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Midwest venture tries to up its game: VCJ

Midwest venture investing has been on an upswing over the past few years. A lot of this has to do with activity in Illinois, where the Chicago startup ecosystem has grown, affiliate publication Venture Capital Journal reports. But other states are trying to pull their own weight.

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Carlyle buys ECi Software Solutions

The Carlyle Group has acquired ECi Software Solutions. No financial terms were disclosed. Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Harris Williams & Co advised ECi while Latham & Watkins and PricewaterhouseCoopers advised Carlyle. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, ECi is a provider of business management and ecommerce software solutions.

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Corporate takeover

With corporate venture investing now approaching levels not seen since the dot-com boom, a key question remains: “Is it different this time?”

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Venture Activity in Russia Climbs Sharply

Venture investing in Russia rose sharply last year as investors shifted their focus to larger, growth-stage transactions. Money going to startups climbed to $910.6 million, according to a study.

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PE Seen Catching Up on Sustainability, Environment

Corporations have led the way in addressing environmental, social and governance issues, but the private equity community is catching up, says Lauren Koopman, a director in the sustainable business solutions team at the global accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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Early Stage Deal Making Takes It On The Chin

Venture investing pulled back in the first quarter due in part to a broad industry-wide rationalization. The deals most feeling the pinch are early stage ones. Here are some thoughts on why from a look at the numbers.

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Venture Investing Retreats in Q3, But Booming Software Deals Counter Trend

After advancing for three quarters, venture investing retreated in the third quarter, likely shaken by global financial volatility but also a reflection of a shift to a faster, more capital efficient way to make money. Quarterly investments totaled $6.95 billion with 876 deals receiving funding, according to the MoneyTree Report issued by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the […]

Stock Market Turmoil Not Expected to Hurt Tech M&A

The roiling stock markets have all but closed the IPO window, but tech M&A activity should continue to be strong through the rest of the year. So says Rob Fisher, leader of PricewaterhouseCooper’s technology M&A group in San Jose, Calif. Fisher has worked in tech M&A for 14 years, so he’s seen his shares of […]

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