VCs: Time to Set Sail

Now that Larry Ellison has brought the America’s Cup back to San Francisco, it is only appropriate for the Bay Area’s elite to dust off their interest in sailing.

When the wind blows through the bay, Bill Joy may remember that he owns a sailboat and stop renting it out at 225,000 euros per week. And it’s easy to imagine Tom Perkins looking wistfully to sea from his perch in the penthouse of the Millennium Tower and thinking that he’d like to be back on the water.

There’s so much to do in advance of the season though, from remembering where that boat you bought during the dotcom boom is actually moored to pumping the bilge and scraping the hull.

Oracle To Buy VC-Backed Convergin

Oracle has agreed to acquire Convergin Inc., a Herzliya, Israel-based provider of real-time service brokering solutions. No financial terms were disclosed. Convergin has raised around $10 million in VC funding from Pitango Venture Capital and Rich Investment Ltd.

Oracle To Buy HyperRoll

Oracle has agreed to acquire certain assets of HyperRoll, a Mountain View, Calif.-based provider of financial reporting acceleration solutions. No financial terms were disclosed. HyperRoll has raised over $26 million in VC funding between 2000 and 2004, from firms like Bessemer Venture Partners, Denali Venture Capital, Greylock Partners, Lighthouse Capital Partners, Vertex Management and Sequoia Capital. […]


Oracle To Buy GoldenGate Software

BOSTON (Reuters) – Oracle Corp (ORCL.O), the world’s No. 3 software maker, plans to buy privately held GoldenGate Software, beefing up its portfolio of technology that helps companies manipulate information in databases. The companies did not disclose financial terms of the transaction, which Oracle announced on Thursday. Oracle has spent more than $34 billion buying […]


Armstrong Hooks Up With Radio Shack

“Two words: Radio Shack.”

That was the tweet from ESPN reporter Bonnie Ford, who’s covering the Tour de France for the sports cable network. The tweet was in response to the speculation that has been running rampant on the Twittersphere and elsewhere over what new U.S.-based sponsor seven-time TDF champion Lance Armstrong has partnered with for 2010 and beyond.

Armstrong is expected to announce the U.S. sponsor on Thursday. In the meantime, I’ve heard several possibilities, including Twitter (Armstrong has more than 1.5 million followers on the micro-blogging site). I even read a rumor that Amazon (and by association its newly acquired VC-backed Zappos) were gonna get the nod from Armstrong.

Oracle Buys Conformia Software Assets

Oracle Corp. has acquired the IP assets of Conformia Software Inc., a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based provider of compliance management software for regulated process industries. No financial terms were disclosed. Conformia had raised around $36 million in VC funding from firms like Sequoia Capital, Jafco Ventures, Foundation Capital, Mentor Capital Group and SAP Ventures.

Billionaire CEO Larry Ellison Cleared in Securities Suit

From two of our colleagues at Reuters: BOSTON, June 16 – A U.S. judge dismissed an 8-year-old lawsuit against Oracle Corp billionaire CEO Larry Ellison that alleged he made false claims that boosted the software maker’s stock before he sold millions of shares. Justice Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco issued the […]

Oracle To Buy Virtual Iron

BOSTON (Reuters) – Oracle Corp (ORCL.O) plans to acquire privately held virtualization software maker Virtual Iron, a move analysts said will put pressure on VMware Inc (VMW.N), the biggest player in the rapidly growing sector. Oracle, the world’s No. 3 software maker, announced the move on Wednesday, though it did not disclose terms of the […]

Oracle Buying VC-Backed mValent

Oracle has agreed to acquire mValent, a Waltham, Mass.-based provider of application configuration management solutions. No financial terms were disclosed. MValent has raised over $26 million in VC funding since 2002, from firms like Charles River Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners and Polaris Venture Partners.

Oracle Buys Tacit Software

Oracle has acquired the IP assets of Tacit Software, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based provider of automated profiling technology for enterprise collaboration. No financial terms were disclosed. Tacit had raised around $36 million in total VC funding. Existing investors included Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Royal Bank of Canada Pension Fund, Woodwide Fund and Alta Partners.

Oracle Buying Primavera Systems

Oracle has agreed to acquire Primavera Systems Inc., a Bala Cynwyd, Pa.-based provider of project and portfolio management software, from Insight Venture Partners and Francisco Partners. No financial terms were disclosed. Insight and Francisco sponsored a recapitalization of Primavera Systems in 2006, and reportedly committed up to $200 million in combined equity

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