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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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
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Private equity firm circles grocery ad network.
FORTUNE -- Private equity firm Huntsman Gay Global Capital is in talks to acquire a control stake in MyWebGrocer, a SaaS-based e-commerce and marketing platform for grocery store chains and packaged goods companies.
No word yet on financial terms, although Huntsman Gay typically invests between $25 million and $100 million into companies with revenue north of $100 million and EBIDTA of at least $15 million. MOREDan Primack - May 21, 2013 11:41 AM ET
Iron Mountain Inc. (NYSE: IRM) has acquired Information Storage Consolidation Co., a Carrollton, Texas-based records storage business, from Graycliff Partners. No financial terms were disclosed. www.isccllc.com
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. has sold its remaining A$260 million stake in Australian television network operator Seven West Media Ltd. (ASX: SWM). www.kkr.com
Novo AS has acquired Xellia Pharmaceuticals, a Norway–based developer of anti-infective therapies, for approximately $700 million. Sellers include 3i Group and European Capital. www.xellia.com
Charlie Ergen, chairman of Dish Network (NYSE: DISH), has bid $2 billion for wireless "L-band" MOREDan Primack - May 21, 2013 10:56 AM ET
The Blackstone Group has offered to acquire Pactera Technology International Ltd. (Nasdaq: PACT), a China-based provider of global consulting and technology services, for approximately $680 million, or $7.50 per share (43% premium to Friday's closing price). Significant Pactera shareholders include GGV Capital (7% stake). www.pactera.com
The O'Gara Group, a Cincinnati-based provider of global security and defense products and services for use in counter-terrorism, has acquired the armored vehicle and transparent armor businesses ofBAE Systems (LSE: BA). MOREDan Primack - May 21, 2013 10:56 AM ET
Adaptive Planning, a San Francisco-based provider of SaaS solutions for enterprise performance management, has raised $45 million in fourth-round funding. Bessemer Venture Partners led the round, and was joined by return backers Onset Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, RBC Venture Partners, Cardinal Venture Capital and Monitor Ventures. It previously raised around $40 million.www.adaptiveplanning.com
Swipely, a Providence, R.I.-based payment solution for local merchants, has raised $12 million in Series B funding. Shasta Ventures led the round, and MOREDan Primack - May 21, 2013 10:55 AM ET
U.S. Senate candidate's investment performance.
FORTUNE -- Massachusetts voters are one month away from deciding whether or not former private equity investor Gabriel Gomez should be their next U.S. Senator, in a special election to succeed John Kerry.
To be sure, the ultimate decision won't be based much on what Gomez did, or didn't, do in his eight-plus years with Advent International. In fact, you wouldn't even know Gomez was involved in MOREDan Primack - May 20, 2013 4:44 PM ET
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