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Etsy: Crafting an IPO

Etsy, the Brooklyn-based provider of an online marketplace for handcrafted goods, debuted on the NASDAQ stock exchange today under the symbol ETSY. After pricing at the high end of its $14 to $16 range, the company’s shares opened at $31 each, hitting a high of $35.74 before closing at $30. Explore Etsy’s VC history, as…

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Comparing PE in 2006 and 2014: How useful is aggregate data?

It’s pretty common in the private equity industry to analyze market data on a year-to-year basis. Once the calendar flips to January 1, we tally the industry’s annual total and compare it to prior years, under the guise that we can decipher where the industry is and where it’s going using headline numbers. But the bits and pieces of the data are much more interesting than the whole.

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VCs playing mobile gaming space

The mobile gaming sector has witnessed some of the most successful financings and exits in the last 5 years. Games like Clash of Clans (Supercell), Game of War: Fire Age (Machine Zone) and Candy Crush (King Digital Entertainment) are said to be generating over $1 million in daily revenues, with their respective parent companies’ valuations…