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Current and past investments of Lauder Partners / Gary Lauder that turned out OK or are too soon to tell. (The ones that did not turn out ok are the expensive tuition we VC's pay.)

Current portfolio companies (still private):

Sorted by date of investment. Most recent first. Last company added 5/08, but there have been 3 unannounced new ones up to 9/09.

(f.k.a.) stands for "Formerly Known As"

  • FORA.tv (Web video site for interesting speeches) (4/08) (www.fora.tv)
  • The Water Company (1/08) (New means of water purification) (www.wtrcompany.com)
  • LiveScribe, Inc. (10/07) (Innovative note-taking pen/system) (www.livescribe.com)
  • GeoSynFuels LLC (9/07) (Process innovation for converting biomass to ethanol) (www.geosynfuels.com)
  • CalStar (8/07) (Eco-friendly cement) (www.calstarcement.com)
  • Blip Networks, Inc. (5/07) (Internet video distribution Site) (www.Blip.tv)
  • Intelligent Medical Devices (4/07) (Disease diagnostics) (www.IntelligentMD.com)
  • RGB Networks ('06) (Digital video processing equipment) (www.rgbnetworks.com)2
  • MediaFriends (f.k.a. Integra5) ('04) Defining a new generation of social media and texting experiences across TVs, PCs and mobile phones.) (on BoD) (www.MediaFriends.com)1
  • ShotSpotter ('04) (System to acoustically triangulate the origin of gunfire for police and military) (on BoD) (www.shotspotter.com)
  • Promptu (f.k.a. AgileTV) ('03) (Was voice control of EPG and VoD. Now: applying their VR to mobile NW's) (on BoD) (www.promptu.com)1
  • Aurora Networks ('02) (Fiber-optic infrastructure for Cable HFC Networks.) (www.aurora.com)2
  • New.net, Inc. ('01) (Anything.anything, other domain resolution functions) (Merged w/Vendare 9/04 and NetBlue 2007) (www.new.net, www.vendaregroup.com, www.netblue.com)
  • YesVideo ('00) (Wholesale provider of home video on tape-to-DVD conversion) (www.YesVideo.com)
  • SendMail ('98) (E-mail server software) (www.SendMail.com)
  • Geobiotics ('96) (Gold ore refining using microbes) (www.Geobiotics.com)
  • ActiveVideo Networks (f.k.a. ICTV) ('90-) (Interactive/Internet Cable TV systems vendor) (Chairman of Board) (www.avnetworks.com)1
1 Interactive TV or VoD-related
2 Cable, but not ITV/VoD



Past portfolio companies (that returned >1X) or current public ones if IPO'd or acquired for stock:

Sorted by date of investment, not exit. Most recent first.

  • M:Metrics (2/08) (Mobile market research and ratings firm) (Sold to ComScore 5/08)
  • Mi5 Networks (2/07) (Corporate NW security) (www.mi5networks.com) (Bought by Symantec 4/09)
  • BigBand Networks, Inc. ('02) (MPEG switch, router, stat mux, groomer, ad inserter, etc.+ CMTS (from ADC)) (3/07 IPO: NASDAQ: BBND) (www.bigbandnet.com)2
  • Everstream. ('02) (VOD monitoring, reporting and mgmt SW (and related applications)) (was on BoD) (Bought by Concurrent (CCUR) 8/05) (www.everstream.com)1
  • Stargus ('01) (DOCSIS Cable modem management software) (Bought by C-Cor 8/04)2
  • Theravance (f.k.a. Advanced Medicine) ('00) (Drug discovery/biotech) (10/04 IPO: THRX)
  • Peribit ('00) (Telecom equipment) (Acquired by Juniper 7/05 (Nasdaq: JNPR))
  • Navic Systems ('00) (Interactive TV and STB data management) (Bought by Microsoft 6/08) (www.navic.tv)1
  • Equator ('00) (Media Processor) (Acquired by Pixelworks 6/05 Nasdaq: PXLW)2
  • V-bits ('99) (Statistical multiplexers for digital video broadcasting) (Acquired by Cisco)2
  • Compatible Systems ('98) (VPN & routers) (Acquired by Cisco)
  • Vivid Technology ('98) (Video-on-demand servers) (On board of directors) (Merged with CCUR 11/99)1
  • Overture Services (fka Goto.com (Series A!)) ('98) (Internet directory service) (Nasdaq: GOTO > OVER, Yahoo bought in '03)
  • CatchTV (Advertising clearinghouse for TV web links) ('98) (Acquired by ACTV 10/99)1
  • About.com (fka The Mining Company/General Internet) ('98) (Nasdaq: BOUT, bought by Primedia in 2000)
  • CitySearch/Ticketmaster Online ('97) (Internet "Yellow-page" directory) (Nasdaq: TMCS) (Later bought by InterActive Corp.)
  • Zip2 ('97) (Internet "Yellow-page" directory) (bought by Compaq for Altavista) (Now part of Infospace)
  • Terayon ('96) (Nasdaq: TERN) (Cable modems)2
  • WebTV ('96) (Bought by Microsoft in '97) (Interactive/Internet TV)1
  • Imedia ('96) (Statistical multiplexers for digital video broadcasting) (Bought by Terayon (Nasdaq: TERN))2
  • Hybrid Networks ('94) (Nasdaq: HYBR) (Wireless cable modems)2
  • Educational Systems Corp. ('88) (Bought by Jostens) (Integrated learning systems (ILS's))
  • HNC Software ('88) (IPO in'95. Nasdaq: HNCS - Acq. by Fair Isaac in 2002) (Neural networks for AI apps)
  • Telebase->N2K->CDNow->Time Warner ('87) (Nasdaq: NTKI > CDNW) (Online search -> Music publishing and retailing on Web)
1 Interactive TV or VoD-related
2 Cable, but not ITV/VoD

For the sake of completeness, a list of those that did not turn out ok for me is available here.