WHERE THE BEER FLOWS LIKE WINE
Hello from Aspen again. Yesterday kicked off day one of Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference. Some highlights:
• Cruise Automation’s CEO on what it’s been like working inside GM.
• Yoky Matsuoka on what humans can do better than robots (and vice versa).
• An insight into the Chinese bike-sharing market.
• What Priceline’s CEO looks for in an acquisition.
• Why one top analyst thinks $SNAP is a buy.
• General Stanley McChrystal’s problem with ‘America First.’
• But most relevant to Term Sheet readers: Alan Murray’s interview with Silver Lake’s Egon Durban and Michael Dell.
Silver Lake is in no hurry to exit its investment in Dell, Durban said. And, well… all private equity investors say that. But Durban took his answer to a new, poetic height: “We’re in it to win it, together forever.”
When pushed on exiting the company, Durban said Silver Lake decided that compounding its investments in existing deals can be more compelling than making new investments.
“We made the decision back in 2012, Dell’s brand and size and scale, that we were getting married to Michael Dell and Dell the company. We’re going to see this through.”
He noted that both he and Michael Dell had many chances to exit or optimize for short-term monetization, but chose to double down instead. (No comment on rumored divestitures like the IPO of Pivotal.)
The idea of using fund money to invest more in a portfolio company that’s doing well rather than pursuing a new deal may not just be a matter of discipline, it may also be due to the well-documented lack of good targets in large-cap private equity.
When asked what other areas Silver Lake is interested in investing in, Durban cited high growth tech companies similar to personal banking unicorn SoFi, which the firm backed earlier this year.
Silver Lake believes the “death of the private got company got overblown.” He added: “We’re finding deep value in scale – effectively tech businesses with $100 million to $1 billion of revenue. In this market that continues to be undervalued on a relative basis.”
THE LATEST FROM FORTUNE…
• Why Google is the most vulnerable member of the FANG club
• Home property prices in Beijing fell for the first time in two years
• Tech firms are clashing with internet providers in net neutrality drama
• What could come out of that Amazon-VMWare partnership
• Bank of America and Goldman’s better-than-expected profits
• NewStore, Inc., a Boston-based mobile retail platform provider, raised $50 million in Series B funding. Activant Capital led the round, and was joined by investors including General Catalyst and Stephan Schambach.
• Leap Motion Inc, a San Francisco-based provider of motion tracking technology for virtual and augmented reality, raised $50 million in Series C funding. Investors include JPMorgan Asset Management.
• FreshBooks, a Canada-based cloud accounting solutions provider, raised $43 million in Series B funding. Georgian Partners led the round, and was joined by investors including Accomplice and Oak Investment Partners.
• SpotHero, a Chicago-based parking reservation startup, raised $30 million in Series C funding. Investors include Insight Venture Partners, Global Founders Capital, and Autotech Ventures.
• Alation, a Redwood City, Calif.-based provider of software that allows businesses to have a single source of reference for their data, raised $23 million in funding, according to VentureBeat. Icon Ventures led the round, and was joined by Harmony Partners, Costanoa Ventures and Data Collective. Read more.
• Privitar, a U.K.-based privacy preserving data mining startup, raised $16 million in Series A funding, according to TechCrunch. Investors include Partech Ventures, CME Ventures, and Salesforce Ventures. Existing investors IQ Capital, 24Haymarket and Illuminate Financial participated. Read more.
• Embark, a Belmont, Calif.-based self-driving trucking startup, raised $15 million in Series A funding, according to TechCrunch. Data Collective led the round, and was joined by YC Continuity, Maven Ventures and SV Angel. Read more.
• Wellframe, a Boston-based mobile platform provider for patient care management, raised $15 million in Series B funding. F-Prime Capital led the round, and was joined by investors including DFJ.
• Impartner, a South Jordan, Utah-based partner relationship management company, raised $15 million in funding from Emergence Capital.
• Corelight, a San Francisco-based provider of network security solutions, raised $9.2 million in Series A funding. Accel Partners led the round, and was joined by Osage University Partners and Steve McCanne.
• Syte.ai, an Israel-based visual search startup focused on fashion products, raised an $8 million Series A funding, according to TechCrunch. NHN Ventures led the round, and was joined by Naver Corp., Line Corp., Magma VC, Remagine VC, KDC Ventures, and NBM Ventures. Read more.
• ObEN, a Pasadena, Calif.-based artificial technology company, raised $5 million in funding from Tencent, according to TechCrunch. Investors including Li Ruigang and Fengshion Capital participated. Read more.
• Embark Veterinary Inc, an Austin, Texas-based genomics and dog DNA test developer, raised $4.5 million in funding. Investors include Founder Collective, Freestyle and ThirdKind, Section 32, Anne Wojcicki, and SV Angel.
• Learnerbly, a London-based curated professional development SaaS platform, raised £1.6 million ($2 million) in seed funding, according to TechCrunch. Frontline Ventures led the round, and was joined by investors including Playfair Capital, the Mayor of London’s London Co-Investment Fund, and Future Planet Capital. Read more.
• Adjoint, a smart contract company with offices in Boston and London, raised $1.05 million in pre-seed funding. Investors include Fintech Angels, Chicago Trading Company Ventures, Danhua Capital, and Kluz Ventures.
• Punchbowl, a Framingham, Mass.-based platform for online invitations and digital greeting cards, raised funding of an undisclosed amount from Party City.
HEALTH AND LIFE SCIENCES DEALS
• Menlo Therapeutics Inc, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based biopharmaceutical company, a raised $50 million in Series C funding. venBio led the round, and was joined by Novo Holdings A/S, Rock Springs Capital, Aisling Capital, and Bay City Capital. Existing investors including Vivo Capital, Presidio Partners, Remeditex, and F-Prime Capital participated.
• Silk Road Medical, Inc., a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based developer of less-invasive medical devices, raised $47 million in funding. Investors include Norwest Venture Partners and Janus Capital Management. Existing investors Warburg Pincus, The Vertical Group, and CRG participated.
PRIVATE EQUITY DEALS
• Sandvine Corp (TSX:SVC) terminated a deal with Vector Capital and accepted a higher offer from a unit of private equity firm Francisco Partners and Procera Networks Inc, valuing the network equipment maker at about C$562 million ($444 million). Read more.
• KKR agreed to invest approximately $200 million in Radiant Life Care, an India-based operator of healthcare facilities, for a 49% stake.
• Sizmek Inc, an affiliate of Vector Capital, acquired Rocket Fuel (NASDAQ: FUEL), a Redwood City, Calif.-based predictive marketing platform, for $2.60 per share in cash. This represents an enterprise value for Rocket Fuel of approximately $145 million.
• YFM Equity Partners invested 3 million pounds ($3.9 million) in Friska Limited, U.K.-based restaurant chain.
• TPG Growth and Liberty Global form Platform One Media, a global television production and distribution studio. TPG will make an undisclosed investment in Platform One Media via Evolution Media, its investment joint venture with CAA and Participant Media while Liberty Global will take a minority stake. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
• Wind River Environmental, which is backed by Gryphon Investors, acquired Soucy’s Septic Service, a Salem, N.H.-based provider of septic system design, drain cleaning, rejuvenation and septic repair services. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
• Elite Sports, which is backed by The Riverside Company, acquired Dreamlight Activewear, a Virginia Beach, Va.-based maker of gymnastics clothing. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
• One Equity Partners acquired SGB-SMIT, a Germany-based manufacturer of power transformers. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
• Multi-Color Corp (Nasdaq:LABL) will buy the labels unit of Constantia Flexibles GmbH, an Austria-based packaging and label products manufacturer, for about $1.3 billion in cash and stock. Read more.
• Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (NYSE:VRX) will sell Obagi Medical Products, an Irvine, Calif.-based specialty pharmaceutical company, for $190 million in cash, according to Reuters. Read more.
• Landis+Gyr, Toshiba’s smart meters unit, is nearly certain to seek an IPO rather than a sale, according to people with knowledge of the matter to Reuters. The company was previously reported to be seeking about $2.5 billion, 2.4 billion Swiss francs, in an IPO, according to Reuters. Landis+Gyr is reportedly seeking to price shares between 70 francs to 82 francs a share, or about $73 to $85. The shares are set to be sold on the Swiss Exchange starting July 21.
• TPG and Patron Capital Partners agreed to sell their investment in Merin, a Netherlands-based real estate platform, to Dream Global REIT (TSX:DRG.UN) for a total consideration of €622 million ($719 million).
• Zeta Global acquired Boomtrain, a San Francisco-based AI-powered marketing platform, according to VentureBeat. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. Boomtrain raised more than $14 million in venture funding from investors including Sierra Ventures, Cota Capital, and Lerer Hippeau Ventures. Read more.
• DuBois Chemicals, which is backed by The Jordan Company LP, acquired BHS Specialty Chemicals, a Salt Lake City, Utah-based maker of specialty chemicals focused on food safety and water treatment solutions. The seller was Post Capital Partners. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
• CCMI acquired FiberLocator, a Newton, Mass.-based online fiber mapping database. The seller was NEF. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
• Activa Capital and Bpifrance sold their stakes in Nexeya, a Paris-based equipment products for air, land, naval, and joint task forces, back to the company’s management, which will have a 75% stake. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
• New Mountain Capital will acquire Sparta Systems, a Hamilton, N.J.-based provider of cloud and on-premise quality management software. The seller was Thoma Bravo. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
• J.W. Childs Associates acquired a majority stake in EbLens LLC, a Torrington, Conn.-based retailer of urban-inspired footwear. The seller was KarpReilly LLC. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
FIRMS + FUNDS
• KKR & Co. appointed Joe Bae and Scott Nuttall as co-presidents and co-chief operating officers of KKR and members of KKR’s board of directors. Co-founders Henry Kravis and George Roberts will remain co-chairmen and co-chief executive officers.
• Thomas Chadwick joined Pritzker Group Private Capital as a vice president of the group’s manufactured products team. Previously, Chadwick was at Madison Dearborn Partners.
• Three Hills Capital Partners hired Joe Jefferies as an investment manager, Arjan Blok as a senior associate, and Ravi Savjani as an investor relations manager.
• Yasmin Razavi joined Spark Capital as a growth investor. Previously, Razavi was at Snap and Index Ventures.
• Angelo, Gordon & Co hired Terri Herubin and Matthew Brody as managing directors. Previously, Herubin was at Barings Real Estate, and Brody was at Walton Street Capital.