Private Equity

A new kind of PE fund plans to roll up German startups into potential unicorns and bigger exits

European startups have always suffered from the perennial startup problem: how to exit? However, in Europe the problem has always been particularly acute. How many large European industrial or corpora

3 ways PE firms can ensure relevant due diligence for M&A targets ahead of a recession

It's critical for due diligence providers to analyze a company's business segments and product lines to identify the range of its exposure to potential issues.

Private equity dominated the top 10 enterprise M&A deals in 2022

It was a funny year in enterprise tech M&A, one in which the majority of activity came from private equity firms: As tech stock values plunged throughout the year, these companies went bargain hun

Private equity could be gearing up to shop for vulnerable tech companies

Given that private equity has been rich for some time, and tech valuations didn't collapse overnight, why haven't we seen more Coupa-esque deals in recent quarters? Because capitulation takes time.

Thoma Bravo adds record $32B in new capital to fuel buyout funds

There has been widespread speculation that investors are sitting on substantial amounts of money for investing in startups and for acquisitions, depending on the firm’s goals. Today, private equ

Investors sound the alarm about possible private equity tech deals

Coupa's investors worry that its current value doesn’t reflect a possible lucrative future. Are they right?

Thoma Bravo buys third identity company this year with $2.3B ForgeRock acquisition

Thoma Bravo knows what it likes, and apparently it likes identity access management — a lot. Today the firm announced its intention to acquire ForgeRock for $2.3 billion, the third company it has pu

Why aren’t we seeing more aggressive SaaS M&A?

With public stock valuations way down, it's surprising we aren't seeing more aggressive M&A activity from acquisitive companies and private equity alike.

Sardine raises $51.5M led by a16z to sniff out fishy fintech transactions

As fintechs become more efficient, so too do fraudsters. “Faster instant payments mean faster fraud,” Sardine CEO and co-founder Soups Ranjan told TechCrunch. That’s the thesis behin

‘Just break even’ may be the worst possible advice for startups in turbulent times

A significant number of companies are following popular advice to try and break even, but the sad truth is that this is probably the worst possible advice for most startups right now.

Stop spending so much time on your product when pitching to investors

It's natural for founders to live and breathe for their customers and product, but the dirty little secret of fundraising is that your investors are extraordinarily unlikely to care about your product

TechCrunch+ roundup: Growth activation metrics, 3 keys to Series B, pitch deck teardown

The investors I’ve spoken to recently are still open to good ideas, but when they come from founders who are already working toward product-market fit, it boosts their confidence.

After the Figma-Adobe deal, which design startups are acquisition targets?

News that Adobe will buy upstart design software unicorn Figma for $20 billion was the single largest event in startup land this week, a surprise upset over the Ethereum Merge coming to fruition.

Allocations just got valued at $150M to help private equity funds lure smaller investors

Interest in alternative investments such as private equity, real estate and crypto continues to surge, and Miami-based fintech startup Allocations is riding the wave. Less than three years after its f

The alternative asset class needs new infrastructure — who will build it?

Just as traditional alternatives are becoming a consistent part of the modern portfolio, a new era of alternative assets is emerging, fueling a broader and more fragmented landscape for investing.

KKR dives into Avalanche blockchain to tokenize and ‘democratize’ financial services

KKR & Co. is tokenizing a part of one of its private equity funds — a step that may provide institutional private market strategies to more individual investors.

Goldsky raises $20M to bring real-time, on-chain data to crypto companies

Despite well-known volatility in the crypto market, crypto startups building infrastructure to support the industry’s long-term growth have seemed to fare better than their peers. This is especi

You’ve sold your company. Now what?

The transaction is complete. The keys have passed to the new owner. This is what you, your team and investors were aiming for, and your bank accounts have become a lot larger.

VC funds still rolling as Northzone announces largest fund, while Salkantay is largest Peru fund

Northzone and Salkantay Ventures join other venture capital firms in raising their largest funds to date.

Tighter VC capital forces AI startups to face the music

A new report from PitchBook shows that VC activity in the AI sector declined precipitously over the past few months.
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