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On Air Now…

By Dan Primack — 11 years ago

NPR’s OnPoint program is currently broadcasting a conversation on private equity, with Bob Kuttner of The American Prospect and Steve Kaplan of the University of Chicago. Update: The broadcast is now over, but definately worth a listen. Podcast should soon be available at http://www.wbur.org/listen/podcasts/

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Environmental Column Intro

11 years ago

I suggested to Dan that the private equity community was ready for a columnist who addresses environmental issues. He agreed.  So, is this going to be a column about soil and groundwater contamination, asbestos, and permitting?  I hope not. You see, the term environment is so much broader than that, and some of the more current issues […]

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Oops: Mistakes in LBO Suit

By Dan Primack — 11 years ago

It’s now been two days since a few disgruntled shareholders filed what they hope will become a class-action lawsuit against 13 top private equity firms. I hope that it doesn’t. To be clear, I am not an apologist for private equity firms. I think many of them charge unfair transaction fees to their limited partners, and […]

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DFJ Schmoozefest 2006

By Alexander Haislip — 11 years ago

If you weren’t at the Hiller Air Museum on Thursday night for Draper Fisher Jurvetson’s Schmoozefest 2006, you missed out on the 16-piece orchestra, a crooning Tim Draper, Sky High blue cocktails and Steve Jurvetson’s effervescent description of his soon-to-be-made Tesla roadster (see slideshow on jump page). The last DFJ Schmoozefest was held during the […]

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The Problem with the Quick Bridge

11 years ago

There has been plenty of discussion recently among entrepreneurs and VCs regarding bridge loans for startups, also know as “converts”. Josh Kopelman wrote a nice post here, and Matt Marshall posted a bridge loan calculator for entrepreneurs here. Lots of people ask us our views on these structures, because we’re focused only on Seed and […]

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Virtual Businesses — Real VC $$

By Dan Primack — 11 years ago

I understand Second Life like I used to understand Dungeons & Dragons. Not my cup of tea, but clean escapist fun for those who fancy themselves dice-throwing sorcerers. What completely confounds me, however, is the Second Life economy, in which people can make real money by selling fake things. Examples include pixilated designer dresses or […]

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Which Startup To Pick?

11 years ago

I was fortunate enough to visit two great conferences here in sunny San Diego during the last week of September, DEMOfall and ASIS, and then Consumer Technology Ventures more recently. In case some of you don’t know: DEMOfall (or “Demo”) and CTV are all about startups pitching their new products, mostly software, to VCs and […]

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RockYou Founder Pulls Blog

By Alexander Haislip — 11 years ago

Lance Tokuda, founder of embattled photo-slide show startup RockYou, pulled down his personal blog this afternoon. He had written detailed notes about his venture fundraising efforts on it earlier this spring. But fear not loyal PE Week and PE Hub readers! Google cached it for you so you could read the superfluous name-dropping first hand. […]

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Sequoia’s RockYou Jolted by Injunction

By Alexander Haislip — 11 years ago

Lance Tokuda asked me to leave the one year anniversary party for Web2.0 startup RockYou last night. He didn’t want to answer questions about the injunction a U.S. District Judge slapped on his startup, prohibiting the use of programming code he may have developed while working at another company. Tokuda is in danger of losing […]

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Collusion? What Collusion?

By Dan Primack — 11 years ago

During the White House Correspondents Dinner earlier this year, emcee Steven Colbert said of President Bush: “He believes on Wednesday exactly what he believed on Monday, regardless of what happened on Tuesday.” Kind of reminds me of what I keep seeing on the private equity beat. The first example came last month, when Sevin Rosen […]

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Open Immigration Should be an Easy Sell

11 years ago

The American Made study that details the impact of immigrant entrepreneurs on U.S. competitiveness has been public now for about eight hours.  NVCA commissioned this study to add some hard facts into the rancorous  and often overly emotional debate on immigration. For years the venture capital community has recognized the tremendous value that foreign born nationals […]

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Buyouts Shops Get Served

By Dan Primack — 11 years ago

While the Department of Justice continues its primer course on private equity, some individual shareholders are taking action against perceived abuses. Three people have filed what they hope to be a class-action lawsuit against 13 private equity firms, for allegedly violating federal antitrust laws. The plaintiffs are/were shareholders in such companies as HCA, Harrah’s and […]

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Corporate Venture Rides Again

By Jon Nieman — 11 years ago

In order to make this as interactive as possible, I wanted to spark some conversation around some of the areas of focus that our firm works on a day-to-day basis. As an introduction, Collective IQ focuses on four main areas: Private equity, corporate venture, corporate advisory, and portfolio companies. To start the ball rolling, in […]

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Web 2.0 Summit, Hold the Mayo

By Bart Schachter — 11 years ago

The IT establishment (or at least one person in it: Andy Grove) has been working hard for many years to bring the medical world out of the dark ages and improve record keeping (http://med.stanford.edu/about_photo/) . Mayo is clearly ahead of the curve.

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4 Exits in 5 Days?!?!

By Dan Primack — 11 years ago

KPS Special Situations Fund just announced that it is selling steel casting company AmeriCast Technologies to Castle Harlan for $110 million. Not earth-shaking news in and of itself, except that it represents KPS’ fourth exit in the past five business days. I have never seen anything quite like it, either in the buyout or venture capital […]

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Conviction in Coingate

By Alexander Haislip — 11 years ago

Tom Noe, a coin dealer that took $50 million from the Ohio Board of Workers Compensation between 1998 and 2001, was convicted Monday of theft, corrupt activity, money laundering, forgery and tampering with records, according to press reports. The corrupt activity charge could land him a mandatory 10-year prison sentence. Noe’s actions were the catalyst […]

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Ben Stein Q&A

By Dan Primack — 11 years ago

Last month, Ben Stein wrote in the New York Times that management buyouts of public companies should be outlawed. Pretty surprising for a free-market Republican who made his bones in the Nixon White House, before becoming an economic pundit, actor, game show host and economic pundit (again). So surprising, in fact, that some bloggers wondered […]

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Genetics: A New Age of Enlightenment

11 years ago

In an era where good news seems to get short shrift, I’d like to highlight to some encouraging news about a positive advancement in cancer diagnosis and treatment. The Baltimore Sun recently ran a feature story about a genetic test called Oncotype DX that provides a look at the inner workings of a breast cancer tumor […]

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