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LinkedIn
LinkedIn

LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 135 million members in over 200 countries and territories.  The company went public in May 2011.

  • Investment Year 2006
  • Exit Year 2011
  • Sector
    Cloud Computing/Software
    Consumer Web
  • Geography North America - West
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Skype Technologies (acq. by eBay)
Skype Technologies (acq. by eBay)

A global, peer-to-peer, Internet-communications service.

  • Investment Year 2003
  • Exit Year 2005
  • Sector
    Cloud Computing/Software
    Consumer Web
    Mobile/Communications
  • Geography Europe
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Staples
Staples

Invented the office-superstore concept; today, the largest operator of office superstores in the world.

  • Investment Year 1985
  • Exit Year 1989
  • Sector Retail
  • Geography North America - East
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Yelp
Yelp

Provides an Internet service to help consumers find what's great -- and not so great -- in their neighborhood and beyond. The company is based in San Francisco, and was founded in 2004. Yelpers have written over 22 million local reviews, and Yelp has an average of approximately 61m monthly...

  • Investment Year 2005
  • Exit Year 2013
  • Sector Consumer Web
  • Geography North America - West
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Dick’s Sporting Goods
Dick’s Sporting Goods

Operates more than 130 stores in more than 25 states, mostly in the eastern US.

  • Investment Year 1991
  • Exit Year 2002
  • Sector Retail
  • Geography North America - East
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Gartner Group
Gartner Group

Provider of market research and recommendations on IT and telecommunications products, along with consulting services.

  • Investment Year 1978
  • Exit Year 1986
  • Sector Cloud Computing/Software
  • Geography North America - East
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Blue Nile
Blue Nile

Pioneering online retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry. Blue Nile has grown to become the largest online retailer of certified diamonds and fine jewelry. Internet Retailer Magazine reports Blue Nile is bigger than the next three largest online jewelers combined.  The company went public in...

  • Investment Year 1998
  • Exit Year 2004
  • Sector
    Consumer Web
    Retail
  • Geography North America - West
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Ciena
Ciena

Ciena Corporation offers leading network infrastructure solutions, intelligent software and a comprehensive services practice.

  • Investment Year 1994
  • Exit Year 1997
  • Sector
    Data Infrastructure
    Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - East
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Diapers.com (acq. by Amazon)
Diapers.com (acq. by Amazon)

Diapers.com is a leading Internet retailer of baby products. The company is operated by Quidsi which was acquired by Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) in April 2011.

  • Investment Year 2007
  • Exit Year 2011
  • Sector
    Consumer Web
    Retail
  • Geography North America - East
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VeriSign
VeriSign

The leading provider of trusted infrastructure services to Web-site owners, enterprises, service providers and individuals.

  • Investment Year 1994
  • Exit Year 1998
  • Sector
    Consumer Web
    Data Infrastructure
    Security
  • Geography North America - West
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OLX
OLX

OLX operates a global online classifieds and auction service focused primarily on non-US markets. In August 2010, it was purchased by Naspers.

  • Investment Year 2006
  • Exit Year 2010
  • Sector
    Consumer Web
    Retail
  • Geography Emerging Markets
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Playdom, Inc. (acq. By Disney)
Playdom, Inc. (acq. By Disney)

Playdom wants to entertain everyone, everywhere, through the world's best social games. Acquired by Disnesy in 2010.

  • Investment Year 2009
  • Exit Year 2010
  • Sector Consumer Web
  • Geography North America - West
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Wix
Wix

Web based service for building stunning websites for personal and business use. 14 million search engine friendly websites and counting have been created with Wix' free website builder simply by dragging and dropping. The company went public in November 2013 (NASDAQ:...

  • Investment Year 2007
  • Sector
    Cloud Computing/Software
    Consumer Web
  • Geography Israel
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Millennial Media
Millennial Media

Provides mobile-advertising solutions to advertisers, publishers and mobile operators.  Millennial Media went public in March 2012 (NYSE: MM).

  • Investment Year 2006
  • Sector
    Ad technology
    Consumer Web
    Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - East
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Postini
Postini

Provides email security and management for the enterprise. Google bought the company for $750m in 2007.

  • Investment Year 2003
  • Exit Year 2007
  • Sector
    Cloud Computing/Software
    Security
  • Geography North America - West
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Cornerstone OnDemand
Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand provides a comprehensive suite of talent-management solutions for learning, performance, compensation, succession and compliance management. It went public in March 2011 (NASDAQ: CSOD).

  • Investment Year 2007
  • Exit Year 2011
  • Sector Cloud Computing/Software
  • Geography North America - West
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Intucell (acq. by Cisco)
Intucell (acq. by Cisco)

Intucell developed a Self Optimizing Network (SON) platform for mobile operators to manage their Radio Access Network. In February 2013, Intucell was acquired by Cisco Systems, Inc.

  • Investment Year 2011
  • Exit Year 2013
  • Sector
    Cloud Computing/Software
    Mobile/Communications
  • Geography Israel
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Hotjobs (acq. by Yahoo!)
Hotjobs (acq. by Yahoo!)

The first on-line, job-search and human-resources management service.

  • Investment Year 1998
  • Exit Year 1999
  • Sector Consumer Web
  • Geography North America - East
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BladeLogic (acq. by BMC)
BladeLogic (acq. by BMC)

Software providing a secure, easy-to-use interface for systems administrators to meet the demands of increasingly complex system infrastructures while reducing server downtime. BladeLogic went public in 2007 (NASDAQ: BLOG) and was acquired by BMC in 2008.

  • Investment Year 2001
  • Exit Year 2007
  • Sector
    Data Infrastructure
    Security
  • Geography North America - East
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Endeca (acq. by Oracle)
Endeca (acq. by Oracle)

Innovative search and navigation platform for online data exploration.  In December 2011, Endeca was acquired by Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ: ORCL).

  • Investment Year 2000
  • Exit Year 2011
  • Sector Data Infrastructure
  • Geography North America - East
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BroadSoft
BroadSoft

Broadsoft is the leading provider of service-delivery and creation systems for next-generation communication networks. In June 2010, it went public (NASDAQ: BSFT).

  • Investment Year 1998
  • Exit Year 2010
  • Sector
    Data Infrastructure
    Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - East
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Sonus Networks
Sonus Networks

Developed carrier-class, voice-infrastructure products for the public network.

  • Investment Year 1996
  • Exit Year 2000
  • Sector
    Data Infrastructure
    Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - East
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eToys
eToys

First major toy retailer on the Internet; carried over 275 brands, as well as unique and obscure toys made by specialty manufacturers.

  • Investment Year 1997
  • Exit Year 1999
  • Sector
    Consumer Web
    Retail
  • Geography North America - West
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Eloqua
Eloqua

Eloqua allows marketers to acquire customers, drive revenue and do what they do best: develop strong brands, build creative campaigns, and deliver compelling content.  Eloqua went public in August 2012 (NASDAQ: ELOQ) and was then acquired by Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) in December 2012....

  • Investment Year 2007
  • Exit Year 2013
  • Sector
    Ad technology
    Cloud Computing/Software
  • Geography North America - East
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The Sports Authority
The Sports Authority

Pioneered the concept of a superstore for sporting goods; became the largest full-line sporting goods retailer in the United States.

  • Investment Year 1986
  • Exit Year 1994
  • Sector Retail
  • Geography North America - East
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Allscripts Healthcare Solutions
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions

Allscripts provides innovative solutions such as Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) that empower all stakeholders across the healthcare continuum to deliver world-class outcomes. The company went public in July 1999 (NASDAQ:MDRX).

  • Investment Year 1987
  • Exit Year 1999
  • Sector
    Cloud Computing/Software
    Healthcare
  • Geography North America - East
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Lifelock
Lifelock

LifeLock, Inc. is an industry leader in identity theft protection. The company has been relentlessly protecting its members’ identities by providing consumers with the tools and confidence they need to help protect themselves from identity theft and to manage their credit.   ...

  • Investment Year 2006
  • Sector
    Cloud Computing/Software
    Security
  • Geography North America - West
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Alnara Pharmaceuticals (acq. by Eli Lilly)
Alnara Pharmaceuticals (acq. by Eli Lilly)

Develops non-systemic, protein therapeutics to treat metabolic and inflammatory diseases. In 2010 it was acquired by Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY).

  • Investment Year 2008
  • Exit Year 2010
  • Sector Healthcare
  • Geography North America - East
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Vertica Systems (acq. by Hewlett Packard)
Vertica Systems (acq. by Hewlett Packard)

Vertica is a revolutionary database system that dramatically improves query performance for data warehouse applications. In March 2011, it was acquired by Hewlett Packard (NYSE: HPQ).

  • Investment Year 2005
  • Exit Year 2011
  • Sector Data Infrastructure
  • Geography North America - East
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Criteo
Criteo

The world leader in personalized retargeting technology for more than 1200 major online retailers worldwide, driving billions of dollars in post-click sales. The company went public in October 2013 (NASDAQ: CRTO).

  • Investment Year 2010
  • Sector
    Ad technology
    Consumer Web
    Retail
  • Geography Europe
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Gracenote (acq. by Sony)
Gracenote (acq. by Sony)

Provides digital-music and media infrastructure technology to software developers and consumer-electronics manufacturers. Acquired by Sony.

  • Investment Year 2004
  • Exit Year 2008
  • Sector Cloud Computing/Software
  • Geography North America - West
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C-Port (acq. by Motorola)
C-Port (acq. by Motorola)

Developer of flexible processors for the communications industry.

  • Investment Year 1996
  • Exit Year 2000
  • Sector
    Hardware
    Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - East
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Flarion Technologies (acq. by Qualcomm)
Flarion Technologies (acq. by Qualcomm)

Developed a low-cost, low-latency, high-speed wireless data access network for broadband wireless Internet access - acquired by Qualcomm in 2006.

  • Investment Year 2000
  • Exit Year 2006
  • Sector
    Hardware
    Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - East
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Traffix Systems (acq. by F5)
Traffix Systems (acq. by F5)

Traffix developed the first Diameter Signaling Controller for balancing the signaling loads on mobile networks  In 2012, Traffix Systems was acquired by F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV).

  • Investment Year 2011
  • Exit Year 2012
  • Sector
    Data Infrastructure
    Mobile/Communications
  • Geography Israel
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Sirtris Pharmaceuticals
Sirtris Pharmaceuticals

A biopharmaceutical firm developing enzymes that activate our natural defenses against disease.

  • Investment Year 2006
  • Exit Year 2007
  • Sector Healthcare
  • Geography North America - East
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Maxim Integrated Products
Maxim Integrated Products

Designed some of the first linear and mixed-signal circuits that connected the real  and digital worlds by detecting, measuring and converting natural signals like temperature, pressure or sound into digital signals.  

  • Investment Year 1982
  • Exit Year 1988
  • Sector Hardware
  • Geography North America - East
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Netsmart Technologies
Netsmart Technologies

The trusted partner for health and human services' largest connected community of providers and payers, Netsmart provides comprehensive financial, clinical and management solutions for healthcare delivery organizations. In June 2010 it was acquired by Genstar Capital.

  • Investment Year 2007
  • Exit Year 2010
  • Sector
    Cloud Computing/Software
    Healthcare
  • Geography North America - East
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Storwize (acq. by IBM)
Storwize (acq. by IBM)

Storwize provides a unique, transparent, real-time storage compression solution that dramatically boosts available storage space. It was purchased by IBM in August 2010.

  • Investment Year 2008
  • Exit Year 2010
  • Sector Data Infrastructure
  • Geography Israel
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Quidsi (acq. by Amazon)
Quidsi (acq. by Amazon)

Quidsi owns and operates Diapers.com (baby care), Soap.com (health, beauty and household essentials), BeautyBar.com (prestige beauty), Wag.com (pet products) and YoYo.com (toys). In April 2011, it was acquired by Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN).

  • Investment Year 2007
  • Exit Year 2011
  • Sector
    Consumer Web
    Retail
  • Geography North America - East
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Eagle Hardware & Garden
Eagle Hardware & Garden

A large-format, do-it-yourself home improvement store.

  • Investment Year 1990
  • Exit Year 1992
  • Sector Retail
  • Geography North America - East
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Parametric Technology
Parametric Technology

Pioneering maker of mechanical computer-aided design software that speeds complex product design.

  • Investment Year 1986
  • Exit Year 1989
  • Sector Cloud Computing/Software
  • Geography North America - East
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Mellanox Technologies
Mellanox Technologies

Leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet connectivity solutions and services for servers and storage. In 2007, Mellanox completed its IPO on NASDAQ (MLNX).

  • Investment Year 2001
  • Exit Year 2007
  • Sector
    Data Infrastructure
    Hardware
  • Geography Israel
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Celtel International (acq. by MTC Kuwait)
Celtel International (acq. by MTC Kuwait)

Largest pan-African wireless cellphone operator.

  • Investment Year 1997
  • Exit Year 2005
  • Sector Mobile/Communications
  • Geography Emerging Markets
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Trigo (acq. by IBM)
Trigo (acq. by IBM)

Creator of enterprise-software solutions for product-information management. Founded by current Bessemer partner Byron Deeter who joined BVP a year after selling the company to IBM.

  • Investment Year 2000
  • Exit Year 2004
  • Sector
    Cloud Computing/Software
    Data Infrastructure
  • Geography North America - West
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Veritas
Veritas

Developed storage-management and software-quality tools for use in open systems.

  • Investment Year 1990
  • Exit Year 1993
  • Sector
    Data Infrastructure
    Security
  • Geography North America - West
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Flycast (acq. by CMGI)
Flycast (acq. by CMGI)

Provided total solutions for Web-advertising campaign management.

  • Investment Year 1996
  • Exit Year 1999
  • Sector
    Ad technology
    Consumer Web
  • Geography North America - East
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American Superconductor
American Superconductor

Made high-temperature, metal/ceramic composite superconductor wire--a near-perfect conductor of electricity.

  • Investment Year 1986
  • Exit Year 1992
  • Sector Hardware
  • Geography North America - East
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Celcore (acq. by DSC Communications)
Celcore (acq. by DSC Communications)

Developed distributed network architecture for cellular systems, designed to scale across areas with varying subscriber density.

  • Investment Year 1993
  • Exit Year 1997
  • Sector
    Data Infrastructure
    Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - East
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PSINet
PSINet

The first venture-backed Internet Service Provider.

  • Investment Year 1992
  • Exit Year 1995
  • Sector
    Consumer Web
    Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - East
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VideoServer
VideoServer

Developed the first successful wide-area communications switch for video-conferencing among different platforms and encoding methods.

  • Investment Year 1990
  • Exit Year 1995
  • Sector
    Data Infrastructure
    Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - East
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DSP Group
DSP Group

Designs the digital-signal processors (DSPs) and related speech-compression software that convert speech and other audio data into digital values for consumer electronics.

  • Investment Year 1991
  • Exit Year 1994
  • Sector
    Hardware
    Mobile/Communications
  • Geography Israel
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Sirocco Systems (acq. by Sycamore Networks)
Sirocco Systems (acq. by Sycamore Networks)

One of the pioneering developers of metropolitan-area, optical-networking equipment.

  • Investment Year 1997
  • Exit Year 2000
  • Sector
    Data Infrastructure
    Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - East
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ISIS Pharmaceuticals
ISIS Pharmaceuticals

Isis is the leader in antisense drug development with a broad pipeline of drugs that are applicable to many different disease targets.

  • Investment Year 1988
  • Exit Year 1991
  • Sector Healthcare
  • Geography North America - West
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VistaCare
VistaCare

A leading hospice care provider.

  • Investment Year 1994
  • Exit Year 2002
  • Sector Healthcare
  • Geography North America - West
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IPC The Hospitalist Company
IPC The Hospitalist Company

IPC is the nation's leading national physician group practice focused on the delivery of hospital medicine and related facility-based services.

  • Investment Year 1997
  • Exit Year 2008
  • Sector Healthcare
  • Geography North America - West
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Cyota (acq. by RSA)
Cyota (acq. by RSA)

Leading player in the anti-fraud space, specializing in financial institutions. Specializes in fraud related to the Internet, such as online banking fraud, e-commerce fraud and phishing.

  • Investment Year 2004
  • Exit Year 2005
  • Sector
    Cloud Computing/Software
    Security
  • Geography Israel
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Keynote
Keynote

Provider of Internet-performance data and diagnostic services.

  • Investment Year 1997
  • Exit Year 1999
  • Sector Cloud Computing/Software
  • Geography North America - West
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Altiga Networks (acq. by Cisco)
Altiga Networks (acq. by Cisco)

Pioneer of Virtual Private Network (VPN) communications equipment. In 2000, it was acquired by Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO).

  • Investment Year 1997
  • Exit Year 2000
  • Sector
    Hardware
    Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - West
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LightLogic (acq. by Intel)
LightLogic (acq. by Intel)

Developer of WDM (Wavelength-Division Multiplexing) laser-based  components and subsystems for high speed communications equipment. In 2001, it was acquired by Intel (NASDAQ: INTC).

  • Investment Year 1998
  • Exit Year 2001
  • Sector
    Hardware
    Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - West
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Quantum Effect Devices (acq. by PMC-Sierra)
Quantum Effect Devices (acq. by PMC-Sierra)

Supplier of high-performance, MIPS-based micro-processors for applications in the communications industry. In 2000, it was acquired by PMC-Sierra (NASDAQ: PMCS).

  • Investment Year 1997
  • Exit Year 2000
  • Sector
    Hardware
    Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - West
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Maker Communications (acq. by Conexant)
Maker Communications (acq. by Conexant)

Developed high-performance, programmable communications processors (and related software) for ATM and Internet Protocol data, voice, and video networks. In 2000, it was acquired by Conexant Systems.

  • Investment Year 1995
  • Exit Year 1999
  • Sector Hardware
  • Geography North America - East
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Cascade Communications
Cascade Communications

Developed the first fast-packet switching technology for ATM and frame- relay networks.

  • Investment Year 1991
  • Exit Year 1994
  • Sector
    Hardware
    Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - East
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James River
James River

Manufactured and marketed specialty paper products..

  • Investment Year 1977
  • Exit Year 1983
  • Sector Retail
  • Geography North America - East
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TravCorps
TravCorps

TravCorps provides healthcare professionals for temporary and permanent assignments. Today, TravCorps provides registered nurses to more than 2,500 healthcare facilities across the U.S. and the Caribbean.

  • Investment Year 1994
  • Exit Year 1999
  • Sector Healthcare
  • Geography North America - East
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Ungermann-Bass
Ungermann-Bass

Pioneered local-area networking .

  • Investment Year 1979
  • Exit Year 1983
  • Sector
    Hardware
    Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - East
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