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With changes in the software industry, private equity firms find huge opportunities in smaller companies

SAN FRANCISCO — Those running some of the Bay Area’s largest private equity firms are seeing big opportunity in the smallest of companies. The nation’s largest private equity firms grab headlines with multi-billion-dollar deals to buy huge companies, usually sold to the highest bidder at auction. But, increasingly, investors are focused on mid-sized and even smaller companies, even wading into so-called microcap companies, given that they’re so often overlooked by Wall Street.
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