Greenwich, Connecticut-based Activant Capital has closed a $129 million late-stage venture fund. The firm was founded in 2013 by Steve Sarracino and has seen six liquidity events so far, a sizeable chunk of the 18 companies it’s invested in. One of those was Hybris, an e-commerce software business which sold to SAP for $1.4 billion. They also invested in Upland Software, which went… Read More
For its forecast to come true would require productivity improvements not seen in decades and an atypical policy on interest rates.
Put on that ski mask and get behind a proxy because today we are talking about hackers (No, not the 90’s flick that touched the hearts of compuanarchists and cyberpunks everywhere). Growth hacking is becoming a more integral part of business. Are you keeping with the times? Why do you need growth hacking? Sometimes having a great product or service is not enough to grow a company. You’re a smaller business, swarmed in the stampede of like-organizations. What makes you stand out from the herd? We take all the help we can get to achieve growth, and that’s where the growth hacker comes into practice. What is growth hacking? Imagine a funnel. You pour something in, and the funnel brings it closer and closer together until it is all deposited in an exact desired location. Now...
XebiaLabs, the Boston-based software startup that helps companies automate DevOps functions, announced a healthy $100 million Series B investment led by Susquehanna Growth Equity and Accel. Today’s investment brings the total raised to $121.5 million. Derek Langone, Xebia’s CEO says they raised the money out of a desire to expand more rapidly. “You always want to raise money… Read More
The growth of bitcoin is fueling speculation and debate about the environmental impact of the energy needed to power the virtual currency in the era of climate change.
“How fast do I need to be growing to be interesting to a venture investor?” This is a question we get asked all the time by CEOs, and we realize “it depends” is not the most actionable answer to give. Instead, we have come up with a simple model that allows us to give a clear numerical answer to this question. Read More
China's auto sales growth in January rebounded from the previous month's contraction, boosted by strong demand for SUVs.