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ACG New York Women of Leadership - Entrepreneur Series
Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, founder of Vera Bradley (Nasdaq: VRA), is the latest in a series of entrepreneurs highlighted at ACG New York Women of Leadership events. Photo credit: Robert Blumenfeld

Watercooler

GTCR, Hormel, the Riverside Co-CEOs and Others Win M&A Mid-Market Awards
Amid a slow and challenging year for dealmaking, the winners of Mergers & Acquisitions’ 7th Annual M&A Mid-Market Awards outpaced the competition to grow, innovate and lead the middle market

Dealmakers

The Buyside:
Disney, Warner Bros. Seek Next-Gen YouTubes

Traditional Hollywood studios such as Disney and Warner Bros. are seeking next-generation YouTube content providers

The Buyside

Activist Investors Dig Into Mid Market
Spurred on by the high-profile success of Carl Icahn and others, a growing crop of firms is looking further downstream

Today's Transactions:
Cisco Acquires Intucell for $475M

Intucell makes software that helps identify and fix network bandwidth issues

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) will acquire Intucell, a self-optimizing network software developer, for $475 million.

Intucell’s software helps mobile carriers plan, configure, manage and optimize cellular networks automatically. The technology helps to identify issues with network bandwidth and fix them.

The Ra'anana, Israel-based target will be integrated into Cisco’s service provider mobility group.

Cisco makes technology products, including telephones, networks and data centers. The San Jose, Calif.-based buyer has been quite acquisitive, especially in 2012.

In November, Cisco agreed to buy Meraki, a San Francisco-based cloud-technology firm, for roughly $1.2 billion as well as software company Cloupia for $125 million in cash. 

Also last year, it purchased Foster City, Calif.-based Truviso Inc., a provider of network data analysis and reporting software, for an undisclosed price. It also paid $5 billion to News Corp. (Nasdaq: NWSA) and private equity firm Permira to buy digital video technology company NDS Group Ltd. 

 

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