Sequoia Funds Mobile Marketing Automation App Kahuna

After hitting it big with WhatsApp, Sequoia announced $11 million in Series A funding for Kahuna, a startup that helps marketers test and automate their push notifications. Kahuna is only a few months old, launching in the Fall of 2013. Its customers now include Yahoo!, QuizUp (another Sequoia portf... [More]

GE commits $10B to clean tech R&D with focus on natural gas

February 25, 2014 18:48 by Bill Conway in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Another significant development in securing our energy future.  If successful, it can also help solve the challenge of using water in the fracking process.    The entire article can he read HERE. 

"Shale Boom is Only in the First Inning."

February 25, 2014 18:35 by Bill Conway in Energy, Natural Gas, Utilities  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Ryan Lance, CEO of Conoco-Phillips was recently quoted saying, the "shale boom is only in the first inning".  This level of optimism is expected from the CEO of a large energy company.  However, for those of us active in the energy space, the recent developments in the shale gas arena are ... [More]

CCCA Economic Dashboard: February 21st, 2014

Below is the CCCA economic dashboard as of February 21st, 2014. Click here to view a larger image.

Blackrock: Political Polarization Creating Lack of Consumer Confidence

Pretty regularly here at the CC Capital Advisors blog, we ask the question: "Why have the markets failed to rebound as fundamentals improve, equity markets rally and an abundance of capital sits idle in a low income environment?" As we wrote previously, healthcare had a tough time in 2013 due to th... [More]

Facebook to Acquire WhatsApp for $19 Billion

February 20, 2014 11:58 by Clayton Reeves in M&A, Technology  //  Tags: , , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)
In the biggest internet deal since Time Warner / AOL deal in 2001, Facebook has agreed to acquire WhatsApp for $19 billion. The first thing to notice about this deal is the price.  When Facebook paid $1 billion for Instagram, many thought it was too large of a price tag for the mobile photo app... [More]

Actavis to Acquire Forest Laboratories for $25 Billion

Today, Actavis announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Forest Laboratories. Forest is based in New York, NY, but has Midwest operations in Earth City, MO. The purchase price of $25 billion represents a 25% premium over Forest's stock price. The merger is expected to g... [More]

CCCA Economic Dashboard: February 14th, 2014

Below is the CCCA economic dashboard as of February 14th, 2014. Click here to view a larger image.

2013 PE Deal Flow Review

February 13, 2014 11:32 by Clayton Reeves in   //  Tags: , , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)
McGladrey recently released reports on PE activity in four sectors: business products & services, healthcare, information technology and consumer products. Business Products & Services: The first half of 2013 represented one of the worst periods of the last several years for B2B deal making... [More]

Merge or Die: Are Mergers the New Growth Catalyst in a Sluggish Economy?

As 2014 begins to take shape, many in the M&A industry are worried about a repeat of 2013, when conditions seemed ripe for deal making but those deals failed to execute.  Other than several mega deals, 2013 was largely disappointing. For context, world wide M&A was $4.27 trillion in 200... [More]

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