Another surprise mega-deal this week as Facebook announced its $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp.
But, this is not just any other mega-deal. As Dan Primack wrote yesterday, “If completed… it would become the largest VC-backed M&A exit of all time. It also would be the largest Internet M&A deal since the AOL-Time Warner adventure, and the fifth-largest tech M&A deal ever.” Was the deal a strategically intelligent move by Zuckerberg? Or just another example of a valuation bubble?
In other news, there may be an ed-tech investment bubble.
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Founded in 2004, Wheelock Partners is an operator-led, private investment firm focused on acquiring, managing, and growing existing New England manufacturing and service businesses. The firm prefers to invest in companies with $5-$50 million in recurring revenue and a differentiated product offering.
Wheelock Partners respects the legacy of a firm’s owner and the importance of preserving a firm’s culture. As a result, the firm prefers a long-term investment time horizon and works as hands-on operators to help build the business.