PE HUB First Read

First Read ends the week with news the NYSE says outage was caused by a software update, Facebook is seeking more music video licensing deals and hack of government computers far worse than first thought.


Ignition closes $200 mln sixth fund

Ignition Partners has closed a $200 million sixth fund with a determination to stick with its “boutique” style of Series A enterprise-focused software investing. The firm said the new fund was $100 million oversubscribed


Stethoscope startup Eko grabs $2 mln

Eko, a smart stethoscope provider, has raised $2 million in funding. Founder.Org Capital and Michael Baum, founder of Splunk, led the round with participation from other investors that included Stanford University’s StartX Fund, and former senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services John Noonan.


Valuations Rise, But Venture Investors Still Jazzed About Security

Private company valuations for security companies are up, but venture investors remain excited about putting to money to work. There is no secret why. Governments and corporations are under attack from cyber hacks, and IT budgets are being freed up for products and services to strengthened digital defenses.

Enterprise Deals Dominate Venture Backed IPOs In 2012

With nearly 11 months in the record books, 2012 stands out as the year of the enterprise and IT-related venture-backed IPO. Enterprise- and IT-related deals make up 40% of this year’s venture-funded initial public offerings, according to a peHUB analysis.

Slideshow: Pop Goes the IPO

At long last we’re getting ready for Facebook’s IPO later this month. So who else from the latest bumper crop of IPO candidates has some impressive results to boast?

Slideshow: Bring on the 2012 IPO Candidates

The market for venture-backed IPOs has been pretty dead so far this year. But based on new filing activity, it looks like there’s some optimism things will improve. At least six venture-backed companies have filed to go public since the start of the year, in sectors ranging from enterprise software to semiconductors to car rentals. […]

Thomson Named to Splunk Board

Scott Thompson, PayPal president’s, was elected to the board of Splunk. San Francisco-based Splunk provides software for operational intelligence.

What Splunk’s 2012 IPO Plans Say About The Venture Mindset

Splunk Inc.’s message is pretty clear: things are good, so the time is right to think about an IPO. The startup, which helps corporations monitor their IT infrastructures, said this week its 2010 revenue rose 96% to $66 million. As a result, a 2012 IPO is a possibility, if the markets hold up, says Nick […]

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