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News about tech money and innovation

August 26, 2006

http://www.siliconbeat.com/News about tech money and innovation

Inside news, big ideas and small nuggets of info about technology innovation in Silicon Valley and the money that drives it.

Matt Marshall joined the Mercury News in Nov. 1999. He covered the stock market and Silicon Valley technology companies, and moved to cover the venture capital beat in Feb. 2001. He writes a column called the VC Insider about Silicon Valley venture capitalists and the start-ups they fund. The column appears every other Tuesday.

Beginning in 2002, Matt instigated two successful Mercury News lawsuits against California’s public pension fund (CalPERS) and the University of California. The lawsuits sought disclosure of the financial performance of venture capital and other private equity funds that CalPERS and UC had invested in arguing that state taxpayers and retirees had a right to know these results. Public employees rely on such investments for their retirement income, and yet there was no public oversight of how those individual investments were performing. For his series of articles in conjunction with these lawsuits in 2002 and 2003, Matt was awarded Journalist of the Year by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists, and the James Madison Freedom of Information award.

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