Deals do happen in December plus profile of BlueRun Ventures

Deals do get done in December.  Have a great deal? What an introduction to BlueRun Ventures or many of our other VC and Private Equity friends? Just check my LinkedIn profile for great introductions: 


  • AppFirs $8.7 million Series B round
  • ClickFuel $4 million Series B round
  • Cloudera $65 million series E round
  • Flexion Therapeutics Inc. $25 million series B round
  • Kapow Events $1.6 million series A round
  • Kona Medical $10 million series C round
  • Restore Medical Solutions $2.5 million A round
  • Zafgen $21 million series D round



About BlueRun Ventures:

BlueRun Ventures is an early stage venture firm focused on mobile opportunities in key global markets.  Since inception, BlueRun has focused on working with mobile startups to shape the ever-evolving ecosystem.  We choose key geographic markets where mobile is a driving force in the way consumers and businesses interact with each other.  Today, we have offices in Menlo Park, Beijing, Shanghai, and Seoul.

Mobile today

Mobile is today’s pervasive computing platform and will only continue to grow, overtaking desktops and traditional software.  At BlueRun, we think of the mobile ecosystem as more than just devices.  Mobile embodies software and services, platforms and applications, infrastructure and brands.  It is the first and most often used computing interface for consumers and therefore integral to their lives.  The opportunities we see in the ecosystem are just beginning to unfold and we look for passionate entrepreneurs who will make those opportunities a reality.

How we work

We focus on early stage opportunities and we work actively with our companies to build value.  The investment is just the beginning.  Our investments are partnerships and we help our entrepreneurs reach their goals of bringing disruptive,positive change to existing markets.

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Blue Run Venture Investments


Funding Deals of the Day! Plus news on VC GroTech Ventures!

  Metro Area City Industry Spending On
DURECT Corporation Bay Area, CA Cupertino, CA Bio/Health $12.6M;Undisclosed
Webster Financial Corporation Hartford, CT Waterbury, CT Finance $100M;Undisclosed
Agree Realty Corporation Detroit, MI Farmington Hills, MI Finance $25M;Undisclosed
Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc Baltimore, MD Timonium, MD Finance $700M;Multiple
Biomatrica Inc San Diego, CA San Diego, CA Services $5M;Undisclosed
Cloudera Inc Bay Area, CA Palo Alto, CA Software $65M;Fund Global Expansion
Cliffs Natural Resources Inc Cleveland, OH Cleveland, OH Energy $500M;Multiple
AppFirst New York City, NY New York City, NY Software $8.7M;Multiple
MGM Resorts International Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV Services $1250M;Multiple
Avelas Biosciences Bay Area, CA La Jolla, CA Bio/Health $7.65M;Advance Avelas Cancer Illuminator
Moderna Therapeutics, Inc. Boston, MA Cambridge, MA Bio/Health $40M;Advance Development Of New Biotherapeutic Mod
Naya Ventures Dallas, TX Irving, TX Finance $50M;Undisclosed

Contact me at for a list of closed funding in your space or more information on the above deals. Need an introduction to VC firm, contact me at as we can introduce you to VC Partners as firms such as GroTech Ventures.


Grotech Ventures – a Mid-Atlantic venture capital firm – has been selected as the first private venture firm to receive funds to invest through Maryland’s $84 million InvestMaryland program. As part of the agreement, Grotech Ventures will have $12 million to invest in promising early-stage companies and, if successful, will return 100 percent of the principal and 80 percent of the profits to the State’s general fund. Created by Governor O’Malley and passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2011, InvestMaryland is an historic initiative to fuel Maryland’s Innovation Economy, support entrepreneurs and stimulate the economy and job creation.

“We look forward to working with a high-caliber firm like Grotech Ventures to strengthen Maryland’s Innovation Economy,” said Governor O’Malley. “Through partners like Grotech and other venture firms that will invest these funds in the jobs of tomorrow, we continue to prove that Maryland remains on the cutting edge of innovation, and that our greatest assets are the talents, skills, creativity, ingenuity, and education of our people.”

“The Maryland Venture Fund Authority, in partnership with the Department of Business and Economic Development, selected Grotech because of its long history investing in early-stage technology companies in Maryland and overall solid record of investment,” said Greenleaf, who is also President of Gaithersburg-based MedImmune. “The State’s investments through InvestMaryland will help attract significant follow-on capital from the private sector, create well-paying jobs and support a wide range of companies in biotechnology, information technology, green energy and other targeted industries.”

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M&A deals of the day! Plus AutoNation Inc. leads the charge on M&A for the day!

Contact me at for valuation or list of companies list of deals done in your space.  Here is our list of M&A deals of the day:


  • Prospect Brands Acquired Gerbing s Heated Clothing, Inc.
  • Bank of America Corporation Acquired HealthLogic Systems Corporation
  • Athena Real Estate, LLC Acquired Morningside R.V. Estates
  • Investview Inc. Acquired SAFE Management, LLC
  • States Industries Acquired Drawer Box Specialties
  • Tencarva Machinery Company Acquired Southern Sales Co. Inc
  • The Suddath Companies Acquired Cali America Logistics
  • EVO Payments Internationa Acquired PowerPay
  • Epoch Investment Partners Inc Acquired TD Bank Group
  • Bevilacqua-Knight Inc Acquired Geltz Communications Inc
  • HealthcareSource. Acquired NetLearning
  • AutoNation, Inc Acquired Park Cities Volkswagen
  • AutoNation, Inc Acquired Boardwalk Porsche
  • AutoNation, Inc Acquired Spring Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram


Boardwalk Auto Group has signed agreement to sell its Audi, Porsche and three Volkswagen stores in the Dallas area to AutoNation Inc., the Florida-based chain of automotive dealerships.

AutoNation also agreed to buy Spring Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership in the Houston area.

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20+ M&A Deals plus Rona says looking to sell assets

Here are 20+ M&A deals as of today plus news about Rona selling assets. If you want detailed information in your industry, e-mail me at anytime.

NEWS: Rona says looking to sell assets

Canadian hardware retailer and distributor Rona Inc will sell assets and simplify its operations as part of a back-to-its-roots strategy designed to turn its fortunes around, the company’s interim chief executive said on Thursday.

Dominique Boies, who took the reins at Rona following last month’s exit of long-time CEO Robert Dutton, said he plans to bring profit margins in line with industry standards with his changes, which will shift the company’s focus back to its roots as a hardware distributor.

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Investment Roots


  • Wind Point Partners Acquired Hilex Poly Co LLC
  • Baxter International Inc. Acquired Gambro Renal Products
  • Parallon Business Solutions Acquired Martin Fletcher
  • Citrix Systems, Inc Acquired Zenprise Inc
  • GHX Industrial, LLC Acquired Express Hose & Fittings II, LLC
  • Forum Energy Technologies Acquired Merrimac Manufacturing Inc.
  • Moss Adams LLP Acquired Mohler Nixon & Williams
  • Univar Acquired Magnablend Inc
  • NewBay Media LLC Acquired Intent Media
  • Commodore Builders Acquired A.J. Martini Inc
  • Constellation Software Inc. Acquired Honeywell POMS Corp.
  • PetroSkills LLC Acquired John M. Campbell & Company
  • International Business Machines – IBM Acquired Kenexa Corporation
  • Nuance Communications Inc. Acquired Ditech Networks Inc
  • Young Innovations Inc. Acquired Linden Capital Partners
  • Arthur J. Gallagher & Co Acquired Brendis and Brendis
  • GDT TEK Inc. Acquired Green USA Recycling Corp
  • AutoNation, Inc Acquired Boardwalk Audi
  • OppenheimerFunds Acquired SteelPath
  • ICV Partners Acquired SAFE Security, Inc
  • C&C Homecare, Inc. Acquired Allcare Medical
  • Hyland Software Acquired SIRE Technologies Inc
  • AOL LLC Acquired Buysight, Inc

If you want detailed information in your industry or deals, e-mail me at anytime. For Example, the AOL deal:

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

AOL’s Group today announced that it has strengthened its premium advertising product offering by acquiring Buysight, Inc., a leading provider of retargeting and intent-based targeted advertising.

This transaction further solidifies the Group as a global leader in advertising technologies across display, mobile and video. The Group is the global partner of choice for leading publishers, advertisers and agencies seeking to maximize the value of their online brands, and includes, ADTECH, The AOL On Network, goviral and Pictela. The Group brings together end-to-end platforms and solutions for publishers and advertisers spanning ad serving, monetization, optimization, and premium advertising formats across all mediums including desktop, mobile, tablets and connected TVs.

“Our acquisition of Buysight is the perfect complement to our powerful suite of offerings for advertisers, agencies and publishers seeking to maximize their brands online,” said Ned Brody, CEO, Group. “We strongly believe that both brand and performance display, as well as mobile and video campaigns benefit from dynamic, targeted creatives and messaging. The acquisition of Buysight brings proven Dynamic Creative Optimization and machine learning capabilities which will further enhance AdLearn, our market-leading optimization engine, and its ability to provide brands and performance marketers a comprehensive and integrated optimization solution across channels.”

Based in Sunnyvale, California and founded in 2008, Buysight is a performance advertising company focused on retargeting using intent-based Dynamic Creative Optimization and advanced machine learning technology. More specifically, Buysight transforms online data into actionable knowledge, and uses it to dynamically render more tailored advertising experiences for marketers and consumers alike, all in real-time.

“Buysight is thrilled to become part of AOL and the Group,” said Armin Ebrahimi, CEO of Buysight. “The Group’s platforms bring even greater intelligence and scale to Buysight’s data-driven performance advertising business. Our retargeting and mid-funnel advertising products for online retailers, with the added power and reach of, represent best-in-class solutions and a comprehensive approach to driving real revenue gains for our clients. Our entire team is looking forward to being part of the Group and bringing our expertise to the world’s leading publishers, advertisers, and agencies.”

The Game of Easy Money? Plus 15 companies that got funded!

Congress probably didn’t mean to turn the $2.3 trillion hedge-fund industry into a breeding ground for fraud when it passed a law designed to make it easier for small companies to raise capital. That may well be the result unless the Securities and Exchange Commission steps in with new rules.

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FUNDING CHART FOR DEC. 4th (contact for more details)

NCR Corporation Atlanta, GA Duluth, GA Services $500M;Multiple
BioCision, LLC Bay Area, CA Larkspur, CA Mats/Manuf $2.5M;Multiple
Poshmark Bay Area, CA Menlo Park, CA Services $12M;Multiple
ScaleIO, Inc. Bay Area, CA Palo Alto, CA Services $12M;Expand Field Operations
Shopatron Inc Bay Area, CA San Luis Obispo, CA Internet $4M;Domestic Market Expansion
Zafgen Inc. Boston, MA Cambridge, MA Bio/Health $21M;Continued Development of Beloranib
Flexion Therapeutics Boston, MA Woburn, MA Bio/Health $20M;Progress Novel Osteoarthritis Programs
Kapow Events Chicago, IL Chicago, IL Services $1.6M;Undisclosed
Kapow Events Chicago, IL Chicago, IL Services $1.6M;Undisclosed
Milestone Aviation Group LLC Columbia, SC Columbus, OH Auto/Transp $250M;Multiple
Meritor, Inc Detroit, MI Troy, MI Auto/Transp $250M;Acquisition of Senior Notes
Camden Property Trust Houston, TX Houston, TX Finance $350M;Multiple
Bishop+Associates Los Angeles, CA Irvine, CA Bio/Health $3.6M;Commercialize its Products
VuMee Inc Miami, FL Pompano Beach, FL Services $2M;Multiple
Acadia Healthcare Company Inc Nashville, TN Franklin, TN Bio/Health Undisclosed;Multiple
Kona Medical Inc. Seattle, WA Bellevue, WA Bio/Health $40M;Undisclosed
Powerit Solutions Seattle, WA Seattle, WA Services $5.5M;Support Ongoing Work
Salveo Specialty Pharmacy Tampa, FL St. Petersburg, FL Bio/Health Undisclosed;Undisclosed
CEL-SCI Corporation Washington, DC Vienna, VA Bio/Health $10.5M;Undisclosed

Money Tree is great resource about VC market! Plus 10+ Deals get funded!

Great Resource PWC Money Tree:

From their website:

The MoneyTree Report is a quarterly study of venture capital investment activity in the United States. As a collaboration between PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based upon data from Thomson Reuters, it is the only industry-endorsed research of its kind. The MoneyTree Report is the definitive source of information on emerging companies that receive financing and the venture capital firms that provide it. The study is a staple of the financial community, entrepreneurs, government policymakers and the business press worldwide.

For Information about VC funding contact anytime.

Here are few recently funded deals:


  • Nantero Inc; Hardware Industry; $10M;Multiple
  • Applied DNA Sciences; Services Indystry; $16.5M;Advantage of Recent Development
  • ArmaGen Technologies, Inc.; Bio/Health Industry; $17M;Multiple
  • EverNote Corporation; Software Industry; $85M;Undisclosed
  • Wikia; Services Inustry; $10M;Multiple
  • Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc;  Energy Industry; $175M;Fund for Program Development
  • Xero; Other; $49M;Undisclosed
  • Rent The Runway Inc; Retail Industry; $20M;Undisclosed
  • Tangent Medical Technologies, Inc; Bio/Health Industry; $8.6M;Undisclosed
  • Inc; Services Industry; $12M;
  • ClickFuel; Software Indsutry; $4M;Development of New Products

E-Mail for more information at anytime. For Example, ClickFuel funding:

a Boston-based marketing startup, has added an additional $4 million to its coffers from existing investor Baird Venture Partners. The firm previously invested $2.5 million in 2010 and another$2.5 million into the marketing services company in 2009. Clickfuel’s new funding round has room to go up to $5 million, according to an SEC filing.

The search marketing company was started in 2009 by vets of Monster Worldwide, the parent company of and Colby West, founder of the “sell your stuff on eBay” utility site AuctionPal. The company’s goal is to bring online marketing tools to small and medium sized businesses.

Adam Symson, Chief Digital Officer at E. W. Scripps Company, is listed as a director at the company; James Pavlik of Baird is also on the board.

The funding comes at a time when most small and medium-sized businesses realize they need to spend money on online marketing, but are overwhelmed at how to approach it. Local ad dollars are basically the last frontier of digital media, which explains why companies from Groupon to Yelp to Foursquare to Patch are fighting to be the service provider of choice for these companies.

But aside from the dashboard wars, plenty of mom and pop operators spend a few thousand dollars a month on a basic Google Adwords campaign. The problem is that Google’s typical advice to them is “buy more.” There’s not a lot of help in the “is this working?” department.

Companies like Pricing Engine have sprung up to simplify search and display marketing efforts for small and medium businesses. Clickfuel’s “Fuel Station” dashboard includes an elaborate set of marketing tools such as site design, SEO optimization, email marketing and social. There’s also a white label option for larger companies.

Preview deals every Monday night with Investor Network Nights

More than 150 investors expressed interest in our last Investor Network event. Contact should you want to pitch your deal! We only take “The Great Deal.”

Every Monday night is “Investor Network Nights” and every month we will host a live conference. Hear The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly and find your “The Great Deal!”



Mon, Feb 25, 2013 Email Victoria at should you want to pitch!

Happy Networking & Investing,

JD Morris

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