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Catalyst Investors closes $377 mln for fourth fund

Catalyst Investors has raised $377 million for its oversubscribed fourth fund, beating its $350 million target. According to the firm, Catalyst Investors IV will make investments between $10 and $60 million, focusing on growth sectors that range from business and consumer services to cloud computing and communications infrastructure.

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Catalyst Investors leads Series D round for Conductor

Conductor, a provider of web presence solutions, has raised $27 million in Series D funding. Catalyst Investors led the round with participation from FirstMark Capital, Matrix Partners, Investor Growth Capital and Blue Cloud Ventures.

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Catalyst sets out to raise $350 mln fourth venture fund

Catalyst Investors has set out to raise a $350 million fourth venture fund, according to an SEC filing. A first close has not yet taken place, the document states. The New York firm’s previous $213 million fund was raised in 2011, according to data from Thomson Reuters.

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Catalyst Investors promotes three, hires two

Catalyst Investors has made some promotions and new hires. The firm has promoted Eric Steele to vice president, and Mia Hegazy and Rob Schnitzler to associate. Catalyst also has hired Kapil Desai from Credit Suisse’s Global Technology Group as analyst and Isaac Schlecht from Samson Capital Advisors as business analyst.

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Spring Lake Equity-backed MediaMath buys Rare Crowds

Ad tech firm MediaMath has acquired Rare Crowds, a provider of targeted media solutions. No financial terms were disclosed. Also, MediaMath has named Eric Picard, CEO and co-founder of Rare Crowds, as vice president of strategic partnerships. MediaMath’s backers include Spring Lake Equity Partners, Akamai Technologies, Safeguard Scientifics, Catalyst Investors and Observatory Capital.

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Catalyst Investors-backed RI names Bedard as president and CEO

Reputation Institute, which is backed by Catalyst Investors, has hired Jamie Bedard as its global president and CEO. Bedard will be replacing Jonathan Ewert who will transition to serving on the company’s board of directors. Bedard has worked previously at Aberdeen Group and Benchmarking Partners. Reputation Institute, which has headquarters in both New York City and Copenhagen, Denmark, is a global corporate reputation measurement and management firm.

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Catalyst invests in Reputation Institute

Catalyst Investors has invested in Reputation Institute. Financial terms weren’t announced. New York-based Reputation Institute is a reputation research-based consulting and advisory firm.

Catalyst Investors promote Bihler to vice president

Growth equity firm Catalyst Investors has named Susan Bihler as vice president. Bihler is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and structuring new investment opportunities and managing the firm’s existing portfolio companies. She joined the firm as an analyst in 2009.

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VC-backed Ascentis buys Starfield

Ascentis Corp., backed by Palm Ventures and Catalyst Investors, has acquired Starfield. No financial terms were disclosed. Starfield is a provider of talent management software solutions.

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MediaMath nabs more than $175 mln in funding

MediaMath said Tuesday that it has closed $73.5 million in Series C funding. Spring Lake Equity Partners led the round with participation from Akamai Technologies, Safeguard Scientifics, Catalyst Investors and Observatory Capital. Also, the firm received a $105 million debt facility from Silicon Valley Bank. GCA Savvian provided financial advice in connection with the equity portion of the transaction. MediaMath is a provider of digital marketing solutions.

Decisyon raises $22 mln

Decisyon said Thursday it received received $22 million in Series B funding from a group of investors led by Catalyst Investors. Stamford, Conn.-based Decisyon, Inc. provides business intelligence and performance management software solutions.

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