PALO ALTO, CA — Garage Technology Ventures, formerly Garage.com, announced the approval by California Public Employees Retirement System (“CalPERS”) of Garage Technology Venture’s proposal to manage the Garage California Entrepreneurs’ Fund, a
$10 million venture fund in which CalPERS will be the exclusive Limited Partner, as part of CalPERS’ California Initiative Program. It also closed Garage Investments II LP, with 3i, a leading international venture capital firm, as the exclusive limited partner. This fund together with the CalPERS fund give their limited partners an efficient way to invest in the top-tier, early-stage companies that become Garage clients. The funds also give Garage Technology Ventures a greater ability to meet the financing needs of their clients with directed investments. It also arranged a $13 million Series A financing round for LeftHand Networks and appointed Gideon Marks to vice president of venture finance. Marks, a veteran venture investor and seasoned high technology executive, previously served as Managing
Director of Garage.com Israel. Prior to joining Garage in 1999, Marks served as CFO of The RAD Group, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions.
Marks, who has relocated to Palo Alto, will oversee the Venture Finance group, which is responsible for sourcing and funding technology companies.
SOUTHBOROUGH, MA — Celox Networks, the company delivering the most scalable edge aggregation
and IP service switch for large service providers, today announced it has
closed an $80 million third round led by Putnam Investments and Firsthand
Capital Management, Inc. This brings the company’s total funding received
since its founding in January 1999 to $155 million.
In addition to Putnam and Firsthand, other new investors in this round
include Dain Rauscher Wessels, J.P. Morgan Capital, Pacesetter Capital, SG
Cowen and Thomas Weisel Partners.
Along with the new investors, many of the company’s existing investors from
its first two rounds invested again in the third round, including: ABS
Ventures, Adams Street Partners, A.G. Edwards, Apex Investment Partners, Bank
One, Bay Partners, Hexagon Investments, Pilot House Associates, Rosewood
Capital and the Texas Pacific Group.
AUSTIN, TEXAS & CHICAGO — General Bandwidth Inc., a telecommunications equipment manufacturer enabling the new voice
infrastructure, today announced the completion of $66 million in fourth-round venture funding, further demonstrating the fact that General Bandwidth’s product development strategy
and target market create a compelling competitive advantage and value proposition.
The funding was led by Invesco, one of the world’s largest independent investment management firms. Texas Instruments the world leader in digital signal processing (DSP) and
analog, and a leading provider of DSP-based silicon and software solutions for the broadband market also joined the funding as General Bandwidth’s newest strategic investor. Other
new investors include Wheatley Partners and Granite Global Ventures.
This round brings the total funds raised by General Bandwidth to almost $150 million since its inception in 1999. The company raised $12 million in first round funding in
September 1999, followed by $24 million in February 2000, and an additional $47 million last August. In addition to new investors, the latest round included investors from the three
previous rounds, including Sevin Rosen Funds, Sequoia Capital, Oak Investment Partners, Venrock Associates, Trellis Partners, Thomas Weisel Capital Partners, CIT Venture
Capital and HLM Management.
AUSTIN, TEXAS — Wintegra Inc., a fabless semiconductor company targeting the access infrastructure market, announced that two
additional investors have joined the Round B funding round with an investment of $10 million, closing a $21 million second round that was initiated in April 2001.
Genesis Partners, a venture capital firm out of Israel, and China Development Industrial Bank (CDIB) of Taiwan, join Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) and Wintegra’s three
first-round investors, venture capital companies Concord Ventures and Magnum Communications out of Israel, along with Marvell/Galileo Technology, a semiconductor company
based in San Jose, Calif. Wintegra’s first round early last year was $5 million.
WALTHAM, MA — Charles River Ventures (CRV), one of the nation’s leading early-stage venture capital firms, today announced that two industry veterans have joined CRV as entrepreneurs in
residence. Hailing from Inktomi and Cisco Systems, both Swapnil Shah and Robert Weinberger bring proven track records as highly successful serial entrepreneurs.
Shah comes to CRV from Inktomi where he founded and built the wireless division and served as the chief strategist. Shah was previously the founder and vice president of
product strategy at WebSpective Software, which was acquired by Inktomi in October 1999. Weinberger joins CRV with more than 24 years of experience in the computer software and systems industry. He was director of marketing for the Cisco’s Internet
communications software group where he helped develop Cisco’s software strategy. He joined Cisco through its acquisition of WebLine Communications, where he served as vice
president of marketing.
PRINCETON, NJ — InsureHiTech, an e-business
property and casualty insurance brokerage designed for middle market
technology clients, announced today that they have received $4.35
million, with a flat valuation from the A round, from J.P. Morgan
Corsair II Capital Partners LP, a $1 billion private equity fund, and
two other strategic investors. InsureHiTech’s operating platform
drives greater efficiency for its sales and service personnel by
removing the paper processing that currently inundates the insurance
buying cycle. In addition to the industry leading technology platform,
InsureHiTech provides insurance brokerage and risk management services
to the high-tech, biotech, venture capital and environmental
VANCOUVER — RoundHeaven Communications Inc., a privately held
Vancouver-based managed hosting and outsourcing solutions provider announced today
that it has completed a $20 million first round of institutional funding — one of the
largest first round equity investments in recent history in the Canadian High Tech Sector —
from M/C Venture Partners, a Boston, Massachusetts-based venture capital firm.
RoundHeaven will use the funding to expand its operations into Eastern Canada, increase
national marketing and sales initiatives, and develop new services.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — SteelEye Technology Inc., a provider
of high availability clustering software, today announced a completion of its second round
of financing. This $20 million round brings the total funds raised by the company to $33
million. The funding, led by Dali, Hook Partners, also includes equity investments from
Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ), CrossBridge Partners, Hitachi, Ltd., Intel 64
Fund, Massey Burch Capital Corp. and Venrock Associates.
The additional funds provide SteelEye with resources to fuel business expansion and
accelerate sales, marketing and R&D activities to bring the LifeKeeper high availability
clustering and data replication solutions to customers requiring continuous access to
business-critical data and dependable application services on industry-standard servers
using Intel processors across Linux, Windows, Solaris and MP-RAS operating
JERUSALEM — Jerusalem Global Ventures, announced today that Jerusalem
Global Ventures has invested $1 million in BioVirase (formerly Amidut).
BioVirase has developed a test kit to measure the sensitivity of the HIV virus to drug
treatments. Today, most carriers and infected patients are treated through a combination
(cocktail) of antiretroviral drugs. The kit developed by BioVirase will measure the patient’s
resistance to a large number of drug samples and combinations at various
concentrations, and will offer quick, accurate results enabling a comprehensive process
for deciding on treatment.
DALLAS — ATX Technologies Inc., the leading independent
telematics service provider to the automotive industry, today announced the close of a $25
million round of financing. The investment was made by Vodafone TeleCommerce, GmbH,
a division of the world’s largest mobile telecommunications company, and a private
contributor in what is expected to be the company’s last round of private equity funding.
With rapid customer growth — approaching 20,000 new subscribers each month — ATX
intends to utilize a portion of the investment to fund the development of an additional
telematics response center scheduled to open in 2002. ATX will also complete the
enhancement of its system architecture to provide telematics-based customer relationship
management services, real-time traffic services and third-generation, location-based
emergency response services.
BOSTON, NEW YORK & MORROW, GA — Berkshire Partners
LLC, the Boston-based private equity investment firm, and Investcorp, the global
investment group, today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement under
which Berkshire will acquire The William Carter Company from Investcorp and
its clients for approximately $450 million.
Carter’s is the nation’s largest branded marketer of baby and toddler apparel, and a
leading marketer of young children’s apparel. Over its 136 years of operation, Carter’s has
become one of the best recognized brand names in the children’s apparel industry.
Morrow, Georgia-based Carter’s markets its products under the brand names of