Insight Venture Partners beefs up staff with five new additions

Insight Venture Partners has added five new venture partners to its team. They are Jason Ewell, Josh Gray, Karl Karlsson, Emmet B. Keeffe III and Thilo Semmelbauer. All will join Nick Sinai as part of Insight’s Onsite team. Ewell is a former vice president of Travelclick; Gray is a former vice president at Oracle; Karlsson is a co-founder of China Internet Ventures; Keeffe is a co-founder and CEO of iRise; and Semmelbauer is the former president and COO of Shutterstock.


Oracle to acquire VC-backed Maxymiser

Oracle has agreed to buy Maxymiser, a provider of customer experience optimization solutions. No financial terms were disclosed. Maxymiser’s backers included NXT Capital, Investor Growth Capital and Pentech Ventures.


Zintak named CEO of Platfora

Platfora has named Jason Zintak its CEO. Ben Werther, Platfora’s founder and CEO for its first four years, will become Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. Zintak most recently was Chief Sales Officer at Responsys, which was acquired by Oracle in 2013 for $1.5 billion.


peHUB Second Opinion

In Second Opinion, an appeals court rules that the NSA phone data collection is illegal, Alibaba names a new CEO and Yelp stock soars amid talk of a possible sale.


peHUB First Read

To end your week, First Read has news about the rise of the dark web’s newest black market Evolution, the Home Depot data breach may be the worst of all time and a whole lotta Alibaba news.

Darwin Ventures names Merchant e-Solutions executive Jadallah partner

Darwin Ventures has named Charlie Jadallah a partner. Jadallah was a founder and executive vice president at Merchant e-Solutions working in business development, bank sales and corporate development. He also worked in Oracle’s strategic business development group. Jadallah also spent time at Netscape Communications working on sales and marketing plans and developing the company’s e-commerce initiatives.


Oracle to acquire VC-backed LiveLook

Oracle has agreed to buy LiveLook. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in Matawan, NJ, LiveLook is a provider of co-browsing and screen sharing solutions. LiveLook’s backers included Rose Tech Ventures, New Vantage Group, Robin Hood Ventures and New York Angels.


peHUB Second Opinion

In Second Opinion, Box is in talks for a round of funding from TPG, Apple’s new smartwatch will have more than 10 sensors, Yo gets hacked and RadioShack’s stock dipps below $1 a share.


peHUB Second Opinion

In Second Opinion, Oracle is near a deal to by Micros Systems, Amazon is expected to announced its smartphone tomorrow and a pawn shop for sneakers opens in Harlem.


Naseem joins Mason Wells

Dr. Asif Naseem has joined Mason Wells as an Executive Operating Partner. Dr. Naseem most recently served as Vice President, Communications Global Business Unit at Oracle.

VC-backed Engine Yard names new SVP of engineering

Engine Yard has hired Paul Melmon as senior vice president of engineering. Previously, he was at Costanoa Venture Capital where he served as an entrepreneur-in-residence. Based in San Francisco, Calif., Engine Yard is a cloud application management platform. It is backed by Benchmark, New Enterprise Associates, Oracle and Amazon.

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peHUB Second Opinion

Today in Second Opinion, there’s news that talks to sell J. Crew have broken down, which coffee shops dominate the U.S., NYSE leads the race to get the Alibaba IPO and Amazon will begin shipping its video-sharing device in April.


PE-backed Auction.com adds former Oracle CFO to board of directors

Auction.com has named Jeff Epstein to its board of directors. Epstein is the former chief financial officer for Oracle. Currently, he is an operating partner at Bessemer Venture Partners and a senior advice for Oak Hill Capital Partners. Auction.com, which is backed by Google Capital and Stone Point Capital, is an online real estate marketplace.

SRS Wants You to Play AcqMan for the Holidays

Shareholder Representative Services is trying something new this holiday season. SRS is unveiling AcqMan — acq is short for acquisition–a game which tests players’ knowledge of M&A. This is how it works: Users pick from six different AcqMan avatars that represent different deep-pocketed strategic buyers. Choices include Dell, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Takeda.

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