Symantec: A VC's Best Pal

Sarah Lacy

If venture investors wanted to throw a party for the company that has given them the most returns, undoubtedly Cisco Systems would be the guest of honor. But a close second might be Symantec. The security software company has done close to 50 deals if you count acquiring just technology from companies, all under the watchful eye of chief executive John Thompson- who some institutional investors dub a "deal junkie."

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