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Indeed Investment Nets New York Times $100 Million Profit

Good week for the New York Times’ balance sheet, which just plumped up by $400 million.

Yesterday, the Times closed its deal to sell About.com to IAC for $300 million. Today, the paper announced that it would net $100 million on a seven-year-old investment in Indeed.com.

Indeed, a Connecticut-based job site, is selling to Japan’s Recruit.com; reports peg the price at around $1 billion. In 2005, the Times was part of Indeed’s $5 million Series A round, along with Allen & Co. and Union Square Ventures; Indeed doesn’t appear to have raised any additional funds since then.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik