Legacy Companies


ClariPhy Communications is a semiconductor company developing signal processing chips for systems serving enterprise optical networks. The company’s chips will be installed in medium-length fiber links as these links migrate from the widely-used 1 Mbps capacity to the emerging 10 Mbps capacity. ClariPhy’s products employ advanced signal processing techniques to provide a lower cost, higher performance solution.


ACQUIRED by Advance Auto Parts 2011

DriverSide is the first Web site specifically designed for automobile owners. DriverSide allows consumers to save time and money on servicing and maintenance as well as buy and sell automobiles, parts and accessories. DriverSide offers free estimates of what repairs should cost for any given vehicle, as well as recall and service alerts for drivers. With an in-house editorial staff, DriverSide offers useful advice on how to own and operate a vehicle as well as reviews on new and used automobiles. DriverSide’s community allows consumers to participate in forums, meet other owners of a particular vehicle, share knowledge, and post reviews on mechanics and dealers.


IPO 1999

Epiphany was a NetSuite Solution Provider and SuiteCloud Developer. They focused exclusively on NetSuite — sales, Implementation, support, training and product development. As a software developer, they took taken NetSuite one step further by designing solutions that were completely embedded into NetSuite, providing the client with the ability to quickly and cost effectively make NetSuite’s cloud — their cloud.


IPO 1999

Extreme Networks is a Gigabit Ethernet layer 3 LAN switching routers and Metropolitan Area Network.


ACQUIRED by Barnes and Noble 1998

Fatbrain.com was an online book seller that specialized in professional and technology titles for corporations and businesses.


IPO 2001

iBEAM developed a satellite overlay network for the Internet to deliver media-rich content.


ACQUIRED by JoAnn Stores 2007

IdeaForest operates an e-commerce web site (www.joann.com) selling arts and crafts and related supplies to consumers online. The company operates the site in partnership with JoAnn Stores, the second largest art and crafts retailer in the U.S. JoAnn Stores operates over 900 retail arts and craft stores in 49 states.

Impala Linear Corporation

ACQUIRED by Fairchild 2001

Impala Linear Corporation  designed analog power management semiconductors for hand-held devices.


Avatar based chat service (IM) seeking to monetize instant messaging and online chat with the sale of virtual objects, gaming, and other online activities. This is a large and growing market both domestically and internationally. IMVU intends to succeed through the creation of the world’s best avatars and avatar based chat system, as well as through a unique 3rd party development business model. The company currently has 3000 developers worldwide, who have created more that 30,000 virtual objects for sale within the IMVU world.


ACQUIRED by Cisco 2000

InfoGear was a provider of client-server software technology enabling the development of low-cost, easy-to-use Internet appliances. The company’s client software was licensed to manufacturers who build consumer electronics telecommunications products.

Inverse Network Technology

ACQUIRED by Visual Networks 1999

Inverse is a network management software and services for quality of service.


IPO 2003

iPass was a global Wi-Fi roaming market leader for enterprise employees and service provider subscribers. iPass provided global enterprises and telecommunication carriers with cloud-based mobility management and Wi-Fi connectivity services. Through their proprietary technology platform and our global Wi-Fi network, they offered enterprises cross-device, cross-network, seamless Wi-Fi connectivity services and significant cost savings.

iVillage Inc. (Women.com)

IPO 2001

Women.com is the premier stop on the information highway for women.


ACQUIRED by ADC Communications 2007

LGC Wireless offers products that enable wireless voice and data communication inside buildings and structures, as well as in dense urban areas.


ACQUIRED by Trading Edge 2004

MarketAxess Holdings operates a private online trading network for institutional investors buying and selling corporate debt.

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One Touch was the installed-base leader with a premier customer list that includes many of the world’s largest organizations. One Touch solutions deployed on five continents at government offices, Fortune 50 corporations and educational institutions, reaching an estimated 3 million employees annually. One Touch offered customers the most complete range of award-winning solutions and implementation support available – providing a cost-effective and proven means of delivering visually-rich, interactive communications and learning, revolutionizing the way, and speed with which people learn.

Packet Engines

ACQUIRED by Alcatel Internetworking, Inc 1999

Packet Engines was a computer networking company.


SOLD to eBay 2005

Rent.com operates a consumer-oriented site that provides tenant location services to apartment property managers for properties generally containing 250 or more rental units. The site earns revenue from the landlord for successfully locating a tenant who moves into a property, and rewards the tenant for ensuring Rent.com is credited with the lease.



Ribbit is an “open platform for telephony innovation” which developers are using to blend the phones people use today with the Internet. Ribbit’s proprietary and patent pending switching and protocol normalization technology make it possible for a developer to embed sophisticated calling and communication capabilities into any web page, community or application with no previous telephony expertise.

Sand Piper Networks

Digital Island IPO 2000

Sandpiper operated the Footprint service, a content distribution system that provided Web content publishers the ability to manage bandwidth requirements and ensure the rapid delivery of Web content to end users.


Sharewave is the best way for private companies to manage shareholders. They have a platform to manage cap tables, grants and employee options, investor communication and all associated paperwork.


ACQUIRED by Scripps 2005

Shopzilla (BizRate) operates an online comparison shopping site providing services to consumers buying goods online. The site offers product search services, identification of reputable merchants, merchant ratings, price and availability, and promotional content that allow visitors to find products and merchants across millions of products and merchants available on the Internet.

Size Technology

AQUIRED by First Data 2007

Size Technology develops and licenses stored-value and transaction-marketing applications that integrate with existing payment systems and allow payment processors and large merchants to offer numerous value-added products.


SOLD to Intuit 2006

StepUp is a leading local shopping services company that connects the inventory of local retailers with the comparison shopping queries of web-users – helping retailers use the Internet to display their in-store products and availability. StepUp’s mission is to expose local inventory information from retailers of all sizes to consumers wherever they are browsing products online. Its patent-pending inventory extraction tools make it easy for any store to capitalize on online consumers’ growing reliance on the web for locating products to buy locally.


Versata had an IPO on March 2nd, 2000 but their exchange system is now private. Versata provided a wide array of enterprise software solutions; including incentive management, custom applications, pricing and price optimization, order management, business rules management systems, policy administration, product offer management, product configuration, variable marketing management, and rating and underwriting solutions. It served the financial, medical/healthcare, government, retail, manufacturing, automotive, telecommunications, services, and transportation industries.


WineDirect (formerly Inertia Beverage Group) is the leading provider of direct sales technology and services to the wine industry. As the wine industry’s only fully integrated direct—to—consumer solution, WineDirect provides wineries, retailers and wholesalers with eCommerce technology, compliance tools, logistics solutions, state—of—the—art shipping, and outbound telesales services and marketing programs that deliver access to new markets and new customers.