When hedge fund managers advertise, performance dips.
FORTUNE -- Hedge funds soon will be allowed to advertise their wares to potential clients, thanks to a provision in last year's JOBS Act (which had no direct relation to actual jobs). As will private equity funds, venture capital funds and other alternative investment vehicles that heretofore were prohibited from general solicitation.
Former SEC Commissioner Mary Shapiro opposed the change, so she basically sat on MOREDan Primack - May 23, 2013 3:29 PM ET
FORTUNE -- Ride-sharing service Lyft today is announcing $60 million in new venture capital funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. So I spent some time on the phone with Andreessen Horowitz partner Scott Weiss to learn why the firm is putting so much money into a company that faces so many challenges.
What follows is an edited transcript of our conversation:
FORTUNE: There is a lot of money going into this general space MOREDan Primack - May 23, 2013 12:02 PM ET
Merging Saks with Neiman Marcus may make sense, but it won't be easy.
FORTUNE -- Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) reportedly is considering a massive luxury retail consolidation move: Buying both Saks Inc. (which just went on the block) and Neiman Marcus (being sold by a PE group that includes TPG, Warburg Pincus, Leonard Green and Credit Suisse) -- and then merging the two companies together.
To be sure, there are some good MOREDan Primack - May 23, 2013 10:58 AM ET
Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) said that it will split off its remaining 80% interest in its former animal health unit Zoetis Inc. (NYSE: ZTS), which completed a $2.2 billion IPO back in February. The split will be done via an exchange offer. www.zoetis.com
Adobe Systems (Nasdaq: ADBE) has acquired mobile app design agency Thumb Labs for an undisclosed amount. www.adobe.com
BTG PLC (LSE: BTG) has agreed to acquire the Targeted Therapies division of Nordion Inc. (TSX: NDN) for approximately US$200 million. www.btgplc.com Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has acquired Makani Power, MOREDan Primack - May 23, 2013 10:11 AM ET
Apax Partners has agreed to acquire specialty apparel retailer Rue21 (Nasdaq: RUE) for approximately $1.1 billion, or $42 per share (23% premium to yesterday's closing price). Apax previously owned Rue21 before taking it public in 2009, and still retains nearly a 30% equity position. Its two directors on the Rue21 board recused themselves from board discussions and votes related to the deal. www.rue21
Del Monte Foods has acquired Natural Balance Pet Foods for an undisclosed amount. Del Monte shareholders MOREDan Primack - May 23, 2013 10:10 AM ET
Interactions Corp., a Franklin, MA-based provider of conversational virtual assistant applications for customer service, has raised $40 million in new VC funding. SoftBank Capital led the round, and was joined by return backers Sigma Partners, Sigma Prime Ventures, RED LLC, Cross Atlantic Capital Partners, North Hill Ventures and Updata Partners. www.interactions.net
Skyhigh Networks, a Cupertino, Calif.-based provider of cloud visibility and control solutions, has raised $20 million in Series B funding. Sequoia Capital led the round, MOREDan Primack - May 23, 2013 10:08 AM ET
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* An actual job: Helping hedge funders MOREDan Primack - May 23, 2013 7:03 AM ET
Head of NYC private equity investments heads to private firm in which NYC pension invested.
FORTUNE -- Yesterday came news that Barry Miller had stepped down as head of private equity investments for the New York City Employee Retirement Systems (NYCERS), in order to open a New York City office for Connecticut-based private equity firm Landmark Partners.
My immediate reaction: Is this a conflict of interest, given that NYCERS had just committed $400 million MOREDan Primack - May 22, 2013 10:58 AM ET
Reports of VC returns on Tumblr have been greatly exaggerated.
FORTUNE -- Yesterday there were several news reports about how Union Square Ventures had generated a "5,000% return" on its early investment in Tumblr, based on data from research firm Privco. They also claimed that Spark Capital's Bijan Sabet made $77 million for himself, in addition to whatever carry he's entitled to as a partner in the Spark Capital fund that invested alongside USV.
In MOREDan Primack - May 22, 2013 10:34 AM ET
* Alex Mayyasi: Food truck economics
* Matt Wirz: Beware of the covenant bubble
* David Beisel: Debunking 7 conventional VC wisdom
* Felix Salmon: Public companies should have public tax filings
* David Kirkpatrick: Class warfare knives coming for tech plutocrats
* Morning Call: U.S. futures climb, Europe retreats and Japan jumps.
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* Academia: Alternative marketing for alternative investments?
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* Unprecedented: Town wipes its hands MOREDan Primack - May 22, 2013 6:50 AM ET
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