BLPA’s Rearview Mirror: On the Beach

November 30, 2014

BLPA’s Rearview Mirror

Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Placements

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We’re officially on to the post-Thanksgiving/pre-Christmas season. Lots of gatherings, social engagement, and change to be had. We’re expecting the financial markets to cooperate, but as we always say: If we had that forecasting ability, we would be retired, on the beach in Hawaii.

Mergers & Acquisitions[1]

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LAGOA, a cloud visualization and distribution platform for engineers an designers, is being acquired by Autodesk for $60m.

Cooliris, which created 1) photo viewing platforms, allowing you to view all your photos in one place, be it on the web, mobile, or desktop, as well as 2) a visual messenger app, Beamit, is being acquired by Yahoo!.


isocket, a leader in order automation technology, is being acquired by Rubicon Project, creating a world-leading advertising automation platform.

Shiny Ads, a media buying solution, is being acquired by Rubicon Project.

Supply chain

AirClic, which provides proof of delivery and logistics mobile supply chain solutions, is being acquired by Descartes Systems Group.


Boston-based, Smarterer, a skills assessment company, is being acquired b y Pluralsight, an education company based out of Salt Lake City, for $75m.


Nashville-based healthcare price transparency company, Change Healthcare is being acquired by Emdeon, a healthcare payment management company, for up to $185m.


Ithaca, NY-based BinOptics, a leading merchant provider of Indium Phosphide lasers for Data Centers, is being acquired by M/A-COM Technology Solutions for $230m.


RelativeWave, which lets you build custom native prototypes directly on the device, is being acquired by Google.


Boston-based First Wind, an independent renewable energy company focused on the development, financing, construction, ownership and operation of utility-scale power projects in the United States, is being acquired by SunEdison and TerraForm Power, for $2.4b.


Lusomedicamenta, a pharmaceutical contract development company, is being acquired by Recipharm, a Swedish pharmaceutical contract development company, for $139.7m.

United Arab Emirates/US

Shahiya, an Arabic food and recipe-focused social website, is being acquired by COOKPAD, a cooking community app, for $13.5m.

Cross-Border: US/India

Lightbridge Communications Corporation, the world’s largest independent global provider of Network Engineering Services to the Telecommunications industry, is being acquired by Techmahindra for 4240m.

Private Placements[2]

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Getaround, a peer-to-peer car sharing and local car rental company, raised a $24m Series B round, that included Cox Automotive.

Flywheel, a taxi hailing app, raised a $12m Series C round.


Kik, a smartphone messenger with a built-in browser, raised a $38.3 Series C round.


Pluto TV, a free internet based, music focused TV, raised a $13m Series A round.


FastPay, which provides liquidity and financial workflow solutions to the media industry, raised $15m.

Cognical, which provides integrated alternative financing for online shoppers, raised $10m.


Essess, which helps electric and gas utilities meet energy efficiency goals using advanced thermal imaging technology, raised a $10.8m Series B round.


Sweetgreen, a locally sourced takeout food chain, raised $18.5m.


Prezi, the cloud-based presentation company, raised $57m.

InsightSquared, a salesforce analytics product for SMBs, raised a $13.5m Series C round.


Harry’s, the shaving products company, raised $75m.

LiveAuctioneers, which enables you to bid for products online at live auctions, raised $47.5m.

Teespring, a custom merchandise manufacturer, raised a $35m Series B round.


Bigcommerce, provider of e-commerce platforms, raised a $50m Series D round.

OrderWithMe, a platform for ordering from vendors any time, any place, raised a $28m Series B round.


Accompani, which is focused on relationship intelligence, to form your network into a stream of opportunities,m raised a $15m Series B round.

Redbooth, an online collaboration platform for team and task management, raised a $11m Series B round.


Lighting Science Group, which makes LED light bulbs, raised $13m.


Endgame, which is focused on security intelligence and analytics, raised a $30m Series C round.

Blockstream, a technology which makes you able to trust anyone, raised $21m.

V-Key, a mobile security company, raised a $12m Series B round.

Menlo Security, a stealth company which is focused on eliminating the threat of advanced malware with a new security model, raised a $10m Series A round. (stealth)


Boost Media, with an ad optimization platform, raised a $19m Series C round.


Northwest Biotherapeutics, which is a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on the development of personalized cancer vaccines designed to treat a broad range of solid tumor cancers, raised $35m PIPE.

N30 Pharmaceuticals, which is developing a novel class of disease modifying therapies with a focus on cystic fibrosis, raised a $30m Series B round.

Cambridge-based Genocea Biosciences, which was founded to commercialize key breakthroughs in vaccine discovery and development, raised $27m post IPO debt.

North Augusta, South Carolina-based AmbioPharm, a full service peptide manufacturing company, raised $24m.

NephroGenex, an innovator in the development of drugs to treat kidney disease, raised $12m PIPE.

SomaLogic, developer of SOMAscan™ technology which unlocks protein biomarkers for life sciences research, drug discovery and development raised $16.5m.

Cambridge-based Intellia Therapeutics, which has developed a type of gene editing technology, raised a $15m Series A round.

Novaerus, that improves the business and quality of care through the application of airborne pathogen control technology, raised $10m.

Cambrian Genomics, which does DNA laser printing, raised $10m.


Hamburg-based cruise portal, DreamLines raised a $20m Euro Series C round.

Hong Kong

GoGoVan, an app-based logistics service, raised $10m.


Finexkap, a online working capital platform, raised a 12m Euro debt round.


iQiyi, a Chinees ad-supported television service, raised $300m.

Douguo, a Chinese startup that lets users share recipes, raised a $25m Series C round. raised a $30m Series B round.


Mytrah Energy, a wind-power company, raised $70m in debt.

Zomato, the Indian version of Yelp, raised a $60m Series E round.

Tikona Digital Networks, which offers nationwide wireless broadband using high quality wi-fi technology, raised $45m.

All the best,

Margaret Johns

Founder, BlueLake Partners, LLC







Jan Robertson

SiVal Advisors, LLC


Bic Stevens

Stevens Capital Advisors



Susan Woods and Vlad Harris

Margaret Johns is the Founder and Chairman of BlueLake Partners, a boutique M&A investment bank based in the Greater Boston Area.  Prior to founding BlueLake she was an employee founder and Managing Director at Needham & Company where she worked in Corporate Finance in New York City and headed up its Boston office.  She now lives in Londonderry, New Hampshire with her husband, 16 year old step-daughter and three pugs.  When she’s not working with clients, FINRA or writing blogs she competes on the Granite State Penguins Masters Swim Team, skis, rides her bike or is out walking her pugs.

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We make no claim to being comprehensive in our review, as the contents are companies and topics we, ourselves, find of interest.


Dave Henshaw, our regular editor/proof reader is off in New York City for the holidays.  We apologize for any typos,e tc.


[1] TechCrunch and company websites

[2] TechCrunch and company websites