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NEW YORK and LONDON, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Dow Jones Financial Information Services today announced the completion of a dramatic expansion of its VentureSource database (http://venturecapital.dowjones.com), extending its global lead in the area of venture capital research by providing clients a broader and deeper focus on emerging companies in Europe. Following its acquisition of the data assets of Cambridge, U.K.-based The Library House Ltd., VentureSource now includes fresh details on more than 3,800 portfolio companies and investment firms not previously found in the database as well as details for more than 7,700 new financing rounds. "With the expansion of VentureSource, we are furthering Dow Jones's mission to help customers make better business decisions by providing them with the world's most comprehensive news and business information," said Scott Schulm... (more)

Evercore Partners Reports 21% Second Quarter Revenue Growth

NEW YORK, July 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Highlights Second Quarter Financial Summary:Adjusted Pro Forma Net Revenues of $71.3 million, up 21% versus the same period in 2008Adjusted Pro Forma earnings of $3.6 million, or $0.10 per shareEarnings adversely affected by one-time expenses, including $8.5 million related to the hiring of the new Chief Executive Officer and other Corporate actions, and $3.8 million unrealized loss associated with U.S. Private Equity portfolio company valuationsU.S. GAAP Net Revenues of $71.0 million, Net Loss Attributable to Evercore Partners Inc. of $6.0 million or $0.43 per share#1 M&A Advisory boutique both in the U.S. and globallyRalph Schlosstein, co-founder and former President of BlackRock, joined at the end of May as President and Chief Executive Officer; Roger Altman to continue as Chairman and work full-time in the Advisor... (more)

Vanilla Forums Receives $500,000 (CAD) Round A Funding for Its Innovative, Open Source Community Forum Software

Vanilla Forums has closed a $500,000 (CAD) Round A funding for its innovative, open source community forum software. Vanilla also released its forum hosting platform and additional premium features for its rapidly growing customer base. Both this funding and the new forum hosting platform and business oriented premium features solidify Vanilla's position as a leading open source community forum solution. To learn more about Vanilla Forums and its innovative, open-source community forum solutions, please visit http://www.vanillaforums.com/. Vanilla Forums closed a Series A funding round led by Montreal Startup, with a significant investment also made by Denver, CO based eonBusiness. Silicon Valley based Klein Venture Partners and Denver, CO based Norseman Capital also contributed to the round. Vanilla, located in Montreal, will use the investment to expand its marke... (more)

Investment Governance, Inc. Debuts Ezine About Risk Management for Retirement Plan Executives, Endowments, Foundations and Other Buy Side Decision Makers

Post Madoff, fiduciary standards are all the rage and for good reason. According to Dr. Susan Mangiero, CEO of Investment Governance, Inc., "There has never been a better time for institutional investors and their service providers to self-assess in terms of risk management. For those who are doing a great job, bravo and take a bow. Everyone else needs to hunker down and realize that headline risk, economic losses, personal and professional liability and lawsuits are a few of the nasties associated with failure to adhere to investment best practices." As part of their corporate-wide effort to provide education and independent research to pensions, endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth funds and other types of buy side executives, Investment Governance, Inc. has just launched a complimentary weekly ezine entitled "Investment Best Practices Matters." Besides gove... (more)

New Release of Predixion’s Predictive Analytics Solution Builds on SQL Server 2012 and PowerPivot 2012

Predixion Software introduced today Predixion Insight™ 2.2, a new release of the company's flagship collaborative predictive analytics solution that fully supports Microsoft Corp.’s just announced SQL Server 2012 and PowerPivot 2012. Predixion Insight 2.2 provides business intelligence (BI) professionals with easy-to-deploy, enterprise class predictive analytics in the familiar interfaces of Microsoft Excel 2010 and SharePoint 2007 and 2010. Predixion has created Excel-based modeling solutions and a deployment framework designed to simplify the process of sharing models across an enterprise, automate predictions directly from source data to SharePoint dashboards and other portals or business applications, and squeeze complexity out of the end user experience, resulting in self-service predictive analytics. The end-to-end collaborative features in Predixion Insight ... (more)

Ireland's Interactive Technology Founders to Shine at SXSW 2012

DUBLIN, IRELAND and AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 03/09/12 -- Starting today, representatives from 30 Irish companies will converge in Austin to participate in South by Southwest (SXSW), the world's premier film, music and interactive conference. Here, where technology intersects with the arts, legions of thinkers, inventors and musicians spark discussions, catalyze ideas and forge connections. Like Twitter, Foursquare and others, many have used the venue to launch technologies that transform how we work and socialize. With the Irish delegation is Ireland's Minister for Innovation, Mr. Sean Sherlock. The delegation is supported by Enterprise Ireland (EI), the government agency responsible for the growth and development of Irish companies in international markets. EI is joined at the conference again this year by IDA Ireland and the Irish Film Board. Speaking at th... (more)

Famigo Announces Close of $1 Million Seed Round to Expand Family Focused Mobile Platform

AUSTIN, Texas, March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Famigo, an Austin-based start-up dedicated to creating a better mobile experience for families, today announces the closing of a $1M seed round of financing led by Silverton Partners, with participation from Zilker Ventures, Liahona Ventures and Capital Factory.   (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120329/LA78712) Famigo provides a platform that makes it easy for families to discover and safely manage mobile content across multiple mobile platforms, including Apple iOS, Android and the web. With this new financing, Famigo will advance its platform capabilities and extend its reach to millions of families around the world. "The mobile explosion has uniquely impacted families: kids are increasingly adept at using new technologies and parents suffer from an enormous responsibility to vet every purchase and experie... (more)

GeoMet Announces Financial and Operating Results for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2012

HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 05/16/12 -- GeoMet, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMET) ("GeoMet" or the "Company") today announced its financial and operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. William C. Rankin, GeoMet's President and Chief Executive Officer, had the following comments, "As a result of the current low gas price environment, we expect a borrowing base deficiency. Due to these factors, we incurred significant non-cash charges which adversely impacted our results for the quarter and our balance sheet resulting in disclosures related to going concern risks. However, despite the lowest natural gas prices in a decade, the Company recorded its fifth consecutive quarter of Adjusted Net Income. Cash generation was in line with our expectations for the quarter largely as a result of our hedging strategy and our effective control of costs. The Vitruvian acquisiti... (more)

Zargon Oil & Gas Ltd. Announces Closing of $36 Million of Asset Sales, Renewal of Credit Facilities and Operational Update

CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/18/12 -- Zargon Oil & Gas Ltd. (TSX:ZAR)(TSX:ZAR.DB) ("Zargon") has closed its previously announced $36 million sale of 275 barrels of oil per day pertaining to all of its southwest Manitoba assets and selected properties in the Elswick area of southeast Saskatchewan. The proceeds from the transactions have been used to reduce bank indebtedness. With the closing of these property sales, Zargon has entered into renewed committed syndicated credit facilities with a borrowing base of $165 million. The credit facilities are fully revolving for an additional 364 day period with the provision for an annual extension at the option of the lenders and upon request from Zargon. Zargon is well positioned to manage the current period of lower commodity prices. Subsequent to the two property sales, Zargon's net debt is approximately $95 m... (more)

Cirrus Logic Appoints Al Schuele as Chairman of the Board of Directors

Cirrus Logic, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRUS), a leader in high-precision analog and digital signal processing components, announced today that Al Schuele has been appointed chairman of the Board of Directors, taking the place of the late Michael L. Hackworth, Cirrus Logic’s co-founder, who passed away in April. Al Schuele appointed as new Cirrus Logic Chairman of the Board of Directors (Photo: Business Wire) Mr. Schuele was first elected to Cirrus Logic’s Board of Directors in July 2011. Schuele has been a general partner since 2000 with Sevin Rosen Funds, a high tech venture capital firm, and is currently a director of Javelin Semiconductor. Prior to Sevin Rosen, he was chief executive officer of Benchmarq Microelectronics and served as president, chief operating officer and a director of the Board of Unitrode Corp. after its merger with Benchmarq. Other past semiconductor ... (more)

OpenGamma Secures $15 Million in Series C Funding Led by ICAP plc

OpenGamma, creators of the first open-source analytics and risk management platform for the financial services industry, today announced that it has completed a $15 million Series C round of equity financing led by new investor ICAP plc, the world’s leading interdealer broker and provider of post trade risk and information services, joined by Euclid Opportunities. The round also includes follow-on investments from previous investors Accel Partners and FirstMark Capital. OpenGamma will use the funding to drive continued product innovation, expand geographically to support its growing global client base, continue to support its active and growing open source community, and meet the significant market demand for advanced risk management and analytics systems. Demand has increased dramatically as regulation and growing data volumes push hedge funds and investment banks... (more)