private equity, healthcare, vitamins, nutrition, Gimbal Brothers, merger, M&A
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PE investors back gummy-vitamin revolution

By Patrick J. Crocker, MHT Partners Private equity is in love with all things gummy, investing in a gummy-vitamin revolution that’s sweeping the $41 billion U.S. vitamin/mineral/supplement market. Virtually nonexistent a few years ago, the gummy-supplement market is already valued at more than $1 billion in annual U.S. revenue and is rapidly growing — a […]

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VC Video Interview: Don’t fear the ‘robopocalypse’

By Jeff Harbach, Kauffman Fellows There are some people who fear the future with robots. Elon Musk has started warning that artificial intelligence could be a real threat to humans. Others fear robots will take jobs away from people and we’ll never get them back. It almost sounds like a new frontier in science fiction. […]

Guest Column Ulu Ventures Marriage VC
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Why a venture capital marriage is not a unicorn

By Miriam Rivera and Clint Korver, Ulu Ventures Married couples obviously love each other, but ask them if they want to work together and you’ll get an eye roll from a lot of them. It’s tough enough to agree on where to have dinner, let alone where to take your jointly owned business. We have […]

Amazon RFP City Select VC
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Why Amazon should select Austin for its second headquarters

By Mike Smerklo, co-founder and managing director, Next Coast Ventures Jeff Bezos has sparked a mini “arms race” where cities across North America are looking to stockpile credibility as to why Amazon should select them as its home away from home. Game on. Austin, Texas has been included in nearly every “Best Cities” list published […]

Guest Column VC
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Can Peter Thiel pull a rabbit from his hat with Palantir?

By Rohit Kulkarni, SharesPost Palantir is more than one of the world’s most valuable enterprise software unicorns. It could be one of the largest enterprise IPOs of a generation. Because of its success, the involvement of [Founders Fund investor] Peter Thiel and the nature of its secret work, it has become a fascination and darling […]

Alan Turovlin, TurovlinPartners, private equity, venture capital, cybersecurity, Equifax
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Six steps PEs can take to prevent cybersecurity breaches at their companies

By Alan Turovlin, TurovlinPartners Target was hacked in 2013, the Democratic National Committee in 2016 and Equifax in September. What is going on? Are more hacks making the news, or are cyberattackers more skilled and better funded these days? What of cybersecurity?  It is IT’s responsibility, right? That’s what everyone says. So, did IT get […]

N5Capital Will Jiang Horiz
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Exploring the growth of venture capital firms in China

By Will Jiang, N5Capital Flying in the face of a global slowdown, Chinese venture capital investments hit an all-time high in 2016, with $31 billion invested in innovative, growing businesses. Beijing venture capitalists invested more than half the total, and this steady increase in investment shows no signs of declining as the years go by, […]

Crystal & Co, Jonathan Gilbert, insurance, financial services, private equity
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Smart shopping for representation-and-warranty insurance

By Jonathan Gilbert, Crystal & Co Over the past few years, dealmakers have discovered how much representation-and-warranty insurance policies can streamline negotiations and closing deals. Under these policies, an insurance carrier promises to compensate the buyer of a company if there is an unanticipated breach of seller representations in the purchase agreement: for example, noncompliance […]

Golub Capital, Peter Fair, private equity, venture capital, software, technology
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Is the buyout the new exit strategy for venture-backed software?

By Peter Fair, Golub Capital With the exit hurdle moving higher for tech unicorns, it’s harder for venture-backed software companies to access public equity markets. But there’s good news: Private equity has the tech sector in its sights. The multiples just might make founders and their venture backers think twice about the IPO as their […]

Guest Column M&A VC
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A trend worth watching: A new wave of startup M&A

By Idan Netser, partner, DLA Piper We are witnessing a new wave of early-stage technology startups joining forces through mergers and acquisitions, many of which have been led by Israeli startups. Venture capital and technology professionals should take note as this represents the influence of the Israeli tech community, and a welcome trend to scale, […]

Chris Fay, Greenwich Strategy, private equity
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Bid with an edge, through better commercial due diligence

By Chris Fay, Greenwich Strategy Investors who are doing commercial due diligence the way they’ve always done it are almost certainly missing opportunities to own great companies. Commercial due diligence used to be a confirmatory step at the end of the acquisition process. In today’s tough market it’s got to be front-loaded. It serves not […]

MHT Partners, Alex Hicks, private equity, venture capital, education

Consolidation on tap as investors seek an Amazon for online education

By Alex Hicks, MHT Partners Private equity investors are looking for someone to take an Amazon approach to online education. Since the days of the frontier schoolhouse, where different ages were taught together in the same classroom, education has become more and more fragmented. Kindergarten and then elementary are separate from middle school and then high school. Higher education […]

MHT Partners, Alex Hicks, private equity, venture capital, education
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Consolidation on tap as investors seek an Amazon for online education

By Alex Hicks, MHT Partners Private equity investors are looking for someone to take an Amazon approach to online education. Since the days of the frontier schoolhouse, where different ages were taught together in the same classroom, education has become more and more fragmented. Kindergarten and then elementary are separate from middle school and then high school. […]

Portfolio Construction Guest Column VC
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Picking winners is a myth, but the Power Law is not

By Clint Korver, Ulu Ventures When Lightspeed Venture Partners became the first outside investor in Snap, putting in $485,000 and then investing in subsequent rounds, it produced a return of $2 billion and instantly became the stuff of legend. The deal marked Lightspeed’s third exit in quick succession, following the Nutanix IPO and Cisco’s purchase […]

Joanne Baginski, EKS&H, private equity, merger, M&A
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Six areas PE investors should evaluate to price acquisitions appropriately

By Joanne Baginski, partner, EKS&H After years of record corporate profits and inexpensive credit, the price of nearly all middle-market acquisitions — from manufacturing to technology and healthcare — has soared. For private equity investors, that has made the diligence process more important than ever. Thanks to favorable macroeconomic conditions and the dry powder available […]

Insurtech Guest Column VC
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Venture capital trends in insurtech

By Bill Rossi, CEO, Metabiota With the growth of insurtech, a new breed of specialized insurers are addressing the industry’s next frontier: protection against cyber crime, terrorism and epidemics. These catastrophic events can have a significant impact on the global economy beyond even what we see from localized disasters, such as Hurricane Harvey, which wreaked […]