Daily Archives: April 14, 2009

  • Tech Mahindra won the auction for a controlling stake in Satyam Computer Services, the disgraced Indian outsourcing group. Tech Mahindra, which is partly owned by British telecommunications group BT, will pay $353m for a 31 per cent state in Satyam, which is still reeling from an accounting scandal that has made its former chairman the target of criminal investigations.
  • Seagate scrapped its dividend payments and raised $430m in a secured bond issue as it tried to weather the steep downturn in the diskdrive business. The latest evidence of collapsing profit margins wiped nearly 5 per cent off its share price, even as the company gained market share.

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Only 40 venture capital funds managed to raise money in the first quarter, the sparsest showing since the third quarter of 2003, according to data released today by the National Venture Capital Assn. Of those, just 3 were funds at new firms.

The total amount of dollars dropped as well, to $4.32 bn from $7.12 bn a year earlier, although that’s still better than the fourth quarter of 2008, when investors pledged a mere $3.52 bn. Read more

At eBay’s analyst day last month, chief executive John Donahoe said he wasn’t going to force synergies between unrelated properties in eBay’s bulging portfolio of companies.

Most observers figured he was just talking about Skype, the VoIP service which Mr Donahoe has taken to calling a “great standalone business.” But if Mr Donahoe isnt quite ready yet to sell Skype, it turns out there are other eBay companies he is willing to part with. Read more