SurveyMonkey buys Fluidware

SurveyMonkey, which is backed by Spectrum Equity, has acquired Fluidware. Financial terms weren’t announced. Ottawa-based Fluidware provides online survey and application review tools.

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CalSTRS commits $743 mln to alternatives in Q1: Buyouts

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System committed $743 million to private equity investments during the first quarter, with a $200 million commitment to Clayton Dubiler & Rice Fund IX drawing the single largest pledge.


Spectrum Equity invests in Verafin

Spectrum Equity has acquired a minority stake in Verafin for C$60 million. RBC Capital Markets was the placement agent on the transaction. Based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Verafin is a provider of anti-money laundering and fraud detection solutions for the financial services industry.


Spectrum Equity invests in ExamSoft

ExamSoft has secured a “significant” investment from Spectrum Equity. Based in Dallas and Boca Raton, Florida, ExamSoft is a provider of intelligent educational assessment solutions.


VC-backed Extreme Reach buys BrandAds

Video platform Extreme Reach has acquired BrandAds. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in Emeryville, Calif., BrandAds is a video ad intelligence firm. Extreme Reach’s backers include Spectrum Equity, Greycroft Partners, Village Ventures and Long River Ventures.

PE-backed Lynda.com acquires Halifax startup Compilr

Online education firm Lynda.com said Monday that it has acquired Compilr. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in Halifax, Compilr is an online code editor. Lynda.com is backed by Accel Partners, Spectrum Equity and Meritech Capital Partners.

Silverpoint Sold to finalsite

Finalsite, which is backed by Spectrum Equity, has acquired Silverpoint. Financial terms were not announced. Baltimore, Md.-based Silverpoint provides websites and software to independent schools.

Reuters – Lynda.com Wins Investment from Accel, Spectrum

Online learning company Lynda.com has won $103 million in new funding from venture capital firm Accel Partners and equity investor Spectrum Equity, writes Reuters. The cash infusion marks the company’s first outside funding and will allow the company to expand internationally, add new content areas, and improve its Web and video platforms, writes Reuters.

Spectrum to Become Seamless’ Largest Shareholder

Spectrum Equity is now the largest shareholder of Seamless. Yesterday, ARAMARK said it would spin-off its interests in Seamless, the New York online and mobile food ordering service, to its shareholders. ARAMARK’s investors including GS Capital Partners, CCMP Capital, Thomas H. Lee Partners and Warburg Pincus

ARAMARK to Spin-Off Seamless to Shareholders

ARAMARK said Monday that it will spin-off its interest in Seamless to ARAMARK shareholders. In 2011, ARAMARK sold a minority stake in Seamless, an online and mobile food ordering service, to Spectrum Equity.


Spectrum to Make 7x Its Money on Ancestry.com

Spectrum Equity looks like it will make about 7x its investment in Ancestry.com. Yesterday, a group led by Permira agreed to buy Ancestry.com in a $1.6 billion deal. The company, whose website helps users trace their family roots, will be taken private at $32 per share.

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