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Ask a VC: Live from New York It’s Habib Kairouz

December 16th, 2010 12:31 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

Valleyites may not have heard of this week’s guest, Habib Kairouz of Rho Ventures, but his LPs are quite familiar with his work.

He lead the round in iVillage back in 1997, taking the company public in 1999, before it sold to NBC in 2007 for $600 million. In 2001, he led the investment in Intralinks, which went public in 2010 and has a market cap of more than $1 billion. In 2006, he invested in Tacoda, which AOL bought for about $300 million in 2008. He funded EverydayHealth, which has more than $100 million in annual revenues and has filed for an IPO. And the one I know the best: He owns more than 30% of Bluefly, a publicly traded fashion site with $100 million in annual revenues.

From what I understand, Rho is a New York firm that focuses on companies that can get to more than $100 million in revenues. In other words, entrepreneurs looking for a quick flip need not apply.

He’s joining me via Skype in a few hours so get your questions in now to askavc(at)techcrunch(dot)com.


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  • Pec

    What differentiates the value created by IntraLinks today vs. The value created by ivillage when it went public?


  • Hkairouz

    Substantially larger revenues, high profit margins and many years of sequential growth at the time of IPO. In other words, the IPO bar is substantially higher.


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