peHUB First Read

This morning, First Read brings you news Fortress is taking its recently closed infrastructure fund public, the SEC is facing a challenge to its pay-to-play rules in the name of free speech and music and video streamer Vevo is off the market.

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Deaths of the unfit outnumber survival of the fittest

There are 45 healthcare companies in the Fortune 500. History says some 86 percent of them are doomed to obscurity if they don’t learn how to adjust to life after the giant asteroid hits earth, also known as full implementation of the Affordable Care Act.


Beringea, Arboretum Ventures lead $10 mln funding in Rethink

Beringea and Arboretum Ventures have led a $10 million Series C funding round in Rethink, which provides web-based learning and care management tools for children with autism and other behavioral health disorders. Existing investors also joined the funding round. Michael Gross, managing director at Beringea, and Paul McCreadie, managing director at Arboretum Ventures, will join the company’s board.


peHUB First Read

To start your week, First Read has news about this week’s focus on the labor market in Jackson Hole, why Silicon Valley giants don’t need investment bankers for M&A and Norway’s sovereign fund hesitates on moving into riskier strategies.


peHUB First Read

To cap your week, First Read has news that LPs received historic levels of distributions last year, Argentina is prepared to use an anti-terrorism law against RR Donnelley and no, Yellowstone’s supervolcano is not about to erupt.


peHUB Second Opinion

In Second Opinion, women are better than men at raising money with Kickstarter, Uber drivers are still in operation in Berlin despite being banned and Apple is planning a more expensive iPhone that has a sapphire screen.


Susquehanna Growth Equity leads $7 mln Series B funding in B-Stock Solutions

Susquehanna Growth Equity has led a $7 million Series B growth funding round in B-Stock Solutions, which provides inventory liquidation sales management services to merchants and manufacturers. Existing investor, True Ventures, participated in the funding round. Amir Goldman of Susquehanna Growth Equity will join the company’s board of directors.


D2L raises $85 mln in Series B funding from VC group

Educational technology company D2L Inc. has closed an $85 million Series B funding round led by a large institutional investor. Other investors participating in the funding round include Columbus Nova Technology Partners, Graham Holdings, Four Rivers Group, Aurion Capital and existing investors New Enterprise Associates and OMERS Ventures. Silicon Valley Bank provided debt financing. D2L has raised a total of $165 million.


NEA leads $10 mln Series B funding round in Luminal

New Enterprise Associates has led a $10 million Series B funding round in software startup Luminal, which develops products for operation and maintenance of cloud-based systems. Previous investors participating in the funding round include Core Capital and the Maryland Venture Fund. Luminal has raised a total of $13.8 million to date.


peHUB First Read

To start your morning, the eurozone is in turmoil, the Internet has grown too big for its aging infrastructure and President Obama won’t return donations from execs who profited from tax inversions.


Seventh Sense Biosystems raises $16 mln in Series B funding

Seventh Sense Biosystems, which develops blood collection and diagnostic platforms, has raised $16 million in Series B funding from a group of investors. New investors in the funding were the venture capital arm of Siemens Financial Services, Novartis and Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings. Existing investors Flagship Ventures and Polaris Partners also participated in the funding round.

Oxford Finance, Square 1 provide $10 mln to Tarsa Therapeutics

Oxford Finance and Square 1 Bank have provided a $10 million senior credit facility to biopharmaceutical company Tarsa Therapeutics. The company plans to use the proceeds to help file a drug application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for medication to treat post-menopausal osteoporosis, targeted for early 2015. Tarsa also announced biopharmaceutical veteran Daniel Soland has joined the company’s board.


peHUB First Read

To start, the first woman has won the prestigious ‘Nobel Prize of Mathematics,’ look beyond IPOs to find this year’s biggest capital raises and a startup believes it has created an AI that can teach itself and will eventually be able to answer almost any question.


peHUB Second Opinion

In Second Opinion, Yahoo acquires Zofari, Apple releases its diversity stats and a study of venture outcomes reveals that nearly 65% of financings fail to return 1x capital. And, the new danger to smoking e-cigarettes.

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