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Robert Ackerman: Venture Capital At A Tipping Point

Despite the protests from the Kauffman Foundation and others about its demise, venture capital is very much alive. Having just returned from a trip abroad to talk to numerous investors, I am sensing a true tipping point in attitudes toward venture and in the appetite for investing

AvaLAN Inks Over $700,000 in Series B

Alabama-based AvaLAN Wireless Systems, has raised over $700,000 in Series B financing led by the Huntsville Angel Network. AvaLAN is a growth-stage company developing secure industrial wireless technology. Further participation came from the Auburn Angel Network and private individual investors including Pete Bodine and Spencer Tall who are both managing directors at Allegis Capital in […]

PureWave Networks Inks $5M

Santa Clara, Calif.-based PureWave Networks Inc., maker of 4G wireless base stations, has raised $5 million in Series C financing. Investors in the round were not named. The company said it would use the financing for continued development and commercialization of its new line of small cell LTE base stations. The company has previously raised […]

Solera Raises $20M From Intel, Allegis, Signal Peak, Trident

Solera Networks said it raised $20 million in a Series D financing led by Intel Capital and joined by existing investors Allegis Capital, Signal Peak Ventures and Trident Capital. The Salt Lake City security company will use the money to expand global sales, marketing and product development efforts. PRESS RELEASE Solera Networks Raises $20 Million in Series […]

Symplified Seals $20M Series C

Ignition Partners led a $20 million Series C round for cloud identity technology company Symplified. As a result, Cameron Myhrvold of Ignition Partners has joined its board of directors. Existing investors Allegis Capital, Granite Ventures and Quest Software also participated in the financing, which brings the company’s total funding to $38.8 million.

Bob Ackerman: It’s Time for Government Investing in Research Again

The American economy is a mess. Growth has been stuck at a tortoise-like pace for years. The unemployment rate continues to hover at nine percent or higher. And faltering research and development threatens not only innovation, but our future. The good news is there’s a fix for this: The U.S. government simply needs to invest […]

Coraid Adds $50M in New Funding

Redwood City, Calif.-based Coraid Inc. has added $50 million in a new round led by Crosslink Capital. Existing investors Menlo Ventures, Allegis Capital, Azure Capital Partners and affiliates of Silver Lake, as well as new investors Seagate Technology and Kinetic Ventures also contributed. Coraid is a developer of Ethernet SAN technology.

Axcient Gets $15.5m New Funding

California-based Axcient, a data backup, business continuity, and disaster recovery service to the Small and Mid-Sized Business (SMB) market, has raised US$15.5 million in new funding. The Series C round was led by Scale Venture Partners with previous investors Allegis Capital, Peninsula Ventures, and Thomvest Ventures participating, bringing the company’s total funding to date to US$33.5 million. Rory O’Driscoll, managing director, Scale Venture Partners, joins the board with this investment.

Robert R. Ackerman Jr.: Tips for Corporate VCs

After decades of on-again, off-again forays into corporate venture capital, companies have turned their engines on again. Last year, technology-oriented corporations invested $1.9 billion in venture capital deals, up from $1.35 billion in 2009, and this brisk 40 growth rate is on track for a repeat performance this year. The corporate world realizes it has […]

VCJ Cover Story: Internet M&A on the Rise

As the Q2 Exit Poll numbers released today show, the Internet is driving the exit activity. This is no surprise to Google and other large acquirers. The Internet titan, which racked up 48 acquisitions in 2010, is on a similar pace this year and is even rumored to be looking at bringing Hulu into the […]

Allegiance Inks $12M Series B

Allegiance Inc. has raised $12 million in Series B financing. New investor El Dorado Ventures led the round, which included funding from Rembrandt Venture Partners and Allegis Capital. The company, based in Salt Lake City, makes cloud-based technology to help companies better analyze and apply customer and employee feedback.

Nokia Siemens Networks Leads $14M for ClariPhy

Irvine, Calif.-based ClariPhy Communications Inc., a developer of signal processors for optical networking, has sealed $14 million in new funding, led by by Nokia Siemens Networks. The new money will help ClariPhy expand deployment of its system-on-a-chip, the company said in a release. ClariPhy is backed by a stable of prominent venture investors including Norwest Venture Partners, Allegis Capital, ONSET Ventures and Pacific General Partners. The company previously raised at least $44 million.

Robert Ackerman: Don’t Debate, Let Us Innovate!

Bickering between House and Senate lawmakers has put into limbo whether VC-backed startups will get a greater opportunity to procure contracts from federal agencies. At the center of the battle that could recast VC-backed companies’ ability to innovate in partnership with government bureaus is a fight between House and Senate lawmakers over funding provisions for […]

VC Confidence Index Hits Highest Point In Three Years

Silicon Valley venture capitalists are feeling more upbeat about business conditions than they have at any time in the past three years, according to a survey of VC sentiment. An uptick in fund-raising and a more welcoming IPO market lifted spirits in the first quarter, boosting the Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index to 3.91. […]

Corporates To Increase Venture Investing

Consider this. Venture investors put $21.8 billion into 3,277 deals last year. But money going into new funds came to just $12.3 billion, down from $31.2 billion in 2007. Unsustainable on the face of it. So who has the money, and is that money interested in venture? The answer is corporations. And yes, they are […]

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