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Cisco rival Arista Networks files for IPO-Reuters

Arista Networks Inc, which makes network switches for large data centers, filed for an initial public offering on Monday, the latest in a string of cloud computing firms tapping investor enthusiasm around the technology, Reuters reported.

Poundland and Pets at Home set listing prices – Reuters

Poundland and Pets at Home are setting the prices for their initial public offerings, the latest British retailers to capitalise on London’s buoyant market conditions, writes Reuters. Pets at Home is mainly owned by US private equity group KKR and Warburg Pincus is a backer of Poundland.

Venture backed IPOs post best year since 2007

Venture backed IPOs had a banner year in 2013 with 82 offerings completed, the most since 2007, according to a report from the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters, publisher of peHUB.

VC-Backed IPOs Show Improvement in Q2 – NVCA Report

Twenty-one venture-backed IPOs raised $2.2 billion during the second quarter, more than double the volume and dollars compared to the first quarter of this year, according to a report by the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters (publisher of peHUB). Year to date, 29 VC-backed companies have gone public, raising about $2.9 billion. That compares to 29 VC-backed companies that raised $18.8 billion via initial public offerings in the first two quarters of last year.

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