Press for XIR/Growth

Demand for private company shares declined in the second quarter versus the first quarter but was up sharply year-over-year, according to a new report released today by SecondMarket. The market for private company stock saw $112 million in transactions last quarter, versus $156 million in the first quarter, or down 39 percent sequentially. On an annual basis, however, it was up 120 percent over the second quarter of 2010, which saw $51 million in transactions. And the $268 million worth of transactions in the first half of 2011, was up 75 percent from the first half of 2010 .

The Japanese games market can be difficult for western companies to break into, with accurate client localisation and translation acting as a huge potential roadblock. In an unexpected press release today, EVE Online developer CCP Games announced a strategic partnership with Japan-based MMO publisher Nexon to bring both EVE Online and DUST 514 to the Japanese market. EVE is currently available in English, German and Russian, and Japanese players have so far found considerable difficulty in playing the game.

CCP Games' long-running space exploration MMO EVE Online will finally make its way to Japan this fall, thanks to a partnership with MapleStory creator Nexon Corporation.

Massachusetts businessman and former Republican gubernatorial nominee Charlie Baker will join the MedVentive governing board effective immediately. Mr. Baker has led a distinguished career in the healthcare industry and public service.