At first, we thought it was a joke. Why would Bain Capital, the private equity firm cofounded by Mitt Romney, want to invest in Gawker.com, the snarky website that previously published hundreds of pages of confidential documents related to Bain’s secretive financial dealings? It wouldn’t, right? Then why did Mike Griffin, an analyst at Bain Capital Ventures, send Gawker Media’s Nick Denton an e-mail this week suggesting “there may be some synergies between Gawker and Bain Capital Ventures and I’d love to find ways that we could be helpful as you continue to grow.” Gawker posted the e-mail Wednesday. So what was Griffin thinking? He didn’t respond to us, but told Gawker: “I’ve been working here for like a week now,” said Griffin. “I just thought it was a unique idea. We work with a lot of similar companies. I had no idea about the [Bain stories]. I’m not sure it would work out. This is awkward.” Yes, it is.
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