investment



$35 Million in Funding for Content Recommendation Platform Outbrain

Written on
December 14th 2011
Author
Brian LaRue

ADOTAS - Content recommendation/discovery platform Outbrain announced today a whopping $35 million in funding, following the close of its Series D funding round and bolstered the most by Index Ventures. Prior investors Carmel Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners also pitched in. Outbrain now has a total of $64 million in financing. ... more...

Why Sarbanes-Oxley Was the Best Thing to Happen to the Internet

Written on
August 10th 2011
Author
Byrne Hobart

DUE DIGITAL DILIGENCE – In the next year or two, we’ll likely see the following companies go public with an initial market value over $10 billion: Facebook Groupon LivingSocial DropBox Zynga Many of these are companies that, in a world without Sarbanes-Oxley, could already be public. That would probably be good for investors; if average people ... more...

The New Display Ecosystem, Part I: A Few Words on HYPE

Written on
July 20th 2011
Author
Mike Nolet

ADOTAS – It’s been four years since I wrote one of my most popular series of blog posts of all time — “The Ad Exchange Model” (part 1, part 2 and part 3). Since then a lot has happened. A whole slew of three letter acronyms has appeared: DSP, SSP, ... more...

DigitalMoses: Is It a Bubble, and Do We Want It to Burst?

Written on
July 5th 2011
Author
DM Confidential

DM CONFIDENTIAL – Just recently, we came across a chart that Business Insider put together. It showed the stock price of a small publicly traded company who announced they acquired a $6 million stake in Facebook. The next day, the stock shot up. As there was not other major news ... more...

Got Funds? Spongecell Absorbs Cash From Schmidt and Pallotta

Written on
June 6th 2011
Author
Gavin Dunaway

ADOTAS – Sometimes it’s not the size of the investment, but the people opening up their wallets. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and Raptor Group Chairman and Managing Director Jim Pallotta led a round of funding for dynamic display firm Spongecell that included participation from Pittsburgh Steelers Board Member Brian ... more...

nPario Finds Partner and Investor in WPP

Written on
May 17th 2011
Author
Gavin Dunaway

nPario, which analyzes data on huge scale for monetization and targeting purposes, has found both a partner and a sugar daddy in WPP. WPP Digital is injecting $5 million in the startup for a minority stake, which also includes seats on nPario’s board. In addition, online and offline data from the numerous companies ... more...

JP Morgan Snatches 10% of Twitter

Written on
February 28th 2011
Author
Gavin Dunaway

ADOTAS – Does JP Morgan Chase wants to pull a Goldman-Sachs-Facebook on Twitter? (That doesn’t sound nearly as dirty as I thought it would.) Public investing in private companies is totally the new hedge fund. A $1.2 billion digital growth fund, with capital primarily committed by JPM, appears to be the second ... more...

Not Coming Soon: Facebook, the Public Company

Written on
January 4th 2011
Author
Gavin Dunaway

ADOTAS – What? Did you really think Goldman Sach’s $450 million investment in Facebook meant an IPO was imminent? Did you also believe that a fat man in a red suit squeezed down your chimney last month to leave you presents? The monumental investment signals that Goldman will likely underwrite the ... more...

New Year, New Tech Bubble?

Written on
January 3rd 2011
Author
Gavin Dunaway

ADOTAS – First there was a $200 million round for Twitter ($4 billion valuation?), then a $950 million round for Groupon ($5 billion to $8 billion valuation?!?) and now $500 million for Facebook ($50 billion valuation?!?!?!?!?!??!?) — what better way to ring in the new year than some new tech ... more...

Tech Bubble Chatter Blowing Up

Written on
December 6th 2010
Author
Gavin Dunaway

ADOTAS – Nothing like a little Chicken Little-style “sky is falling” action to inject some life into this dead news season. Both Newsweek and The New York Times are trying to get the Tech Bubble 2.0 bandwagon rolling, mainly based on the prognosticating of Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson, who ... more...