CCCA Economic Dashboard: March 28th, 2014

Below is the CCCA economic dashboard as of March 28th, 2014. Click here to view a larger image.

Tech M&A Rises to 2000 Levels

As reported in the NYTimes DealBook, merger mania that gripped the world during the dot com bubble seems to be making a comeback. Fueled by Facebook's two big acquisitions, the dollar volume of tech deals is up 90 percent worldwide, to $65.2 billion, year over year, according to Thomson Reuters data... [More]

Despite Hurdles, Bitcoin Investing Continues: Circle Raises $17 Million in Series B Financing

As reported by, the rush to invest in Bitcoin companies continues. Circle Internet Financial, based in Boston, has said that it has closed a $17 million round of Series B financing from a group of investors. Their investors now include Breyer Capital, Accel Partners, General Catalyst... [More]

CCCA Economic Dashboard: March 21st, 2014

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

Nokia-Microsoft Deal Delayed

As reported by CNBC, Nokia has been forced to delay the completion of the sale of its phone business to Microsoft due to continued regulatory hurtles in Asia. Nokia stated that they expect the deal to close in April 2014, while previous guidance had stated an expected Q1 2014 close. In September 20... [More]

KC Based Compass Minerals Makes $85 Million Acquisition

As reported in the Kansas City Business Journal, and as a way to boost its fertilizer business, Compass purchased Wolf Trax, Inc. of Winnepeg, MB, in an all cash deal for $85 million. Wolf Trax is a producer of micronutrients that are crucial in the coating process for dry fertilizer. The coating cr... [More]

The Midwest: A New Technological Frontier

As reported in TechCrunch, the Midwest is no longer just a flyover space for high tech proprietors and investors flying between Silicon Valley and New York city. The Midwest has become a bastion for high tech startups in addition to the regions more traditional manufacturing entrepreneurship. Mark ... [More]

E-commerce Competition Intensifies: Megadeal between Google and eBay on the Horizon?

As reported by the San Jose Mercury News, Carl Icahn is at it again. One of the world's most active investors, Icahn is pressuring eBay to spin off its PayPal segment in a move that is intended to unlock value for current eBay shareholders. However, one analyst from Baird Equity Research seems to ha... [More]

CCCA Economic Dashboard: March 14th, 2014

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

Larger Players Squeeze Mid Market PE Firms

As reported in the Wall Street Journal, it is a difficult time to be a mid-market private-equity firm. Larger competitors, a seller's market and high valuations are combining to create a difficult atmosphere for smaller firms. “We have been getting blown out of the water on bids. Everything i... [More]

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