative energy, medical devices, wireless networking, business services, and video chips. An interesting omission: network security.

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