Portfolio

  • Optaros
    • Massachusetts

    Optaros delivers digital commerce services that embrace emerging technologies to create exceptional branded experiences. Optaros provides the technical capabilities of a systems integrations company, the UX and creative design of an interactive agency, and the insights of an expert commerce consultancy. Our expertise spans the full commerce ecosystem, from customer-facing experiences to integrations with enterprise back-office applications. Founded in 2004, Optaros has served over 200 clients including Wal-Mart, Macy’s, McKesson, Rue La La and PUMA.

  • 5min
    • New York

    5min is the leading syndication platform for lifestyle, knowledge and instructional videos, reaching over 200 million monthly unique visitors. As a destination site, 5min.com is the top "how-to" video site with more than 3.5 million unique visitors each month. 5min's library features short-form videos from some of the world's largest media companies as well as the most innovative independent producers. Video recipes, yoga and fitness routines, tech tutorials, DIY projects for home and garden, health videos on specific conditions, beauty and fashion tips, video game walk-throughs and much more. Go to http://solutions.5min.com for more information.

  • Acme Packet

  • Advent Solar

    This company was acquired by Applied Materials in November 2009.

  • Airgate PCS

    (NASDAQ: PCSA - September 1999)

  • Akorri
    • Littleton, Massachusetts

    Akorri products help IT Departments more optimally manage their information, control infrastructure costs, and improve application performance thereby increasing the value of their information assets. As data centers scale to utility/grid storage architecture, Akorri enables them to optimally manage their information.

  • Amalfi Semiconductor
    • Los Gatos, California

  • Amobee
    • San Francisco, California

    [a•mo•bee], the company defining mobile advertising, offers comprehensive, end-to-end mobile advertising solutions and services for advertisers, publishers and operators. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, with offices in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the US, [a•mo•bee] enables its large customers to run targeted, leading edge mobile ad campaigns on a global scale with unparalleled ROI. [a•mo•bee] has financial backing from some of the biggest names in venture capital: Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners, and Globespan Capital, as well as strategic investments from Motorola, Cisco and leading operators, Vodafone and Telefónica.

  • Ampulse
    • Golden, Colorado

    Ampulse Corporation is developing low-cost, high efficiency crystalline-silicon (c-Si) thin-film photovoltaic modules on flexible substrates.

  • Analogix

    Analogix is a provider of high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products for the backplane interconnect, Long Reach Ethernet, and HDMI markets.

  • Aptis Communications

    The company was acquired by Nortel Networks in March 1998. (NYSE: NT)

  • Argon Networks Inc

    The company was acquired by Siemens Corporation in March 1999.

  • Arkivio

    The company was acquired by Rocket Software in January 2008.

  • Avanex

    (NASDAQ: AVNX - February 2000)

  • BitYota

    BitYota delivers a warehouse-as-a-service for big data analytics. SaaS takes away both big cost and big headache making big data analytics accessible in the fastest, affordable way to the most number of users, with no compromise on functionality or service levels.

  • BladeLogic
    • Lexington, Massachusetts

    (NASDAQ:BLOG - July 2007) Subsequently acquired by BMC Software (NASDAQ:BMC) in March 2008.

  • Brocade Communications Systems

    (NASDAQ: BRCD - May 1999)

  • Certeon
    • Burlington Massachusetts

    Certeon's aCelera Virtual Appliance software is the industries' first and only virtual appliance to deliver acceleration, virtualization and manageability when remotely accessing applications throughout a distributed enterprise. aCelera software reduces application response time over the WAN by more than 95% - accelerating more applications, to more users, for less cost.

  • Cerulean Technology, Inc.

    The company was acquired by Aether Systems Inc. in September 2000 (NASDAQ: AETH)

  • Challenge Games

    This company was acquired by Zynga in June 2010. Challenge Games creates online, short-form games that are challenging, fun and easy to play whether you're a serious or casual gamer. The big idea is to create cool games that can be played in 3-10 minute time increments anytime, from anywhere.

  • Clean Cell International
    • Menlo Park California

    Clean Cell International, Inc. is developing low-cost, flexible, light-weight solar module.

  • Clearwire

    (NASDAQ: CLWR - March 2007)

  • Cloakware

    This company was acquired by Irdeto/Naspers in November 2007 (JSE:NPN).

  • CloudShare
    • San Mateo California

    CloudShare Inc. is the fastest and easiest way to develop, test, demo and train on business applications in the cloud. With no capital investment in hardware or supporting IT infrastructure, developers and IT admins can quickly and easily scale up (or down) and focus on the core, most valuable, highly differentiated parts of their business.

  • Coskata

    Coskata, Inc. is a biology-based renewable energy company, with technology for the production of liquid fuels. Using proprietary microorganisms and transformative bioreactor designs, the company will produce ethanol for under US$1.00 per gallon anywhere in the world, from almost any input material (feedstock).

  • Covergence

    This company was acquired by Acme Packet in April 2009 (NASDAQ:APKT).

  • Creative Design Solutions

    The company was acquired by Maxtor. (NASDAQ: MXTR)

  • Credit Sesame

    Credit Sesame is a free online personal finance tool that gives consumers an easy way to monitor and manage their credit and loans all in one place and save money on debt. It provides consumers with free access to their credit score, analysis, advice and tools to take control of their finances, unlock their credit potential and borrow smarter. The company was founded in 2010 and is based in Sunnyvale, California.

  • Linden Lab

    Linden Lab is a privately held company established to develop an extraordinary new form of shared 3D entertainment. Through its first product, "Second Life," Linden Lab offers a truly collaborative, immersive and open-ended entertainment experience, where together people create and inhabit a virtual world of their own design.

  • MarketLive, Inc.

    MarketLive, Inc. is the leading provider of e-commerce retail technology and services for selling online. The MarketLive® platform is an enterprise-class retail e-commerce solution specifically designed to meet the unique requirements of catalogers, retailers, direct marketers, and brand manufacturers.

  • Nantero

    Nantero is a nanotechnology company using carbon nanotubes for the development of next-generation semiconductor devices. Nantero’s main focus is the development of NRAM™ –a high-density nonvolatile random access storage device. NRAM™ will replace all existing forms of storage, such as DRAM, SRAM and flash memory, with a high-density nonvolatile RAM – ‘universal memory.’

  • Nominum

    Nominum is a pioneering provider of IP address infrastructure software for enterprises that require reliable and secure DNS, DHCP and IP address management for their mission critical networks.

  • ON Technology
    • Portland, Oregon

    ON Technology empowers IT organizations and service providers to rapidly deliver business-critical software to a range of remote computing services, including desktops, mobile PCs, handhelds, and servers. It's a proven solution that is currently being used to deliver software to over 500,000 corporate computing devices worldwide. (acquired by Concorde Resources Corp.)

  • OpenSpan

    Global 2000 enterprises leverage the OpenSpan Platform to integrate applications, service-enable legacy systems, automate business processes, extend functionality and build new composite applications in order to realize immediate value on their IT investments. OpenSpan and its partners utilize the company’s unique approach to integration to accelerate service-oriented architecture (SOA) deployments and increase enterprise desktop productivity. OpenSpan received the 2008 SIIA CODiE Award for Software Newcomer of the Year, the 2008 Editors’ Choice Award from Redmond magazine and the 2007 Product of the Year Award from Customer Interaction Solutions magazine. A venture-backed company, OpenSpan is headquartered in Alpharetta, GA. More information about OpenSpan is located online at www.openspan.com.

  • Overture Networks

    Overture provides an entrance to a smarter network. We are the preferred Carrier Ethernet edge and aggregation partner to more than 450 service providers and network operators worldwide. With Overture, customers can leverage Carrier Ethernet to multiply revenue and streamline operational costs by enabling high-capacity Ethernet services over any physical media, including fiber, copper and TDM. Overture’s solutions are recognized for being reliable and easy to use, arming customers to compete in demanding applications such as cloud computing and mobile communications that require greater bandwidth and smarter networks.

  • Pelican Imaging

    Pelican Imaging Corporation is a venture-backed software start-up in the business of commercializing computational cameras for the smartphone market. The company is developing a new camera technology that directly addresses the challenges posed by conventional camera design and small pixels.

  • Pursway

    Pursway provides Influencer Marketing Management solutions that help telecommunications, finance, and retail marketing organizations implement a whole new way of reaching consumers – through the people they know and trust most.

  • Quattro Wireless

    This company was acquired by Apple in January 2010. (NASDAQ:AAPL)

  • Redfin

    Redfin is the real estate industry's first online brokerage, combining a customer-focused team of real estate agents with online tools for making the process of buying or selling a home easy. Redfin's agents handle every facet of a transaction, including tours, pricing analyses, negotiations, inspections and closings. Redfin is the only major search site to feature listings direct from broker databases as well as for-sale-by-owner and foreclosure properties from across the Internet. The company pays its agents customer-satisfaction bonuses, not commissions, and surveys every client, publishing each survey alongside the agent's complete deal history.

  • Rev

    Rev is a services marketplace that works with the top 10 percent of freelancers, and delivers services to businesses at half the price and twice the speed of traditional vendors. Rev's first two services are audio transcription and document translation.

  • SignalSet
    • Seattle, Washington

    Seattle-based SignalSet has developed the first wireless infrastructure solution that allows machine-to-machine device manufacturers and OEMs to deploy and remotely manage wireless devices capable of seamlessly switching between GSM and CDMA wireless networks with no manual intervention. With SignalSet’s patent-pending Remote Carrier Switching™ technology, wireless machine-to-machine devices are being built to have continuous carrier choice, freely moving between networks as needed to maximize coverage, data transmission speed, and automatic redundancy at an affordable price.

  • Silicor Materials

    Silicor Materials Inc. is the new name for Calisolar Inc., effective February 1, 2012. Silicor Materials is a manufacturer of solar and aluminum products, including the leading high-quality, low-cost solar silicon. The company has silicon purification operations at the company's wholly owned subsidiary, Silicor Materials Canada Inc., located in Ontario, Canada; and a state-of-the-art research and development center in Berlin, Germany. Its investors include Advanced Technology Ventures, Globespan Capital Partners, Good Energies, Hudson Clean Energy Partners, and Ventures West.

  • SMS GupShup

    SMS GupShup is the world’s largest social SMS service that allows users to communicate and connect with family, friends and fans using mobile handsets. SMS GupShup extends the capabilities of p2p sms technology to social messaging including 1-to-many, many-to-many and many-to-1 communication, thereby enabling social interactions on sms, the only medium that reaches 4 billion users worldwide. Launched in April 2007, it is used by 26 million users in over 2 million communities.

  • Solar Silicon Technology (SST)
    • Chiba, Japan

    Solar Silicon Technology is a leading manufacturer of innovative crystalline silicon for Solar cells.Tremendous demand of Photovoltic cell in the world has caused the higher prices of solar grade silicon. SST's Zinc-Mediated reduction method makes low purity metallurgical silicon into Solar Grade Silicon with lower cost.

  • Sonics

    Sonics develops a communication subsystem that integrates data and controls traffic on a single chip.

  • StrongView

    StrongView is the cross-channel marketing software provider that gives enterprise marketers a stronger view of how to acquire and engage customers across email, mobile, social, display and web. Combining the strongest technology and proven marketing know-how, StrongView provides enterprise marketers unparalleled insight into how to deepen customer relationships and maximize results. The platform is offered as either SaaS or on-premise, allowing companies to deploy StrongView's technologies in the manner with which most fits their needs.

  • Wirefree Partners
    • Atlanta, Georgia

    Wirefree Partners is a PCS wireless spectrum lessor and and service provider in 16 US markets.

  • ZeaChem

    ZeaChem, Inc. is developing a cellulose-based biorefinery platform producing either ethanol or a broad portfolio of other chemicals. ZeaChem's innovative process was designed for high yield. The company is pioneering biorefinery technology using combinations of biochemical and thermochemical processing steps.

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