Firsthand Technology Value Fund Discloses Preliminary NAV of $27.30 Per Share as of June 30, 2014

Firsthand Technology Value Fund Discloses Preliminary NAV of $27.30 Per Share as of June 30, 2014  Top Holdings Include Twitter, Facebook, IntraOp Medical, Turn, and Pivotal  SAN JOSE, Calif., July 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Firsthand Technology Value Fund, Inc. (Nasdaq:SVVC) (the "Fund"), a publicly-traded venture capital fund that invests in technology and cleantech companies, disclosed today that its top five holdings as of June 30, 2014 were Twitter, Facebook, IntraOp Medical, Turn, and Pivotal Systems.   1.Twitter, Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) is an online social networking service that lets     users send and receive 140-character messages ("tweets"). As of June 30,     2014, the Fund's investment in Twitter consisted of 1,006,200 shares of     common stock plus options and represented approximately 18.7% of the     Fund's preliminary net assets.      2.Facebook, Inc. (Nasdaq:FB) is an online social networking service with     more than 1 billion monthly active users worldwide. As of June 30, 2014,     the Fund's investment in Facebook consisted of 600,000 shares of common     stock and represented approximately 16.3% of the Fund's preliminary net     assets.      3.IntraOp Medical, Inc. is the manufacturer of the Mobetron, a medical     device that is used to deliver intra-operative radiation to cancer     patients. As of June 30, 2014, the Fund's investment in IntraOp consisted     of 20,300,000 shares of preferred stock plus debt securities and     represented approximately 8.5% of the Fund's preliminary net assets.      4.Turn Inc. is a leading provider of advertising technology to Fortune 1000     marketers and their agencies. As of June 30, 2014, the Fund's investment     in Turn consisted of 1,798,562 shares of preferred stock and represented     approximately 6.1% of the Fund's preliminary net assets.      5.Pivotal Systems, Inc. provides monitoring and process control technologies     for the semiconductor manufacturing industry. As of June 30, 2014, the     Fund's investment in Pivotal consisted of 19,857,028 shares of preferred     stock plus debt securities, and represented approximately 4.8% of the     Fund's preliminary net assets.  The Fund's preliminary net assets as of June 30, 2014 also include cash of approximately $4.64 per share. As of that date, the Fund's top five holdings constituted 54.4% of the Fund's preliminary net assets. Complete financial statements and a detailed schedule of investments will be made available with the Fund's quarterly report filing on Form 10-Q in August 2014.  About Firsthand Technology Value Fund  Firsthand Technology Value Fund, Inc. is a publicly-traded venture capital fund that invests in technology and cleantech companies. More information about the Fund and its holdings can be found online at www.firsthandtvf.com.  The Fund is a non-diversified, closed-end investment company that elected to be treated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940. The Fund's investment objective is to seek long-term growth of capital. Under normal circumstances, the Fund will invest at least 80% of its total assets for investment purposes in technology and cleantech companies.  CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined under the U.S. federal securities laws. Generally, the words "believe," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "project," "will," and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which generally are not historical in nature. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to materially differ from the Fund's historical experience and its present expectations or projections indicated in any forward-looking statement. These risks include, but are not limited to, changes in economic and political conditions, regulatory and legal changes, technology and cleantech industry risk, valuation risk, non-diversification risk, interest rate risk, tax risk, and other risks discussed in the Fund's filings with the SEC. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. The Fund undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein. There is no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be attained. We acknowledge that, notwithstanding the foregoing, the safe harbor for forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 does not apply to investment companies such as us.  CONTACT: Heather Hohlowski          Firsthand Capital Management, Inc.          (408) 624-9525          vc@firsthandtvf.com  Firsthand Technology Value Fund, Inc. Logo  
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