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Where the money is: Silicon Valley

A sampling of network companies that received venture funding during Q3 1997

Investee CompanyInvestorsAmount RaisedType of FinancingNature of Business

AdiCom Wireless Inc.

Hayward, CA
Alpine Technology Ventures, Equity Ventures, IAI Ventures Inc., New Enterprise Associates, Vanguard Venture Partners, Walden Capital Partners LP, Walden Group of Venture Capital Funds, Weiss Peck & Greer Venture Partners $9,000,000ThirdWireless data/voice communications products.


San Jose, CA
Benchmark Capital, Institutional Venture Partners $3,200,000FirstNetworking products; developing computer components (hardware & software) to move data from network to disk drive.

Academic Systems Corporation

Mountain View, CA
Accel Partners, Hambrecht & Quist Venture Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Microsoft Corporation, Vulcan Ventures $15,000,000Not CategorizedInternet/Multimedia educational software for community colleges and universities.

Affinicast Corporation

San Francisco, CA
US Venture Partners $900,000SecondRelationship marketing software for the web.

Allayer Technologies Corp.

San Jose, CA
VenGlobal Capital Partners, and others $1,500,000Initial/SeedMix signal ASIC for network switch and fiber optics.

AlphaBlox Corporation

Mountain View, CA
Accel Partners, Integral Capital Partners, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Polaris Venture Partners $7,000,000ThirdComponentbased tools and application software for Intranet.

Amplitude Software Corp.

San Francisco, CA

Menlo Ventures $1,000,000SecondScheduling a suite of applications for the world wide web. (First product is resource scheduling tool; second product is an event publishing system)

Assured Access (Assured Access Technology Inc.)

Milpitas, CA
Mayfield Fund, Sequoia Capital, and others $13,000,000SecondInternet access equipment.

Baby Center Inc.

San Francisco, CA
Broderbond Software, Crystal Internet Venture Fund LP, IDG Ventures $3,000,000FirstNew media publishing with focus on pregnancy & early parenting; internet & print media.

Berkeley Networks Inc.

San Jose, CA
Advanced Technology Ventures, Information Technology Ventures LP, Intel, New Enterprise Associates, Vantage Point Partners $8,825,000SecondSwitching products for the enterprise backbones.

Beyond Software

San Jose, CA

Aspen Ventures $375,000Bridge/MezzanineMainframe connecting to the World Wide Web.

Bluedot Software

Palo Alto, CA
Altos Ventures $900,000FirstInternetbased tradeshow software.

Broadquest Inc.

San Jose, CA
Sevin Rosen Funds $2,500,000FirstInternet based product for customer interaction for the purpose of accessing desparae and distributed content sources.

Brocade Communications Systems Inc.

San Jose, CA
Norwest Venture Capital, Weiss Peck & Greer Venture Partners $16,200,000ThirdGigabit switching fiber channel products.

Career Central

Palo Alto, CA
IDG Ventures $3,000,000FirstMBA recruiting and job placement via the Internet

Clarity Software

Mountain View, CA
Aspen Ventures $600,000SecondProduce software products that allow for faxing over the internet Magic Fax.

Cobalt Microserver Inc.

Mountain View, CA
Chase Capital Partners, Technology Funding Venture Partners, Vanguard Venture Partners $2,500,000FirstNetwork server appliances.

Coactive Aesthetics

Silicon Valley, CA
Chase Capital Partners $750,000Not CategorizedMicroservers company for the Internet/Intranet.

Com21 Inc.

Milpitas, CA
3COM, Adler & Co., Charter Venture Capital, Crosspoint Venture Partners, JAFCO America Ventures Inc., Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, New Enterprise Associates, Rho Management, Van Wagoner $23,100,000Not CategorizedTelephony and switched data services over coaxial cable networks.

Conduct Ltd.

Santa Clara, CA
Telos Venture Partners $600,000Bridge/MezzanineSoftware company: network and system management applications.

Covad Communications

Santa Clara, CA
Crosspoint Venture Partners, Intel, Warburg Pincus Ventures Inc. $8,500,000FirstCompetitive local exchange carrier.

Diva Communications Inc.

Oakland, CA
Alta Partners/Burr Egan Deleage & Co., Alta V, Brentwood Venture Capital, Charter Venture Capital, Crosspoint Venture Partners, Norwest Venture Capital $11,462,000Fourth & BeyondIntegrated digital wireless subscriber loop products.

Ellipsys Technologies

Soquel, CA
Aspen Ventures, Equity Ventures, Vanguard Venture Partners $1,200,000Bridge/MezzanineTelecommunications management systems. The product monitors and tests networking behavior.

Eloquent Software Inc.

San Mateo, CA
Foundation Capital, Menlo Ventures, Onset Ventures $7,500,000ThirdClient server video publishing software.

Ensemble Solutions

Santa Clara, CA
Advanced Technology Ventures, Applied Technology $1,000,000FollowOnSoftware for real time interaction and transactions including electronic commerce via networks and Intranets

Enterpriselink Technologies Corp.

Campbell, CA
Woodside Fund, and others $2,900,000SecondInternet software for reuse and reengineering of mainframe applications.

Fabrik Communications Inc.

San Francisco, CA
Accel Partners, Crosspoint Venture Partners, HarbourVest Partners LLC, Vanguard Venture Partners $3,000,000FollowOnInternet electronic mail business seamless conversion to co. who start to use.

Finjan Software Ltd.

Santa Clara, CA
Apex Investment Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, CSK Ventures, Comdisco Venture Group, The Productivity Fund I & II $9,850,000SecondMultilayer security solutions for Internet/Intranet downloadables such as Java and ActiveX.

First Virtual Corporation

Santa Clara, CA
AT&T Ventures, Accel Partners, Brad Peery Capital Ventures LP $1,760,000FollowOnDesktop multimedia networking.

Foundry Networks Inc.

Sunnyvale, CA
Accel Partners, Institutional Venture Partners $9,000,000SecondHigh performance Ethernet switching and routing systems for workgroup and enterprise LANs. (Hardware & software)

Greet Street (The Virtual Mall)

San Francisco, CA
Altos Ventures, New World Equities $900,000Bridge/MezzanineGreeting cards through Internetphysical & digital multimedia email, thematic communication for the wired worldsmall level greeting cards, market product, electronic post cards for AOL.

GWCom Inc.

Santa Clara, CA
Alpine Technology Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners $7,400,000ThirdWireless paging products.

Hybrid Networks Inc.

Cupertino, CA
AT&T Ventures, Accel Partners, Sequoia Capital, Shea & Co., Tudor Investments $6,900,000Bridge/MezzanineCable modems and networking hub equipment for use in cable TV and wireless cable markets.

Internet Access Financial Corp.

San Francisco, CA
Brentwood Venture Capital $3,500,000SecondDevelopment of Internet financial services.

Intraspect Systems

Los Altos, CA
AVI Capital, Camelot Capital, Defta Partners, RWI Group, Sippl Macdonald Ventures, Telos Venture Partners $6,100,000SecondGroupware knowledge management solutions for Internet/Intranet.

iReady Corporation

San Jose, CA
B. J. Cessin & others, Donald L. Lucas, Sand Hill Venture Group, Telos Venture Partners $1,500,000Bridge/MezzanineIntellectual property company: Hardware implementation of software functions for internet appliances.

Juniper Networks Inc.

Mountain View, CA
3COM, AT&T Ventures, Crosspoint Venture Partners, Newbridge $50,000,000SecondHigh end routers for internet service providers.

Kana Communications Inc.

Palo Alto, CA
Benchmark Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Draper Richards LP, and others $4,000,000SecondEmail based customer service software for the enterprise via Internet.

Marimba Inc.

Palo Alto, CA
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers $14,500,000SecondInternet software tools utilizing JAVA.

Micromuse Inc.

San Francisco, CA
Citicorp Investments Inc., Comdisco Venture Group, Sierra Ventures, Victory Ventures $16,000,000ThirdNetwork management software.

Mpath Interactive

Mountain View, CA
Accel Partners, Institutional Venture Partners, Sutter Hill Ventures, Technology Crossover Ventures $16,800,000FollowOnInteractive multimedia software to enable fast action multiple gaming on Internet.


San Mateo, CA
Chase Capital Partners $250,000Not CategorizedUnique team based entertainment software to allow cooperative play via the Internet using breakthrough voice technology.

Multipoint Networks Inc..

Belmont, CA
Advent International Corp., Alta Partners/Burr Egan Deleage & Co., Draper Fisher Jurvetson, HMS Group $1,500,000Bridge/MezzanineRadio area networks providing point to point and point to multipoint digital transmission of fractional T1 data rates.

Neta Inc.

Fremont, CA
Draper International India LP $500,000Initial/SeedInternet services.

NetBuy Corporation

Sunnyvale, CA
Adler & Co., Sprout Group, and others $3,165,000SecondInternetbased electronic components distributor.

Netcentives Inc.

San Mateo, CA

Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Draper Richards LP, Information Technology Ventures LP, International Technology Ventures Inc., Mayfield Fund, New Enterprise Associates, Wasatch Venture Corp. $10,081,000ThirdInternet promotion solutions.

NetChannel Inc.

S. San Francisco, CA
AVI Capital, Technology Funding Venture Partners, Technology Partners $2,500,000Bridge/MezzanineInternet content provider to television setup boxes specializing in custom content delivery.


Mountain View, CA
Chase Capital Partners $500,000Not CategorizedProvides messaging software for the internet.

NeTpower Inc.

Sunnyvale, CA

Asset Management Company, Institutional Venture Partners, Morgenthaler Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Weston Presidio Offshore Capital $22,000,000FollowOnSpecialized computers for Windows NT workstations and servers specializing in visual computing applications.

NetBoost Corporation

Palo Alto, CA
Bay Partners, Crosspoint Venture Partners, Hambrecht & Quist Venture Capital, TI Ventures LP $4,600,000Initial/SeedHardware platform for embedded network applications.

Netschools Corporation

Santa Clara, CA
Hambrecht & Quist Venture Capital, NoroMoseley Partners $8,500,000SecondDeveloper and vendor of rugged networked laptops and accompanying infrared network technology to the K12 school market.

Pacific Monolithics Inc.

Sunnyvale, CA
Accel Partners, Institutional Venture Partners, Oak Investment Partners $750,000Bridge/MezzanineWireless communications microwave components and subsystems.

Packeteer Inc.

Campbell, CA
Enterprise Partners, Onset Ventures, Sterling Payot Capital LP $433,000ThirdInternet traffic management products that allow providers to shape end user experience by proactive managing bandwith.

Permia Inc.

Mountain View, CA
Novus Ventures $325,000SecondInternet file/object management.

Pictra Inc

Los Altos, CA
Mayfield Fund, and others $7,500,000SecondImage database systems for the web.

Plencery Software

Palo Alto, CA
Charter Venture Capital $250,000Initial/SeedVertical groupware.

Plumtree Software

San Francisco, CA
Sequoia Capital $2,000,000FirstDistribution information management system enterprise software that uses network as a database for storing heterogeneous data.

Pluris Inc.

Palo Alto, CA
Communications Ventures, Weiss Peck & Greer Venture Partners, and others $3,235,000Initial/SeedInternet backbone routers.

Post Communications

San Francisco, CA
Mohr Davidow Ventures, and others $3,500,000FirstInternet managing applications.

Ramp Networks Inc.(formerly: Trancell Systems)

Santa Clara, CA
CPQ Holding, Charter Venture Capital $3,250,000FollowonFast internet access devices for small businesses.

Red Creek Communications Inc.

Newark, CA
IAI Ventures Inc., RedLeaf Venture Management, Tredegar Investments Inc., Vanguard Venture Partners $8,500,000SecondDevelops network security solutions enabling use of Internet & other public networks.

Release Software

Menlo Park, CA
Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Graystone Ventures, Sevin Rosen Funds $5,500,000ThirdTechnology and services for electronic software distribution including via Internet.

Sagent Technology Inc.

Palo Alto, CA
Crosspoint Venture Partners, El Dorado Ventures, Greylock, US Venture Partners $5,000,000Fourth & BeyondClient server software system providing data access from data warehouses.

Selectica Inc.

Santa Clara, CA
Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Draper International India LP $3,000,000Second100% Javabased configurations for enterprise applications in the areas of sales force automation, electronic commerce and build to order systems. (internet and Intranet)

Teleworld Inc.

Santa Clara, CA
New Enterprise Associates $1,170,000Initial/SeedSelfmanaged home network powered by a home server, managing all home media.

Terayon Communications Systems

Santa Clara, CA
Sequoia Capital, Sierra Ventures, Sumitomo Corp., Walden Group of Venture Capital Funds, Weiss Peck & Greer Venture Partners $12,300,000FollowOnRobust cable modem systems to enable high speed, twoway data services over hybrid fibercoax cable network.

TestDrive Corporation

Mountain View, CA
US Venture Partners, and others $1,000,000Bridge/MezzanineTechnology for distributing software electronically and via the internet.

Third Age Media Inc.

San Francisco, CA
Advance Publications Inc., GE Investments, Phoenix Partners, Softbank Technology Ventures, US West $9,500,000ThirdLeading Internet service provider for adults 50 and over.

Tumbleweed Software

Redwood City, CA
Adobe Venture LP, August Capital Management, Bessemer Venture Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Hambrecht & Quist Venture Capital, Innovacom II, Sofinnova Inc. $8,075,000SecondInternet document delivery application.


Mountain View, CA
Chase Capital Partners $750,000Not CategorizedProvides content management software for the internet.

Verticom Inc.

Santa Rosa, CA
Alce Partners, Bachow Investment Partners III (BIP3), Charter Venture Capital, New Enterprise Associates, Spectra Enterprise Associates, Trailhead Ventures $12,500,000ThirdCommercial radio subsystems for wireless communications.

Vina Technologies

Freemont, CA
Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Sequoia Capital, Victory Ventures $7,500,000SecondTelecommunications access device that integrates voice and Internet traffic over a single T1 line.

Wayfarer Communications Inc.

Mountain View, CA
Bank America Robertson Stephens, Bay Partners, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Korea Technology Banking Corp., Sequoia Capital, Sumitomo Corp. $5,000,000ThirdWebcasting software for the corporate market.

Webchat Inc.

Menlo Park, CA
Norwest Venture Capital $250,000Initial/SeedOperates a chat and event site on world wide web.

Whistle Communications Inc.

Foster City, CA
Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Institutional Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, Merrill Lynch Venture Partners L.P., Nippon Investment Funds, Oriental CHemical Industries $20,500,000ThirdPlug and play Internet server for small business at price convenience of laser printer.

Wireless Online Inc.

Los Altos, CA
August Capital Management, Mayfield Fund, RedLeaf Venture Management $5,000,000SecondWireless interactive data and voice services.

Yago Systems

Sunnyvale, CA
Cabletron, Sequoia Capital $4,900,000FirstWirespeed layer for switching routers for networking

Zanza Software

Redwood City, CA
Adler & Co., Asia Pacific, Canaan Partners, Dassault Developpement $4,000,000FirstWebbased enterprise reporting software.

Source: Price Waterhouse, Bethesda, Md.

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