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Venture-Backed IPOs Show Spirited Performance This Year

PeHUB took a look at this year’s 18 venture-backed IPOs to see where the action has been. Its analysis shows that companies trading above their IPO price greatly outnumber those that have sunk below it. The score is 12 above to six below.

Silver Spring Raises $30M, Filing Says

Silver Spring Networks has raised $30 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The smart grid communications company said the transaction took place on Feb. 21, but did not name its investors. The cleantech news site Greentech Media reports that the money came from Hitachi. The two companies formed a partnership […]

VCJ Cover Story: Biofuels Litmus Test

The IPO market has been quiet for a couple of months, and the Solyndra bankruptcy has cast a pall over the VC-backed cleantech sector. But that could change soon, as a total of 15 cleantech companies wait in registration for a chance to launch public offerings, including a handful of biofuels developers. Combined, they could […]

Foundation Capital to Seek $750M for Its Seventh Fund

Silicon Valley venture firm Foundation Capital is looking to raise a seventh fund totaling $750 million, sources tell peHUB. The fund, still in pre-marketing, will try to match the size of its 2008 vehicle, a $750 million fund that at the time dedicated itself substantially to cleantech investments. Foundation did not respond to peHUB’s requests […]

Slideshow: Welcome to the Family, Motorola!

Google’s latest and greatest acquisition is its $12.5 billion buy of Motorola, incorporating into its stable a major handset maker and patent library that transcends the company’s long-held advertising and search business model. But how many other sectors is the search giant planning to enter? Well, just take a look at Google Ventures’ portfolio, and […]

Publicly Traded GSV Capital Acquires New Stakes in Five VC-Backed Startups

GSV Capital, a closed-end, publicly traded investment fund that’s been snapping up stakes in venture-backed private companies, announced today that it has recently acquired share in five companies: Bloom Energy, Chegg, Gilt Groupe, Silver Spring Networks, and Serious Energy. Woodside, Calif.-based GSV went public in April of this year. Since then, it has also acquired […]

Top 10 Blog Posts this Week focus on CalPERS CIO’s Comp, How Avalon Got into the Zynga Deal and a Bunch of Early Stage Funds Being Raised

Want to catch up on the blog posts that your peers found most interesting on peHUB this week? Here are the top 10 posts written by peHUB and Reuters staffers that garnered the most pageviews from regular readers from July 4 to July 8. Hot topics included CalPERS’s Chief Investment Officer Joe Dear’s compensation, how little-known Avalon Ventures got into the Zynga deal, a wave of new early stage funds being raised, Silver Spring filing for an IPO and lots more.

1. Dear Joe Dear: What Do You Make at CalPERS?, by Gregory Roth
2. Avalon Ventures: the Low-Flying Firm About to Make a Billion Bucks on Zynga’s IPO, by Connie Loizos
3. Report Finds 127 Early Stage Funds Now Being Raised, by Mark Boslet
4. Solamere Exec Helps Lead Romney Fundraising Effort, by Bernard Vaughan
5. Silver Spring Networks files for IPO of up to $150M, by Reuters
6. Aussie Contact Helps NY Firm Flip Company In One Day, by Bernard Vaughan
7. TALK BACK: What’s Going on in China?, by Jonathan Marino
8. Carlyle in Talks to Buy Energy Capital Partners, by Reuters
9. Fears Of SEC Registration Disappear, But Venture Firms May Face New Record Keeping Demands (subscription required), by Mark Boslet
10. Truly Quick: True Ventures Nears Final Close on $200M Fund, by Jonathan Marino

Silver Spring Networks files for IPO of up to $150M

Silver Spring Networks Inc filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday to raise up to $150 million in an initial public offering of its shares. In an S-1, the company, which provides networking platform for smart grids, did not disclose the number of shares it intended to sell or their expected price. The […]

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