Top PE fundraising opportunities in 2Q

As noted in our 2Q 2015 U.S. PE Breakdown Report, PE fundraising in the U.S. slowed dramatically in 1Q by both fund count and total capital raised, particularly vehicles under $250 million. As LP commitments continue to flow more and more toward larger funds, we’ve found some mandates in the first four months of 2015 that highlight this trend and offer some notable fundraising opportunities.


7 ways BuzzFeed dwarfs Business Insider

Whether you think they produce vapid listicles or real journalism, it’s indisputable that BuzzFeed and Business Insider have garnered some serious VC interest. Each call Lerer Hippeau and RRE Ventures investors, while the likes of NEA, Jeff Bezos and Mark Andreessen have all chosen sides. The two digital media companies started off on a similar path when they raised…


Highlights from 2Q 2015 M&A Report

PitchBook’s recently published 2Q 2015 M&A Report offers insight into recent trends in the M&A landscape and includes data-driven analysis on quarterly and yearly deal flow, investment trends for strategic and private equity buyers, and sector breakdowns of M&A activity. Here are some highlights from the report.

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What implications would a Salesforce acquisition have for VC?

Rumors of Salesforce’s potential acquisition have been swirling as of late, with Microsoft seen as chief among potential buyers. Such a deal would have substantial implications for venture capital. As prominent investor Tomasz Tunguz pointed out recently, if Salesforce is bought, it means the number of possible acquirers of “substantial SaaS startups would decline.” He’s right;…

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Q&A: Nirad Jain, Partner and Healthcare Expert at Bain & Company

We recently reached out to Nirad Jain, a partner in Bain & Company’s New York office, to get his thoughts on the private equity and healthcare sectors, his two areas of expertise. He co-leads the firm’s healthcare diligence advisory capabilities and co-authored Bain’s latest Global Healthcare Private Equity Report, a valuable guide to a rapidly evolving industry.


The 10 fastest companies to achieve a $1B+ exit

The terms “valuation” and “unicorn” are major buzz words in the venture community. Everyone wants to know how much a company is worth, if it’s a unicorn and even how fast it got to that point. We recently dug into the PitchBook Platform to find the 20 companies to reach a $2 billion private valuation…

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VC Snapshot: April

Did April showers bring VC flowers? Here’s a snapshot of what happened during the month: Deals The month saw 623 completed VC rounds globally, raising a total of $8.1 billion. IT accounted for 45% of the deal flow and 43% of the capital invested—B2C was second with about 19% in each category. 14 deals of…