OpenView Venture Partners beefs up team with three hires

Boston-based venture firm OpenView Venture Partners has expanded its team with three new additions. The company has named Kelsey Heavey as analyst, Allie Letourneau as senior accountant and Gail Axelrod as PR and community maager. Previously, Heavey worked at Fiksu; Letourneau was at PricewaterhouseCoopers; and Axelrod worked at BetterCloud.


CD&R taps PwC vet Griffiths as COO

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice has named Jillian Griffiths as chief operating officer. The appointment became effective March 4. Griffiths is a former partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers.


Cressey & Company invests in Dental Services Group

Cressey & Company LP has acquired a majority stake in Dental Services Group, a dental lab network. No financial terms were disclosed. Ropes & Gray LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers advised Cressey & Co on the transaction.


Midwest venture tries to up its game: VCJ

Midwest venture investing has been on an upswing over the past few years. A lot of this has to do with activity in Illinois, where the Chicago startup ecosystem has grown, affiliate publication Venture Capital Journal reports. But other states are trying to pull their own weight.


Carlyle buys ECi Software Solutions

The Carlyle Group has acquired ECi Software Solutions. No financial terms were disclosed. Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Harris Williams & Co advised ECi while Latham & Watkins and PricewaterhouseCoopers advised Carlyle. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, ECi is a provider of business management and ecommerce software solutions.


Corporate takeover

With corporate venture investing now approaching levels not seen since the dot-com boom, a key question remains: “Is it different this time?”


Venture Activity in Russia Climbs Sharply

Venture investing in Russia rose sharply last year as investors shifted their focus to larger, growth-stage transactions. Money going to startups climbed to $910.6 million, according to a study.

Lauren Koopman

PE Seen Catching Up on Sustainability, Environment

Corporations have led the way in addressing environmental, social and governance issues, but the private equity community is catching up, says Lauren Koopman, a director in the sustainable business solutions team at the global accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.


Early Stage Deal Making Takes It On The Chin

Venture investing pulled back in the first quarter due in part to a broad industry-wide rationalization. The deals most feeling the pinch are early stage ones. Here are some thoughts on why from a look at the numbers.

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