News from Valhalla March 2013 - Volume 26
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Portfolio News

Vistar Media raises $1.5 million in seed funding led by Valhalla Partners

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Vistar Media, New York, NY

A new startup called Vistar Media is looking to change the digital out-of-home advertising market by making it more programmatic, more targetable, and more predictive. In other words, it is hoping to make buying ads on displays outside the home kind of like buying display ads online.

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Handshakez Secures $3.6 Million in Financing to Reinvent Front Office Enterprise Applications Around the Customer

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Handshakez, Austin, TX

Handshakez closed $3.6 million in venture capital financing; the Series A round was led by Austin Ventures with additional investment by First Round Capital, FLOODGATE, CrunchFund, Valhalla Partners and Thinktiv. Handshakez uniquely brings business relationships out of email and into private, collaborative spaces that foster transparency and engagement -- and debuts a new class of analytics to predict and drive customer success.

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Jetco Research

Jetco Research, Reston, VA

Valhalla led a $200,000 seed round in Jetco Research, a Laurel, MD-based Internet software company in stealth mode. Doug Humphrey, a long-time area entrepreneur, is Jetco's CEO.

Avail-TVN And On Demand Group Relaunch As VUBIQUITY

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Vubiquity, Reston, VA

Vubiquity, formerly Avail-TVN and it's subsidiary, On Demand Group, announced its new global brand today, highlighting the growth of the company's services portfolio and expansion into more than 77 million households in 28 countries. With the largest global footprint of any video services provider, and a broad portfolio of services that enable both content and service providers to monetize video on any device, the company has evolved its brand to better reflect the company's position within the dynamic video market.

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Valhallans in the News

Charles Curran Comments on Seed Funding for Washington Post

The Securities and Exchange Commission has yet to introduce regulatory guidelines for equity-based crowdfunding, but that hasn't stopped some of the region's venture capitalists from contemplating how it might impact their business.
Crowdfunding allows entrepreneurs to collect small sums of money via the Internet from everyday people who then become investors in their business. On its face, the practice seems to pose a threat to traditional venture capital firms that will face new competition for the best deals.

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March News Stories

3.28.13 App47 Enhances MAM Solution

Improvements Add Windows Phone Compatibility - More Detailed App Control & More

3.27.13 Adaptly partners with Weber Shandwick to help global brands produce and distribute media across social

Weber Shandwick Sets Up New Unit To Capitalize on Content Marketing Craze

3.27.13 Sepaton Showcases Its S2100-ES3, the Industry's Fastest, Most Scalable Data Protection Solution

The only platform specifically designed to reduce complexity & deliver cost-efficient data protection

3.26.13 New Jumptap MobileSTAT Reports More App-Happy Mobile Users

Report Shows March Madness Fans More Likely to Own iPod Touch

3.25.13 Parature Users Conference Brings Together Customer Support Professionals

2013 ParaFest Highlights Key Customer Service Trends, Product Roadmap & more

3.25.13 Nirvanix Appoints Its Executive Chairwoman, Debra Chrapaty, as Chief Executive Officer

Former Zynga CIO, Cisco, Microsoft Executive Joins Nirvanix

3.21.13 SafeNet and SIIA Survey Reveals Where Software Publishers Are Losing Up to 50% of Revenue

Inadequate Licensing Models, Piracy, IP Theft, Lack of Usage Insight, and Back-Office Dysfunction At Fault

3.21.13 SolidFire Unveils Benchmark to Guarantee Quality of Service in the Cloud

Three New Customers Adopt SolidFire and Guaranteed Quality of Service

3.14.13 KZO Innovations blog post

What is the difference between Tin Can and SCORM for learning?

3.13.13 App47 Partners with SpydrSafe to Strengthen Security Capability of Its MAM Solution

This partnership brings a new level of security for BYOD companies

3.13.13 SafeNet Positioned as a Leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for User Authentication

Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant for Second Consecutive Year

3.13.13 Parature Named as Finalist in 2013 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service

Parature selected as finalist in two key customer service categories

3.12.13 SafeNet Teams with Wind River to Simplify Software Monetization

Partnership to provide embedded system vendors with out-of-the-box access to IP protection

3.11.13 Avail-TVN Redubs Itself 'Vubiquity'

Provider of VOD and Digital Video Services Picks New Name to Highlight Multiscreen Push

3.6.13 EnterpriseDB Media Coverage

How Much is Government Overpaying for Software While Valuable People Get Pay Cuts?

3.6.13 Handshakez, Measuring Customer Engagement, Lands $3.6M Series A

Valhalla Partners invests in Handshakez, Inc.

3.6.13 BlueStripe Software Delivers First Methodology Framework for a Service-Oriented Approach to IT Operations

"Today marks the start of a new era in Systems Management"

3.5.13 Vistar Media Raises $1.5 Million To Bring Real-Time Bidding To Digital Out-Of-Home Ads

Vistar Media raises $1.5 million in seed funding led by Valhalla Partners

3.5.13 Videology Names Leadership Team For New Australia Office

Local experts to bring Videology's market-leading digital advertising platform to Australia

3.4.13 Parature Named a 2013 CRM Magazine Service Leader Award Winner

Parature joins Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Oracle and as 2013 Service Leaders

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

Administrative Staff

Claudia Bartz, Executive Assistant, Office Manager
Sara Endicott, Executive Assistant
Bibiana Speroni, Executive Assistant, Finance and Research

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