"The tech boom of the late '90's definitely influenced the Morgan Stanley analyst class of 1993," says Hollie Haynes, a managing director of Silver Lake Sumeru, the unit of PE firm Silver that works on middle-market deals.

The Menlo Calif. PE firm is as tech-savvy as it gets, touting such deals as the $8.5 billion exit of Skype Technologies SA to Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) or the 2011 initial public offering of Groupon Inc. (Nasdaq: GRPN).

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