Startup news Round-up: March 21, 2012

Here’s startup news making headlines at other news sites and blogs around the Web:

  • The firm that manages the BlackBerry Partners Fund is set to announce another $150 million round, and will rename itself Relay Ventures. Kevin Talbot, the co-managing partner of ATP Capital has moved to Silicon Valley and is looking to put money from his Canadian investors into quick-growing mobile firms there.  The new fund’s lead investor is Toronto-based Northleaf Capital Partners, and others involved include Corus Entertainment, Thomson Reuters, and Research in Motion. Matt Hartley at the Financial Post.
  • The public affairs division of the Canadian Armed Forces is trading in their large television cameras for iPhones, thanks to an app developed by Okanagan, B.C.-based VeriCorder. Voddio, founded by veteran journalist Gary Symons, allows users to record and edit videos suitable for broadcast using an iPhone. Techvibes Newsdesk.
  • Authenticity counts when it comes to doing public relations for a startup firm. A founder or CEO is likely the best spokesperson for a brand new firm, not someone hired from the outside. Mark Evans Tech.

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