Blackstone just backed out of its proposed Dell buyout

For some time now, Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell (pictured above) has sought to take his company private in a huge $24.4 billion deal. But Blackstone and investor Carl Icahn opposed the deal, saying it undervalued the company, and were preparing to counter it.

Why struggling startups should look beyond large company bailouts

Virtually all tech acquisitions are characterized by large companies buying small companies, often for cash. But why does this have to be the case? Why can’t small companies also participate in this bonanza of great technology destined for the trash heap?