Zynga, Twitter, NextG: Bay Area BizTech by the Numbers
Time for our roundup of the latest deals news from Bay Area technology companies, from biggest to smallest. And today’s biggest numbers are pretty big.
$1 billion—The approximate amount raised by social game maker Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) in its IPO last Thursday. The company’s shares priced at $10 per share, momentarily giving it a market capitalization of about $7 billion, but shares are trading down about 10 percent day, at around $9.
$1 billion—The price fetched by Milpitas, CA-based NextG Networks, which said last week (PDF) that it has been acquired by Crown Castle International. NextG makes outdoor antenna systems, and Crown Castle is one of the nation’s largest owners of cellular network towers. Backers of NetxtG Networks included Abbott Capital Management, Accel Partners, Bridgescale Partners, Bay Harbour Management, Madison Dearborn Capital Partners, Meritech Capital Partners, New Venture Partners, Oak Investment Partners and Redpoint Ventures.
$400 million—The amount San Jose, CA-based Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE) paid for online advertising optimization startup Efficient Frontier of Sunnyvale, CA, according to executives speaking in a quarterly earnings call last week. Adobe announced the acquisition Nov. 30.
$300 million—An investment in San Francisco-based Twitter from Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, according to a report today in Dow Jones VentureWire. The investment gives the prince a 3.6 percent stake in the microblogging company. [Update, 12/19/11 8:00 pm PT: Fortune’s Dan Primack reported today that the prince’s investment was a secondary trade, meaning he was buying shares from existing Twitter shareholders rather than providing new capital.]
$20.1 million—New funding for San Jose, CA-based SoloPower, according to a regulatory filing. Previous backers of the solar panel manufacturer include Hudson Clean Energy Partners; the company received a $197 million loan earlier this year from the Department of Energy to build a plant in Oregon.
$12 million—New funding announced today (PDF) for San Jose, CA-based EnVerv, a maker of chips for powerline communications for smart-grid applications. Benchmark, NEA, and Walden International contributed to the round. Xconomy’s Bruce Bigelow has more on the funding deal here.
$10 million—The amount Founders Fund has put into San Carlos, CA-based Pharmacofore in a funding round reported this morning by VentureWire. The company is developing opioid painkillers that are effective only when swallowed, deterring misuse by drug abusers.
$6 million—New funding announced last week for Burlingame, CA-based Carwoo, which helps car buyers get quotes online. The new money, which doubles Carwoo’s previous venture pot, came from InterWest Partners, Comcast Ventures, Blumberg Capital, and Raymond Tonsing. Xconomy profiled the Y Combinator-backed startup in October 2010.