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Bar Lowers for Tech IPOs, as Investors Say Bring ‘em On
Posted on: February 1st, 2011
Last week, six companies went public. This week, another dozen companies are slated to IPO, including NeoPhotonics and Epocrates, two companies whose highly anticipated offerings are expected to perform well.
If that sounds like a lot of activity, it is. Indeed, it’s the busiest week for U.S. IPOs since 2007, and the trend looks to grow more pronounced thanks to  LinkedIn’s recently filed S-1, a document that many have already pored over with the same anticipation and intensity as some Wikileaks’ dispatches.
To gain better perspective ...

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peHUB Second Opinion
Posted on: February 1st, 2011
Possible Lawsuit: LinkedIn, which is going public, wants to sue DrinkedIn.

Leaked: AOL's crazy master plan to turn itself into a 21st century media giant (5 to 10 stories a day? What!). And, one blogger says working for AOL's content farm changed his life.

Becoming a Billionaire: Ain't that hard, according to FINS. Here's how.

Going Crazy: Investors pile into an Egypt ETF fund from Van Eck.

Asians Like iPhones: Nielsens doesn't just track TV watching stats but they also track mobile phone usage. Guess which group loves Blackberries?

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Jefferies Ousts Asset Management Bankers
Posted on: February 1st, 2011
Jefferies & Co. isn't officially shuttering its asset management advisory business, but it is letting go of some industry veterans in the space.

Kevin Pakenham and Aaron Dorr, both MDs in the financial institutions group, will be leaving Jefferies, a source says. Karamvir Gosal, also an MD, as well as two junior bankers, will be leaving as well, the person says. Their departures are expected to occur in coming weeks.

Pakenham, Dorr and Gosal all hail from Putnam Lovell, which Jefferies acquired in 2007. It's not clear if Jefferies is ousting all of the bankers in the asset management advisory division, but it is letting go of the senior bankers, the source says.

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Need Antitrust Clearance? Get Ready For More Red Tape
Posted on: February 1st, 2011
President Barack Obama last month ordered federal agencies to review business rules already on the books with an eye toward eliminating “outdated regulations that stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive,” according to his recent opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal.

This will surely lead to some good. But given the lengthening roll of red tape facing financial sponsors (headlined by requirement to register as investment advisers), it must have been tough for them not to stifle a sarcastic chuckle.

Indeed, in a relatively little noted action last summer, the Federal Trade Commission proposed changes to its Hart-Scott-Rodino pre-merger notification rules to give it more information upfront about buyouts and other M&A deals to determine if they raise antitrust concerns.

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Fifth Street Finance In $126.5 Mln Secondary
02.01.11 1:58PM

Jonathan Marino
Scoop: Sun Capital Sponsors SCOOTER Store Recap
Posted on: February 1st, 2011
What with their headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., executives at Sun Capital Partners must be dodging products from The SCOOTER Store every time they set foot outside the office.
Now, they’re preparing to get even more intimate with the senior mobility products company, according to multiple sources.
Sun Capital Partners, the middle market PE shop, is about to strike a deal to recap the New Braunfels, Texas-based maker of power wheelchairs, scooters, ramps and other accessories. One source who worked on the deal described it as “a very ...

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AXA Private Equity Buys 22% of FitnessBoutique
02.01.11 12:38PM
Lots of Demand for EnCap’s $3.5B Pool But Fundraising Not So Easy
Posted on: February 1st, 2011
Just how different is the fundraising market these days? Just consider the case of EnCap Investments LP.

On Monday, EnCap announced it had raised $3.5 billion for its eighth “upstream” fund, which will invest in companies that drill and produce oil and gas. David Miller, an EnCap co-founder and a managing partner, estimates that the PE shop spent nine to 10 months marketing for EnCap Energy Capital Fund VIII. By contrast, the buyout shop spent roughly four to six months fundraising for each of its last four to five funds.

“The world changed in 2008,” Miller told me. “There was huge demand. But it took longer to get people to the finish line because the due diligence was more extensive.”

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Fred Wilson: M&A Issues: The Integration Plan
Posted on: February 1st, 2011
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For the past month we've been doing M&A Case Studies on MBA Mondays. It's time to go back to the basics of M&A. I laid them out in this post. For the next few weeks, I am going to discuss each of the key issues in detail. First up is the integration plan.

The integration plan is the way the buyer plans to operate your business post acquisition. You should get this figured out before you sign the Purchase Agreement. You are going to have to live with the results of the integration and you had better buy into it before you sign your company away to someone else.

There are two primary ways a buyer can "integrate" an acquisition. The first way is they mostly leave your company alone. Examples of this are Google's acquisition of YouTube, eBay's acquisition of Skype, and The Washington Post Company's acquisition of Kaplan (one of my favorite M&A cases).

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Chango Closes on $4.25M Series B
02.01.11 10:25AM
Blue Wolf Adds Bob Sharp as Operating Partner
02.01.11 9:53AM
Truveris Inks $3.8M in First Round
02.01.11 9:27AM
Nistica Closes on $8.5M in Equity, Debt
02.01.11 9:27AM
RentJuice Seals $6.2M Financing
02.01.11 9:19AM
KKR Agrees to Bid for Turkey’s Dogan Yayin
02.01.11 8:55AM
Milestone Capital Plans to Invest $450M in 2011
02.01.11 8:39AM
Aria Systems Inks $20M Series C
02.01.11 8:11AM
Greg Waldorf Joins Accel as CEO-in-Residence
02.01.11 8:07AM
Partners Group Invests in Saehwa International Machinery
02.01.11 8:06AM
Baring Private Equity Asia Closes $2.64B Fund
02.01.11 8:01AM
peHUB First Read
Posted on: February 1st, 2011
Dealing: Valeant Pharma drops $480M to acquire PharmaSwiss

Grandpa, is that You?: Facebook’s fastest growing age group isn’t who you’d think your standard social networker is

Tucking In: Taleo spends $11M to buy Cytiva Software

Greedy When Others are Scared: The Egypt ETF is seeing some investors go long

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Ex-eHarmony CEO Joins Accel As CEO-In-Residence
Posted on: January 31st, 2011
Greg Waldorf left his role as eHarmony chief executive in a sudden departure two weeks ago. Just as suddenly, he reappeared at Accel Partners.
The venture firm announced Monday Waldorf will become its CEO-in-residence, working with its portfolio companies and brainstorming new business ideas that might receive Accel funding.
He said in an interview he has a self-imposed 6 to 12 month deadline to come up with a new idea.
Rumors have swirled for years for years that match-making ...

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Insight Venture Partners Raises One *Billion* Dollars — Updated
Posted on: January 31st, 2011
Insight Venture Partners has raised a new mountain of money to invest in both software and Internet deals. According to two new SEC filings, the 16-year-old, New York-based firm has closed on at least $1.05 billion from investors, including one lump of $325.8 million and another that totals $725.1 million.
Whether the funds will be managed separately or as one fund remains to be seen. Insight has not yet responded to requests for comment. Presumably, though, much of that money has come from existing investors like Stockholm-based Skandia Insurance Co. At least, when Insight raised its last...

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Building Better Social Graphs, Part II By Fred Wilson

Fred Wilson
 Building Better Social Graphs, Part II
I’ve been thinking for a while now that there will not be one social graph to rule them all (Facebook) but that we will eventually have a multitude of web/mobile services in our lives, each with a social graph we curate specifically for that service. That’s been my gut instinct as I do not believe the Facebook social graph is the right graph for Twitter, Foursquare, Tumblr, Etsy, Svpply, Boxee, etc, etc, etc.
But what has been less clear to me is how we will make it easy for people to do this curation. I posted some thoughts on this subject last week. And I’ve continued to puzzle on this topic since.
Yesterday, in a series of chats with my colleagues at USV, it started to become clear to me that the mobile phone address book may well be the answer.

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Maybe Reid Hoffman Won’t Be an Instant Billionaire: Updated Posted on: January 27th, 2011
Insight Venture Partners Raises One *Billion* Dollars — Updated Posted on: January 31st, 2011
With Looming Facebook IPO, Better Buy a House Now (If You Can Find One) Posted on: January 26th, 2011
Kony Soluntions Inks $19.1M Series A Posted on: January 28th, 2011
Plum District Inks $8.5M Series A Posted on: January 28th, 2011

Maybe Reid Hoffman Won’t Be an Instant Billionaire: Updated Posted on: January 27th, 2011
Second-Guessing SecondMarket Posted on: January 27th, 2011
Scoop: Whose Hooters? HIG’s! Posted on: January 26th, 2011
Michael Psaros: You Must Be Kidding Me With This Recovery Posted on: January 26th, 2011
With Looming Facebook IPO, Better Buy a House Now (If You Can Find One) Posted on: January 26th, 2011

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