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Private Equity Shops are Going on a Startup Spending Spree, Says Pitchbook

A new Pitchbook report shows that private equity shops are snapping up an interesting alternative investment. Flush with dry powder, PE shops have been snapping up VC-backed startups, according to a report from Pitchbook. 

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Hedge Funds: Elliott’s Offensive on Evergy Unnerves Chamber of Commerce
February 10, 2020

Curtis Sneden, president of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce is concerned about repercussions from activist hedge fund Elliott Management’s broadside against regional utility Evergy, Inc. (NYSE: EVRG). Feared activist…
FinTech: Real Estate Analytics Startup HouseCanary Raises $65 Million
February 10, 2020

Real Estate Analytics Startup HouseCanary Raises $65 Million. The funding will allow HouseCanary to develop the most accurate valuations in the property sector. The round was led by Morpheus Ventures,…
Private Equity: Sycamore Partners Eyes Deal to Purchase Victoria’s Secret
February 10, 2020

Sycamore Partners is considering a deal to purchase Victoria’s Secret from L Brands (NYSE: LB). CNBC reported a possible deal Sunday while citing sources close to the matter. Sycamore manages…
Liquid Alternatives: Sustainable Investing Meets Munis in New Van Eck ETF
February 10, 2020

Van Eck will soon launch the VanEck Vectors Sustainable Muni ETF. The fund manager will meet investors’ growing preference for sustainable investing by offering it inside of a fixed income…
Venture Capital: Snowflake’s Latest Funding Triples Its Valuation to $12.4B
February 10, 2020

Snowflake, the cloud data warehousing company, raised new funding of $479 million at a valuation of $12.4 billion. Dragoneer Investment Group and Salesforce led the round.
Artificial Intelligence: Legal AI Draws Blood; Nabs Very Senior, Fraudulent Divorce Lawyers in Silicon Valley
February 10, 2020

Justine Falcon, a legal AI, is credited with busting a ring of divorce lawyers indulging in real-estate fraud in connivance with an inside contact in the District Attorney’s office in…
Private Equity: Goldman Sachs to Launch $8 Billion Buyout Fund
February 10, 2020

West Street Capital Partners – the private equity arm of Goldman Sachs – will start fundraising next week. The PE shop is part of Goldman’s ambitious effort to raise $8…
Digital Assets: Bakkt’s Bridge2 Acquisition Eyes Revolutionary Rewards-to-Crypto Conversion
February 7, 2020

The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) announced Wednesday its agreement to acquire Bridge2 Solutions, a leading provider of loyalty solutions for merchants and consumers. ICE did not disclose the terms of the…
Venture Capital: Cloud Security Company Netskope Raises $340 Million In A Series G
February 7, 2020

Cloud Security Company Netskope Raises $340 Million In A Series G led by Sequoia Capital Global Equities. The funding propels Netskope’s valuation to nearly $3 billion.
Artificial Intelligence: A Deep Learning Computer System Teaches Itself to Predict Extreme Weather
February 7, 2020

Researchers at Rice University have developed a computer system that taught itself how to accurately predict extreme weather events such as heatwaves and cold spells up to 5 days in…

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