Firm: Symphony Technology Group
Fund: Symphony Technology Group IV LP
Target: $1 billion
Placement Agent: None
The firm might seek as much as $1 billion, both sources said. The firm is “testing the temperature” of existing investors before formally launching a fundraising campaign, the one source said.
Billionaire entrepreneur Romesh Wadhwani launched Symphony Technology Group in 2002 after amassing a fortune following the sale in 2000 of an e-commerce company he founded called Aspect Development Inc. for $9 billion. He’d also founded at least two other companies prior to starting Symphony Technology.
Upon launching Symphony Technology, Wadhwani, who holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, invested in several companies, largely with his own money. By September 2008, that portfolio had a combined market value of $1.5 billion. In 2007, Wadhwani put up $400 million for the firm’s first institutional fund,
Today, Symphony Technology’s Web site boasts of a portfolio with 14 companies that have combined revenue of $2.5 billion and 15,000 employees in North America, Europe and Asia. Holdings include Aldata Solutions, a provider of supply chain software for retail, wholesale and logistics companies; Shopzilla Inc., a manager of online shopping brands the firm bought earlier this year for $170 million; and Teleca, a supplier of software services to the mobile device industry. The firm also has several investment professionals.