Mercury Fund is a seed-stage venture capital firm that makes equity investments in compelling and novel software and science-based startup opportunities. Mercury partners with extraordinary entrepreneurs to build globally competitive businesses. Mercury Fund is a partner in the DFJ Global Network of venture funds which encompasses over 140 venture capital professionals, throughout the USA, China, India, South Korea, Vietnam Europe, Israel, Brazil and Russia, with more than 600 portfolio companies funded and over $7 Billion capital under management.
North Bridge Venture Partners is an active, bi-coastal, early-stage venture capital firm based in Boston, Massachusetts and San Mateo, California. Established in 1994, and with approximately $3.2 billion under management, North Bridge provides seed-to-growth financing and company-building expertise. North Bridge’s sector focus includes Software, Communications & Infrastructure, Healthcare Technology, Digital Media, and Materials. For more information go to www.northbridge.com.
Set up in Spring 2000 by the then Gemplus, with an initial funding of $75 million, GemVentures supports the development of innovative technology, applications and services by investing across Europe, the USA and Asia in promising and ambitious digital security businesses. Investments primarily focus on mobile communications, internet services access, digital payment transactions and digital identity. Unlike classic venture funds, GemVentures’ aim is to offer its Partners more than money. In addition to financial backing, the companies chosen by GemVentures can benefit from technical support in the form of access to the latest technology, products, applications and solutions.
Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) is a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies. For more than 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other. For more information, visit www.qualcomm.com.
MFI Investments (Tom Meredith)
Meredith serves on the Board of Directors of Motorola Mobility, Brightstar and Bazaarvoice. He’s held several senior level positions at Dell, including former senior vice president and chief financial officer, senior vice president of business development and managing director of Dell Ventures. He is a co-founder and general partner of Meritage Capital, L.P., an investment management firm specializing in multi-manager hedge funds and is chief executive officer of MFI Capital, the Meredith family’s private investment arm.
Mike Maples, Sr.
Maples worked at Microsoft from 1988 until 1995 inside the Office of the President and as Executive Vice President of the Worldwide Products Group. He worked as director of software strategy at IBM before joining Microsoft. Maples is also a director of NetIQ, Lexmark, and Sonic restaurants.
Yechiam Yemini has been a Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University since 1980. Professor Yemini was a co-founder of Comverse Technology (1983) (formerly a NASDAQ 100 and S&P500 company); System Management Arts (SMARTS) (1993), acquired by EMC in 2005; and VMTurbo (2008). He has also been an investor/director/advisory-board member of several high-tech companies and served as a member of several government technology commissions and working groups.