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  • Merz to Acquire Ulthera for $600M: A Deal That Should Raise Some Eyebrows

    Today we are excited to report that NEA medical device portfolio company Ulthera will be acquired by Merz for up to $600 million in cash in upfront and milestone payments.  This acquisition is the largest in Merz’s history, and positions their combined aesthetics franchise for accelerated growth with a comprehensive portfolio of treatment options. Since NEA’s initial investment in late 2007—when Ulthera had just three full time employees, still resided inside its…

  • Aerospike: The Database for the “Time is Money” set

    When a VC doubles down on an investment, one can assume two things:  first, that the company’s execution is exceeding the investor’s expectations, and second, that the opportunity is now even bigger. Aerospike, the in-memory NoSQL database company that today announced a $20M Series C round of financing, the availability of open-source licensing and a marquee customer relationship, squarely fits the bill. The company’s solid execution coupled with a rapidly growing market…

  • Elasticsearch: achieving the analytics dream

    Analytics infrastructure has never been easy. As enterprise investors, we know this all too well—as data is generated from various applications and stored across disparate systems and databases, the barriers to translating all that data into insights can be massive. The rapid growth of data volume, variety, and velocity has only sharpened this pain point, and it’s no secret that delivering on the promise of analytics has proven to be an extraordinary challenge. Data scientists…

  • Acquia: Transforming Digital Business by bringing together Content and Commerce

    Today, enterprises are faced with the reality that customers want to engage in an end-to-end, cohesive buying experience through the web, across devices and platforms. However, the conventional formula to date has been to build massive marketing operations to create content and equally massive commerce operations to manage transactions. This has created an ecosystem of confusing and fragmented digital experiences that perplexes customers and leads to lost revenue for companies. Acquia is the…

  • Captora: Solving the Marketer’s Dilemma

    Today we are thrilled to announce our investment in Captora, which is revolutionizing demand generation with its cloud marketing solution. The role of marketing within enterprises has become more expansive and more critical than ever before, and marketers are under growing pressure to increase lead pipeline while lowering customer acquisition cost. Yet these two forces are largely opposed to each other, with increasing volume leading to higher incremental cost.  Marketers are demanding…