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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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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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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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Twilio, Inc.
Twilio, Inc.

Twilio is a Communications Platform-as-a-Service providing Infrastructure APIs for developers and businesses to build scalable, Voice, VoIP and SMS apps in the cloud.

  • Investment Year 2010
  • Sector Cloud Computing/Software, Mobile/Communications
  • 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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SendGrid
SendGrid

SendGrid provides a cloud-based email infrastructure that relieves businesses of the cost and complexity of maintaining custom email systems.

  • Investment Year 2012
  • Sector Cloud Computing/Software, Data Infrastructure, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - West
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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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GFI
GFI

GFI is a diversified SMB Software company offering a number of solutions including remote connection, support, and security products.  In 2010 they merged with BVP portfolio company Teamviewer.

  • Investment Year 2010
  • Sector Cloud Computing/Software, Data Infrastructure, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography Europe
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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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Smule
Smule

Smule creates applications for the iPhone. Smule’s mission is to connect the world through music.

  • Investment Year 2008
  • Sector Consumer Web, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - West
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OnMobile
OnMobile

OnMobile is the largest provider of mobile value-added services in India. It went public in 2008 on India's major exchanges.

  • Investment Year 2007
  • Sector Mobile/Communications
  • Geography India
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Axis Network Technology (acq. by Ace Technology)
Axis Network Technology (acq. by Ace Technology)

Axis Network Technology is developing a compact, digital radio platform for mobile-broadband networks. In 2010 it was acquired by Korea's Ace Technology.

  • Investment Year 2007
  • Exit Year 2010
  • Sector Data Infrastructure, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography Europe
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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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Netli (acq. by Akamai)
Netli (acq. by Akamai)

First company to offer a service that reliably and transparently enabled global sub-second response time to Web-enabled applications, providing LAN-like performance over WANs.

  • Investment Year 2002
  • Exit Year 2007
  • Sector Data Infrastructure, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - West
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ICOT
ICOT

Manufacturer of data-communications equipment.

  • Investment Year 1969
  • Exit Year 1972
  • Sector Data Infrastructure, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - West
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Life360
Life360

Life360 develops mobile safety applications for individuals and families.

  • Investment Year 2011
  • Sector Consumer Web, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - West
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Powertel PCS Partners (acq. by Deutsche Telecom)
Powertel PCS Partners (acq. by Deutsche Telecom)

Operated a digital, PCS wireless network in the Southeast.

  • Investment Year 1994
  • Exit Year 2001
  • Sector Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - East
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Verio (fka World-Net Access, acq. by NTT)
Verio (fka World-Net Access, acq. by NTT)

In 1996, BVP participated in an expansion round of Verio, a global ISP. Two years later, Verio went public (NASDAQ:VRIO), and was acquired by NTT (NYSE: NTT) in 2000.

  • Investment Year 1995
  • Exit Year 1998
  • Sector Consumer Web, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - West
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NBX (acq. by 3Com)
NBX (acq. by 3Com)

Designer of technology for carrying voice and data on a single network.

  • Investment Year 1996
  • Exit Year 1999
  • Sector Data Infrastructure, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - East
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Enforta
Enforta

Russia’s leading wireless ISP for small and medium sized businesses.

  • Investment Year 2008
  • Sector Data Infrastructure, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography Emerging Markets
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Vasona Networks, Inc.
Vasona Networks, Inc.

Vasona Networks is developing software that improves mobile carrier infrastructure efficiency.

  • Investment Year 2011
  • Sector Data Infrastructure, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - West
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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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Apperian, Inc.
Apperian, Inc.

Apperian, Inc. is a platform to help enterprises build, deploy and manage internal mobile applications.

  • Investment Year 2011
  • Sector Cloud Computing/Software, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - East
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Pure Networks (acq. by Cisco)
Pure Networks (acq. by Cisco)

The leading provider of home-networking software and services.

  • Investment Year 2005
  • Exit Year 2008
  • Sector Consumer Web, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - West
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Netsys (acq. by Cisco)
Netsys (acq. by Cisco)

Developed pioneering network-infrastructure management and performance-analysis software that could simulate network design in order to optimize capacity and performance.

  • Investment Year 1994
  • Exit Year 1996
  • Sector Data Infrastructure, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - East
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Tilera
Tilera

Breakthrough manycore processor and computing platform delivering high performance solutions for cyber security, cloud computing, video processing and next-generation data centers.

  • Investment Year 2004
  • Sector Hardware, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - West
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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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Altair Semiconductor
Altair Semiconductor

Leader in single-mode LTE baseband and RF silicon for 4G devices, developing ultra low-power mobile WiMAX silicon solutions optimized for handsets and handheld devices.

  • Investment Year 2007
  • Sector Hardware, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography Israel
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Thinking Phone Networks
Thinking Phone Networks

Thinking Phone Networks provides unified communications delivered as a services for mid-market enterprise.

  • Investment Year 2012
  • Sector Cloud Computing/Software, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - East
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Wandera
Wandera

Wandera is focused on Mobile Data Optimization (MDO) to help businesses gain better visibility and control over their mobile data usage.

  • Investment Year 2013
  • Sector Cloud Computing/Software, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography Europe
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Affirmed Networks
Affirmed Networks

Developer of virtualized mobile network infrastructure.

  • Investment Year 2013
  • Sector Cloud Computing/Software, Data Infrastructure, Hardware, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - East
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Mind Pirate
Mind Pirate

Mind Pirate develops augmented reality mobile games.

  • Investment Year 2012
  • Sector Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - West
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DoubleDutch
DoubleDutch

DoubleDutch is the leading provider of mobile event applications, with a unique focus on capturing and surfacing data from live events.

  • Investment Year 2013
  • Sector Ad technology, Cloud Computing/Software, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - West
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Mojave Networks
Mojave Networks

Mojave offers a Cloud-based mobile security solution.

  • Investment Year 2013
  • Sector Cloud Computing/Software, Mobile/Communications, Security
  • Geography North America - West
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Clio
Clio

Clio offers cloud-based law practice management software.

  • Investment Year 2014
  • Sector Cloud Computing/Software, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography Canada
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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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GTS
GTS

Provides integrated fixed-line communications services in Central and Eastern Europe.

  • Investment Year 2008
  • Sector Mobile/Communications
  • Geography Europe
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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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P.A. Semi (acq. by Apple)
P.A. Semi (acq. by Apple)

Premier supplier of microprocessor-based, silicon-system solutions. In 2008, it was acquired by Apple Computer (NASDAQ: APPL).

  • Investment Year 2004
  • Exit Year 2008
  • Sector Hardware, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - West
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Siano Mobile Silicon, Inc.
Siano Mobile Silicon, Inc.

Provides a low power silicon solution for mobile digital TV on consumer devices.

  • Investment Year 2006
  • Sector Hardware, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography Israel
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Advanced Recognition Technologies (acq. by Scansoft)
Advanced Recognition Technologies (acq. by Scansoft)

The market leader in embedded speech and handwriting recognition software for mass-market, mobile devices.  ART was acquired by Scansoft in 2005.

  • Investment Year 2004
  • Exit Year 2005
  • Sector Mobile/Communications
  • Geography Israel
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Nominum
Nominum

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.

  • Investment Year 2001
  • Sector Mobile/Communications, Security
  • Geography North America - West
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Taqua (acq. by Tekelec)
Taqua (acq. by Tekelec)

Developed and marketed "Open Compact Exchange," a platform that allowed telecommunications carriers to offer enhanced services.

  • Investment Year 1998
  • Exit Year 2004
  • Sector Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - East
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NewPort Communications (acq. by Broadcom)
NewPort Communications (acq. by Broadcom)

Developed mixed-signal, optical communications chips.

  • Investment Year 1998
  • Exit Year 2000
  • Sector Hardware, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - West
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Aptis Communications (acq. by Nortel)
Aptis Communications (acq. by Nortel)

Developer of carrier-class, high-performance, remote-access switches.

  • Investment Year 1996
  • Exit Year 1998
  • Sector Hardware, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - East
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Mobile Systems International (acq. by Marconi plc)
Mobile Systems International (acq. by Marconi plc)

Provider of design services and software for wireless telecoms systems.

  • Investment Year 1997
  • Exit Year 2000
  • Sector Mobile/Communications
  • Geography Europe
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Castle Networks (acq. by Siemens)
Castle Networks (acq. by Siemens)

Developed next-generation switches to help telecommunications carriers manage the transition from voice to data on their networks.

  • Investment Year 1997
  • Exit Year 1999
  • Sector Hardware, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - East
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System Management Arts (acq. by EMC)
System Management Arts (acq. by EMC)

Developed network-management and service-assurance software for enterprise and service provider networks.

  • Investment Year 2000
  • Exit Year 2005
  • Sector Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - East
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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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Element-14 (acq. by Broadcom)
Element-14 (acq. by Broadcom)

Developed low-power DSL chip sets, software and communications processor technology based on a 32-bit DSP core.

  • Investment Year 1998
  • Exit Year 2000
  • Sector Hardware, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography Europe
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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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Ocular Networks (acq. by Tellabs)
Ocular Networks (acq. by Tellabs)

Provided optical-access equipment for high-density voice and data traffic on and off the fiber network.

  • Investment Year 2000
  • Exit Year 2002
  • Sector Mobile/Communications, Hardware
  • Geography North America - East
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Pirus Networks (acq. by Sun Microsystems)
Pirus Networks (acq. by Sun Microsystems)

Developer of storage and networking products.

  • Investment Year 2000
  • Exit Year 2002
  • Sector Mobile/Communications, Data Infrastructure
  • Geography North America - East
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Impact Telecommunications (fka International Pacific Holdings, acq. by LDDS Metromedia)
Impact Telecommunications (fka International Pacific Holdings, acq. by LDDS Metromedia)

Originally a provider of operator services to hotels and the independent pay-phone sector on the U.S. West Coast, this company later merged with a direct-dial long distance carrier.

  • Investment Year 1991
  • Exit Year 1994
  • Sector 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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Resonext (acq. by RF Microdevices)
Resonext (acq. by RF Microdevices)

Develops high-frequency communications chips on CMOS technology.

  • Investment Year 1998
  • Exit Year 2002
  • Sector Hardware, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - West
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WaveSmith Networks (acq. by Ciena)
WaveSmith Networks (acq. by Ciena)

Developed optical-networking equipment for converging voice and data networks.

  • Investment Year 2000
  • Exit Year 2003
  • Sector Hardware, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - East
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Echelon Systems
Echelon Systems

Manufactures hardware and software for distributed communications- control networks.

  • Investment Year 1988
  • Exit Year 1998
  • Sector Hardware, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - West
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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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P-Com
P-Com

Maker of microwave-transmission units that provided carriers with an alternative to laying cable.

  • Investment Year 1992
  • Exit Year 1995
  • Sector Hardware, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - West
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Skybox Imaging, Inc.
Skybox Imaging, Inc.

Skybox Imaging is revolutionizing the use of satellite imagery and derived information products to improve the profitability of companies operating in the global economy and the welfare of societies around the world.

  • Investment Year 2010
  • Sector Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - West
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Tumbleweed
Tumbleweed

Extended e-mail and Web applications by creating a secure, traceable and personalized online-communication environment.

  • Investment Year 1996
  • Exit Year 1999
  • Sector Mobile/Communications, Security
  • Geography North America - West
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Telocity (acq. by Hughes)
Telocity (acq. by Hughes)

Early provider of residential-broadband, Internet service.

  • Investment Year 1997
  • Exit Year 2001
  • Sector Consumer Web, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - West
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CellAccess (acq. by Fore Systems)
CellAccess (acq. by Fore Systems)

Early developer of ATM edge switches.

  • Investment Year 1994
  • Exit Year 1995
  • Sector Hardware, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - West
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Horizon Cellular Group
Horizon Cellular Group

Cellular operator which acquired smaller cellular operators in areas near or between major cities. 

  • Investment Year 1991
  • Exit Year 1994
  • Sector Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - East
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Metapath (acq. by Mobile Systems International)
Metapath (acq. by Mobile Systems International)

Developed software to plan and manage wireless networks.

  • Investment Year 1993
  • Exit Year 1998
  • Sector Cloud Computing/Software, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - East
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Omnia Communications (acq. by Ciena)
Omnia Communications (acq. by Ciena)

Manufacturer of integrated voice and data access multiplexers. The company was acquired by Ciena  (NASDAQ: CIEN) in 1999.

  • Investment Year 1996
  • Exit Year 1999
  • Sector Hardware, Mobile/Communications
  • Geography North America - East
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Sahara Networks (acq. by Cascade, Ascend, and Lucent)
Sahara Networks (acq. by Cascade, Ascend, and Lucent)

Developed ATM-based broadband access concentrators.

  • Investment Year 1994
  • Exit Year 1997
  • Sector Hardware, Mobile/Communications
  • 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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