Just six Brazilian tech startups landed venture capital investments in 2009, but that number grew to 17 in 2010 and to 45 last year, according to Diogo Gomes, an online entrepreneur and blogger based in Brazil.
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Spectrum Equity, which has invested in SurveyMonkey and Ancestry.com, searches for growth equity deals.
TPG Capital and SurveyMonkey, which is backed by Bain Capital Venture Partners, have agreed to buy MarketTools. Financial terms weren’t announced. Terms of the deal call for TPG to buy MarketTools and transfer Zoomerang, ZoomPanel and TrueSample businesses to SurveyMonkey in exchange for a minority stake in SurveyMonkey. TPG will retain the Research Solutions and CustomerSat businesses.
SurveyMonkey.com of Palo Alto, Calif., acquired a 49.9 percent interest in Clicktools, a U.K.-based survey provider on salesforce.com’s AppExchange. The companies plan to form a partnership that will offer cloud-based survey tools integrated with Salesforce CRM. SurveyMonkey is backed by Bain Capital and Spectrum Equity Investors.
Spectrum Equity Investors and Bain Capital Ventures have agreed to acquire a majority interest in SurveyMonkey, a Portland, Ore.-based provider of of online survey solutions. No pricing terms were disclosed for the deal, which included leveraged financing from Bank of America, CIT and NewStar Financial. Dave Goldberg will take over as CEO, after having spent the past two years as an entrepreneur-in-residence with Benchmark Capital.