silver lake partners

  • Microsoft acquires AI scheduling bot Genee for Office 365 smarts

    Microsoft acquires AI scheduling bot Genee for Office 365 smarts

    Microsoft announced today that it acquired Genee, an AI-powered scheduling assistant bot that specializes in planning meetings for large groups or when organizers don’t have direct access to the calendars of everyone involved. Genee’s app is a chatbot accessible via an iPhone app, email, SMS, FB, Twitter or Skype, and it understands natural language input, so you can just text it… Read More

  • The Case for Silver Lake Not Being Evil Incarnate

    When an employee cries foul against a big tech company or its greed-driven investors, it’s easy to take the side of the employee, especially when an employee comes forward on the record to state his or her case. A wronged employee is inherently more sympathetic than a big, greedy private equity firm or a faceless corporation, and it’s rare that an employee will actually publicly… Read More

  • China's Focus Media Sells Internet Division Allyes To Silver Lake For $124 Million

    Focus Media, one of China’s leading digital media groups, this morning announced that it is selling a 62% indirect equity ownership of its Internet division, Allyes, to US-based private investment firm Silver Lake. Under the terms of the agreement, Silver Lake will pay $124 million to Focus Media, in exchange for the equity ownership of Allyes. Focus Media had acquired the internet… Read More

  • Confirmed: Skype Founders Settle With eBay And Others, Get 14% Stake In Skype, Not 10%

    eBay has just announced that it has reached a settlement with the founders of Skype, clearing the way for the sale of the Internet communication company to a consortium formed by private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, Andreessen Horowitz and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Index Ventures, a historical investor in Skype, is not going to be part of that buying party after all, and… Read More