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Europe: Do You Care?

By Alexander Haislip — 12 years ago

When Index Ventures, a Geneva, Switzerland-based VC firm, added a dozen limited partners and closed its fourth fund at $456 million last week General Partner David Rimer said it had been done in a “record time for a Euro VC fund.” It’s easy to understand why. The firm’s second fund, which raised $303 million in […]

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Condom Market Size

By Alexander Haislip — 12 years ago

Investors may shy when it comes to backing sex-related companies, but there’s no question sex sells. The total U.S. market for condoms was $398.3 million in 2005, up 2.8% from 2004 according to market research group Packaged Facts. Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE: CHD), makers of Trojan brand condoms, estimate they have as much […]

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Potential Harvard Prez. Profiled

By Alexander Haislip — 12 years ago

The Princeton Alumni Weekly profiled Elena Kagan, who online betting sites give 3 to 1 odds will become the next president of Harvard University. The profile, by Kathryn Beaumont, talks about Kagan’s career as dean of Harvard Law School. The piece is soft focus, as Kagan is a Princeton graduate, with less than a full […]

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Adam Aircraft Flies to Wall Street

By Dan Primack — 12 years ago

Most of the companies presenting today at VC in the Rockies fall under the typical venture binary of information technology or life sciences. But there are a few notable exceptions, including the terrifying and thrilling Adam Aircraft. Terrifying because very few VCs really understand the aerospace industry. Thrilling because… Well because they make frickin’ jets (but […]

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Too Much Multitasking?

By Dan Primack — 12 years ago

I just got out of the Brad Feld Session here at VC in the Rockies. OK, that wasn’t its official name, but Brad was an early backer of all three presenting companies: Lijit Networks, NewsGator Technologies and Me.dium.   Lijit is a vertical search startup and NewsGator is an established RSS company — but it’s Me.dium I […]

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Call for Poetry

By Alexander Haislip — 12 years ago

People often invite me to events I’ve either never heard of or want to learn more about before attending. Christian Perry, producer of the SF Beta tech get-togethers, dropped me an email today about his group’s Thursday event. I’ve met Christian before but decided to check out his website. There he offers a compilation of […]

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Private Equity Power?

By Dan Primack — 12 years ago

Updated  I was mildly critical of the methodology behind last month’s Forbes Midas List, which ranks VCs by a variety of metrics. But the Forbes folks may have been empirical savants compared to the crew over at Fortune Magazine, which today released its Private Equity Power List. The actual magazine doesn’t hit until next Monday […]

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Ethanol Peak in Rearview Mirror

12 years ago

It seems that we may be on the back end of the ethanol (and biodiesel) peak. While the President continues to call for increased consumption, the wonders of the invisible hand are working in the real world.   If dealflow is any guide, we are seeing fewer investment proposals. There was a time when these ideas […]

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My Take on FilmLoop Saga

By Dan Primack — 12 years ago

A lot of you have been writing in to ask my take on the FilmLoop situation, in which one of its VC backers – ComVentures — allegedly engineered a company liquidation by having it get acquired by another one of the VC firm’s portfolio companies. Questions about self-dealing, ethics, actual facts, etc. Oh, and TechCrunch’s […]

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(Baby) Booming Health Services Market

By Dan Primack — 12 years ago

Yesterday I was interviewed by a Boston radio station that’s doing a piece on the finances of drug rehab centers, like Bain Capital’s $723 million acquisition last year of CRC Health Group. I broadened the conversation a bit to discuss specialty healthcare facilities in general, since most of them have similar value propositions: Guaranteed reimbursement […]

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Arrington Fires FilmLoop Flap

By Alexander Haislip — 12 years ago

FilmLoop co-founder and company Chairman Prescott Lee says ComVentures, one of his startup’s backers, forced the short-order liquidation of his startup, did not adequately shop it around to potential acquirers and rolled it up into one of its other portfolio companies at the founders’ and employees’ expense. But he does not claim any laws were […]

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The Hot Dane Phoned!

By Amanda Palmer — 12 years ago

This morning I awoke to the perma-grey of London with the quality of hangover that can only truly be achieved when your Cockney neighbor pops by, you offer her a glass of wine and three and a half bottles and a cheese board later you find yourself dancing around your living room to Missy Elliot […]

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The Soldering Of Weak Links

By David M. Toll — 12 years ago

At least three companies owned by buyout firms made Standard & Poor’s monthly “weakest-link” list released today (Feb. 15)—Duane Reade Inc., Sunny Delight Beverages Co., and Ziff Davis Media Inc. It’s an ignominious distinction to be sure. But each company has been posting better results, and don’t expect their owners to give up without a […]

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Buh-Bye: Dali Hook Splits Up

By Dan Primack — 12 years ago

Dali Hook Partners is no more, as co-founders Paul Dali and David Hook appear to have gone their separate ways. Dali is now in charge of successor firm Keynote Ventures, while Hook is running a separate entity called Baymark Partners. The two venture veterans formed Dali Hook in early 2001 to make early-stage investments in […]

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Visto CEO Confirms Funding

By Dan Primack — 12 years ago

Visto CEO Brian Bogosian is in Barcelona today, but just called in to discuss his company’s financial situation. He confirms that Visto raised a $35 million up-round at the end of 2006, and says that Visto has “the strongest balance sheet we’ve ever had… The idea that we’re in financial trouble is complete BS.” I […]

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Take Visto Out of Deadpool

By Dan Primack — 12 years ago

(Update here) Mobile email company Visto Corp. is not on the edge of financial collapse, despite such insinuations this morning from ValleyWag. In fact, multiple sources tell me that the Redwood City, Calif.-based company raised an undisclosed $35 million venture round at the end of December, led by new investor Altitude Capital Partners. Negative speculation […]

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Record Buyout Volume in Canada

By Dan Primack — 12 years ago

It seems like the 2005 drop in Canadian buyout volume was an aberration, based on new data from the CVCA and Thomson Financial. Disclosed values for buyouts of Canadian companies totaled a record US$10.9 billion last year, which is more than double the $4.5 billion tally from 2005. It also is higher than the $6.7 […]

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ClearWire Raises IPO Ante

By Dan Primack — 12 years ago

When Craig McCaw’s ClearWire Corp. filed for a $400 million IPO in May 2006, it never got around to filing an amended S-1 with specific offering terms. Instead, the Kirkland, Wash.-based WiMAX company designed a $900 million private equity infusion led by Intel Capital. This time, however, it seems that ClearWire is moving forward. It […]

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