News from Valhalla June 2012 - Volume 17
Valhalla Partners


Welcome to a re-do of our newsletter. We've tried to make a few changes in order to better meet the interests of our readers.

Since most of you open our newsletter to find out "what's new with Valhalla", we are replacing most of our background stories with "just the news". Below you'll find news about:

  • Investments in and exits for our portfolio companies
  • Valhallans in the news
  • Links to other news about Valhalla from the previous month

And, yes, this means that we will be publishing the newsletter on a monthly basis. We have several months of news below in order to bring things up to date from our last quarterly newsletter, but we intend to be on a monthly schedule from now on.

As always, we welcome your comments and questions. Please email to

Portfolio News

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Adaptly, Inc., New York, NY

On May 7, 2012, Valhalla Partners led a $10.5 million Series B funding in Adaptly.

Adaptly Raises $10.5 Million in Series B funding, Led by Valhalla Partners

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App47, Inc., Potomac Falls, VA

On April 12, 2012, Valhalla Partners participated in a second round of seed funding in App47.

App47 Announces New Round of Expansion Funding

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Avail-TVN, Inc., Reston, VA

On May 22, 2012, Avail-TVN announced it raised $100 million of new investment funding.

Avail-TVN Raises $100 Million Of Financing To Fund Global Expansion And Domestic Service Development; Acquires On Demand Group

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Jumptap, Inc., Cambridge, MA

On June 29, 2012, Valhalla Partners participated in a $27.5 million Series G funding in Jumptap.

Jumptap Gets $27.5M More for Mobile Ads: IPO or Acquisition Coming?

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Nirvanix, Inc., San Diego, CA

On April 19, 2012, Nirvanix closed on a Series C financing lead by Khosla Ventures.

Nirvanix Raises Over $25M Series C Round

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Qumulo, Inc., Seattle, WA

On March 23, 2012, the Partnership completed a $500K investment in Seattle based Qumulo, a stealth mode next generation file storage vendor founded by the core tech team from Isilion.

Valhallans in the News

Charles Curran at HP Discover 2012

Dave Vellante, co-founder of Wikibon, interviews Valhalla GP Charles Curran at the HP Discover 2012 conference in Las Vegas

Kiran Hebbar quoted in The Washington Post

General Partner Kiran Hebbar shares his thoughts on challenges of advertising in the digital age

Randy Jacops joins the Valhalla Team as Venture Partner

Randy Jacops, formerly the CEO of Versata, turned around a series of software based companies from marginal to significant profitability.

June News Stories

6.27.12 GetWellNetwork wins the NVTC 2012 Hottest Company Culture Award

Annual Event Puts the Spotlight on the Region's "Hot" Technology Companies

6.25.12 Geomagic CEO, Ping Fu, Recognized as One of the World’s Most Influential People in Burgeoning 3D Printing Industry

Industry-leading TCT Magazine’s readers vote for the top 20 thought leaders

6.21.12 Videology Looks To Build Publisher-Side Business, Acquires Mobile DMP Collider Media

Videology Reports Growing Sophistication in Video Advertisers’ Targeting Strategies

6.21.12 Why businesses are creating their own internal app stores

Valhalla's App47 noted in VentureBeat article on app stores

6.20.12 Swoop Lets Leading Food Brands Sponsor Content Within Its Recipe Publisher Network

Invitation-Driven Engagement Model Allows Food Brands to Achieve 20X Higher Click-Through Rate With Their Brand Content Than Display Ads

6.11.12 The Weather Channel announces partnership with PlaceIQ

Valhalla's PlaceIQ was rolled out in May as part of TWC's redesigned iPhone app and will come to Android in July

6.7.12 Board of Regents and Flat World Knowledge Announce Textbook Program Extension

Effective for the 2012 fall semester, the goal is to expand the use of affordable open textbooks

6.6.12 SEPATON Cuts Cost and Complexity of Backing Up Oracle Data by Delivering First Deduplication for Multi-Streamed, Multiplexed Databases

Next-gen DBeXstream software first to cut capacity while speeding backup times for very large databases

6.5.12 CloudLink Partners With App47 to Empower Millions of Android Tablet Devices

Co-Created Productivity Toolbox Will Increase Content and Capability of Devices throughout US and Internationally

6.4.12 Valhalla's seed investment Custora makes the news

Meet the startup helping sites like Fab and Etsy court their customers

May News Stories

5.27.12 Capital Buzz: Parature’s former chief executive reprises role

Ching-Ho Fung returned as CEO of Parature in May of 2011 after taking a four-year break from the firm to run two companies in Beijing

5.23.12 Videology Partners with IAB Ad Lab to Host Connected TV Showcase

70% of Consumers Interested in Watching More Programming on Alternate Devices

5.22.12 Avail-TVN Raises $100 Million; Acquires On Demand Group

The Carlyle Group Invests in Leading Global Digital Media Services Company

5.22.12 Jumptap and PlaceIQ Bring Hyper-Local Mobile Targeting to Leading Retailer

Mobile and Hyper-Local Leaders Go Beyond Geo-Fencing to Deliver Enhanced Mobile Audience Targeting

5.16.12 NBC Olympics Taps Avail-TVN To Support Comprehensive Multi-platform Olympics Coverage

Avail-TVN is the largest independent provider of digital video services in North America

5.16.12 App47 Announces New Round of Expansion Funding

New funding secured on the heels of solid customer acquisitions and product enhancements

5.15.12 SEPATON Data Protection Index Finds Managing Data Center “Sprawl” and Improving Big Backup Efficiency Key Concerns

The objective of the SEPATON Data Protection Index was to understand and quantify the data protection issues

5.9.12 Adaptly Raises $10.5 Million in Series B funding, Led by Valhalla Partners

Adaptly also launches Evergreen, an ad product to maximize the reach of content on Social Networks

5.3.12 Nirvanix Raises Over $25M Series C Round

Khosla Ventures Leads the Investment in the Enterprise Cloud Storage Leader

5.1.12 WellAWARE Systems Appoints Teresa DiMarco as Chief Executive Officer

DiMarco joins WellAWARE with over 25 years of executive management experience in various sectors of healthcare

The Valhalla Team

Investment Staff

Charles Curran, General Partner

Harry D'Andrea, Administrative General Partner

Dan Gordon, Director of Research

Kevin Greene, Partner

Kiran Hebbar, General Partner

Randy Jacops, Venture Partner

Hooks Johnston, General Partner

Art Marks, Managing General Partner

Gene Riechers, Senior Advisor

Administrative Staff

Claudia Bartz, Executive Assistant, Office Manager

Sara Endicott, Executive Assistant

Bibiana Speroni, Executive Assistant, Finance and Research

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