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Silknet Software Inc. –

20 years ago

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Silknet Software Inc., a provider of online marketing, sales, e-commerce and customer services, went public May 5. The company offered 3 million shares of common stock at $15, well above its $10 to $12 filing range. Venture backers include CMG @ Ventures, Zero Stage Capital, BancBoston Ventures Inc., Vertex Management, Intel Corp., […]

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Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Ventures –

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NEW YORK – Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Venture Partners, a division of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co., invests in growth-stage information technology and health-care companies throughout the country. Since inception in 1985, the firm has raised some $550 million spread across four funds, with investments in more than 90 companies. Morgan Stanley Dean Witter […]

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IPO’s In Regristration – Women.com Networks Inc. –

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SAN MATEO, Calif. – Women.com Networks Inc., an Internet network dedicated to women, filed to go public May 13. The company has not yet announced how many shares it plans to offer or a suggested stock price. Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, BT Alex. Brown and Salomon Smith Barney are underwriting the initial public offering. MediaOne […]

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Lehman Brothers Closes Venture Fund –

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NEW YORK – Six weeks after launching its first venture capital fund, Lehman Brothers in April closed Lehman Brothers Venture Partners L.P. on $350 million. The firm committed $145 million to the fund, while its employees invested an additional $75 million. The balance of the fund’s capital primarily came from high-net-worth clients of the firm, […]

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Crosspoint 1999 Collects $200M –

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WOODSIDE/IRVINE, Calif. – Crosspoint Venture Partners 1999 reached a first and final close on $200 million in late April, said Managing General Partner John Mumford. The fund had targeted $150 million to back seed- and early-stage companies in communications, e-business services and software (VCJ, April, page 22). All of Crossroad Venture Partners’ previous investors returned […]

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Life Sciences Fund Grows to $214M –

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BOSTON – Schroder Ventures International Life Sciences Fund II reached a second close on $214 million at the end of April and is expected to wrap at its $250 million cap by the end of June. The fund was targeted at $200 million and notched a first close on $127 million in December (VCJ, February, […]

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Valley Ventures Hits Second Close –

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Valley Ventures II reached a second close in early April on $28.2 million. The Southwestern United States-focused fund has a $35 million target and will continue accepting commitments, but General Partner Jock Holliman is shifting his attention from fund raising to deal making. Mr. Holliman is in discussions with several existing institutional […]

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Summit Preps Fund, Adds H&Q’s Sheeline –

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PALO ALTO, Calif. – Summit Partners at press time was preparing the late spring launch of a $150 million fund that will invest smaller amounts of capital than are usual for the firm, said General Partner Walter Kortschak. Summit in May hired Kip Sheeline, an 11-year veteran of Hambrecht & Quist, to manage the vehicle, […]

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H&Q Fund Balloons To $336 Million –

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SAN FRANCISCO – Hambrecht & Quist’s Access Technology Partners L.P. surged to almost three times its target and at press time had scheduled a mid-May wrap on $336 million, said Managing Partner Charlie Walker. H&Q had planned to launch the fund a year ago, with the intention of raising $200 million for both direct deals […]

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Ventana Raising U.S., International Funds –

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SAN DIEGO/IRVINE, Calif. – Ventana Growth Funds, which offers a suite of domestic and international early-stage venture funds, at press time expected a mid-year final close on its most recent vehicle, Technology Gateway Partnership. Ventana, founded in 1974 by Thomas Gephart, invests in early-stage information technology and the Internet, and in medical technology and biotechnology […]

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Mayfield X Slated For Late-May Launch –

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MENLO PARK, Calif. – Mayfield Fund at press time was readying a late-May launch for Mayfield X, said General Partner Wendell Van Auken. The fund will follow the firm’s strategy of backing early-stage information technology and health-care companies. “It will be over $400 million, but I can’t pin [the size] down any more precisely than […]

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New NVCA President Takes on Washington –

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BOSTON – John Martinson, the newly elected president of the National Venture Capital Association, is gearing up to fight proposed changes to the way venture capitalists conduct business. Founder and managing partner of the Edison Venture Fund, Mr. Martinson is concerned about ongoing moves by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Accounting […]

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Chicago Firm Raises Early-Stage Vehicle –

20 years ago

NORTHBROOK, Ill. – KB Partners L.L.C. has invested in four deals following a $20 million March wrap of its first fund, KB Partners Venture Fund I, L.P. The suburban Chicago-based firm backs start-up and early-stage companies in the Midwest, investing $500,000 to $3 million in each company over time. KB mainly backs information technology, analytical […]

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August Employs New Deal Flow –

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MENLO PARK, Calif. – In response to the stiff competition for deal flow on Sand Hill Road, August Capital closed its $195 million August II fund more than six months before the firm intended to begin investing. “We began fund raising last April and were done by the end of June,” said Andy Rappaport, a […]

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Hawaii Increases Alternatives to 5% –

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HONOLULU – The State of Hawaii Employees Retirement System in mid-April boosted its allocation to alternatives to 5% from 3%, said Chief Investment Officer Nathan Fischer. At the same time, the $9.5 billion pension decreased its allocations to real estate and domestic fixed income to accommodate the increase. Hawaii initiated an alternative investment program about […]

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CenCom V Creates Hi-Tech Incubator –

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PALO ALTO, Calif. – Backed by corporate and venture capital firms, CenCom V Sourcing Inc. will operate a new incubator for high-technology companies that combine telecommunications, electronic media and computer networking. Larry Schwerin, an executive with 20 years experience at Lucent Technologies Inc., was tapped as the president of the firm, which began operations in […]

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Great Hill Staffs Up as First Fund Hits Its Close –

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BOSTON – Great Hill Partners, one of two spinouts from Media/Communications Partners, wrapped its first fund in mid-April on $330 million and added several staffers to help manage the vehicle. Pat Curran joined the firm as a partner from Warburg Dillon Read, where he headed the investment bank’s information technology services group. Matt Vettel joined […]

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Reopening Stock Options Battle –

20 years ago

Despite its defeat in 1995 in trying to force companies to value and expense all stock options, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has once again reignited the issue, setting a course that threatens to damage our entrepreneurial culture and seriously erode our economic foundation. The FASB learned a lot from the drubbing it took […]

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