• 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.

  • Dotomi
    • Boston Massachusetts

    Dotomi™ creates a direct relationship between marketers and consumers by opening a one-to-one messaging channel through banner ad real-estate. Dotomi is 100% privacy compliant to enable consumers to rule over the messages they receive from their favorite marketers.

  • edocs

    The company was acquired by Siebel Systems in December of 2004. (NASDAQ: SEBL)

  • enCommerce

    The company was acquired by Entrust Technologies in June 2000. (NASDAQ: ENTU)

  • Enterproid
    • New York New York

    Enterproid provides a dual persona user experience that is secured and cloud-managed by IT

  • Exeros

    This company was acquired by IBM (NYSE:IBM) in May of 2009.

  • Forethought
    • Redmond, Washington

    Forethought - The original developer of Microsoft's PowerPoint. (acquired by Microsoft)

  • GlassHouse
    • Framingham, Massachusetts

    A pioneer in the storage services sector, GlassHouse Technologies distinguishes itself by providing solutions from strategy to operations. GlassHouse offers guaranteed services focused on technology and organizational effectiveness.

  • Glu Mobile

    (NASDAQ: GLUU - March 2007)

  • Idiom, Inc.

    Idiom was acquired by SDL Enterprise Technologies in February 2008.

  • Ingrian Networks

    Ingrian Networks was acquired by SafeNet in February 2008.

  • Jajah

    This company was acquired by Telefonica O2 in December 2009.

  • Kontera

    Kontera discovers editorial content and delivers brands’ advertising, content and social assets for optimal results. The Kontera Synapse platform analyzes more than 400 million daily page views, in real-time, across 15,000 exclusive publishers and a majority of the comScore top 1,000 sites. Kontera’s Synapse, understands web-wide “conversation” and interest trends, as well as granular page topics. Kontera uses this information to create the highest brand relevance for consumers through dynamic use of brand assets and brand owned content. The company reaches more than 170 million consumers each month with its mobile, social, display and in-content marketing solutions.

  • 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.

  • Luidia, Inc.
    • San Carlos, California

    Luidia Inc. develops technologies and products that simplify, improve, and enhance human-computer interactions. Luidia's award-winning eBeam technology is applicable to a wide variety of markets, from large format information display to small mobile devices. The highly embeddable technology enables intuitive 2D and 3D interaction with visual data as part of OEM products or as a stand alone system.

  • m-Qube

    m-Qube was acquired by VeriSign in March 2006. (NASDAQ:VRSN)

  • 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.

  • Millennial Net

    Millennial Net was acquired by Festo in September 2006.

  • Monterey Networks

    The company was acquired by Cisco Systems in September 1999. (NASDAQ:CSCO)

  • 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.’

  • Net Perceptions

    (NASDAQ: NETP - April 1999)

  • NetFrame
    • Boise, Idaho

    NetFrame A network server manufacturer focused on mid-range and high-end business markets. (acquired by Micron)

  • 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.

  • Nurien
    • Seoul Korea

    Nurien is a developer of a new form of 3D social media.

  • Obsidian, Inc.

    The company was acquired by Applied Materials in October 1999. (NASDAQ: AMAT)

  • Ocular Networks

    The company was acquired by Tellabs in January 2002. (NASDAQ: TLAB)

  • 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.)

  • Open Mile
    • Boston, Massachusetts

    Open Mile is the transportation industry’s first online self-service brokerage. Providing logistics services for both carriers and shippers, Open Mile powers a smarter freight industry, providing shippers with lower costs and better service, and carriers with new customers and revenue opportunities. Open Mile is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • OpenPages

    This company was acquired by IBM in September 2010. (NYSE: IBM)

  • 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.

  • Openwave Systems Inc.
    • Redwood City, California

    Openwave Systems, Inc. provides Communication Service Providers (CSPs), including wireless and wireline carriers, Internet Service Providers (ISP), portals, and broadband providers worldwide, with the software and services they need to build boundary-free, multi-network communications services for their subscribers. (NASDAQ:OPWV)

  • 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.

  • Philsar Semiconductor

    The company was acquired by Conexant Systems in April 2000. (NASDAQ: CNXT)

  • Pirus Networks

    Pirus was acquired by Sun Microsystems in November 2002. (NASDAQ:SUNW)

  • Plaxo Inc

    Plaxo was acquired by Comcast in May 2008. (NASDAQ:CMCSK)

  • Provigent
    • Santa Clara, California

    Provigent develops and markets integrated silicon solutions for the broadband wireless industry. Provigent’s cost-effective "system-on-a-chip” (SOC) products enable wireless system vendors to deliver high-performance broadband wireless systems to network operators. Focusing on wireless backhaul and access systems, Provigent SOC solutions offer an unparalleled combination of increased bandwidth, extended range and enhanced flexibility with lower system costs.

  • 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.

  • Quartics
    • Irvine, California

    Quartics leverages breakthrough semiconductor architectural advantages to provide dominant media processing and media extension solutions for the computer and display markets. The company's semiconductors enable the flawless transmission of video and audio for wireless PC to TV, monitors, and projectors; PC tuner cards, docking stations, HD-networked PVRs, and video conferencing.

  • 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.

  • Reflectent

    Reflectent was acquired by Citrix in May 2006. (NASDAQ:CTXS)

  • 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.

  • Revivio

    Revivio was acquired by Symantec in November 2006 (NASDAQ: SYMC).

  • Sendia

    Sendia was acquired by Salesforce.com in April 2006. (NYSE:CRM)

  • Sentient

    Acquired by Cisco in 1999. (NASDAQ: CSCO)

  • 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.

  • Silknet Software

    (NASDAQ: SILK - May 1999)

  • 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 Power Partners
    • Mill Valley, California

    Solar Power Partners, Inc. (SPP™) is a developer, owner, and manager (DOM) of a distributed network of mid-size commercial Solar Energy Facilities (SEF) that is remotely managed from a central location. SPP™ provides an innovative turn-key performance based service (PBS™) that bundles development of SEF, financing through a Power Purchase Agreement, and on-going operations tailored to meet building owner's specific needs.

  • 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.

  • Steelwedge, Inc.
    • Pleasanton,California

    Steelwedge, Inc. is an innovative developer of Enterprise Forecast Optimization software solutions that enable companies to dramatically increase margins and revenue predictability by streamlining complex demand forecasting processes.

  • Strata8
    • Bellevue, Washington

    Strata8 Networks provides integrated cell phone and office phone services along with industry specific business applications. Services provide business customers web-based management control, simplified billing, quality customer service, cost savings and ease of use. Basic wireless applications (i.e. email, contacts, calendar, etc.) and advanced wireless applications (applications specific to vertical markets) are easily integrated in our open platform environment.

  • 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.

  • Think3
    • Cincinatti, Ohio

    Think3 develops powerful, affordable, and easy-to-learn 3D design software. (formerly Cad. Lab)

  • Trigo

    The company was acquired by IBM in March 2004. (NYSE: IBM)Brisbane, California<br><br>"The complete management team at Trigo had an excellent working relationship with the partner-team at Globespan. I was pleased that every partner at Globespan took a personal interest in the success of Trigo and regularly offered support." <br><br><i>-Tom Reilly, CEO</i>Brisbane, CaliforniaTom Reilly, CEOGlobespan funding stages:Seed, Series A, B, and CThe OpportunityWith the vision of helping businesses more effectively and efficiently manage the volumes of product information that they maintain enterprise-wide, Trigo Technologies was launched in 2000 and incubated by Globespan. The company’s flagship product, Trigo ProductCenter, was targeted at retailers, distributors and manufacturers to provide them a central repository to aggregate, manage and syndicate all of their product information. With their product information under control, Trigo’s clients experienced faster product introduction cycles, improved product quality, more opportunity for multi-channel commerce, and increased customer satisfaction. As the first complete enterprise-wide solution available, Trigo was poised to become the market leader, with clients that ultimately included Hewlett-Packard, Sony, Staples, Corporate Express, Unilever, Philips, Panasonic, Williams Sonoma, Carrefour, and The Gap.How We Worked With TrigoGlobespan incubated Trigo in the firm’s Palo Alto office, taking a hands-on approach to working with the company in a number of areas, including recruitment of the executive team, completing market studies, introducing key partners, and helping with fundraising. “The complete management team at Trigo had an excellent working relationship with the partner-team at Globespan. I was pleased that every partner at Globespan took a personal interest in the success of Trigo and regularly offered support.”Globespan’s bi-coastal presence was helpful to Trigo management. “Some of our earliest customers were located in the Boston region, and the presence of a Globespan office was not only convenient, but also provided great credibility to many of our early clients.” As one example, Globespan made an introduction to Staples, which resulted in the office products company becoming Trigo’s first customer. The east coast office was also an “excellent source” of professional hires and partnerships. The Asian Business Development program was also instrumental in the company’s early success, helping Trigo to consummate a reseller deal with Nippon Steel Solutions, a major systems integrator in Japan, and to close a deal with its first customer in Japan. “I find Globespan to be the most ‘management supportive’ venture firm. There are many instances where I can recall Globespan helping me out. At every one of those moments, I knew I had the full support of Globespan and could lean on them for the assistance I needed.”The ResultsOn the road to becoming the market leader, Trigo doubled sales each year – to $27 million in 2004, established a presence in Europe and Asia, and reached profitability in less than three years. Trigo was acquired by IBM Corporation in April 2004. Today, marketed as IBM WebSphere Product Center, the technology continues to flourish as the recognized market-leading solution in product information management.

  • Virident
    • Milpitas, California

    Virident Systems builds enterprise-class solutions based on Flash and other storage-class memories (SCM). These disruptive technologies will revolutionize the data center and cloud computing by solving performance, reliability, and serviceability problems that further compound in large-scale deployment of SSDs in the current environment. Virident Systems was founded by notable Silicon Valley veterans from Google, Sun Microsystems, Cisco, SGI, and Intel.

  • Virtusa

    (NASDAQ: VRTU - August 2007).

  • Vixel Corporation

    (NASDAQ: VIXL - October 1998)

  • 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.

  • Zipcar
    • Cambridge, Massachusetts

    An internet based service that lets members reserve and access a variety of cars without the cost of ownership. Today, Zipcar has more than 80,000 consumers and 2,500 cars in London and 13 North American states and provinces including Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Toronto and Washington D.C. areas, with plans to expand.

  • Zynga (Challenge Games)
    • San Francisco, California

    Zynga is a social network game developer located in San Francisco, California, United States. The company develops browser-based games that work both stand-alone and as application widgets on social networking websites such as Facebook and MySpace. Zynga acquired Challenge Games, a Globespan portfolio company, in 2010.

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