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21 July 2015

Frost Brooks co-founder Miles, 31, dies while out jogging

People   Frost Brooks Miles Frost, the 31-year-old son of UK broadcaster Sir David Frost and co-founder of Frost Brooks Private Equity, has died after collapsing during a weekend jog.

21 July 2015

New Midwest venture firm Lewis & Clark rounds up $71.4m for new fund

US map Lewis & Clark Ventures, a recently-launched, St Louis-based venture firm, has assembled at least $71.4m so far for its first fund, AltAssets can reveal.

21 July 2015

Private equity firms pile into $54m Series B round for online car retailer Vroom

sports-car-633291_1280 A trio of private equity firms have backed US-based online pre-owned car retailer Vroom through a weighty $54m Series B financing round.

20 July 2015

To outer space and beyond: Seraphim Capital prepares new fund for take-off $

Outer space image A London-based venture capital firm is looking to take advantage of what its managing director says is a "new era of space investment" by companies in the space sector, as they are applying "terrestrial technologies" to make profit maximisation the key driver.

20 July 2015

Hong Kong-based Nest looks to Africa with new Nairobi office

birds-nest-788680_1280 Early stage Asian investor Nest believes it has become the first Hong Kong-based venture capital firm to establish itself in Africa.

20 July 2015

VC-backed child-friendly ad business SuperAwesome nets $7m Series A round

child-192712_1280 Hoxton Ventures-backed child safe advertising business SuperAwesome has picked up a $7m Series A investment round led by the private investment vehicle of Velos Partners co-founder Parminder Basran.

20 July 2015

Insight Venture Partners sole investor in $22.8m Series A funding for Germany’s Chrono24

pocket-watch-1-790130-m Insight Venture Partners, the New York-based tech investment specialist, was the sole investor in a $22.8m Series A funding round for Chrono24, a Germany-based internet watch website backer.

17 July 2015

Secretive Silversmith Capital reportedly targeting $350m for debut fund

Westview Boston Silversmith Capital Partners, a Boston-based growth equity firm founded earlier this year by two former Bain Capital Ventures managing directors, has set a $350m target for its debut private equity fund, it is understood.

17 July 2015

BaltCap exits Latvian moulded fibre packaging maker VLT

egg carton BaltCap, a private equity and venture capital investor focused on and based in the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, said it has exited its 48 per cent shareholding in the Latvian moulded fibre manufacturing company VLT Ltd.

17 July 2015

Spectrum Equity leads $45m investment in Ethoca payment tech biz

debit credit card machine payment Spectrum Equity, a US-based growth equity firm operating out of Boston and San Francisco, was the lead investor in a $45m minority growth equity investment in Ethoca, a provider of technology services for credit card issuers and online retailers.

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