Windspeed Ventures Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

Windspeed Ventures’ most common sectors for investment are communications (34%) and publishing (34%). The Firm’s most common investment types include venture (100%). In total, Windspeed Ventures has invested in 2 US states and 2 different countries.

In the last 3 years, Windspeed Ventures has exited 1 company. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (67%). Windspeed Ventures’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2008 when it sold Gracenote for $260M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity12
    • M&A Buy Activity3
    • M&A Sell Activity9
  • Total Sectors Invested 3
  • Total Countries Invested 2
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 8

Windspeed Ventures

561 Virginia Road, Suite 222,
Lexington, Massachusetts 01742
United States
(781) 860-8888
www.wsventures.com
info@wsventures.com

Windspeed Ventures is a private investment firm focused on early stage growth capital investments in newly formed high technology businesses. The Firm targets opportunities high technology, communications, security, media, and internet services. Prospective companies are generally just beginning to see revenue. Windspeed prefers businesses located in the Northeast US, but on occasion will consider investing in companies located elsewhere. Windspeed Ventures was formed in 1999 and is based in Lexington, Massachusetts.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Communications, Digital Media, Information Technology, Internet Software and Services, Marketing, Media, Real Estate, Retail, Semiconductors, Software, Staffing, Technology Hardware

Target Transaction Types: Growth Capital, Venture

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size - -
Enterprise Value - -

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (0.0/yr) # 3 - - - - - 3
Sell (0.2/yr) # 8 - - 1 - - 9
vol $367M $367M
  12

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Bradford Networks, Inc. 2018-06-04 - Add-on Acquisition
Cambridge, Massachusetts · www.bradfordnetworks.com
The Active Network, Inc. 2011-03-27 - IPO
San Diego, California · www.activenetwork.com
Gracenote, Inc. 2008-04-22 260M USD Add-on Acquisition
Emeryville, California · www.gracenote.com
Zipit Wireless, Inc. 2007-07-25 - Venture
Greenville, South Carolina · www.zipitwireless.com
Bitfone Corp. 2006-12-20 - Add-on Acquisition
Palo Alto, California · www.bitfone.com
OnFiber Communications, Inc. 2006-05-15 107M USD Add-on Acquisition
Austin, Texas · www.onfiber.com
Cimpress N.V. 2005-09-30 - IPO
Dundalk, Ireland · www.cimpress.com
THINQ Learning Solutions 2005-05-05 - Trade Sale - Public Company
Redwood Shores, California
Fidelia Technology, Inc. 2005-02-06 - Add-on Acquisition
Princeton, New Jersey · www.fidelia.com
Cimpress N.V. 2004-11-09 - Venture
Dundalk, Ireland · www.cimpress.com
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Communications 1 (100%) - 1 (33%) -
Publishing - - 1 (33%) -
Software - - 1 (33%) -
Total 1 - 3 -

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 1 (100%) - 2 (67%) -
  South Carolina 1 (100%) - 1 (33%) -
  California - - 1 (33%) -
Ireland - - 1 (33%) -
Domestic 1 (100%) - 2 (67%) -
Cross-border - - 1 (33%) -
Total 1 - 3 -

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Venture 1 (100%) - 3 (100%) -
Total 1 - 3 -

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale - Public Company 6 (67%) 367M (100%)
IPO 2 (22%) -
Trade Sale 1 (11%) -
Total 9 $367M

Deal Values

sell # Total
$100M to $1B 2 $367M
TOTAL $367M
Largest Gracenote, Inc.
$260M (2008-04-22)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Exited to
Strategic(s)
100%
6 100%

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