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H.I.G. Capital Completes Purchase of Vision Integrated Graphics

Also changing hands: Vision Integrated Graphics, which avoids the word “printer” on its Web site but produces direct mail and other real-word marketing materials for what it describes as “tech-enabled marketing solutions”. They were just acquired by private equity firm H.I.G. Capital. So some smart money thinks print has a future, too.

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Catalina Bankruptcy Erases $1.6 Billion in Debt

December 13, 2018

So far this week, you haven’t been interested in funding or acquisitions, Dear Reader. Let’s try a nice bankruptcy: Catalina, best known for supermarket cash register coupons, filed for Chapter 11 yesterday to erase $1.6 billion of its $1.9 billion debt. The pre-packaged restructuring will let the company focus on digital media and selling its vast trove of consumer data. Catalina is owned by private equity firms Berkshire Partners LLC and Hellman & Friedman LLC.

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Forge.AI Announces $11 Million Series A to Conquer Unstructured Data

December 11, 2018

Finally, we have the headline “Forge.AI Raises $11M to Decode the World’s Unstructured Data” which delightfully suggests a tiny investment could achieve a huge task. Forge.AI uses natural language processing to extract structured information fro data such as news reports, social posts, and financial filings. Not exactly a new idea – which makes their claim even more charming.

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Ad Fontes Media Partners with The Trade Desk to Support Brand Safe Advertising

February 23, 2024

Ad Fontes Media, a company that rates news sites for reliability and bias, has announced the integration of its rating data with The Trade Desk’s programmatic advertising platform. This will allow the screening out of highly partisan, AI-generated and clickbait sites, preferentially serving ads to sites containing quality journalism. Directing ad spend to low quality sites not only wastes dollars and threatens brand safety but de-monetizes quality news operations.

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