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Carbon Black’s IPO is another unicorn in the making

By Rohit Kulkarni, SharesPost Carbon Black, the Cambridge, Massachusetts cybersecurity company, recently filed for its IPO, and it could well be the next unicorn. Carbon Black makes software that collects, stores and analyzes massive amounts of raw cloud data to predict and detect cybersecurity threats. Carbon Black’s IPO comes on the heels of a successful […]

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The rise of tokens: critical considerations for VC firms

By Jennifer Kristen Lee, Louis Lehot and Mark Radcliffe, DLA Piper The year 2017 saw the rise of a new form of financing for technology startups: the initial coin offering. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that companies raised $6 billion in ICOs last year, and with $1.8 billion going toward ICOs in the first two […]

Brian Rich, Catalyst Investors, venture capital

Before you get disrupted, think like a VC

By Brian Rich, Catalyst Investors I couldn’t help but laugh at the video of the auto-following suitcase, as it flopped around pointlessly trying to follow its master. However humorous this seems, seriously consider the amount of reinvention that has to take place at a luggage producer to possess the skills necessary to effect a viable, world-class […]

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Pivotal IPO could bring about new open source offerings

By Rohit Kulkarni, SharesPost Pivotal, the cloud-software company spun out of Dell EMC and VMware, plans to go public this week. At the high end of its price range, Pivotal’s IPO would net $700 million at a $4 billion valuation. It would be the second largest IPO of 2018 behind Dropbox. (We excluded Spotify from […]

Paro, Michael Burdick, human resources, private equity

How the on-demand workforce can shake up the PE ecosystem

By Michael Burdick, Paro Privately owned companies that are bought by private equity firms often experience culture shock. It’s a transformative environment as people with set processes learn new ways to work under the pressure of higher reporting expectations. After an acquisition, it’s natural to seek ways to tighten the balance sheet and make operations more […]


Is Zuora’s IPO another unicorn in the making?

By Rohit Kulkarni, SharesPost Zuora is hoping to raise $88.8 million by selling 10 million shares at $10 per share. Given the strength of current IPO market and Zuora’s value proposition, the company may well become the next unicorn. The San Mateo, California-based software developer is perhaps the biggest proponent of the subscription economy, the […]

Glenn Rieger, NewSpring, private equity, cybersecurity

How one investor is navigating the cybersecurity sector

By Glenn Rieger, NewSpring From managing healthcare records and finances to how we do our shopping, innovative technologies have made our lives easier by giving us the freedom to access almost anything at the touch of a button. But this on-demand convenience often comes with increased security risk. With so much of our personal information being […]

Aleksandr Yampolskiy, SecurityScorecard, cybersecurity, private equity

PE firms must scrutinize the cybersecurity posture of potential investments and their third-party vendors

By Aleksandr Yampolskiy, SecurityScorecard Private equity firms often lack the insight and understanding that protect their assets from cyberattacks, thus putting their portfolio companies at risk. As a result, PE firms must address the cybersecurity posture of potential investments and of their third-party vendors. Why focus on cybersecurity posture? Increasing threats from skilled hackers exploiting […]

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The Dropbox IPO: A hard thud or soft landing?

By Rohit Kulkarni, SharesPost With an estimated $750 million offering, Dropbox’s IPO might be the largest in 2018 so far. As we have written in our previous analyses, we continue to believe that Dropbox could become a leading cloud storage and enterprise software company. Dropbox is the only unicorn to generate free cash flow. It […]

Sutton Place Strategies, Catherine Daly, Nadim Malik. private equity

Deal-sourcing robots: Applying intelligent automation to M&A

By Catherine Daly and Nadim Malik, Sutton Place Strategies Record capital overhang, increased competition and perpetually high valuations are afflicting this market, and buyers are struggling to deploy capital on worthy investments. But enterprising firms can use current economic conditions as an opportunity to modernize their deal-sourcing strategy and stand out among the competition. Intelligent […]

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Ambulatory-surgery centers can help unlock investment value in orthopedic practices

By Patrick Krause, MHT Partners The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ change of policy last summer to pay for total knee- and hip-replacement procedures in outpatient settings has made independent orthopedic practices — and in particular those that own ambulatory-surgery centers — an interesting area for investment. A blueprint for investment in orthopedics has been established […]

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Five small adjustments with big implications for your fundraising game

By Nicholas Donato, Navatar  The path to institutional capital can seem murky at best. With few clear guidelines – and few straightforward success stories – a number of common misconceptions about the fundraising process persist in the market. These notions were revealed in a recent survey designed to challenge GPs’ conventional IR wisdom. The 250+ […]

Joanne Baginski, EKS&H, private equity, merger, M&A, management

Best practices to avoid post-merger disputes

By Joanne Baginski, EKS&H Whether you’re buying or selling a company, post-transaction should be a time for celebration about getting the deal done and excitement about the future. But many deals quickly devolve into disputes over the finer points, from purchase-price adjustments and working-capital disputes to whether negotiated earnout metrics are attained. Post-merger disputes have […]

Houlihan Lokey, Justin Abelow, private equity

New breed of family offices disrupts field, upends old verities

By Justin Abelow, Houlihan Lokey For years I have been telling my clients that in the M&A markets, family offices are like great books: more talked about than experienced. Everyone wanted to discuss family-office buyers, but the impact of these buyers on the market for corporate control was almost nonexistent. But things are changing — […]

Bruno Fiastre, Taliance, private equity

You’ve hired a digital transformation officer. Now what?

By Bruno Fiastre, Taliance A new job function is gaining in popularity at private equity firms, real estate companies and other alternative-asset managers. It goes by several names – digital transformation officer, chief of digitalization, head of digitalization or even leader of digital product. A recent appointment for a director of innovation at U.K. real […]

Silicon Valley Bank, Jim Marshall, private equity, venture capital

The changing face of seed investing

By Jim Marshall, Silicon Valley Bank Across the venture capital industry, surprising trends in early-stage investing are developing. With record numbers of funds raising capital, a saturated investor base and increasing pressure for liquidity, smart VC firms are differentiating themselves and tapping into new capital sources.  Emerging managers, also known as micro or seed VCs, […]

Matthew McCooe, Connecticut Innovations, venture capital

How Connecticut became the least likely innovation hub in the U.S.

By Matthew McCooe, Connecticut Innovations Think back to where Connecticut was 20 years ago. A National Hockey League franchise had just left the state, it was one of the only places in the country where incomes were actually falling and we were known more for David Letterman’s speeding tickets than anything resembling innovation. On the national […]