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Mark Boslet

technology, private equity, venture capital, LBOs, merger, M&A
Tech dealmaking through November on record pace Preqin: Industry has $190 bln available capital Tech-focused PE assets twice level of 5 years ago Buyout firms have shown a heightened interest in technology dealmaking this year, with a record-pace 1,079 buyout-backed transactions globally through mid-November. Looking ahead, activity appears unlikely to slow, barring an economic downturn, […]
NEA, venture capital, Ravi Viswanathan
Ex-NEA GP Viswanathan raising $1.35 bln VC fund NEA had tapped GP for unusual secondary Filing does not show a first close New Enterprise Associates this spring appointed former General Partner Ravi Viswanathan to the job of selling about $1 billion of its portfolio holdings in an unusual secondary transaction. This week, Viswanathan filed a […]
Chamath Palihapitiya, Social Capital, venture capital
Why this is important: Social Capital starts its journey as a venture-focused family office Social Capital said it would cease operations as a venture firm, no longer accept capital from outside sources, and shrink by about 40 percent in size. The firm, plagued by a steady stream of departures in the past year, including Co-Founders Mamoon […]
private equity, venture capital
Why is this important: Solid advice for GPs to follow when pitching LPs. Limited partners offer plenty of advice to GPs coming to them with fundraising pitches. Much of it you’ve heard before. Do your homework! Did the LP you’re pitching play lacrosse at Duke, or field hockey in Indiana? Do they back emerging managers […]
LAFPP, Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension System, pension fund, private equity
Why is this important: Performance in this LAFPP portfolio is uninspiring Funds from New Enterprise Associates, DFJ and Oak HC/FT Partners top an emerging venture-capital portfolio at Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension System. The portfolio, with vintages of 2013 to 2015, is made up largely of midsized funds and a mix of early-stage and multistage […]
Industry Ventures, venture capital, limited partners
Why is this important? Strategy holds, but $335 mln fund is 60 pct bigger than previous AUM: $3.4 bln One-third of AUM in hybrid funds of funds, direct co-investments Industry Ventures said it raised a $335 million fifth hybrid fund of funds, representing a significant step up in size from its prior fund. The new fund […]
venture capital, pension fund, Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, Industry Ventures, Top Tier Capital
Why is this important: The performance is solid for such a young portfolio Funds from Industry Ventures and Top Tier Capital Partners lead a portfolio of emerging venture-capital funds at Ohio Public Employees Retirement System. The portfolio, with vintages of 2013 to 2017, is made up largely of midsized and larger funds with an investment […]
A relatively small handful of LPs rely almost exclusively on funds of funds to pick their venture and private equity fund managers rather than hand the job to their internal investment staffs. Few can claim the kind of initial success that the Iowa Board of Regents is seeing with its modest private equity and venture […]
Funds from Longitude Capital, Column Group and Altos Ventures top a portfolio of late-decade venture-capital funds at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. The portfolio favors mid-sized and smaller funds, and brings a diversified approach to investing. Almost half of the funds are between $250 million and $450 million in size, and another third are […]
VCJ Venture Fund Performance
Funds from Technology Crossover Ventures, Battery Ventures and Summit Partners head up a portfolio of emerging venture investments at the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Nevada. The portfolio, with vintages of 2013 to the present, favors larger funds, and a multi-stage or late-stage approach to investing. A third of the funds are $1.4 billion in […]

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