Vanguard Ventures

Vanguard Ventures

Vanguard Ventures

Overview
Date Founded

1981

Headquarters

1330 Post Oak Boulevard,Suite 2550,Houston, TX 77056-3164

Type of Company

Private

Industries

Private Equity & Venture Capital
Accounting & Financial Services
Investment Services & Portfolio Management

Company Description

Vanguard Ventures focuses on seed and early-stage investments in US-based communications, information technology and life sciences companies. The firm typically invests at the seed or Series A financing rounds. Investments range from $10 million to $12 million per company.Within the communications sector, Vanguard Ventures focuses on (1) broadband access (2) foundry and manufacturing (3) integrated access (4) IP enabling technologies (5) optical components, modules and subsystems (6) optical systems (7) network enabled applications (8) network management software and operation support systems (9) switching and routing (10) testing and measurement and (11) wireless. The firm looks for companies with deep technical foundations that address very large markets and offer price/performance improvement to currently available solutions.Vanguard Ventures' life sciences investments focus on (1) biopharmaceuticals (2) medical devices (3) drug delivery systems (4) diagnostics (5) capital equipment (6) tools for increased drug development efficiencies including bioinformatics, biochips and high throughput systems and (7) telemedicine.The firm looks for information technologies that can measurably improve productivity or lower costs. Within the areas of hardware and software, Vanguard Ventures focuses on companies with technologies that offer (1) low cost storage and management of digital information (2) rapid and intelligent access to digital information (3) security for digital information (4) low cost distribution of digital information (5) low cost and effective aids to collaboration and communication between people in different locations (6) breakthrough computing architectures (7) networking advances that improve communications and lower the cost of communicating between people and between machines and (8) software with the potential to enable the real time enterprise.Across all their areas of interest, Vanguard Ventures looks for companies with technologies or ideas that have the potential to define new markets or redefine existing markets. Companies should have a large, definable, approachable market and the potential to achieve market leadership. Companies should also offer breakthrough and protectable technologies.

Executives & Employees

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Chief Financial Officer

Managing Director Canada

Managing Director

Managing Director

Managing Director

Managing Director

Board of Trustees

Manager at Allen Ventures LLC

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Recent Transactions
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Merit Medical Systems, Inc. purchases DFine, Inc. from Vanguard Ventures, Split Rock Partners LLC, Prospect Venture Partners, OrbiMed Advisors Private Equity

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NCR Corp. purchases DVDPlay, Inc. from Vanguard Ventures, Palo Alto Venture Partners LLC, EDV Management Co., Emergence Capital Partners, Prospector Equity Capital

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LionHub Group Ltd. purchases Novalux, Inc. from Tredegar Corp., DynaFund Ventures LLC, Vanguard Ventures, Crescendo Venture Management LLP, Crossmark Equity Partners LLC

Investments
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DFINE, Inc. develops and commercializes medical device system for treating vertebral compression fractures. The firm is the developer of Radiofrequency-Targeted Vertebral Augmentation, a novel approach to stabilizing vertebral compression fractures, relieving pain and improving patient mobility and provides physicians greater control in the treatment of vertebral compression fractures through site- and size-specific cavity creation, ultra-high viscosity bone cement with extended working time, and a unique, remotely controlled cement delivery system. The company was founded by John H. Shadduck and Csaba Truckai in 2004 and is headquartered in San Jose, CA.

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Presto Services, Inc. provides digital content delivery solutions. The company allows the user to send email, photos, and content to people who don't have a computer or internet connection. The company was founded in 2004 by Martin Mazner and Joseph M. Beninato and is headquartered in Redwood City, CA.

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Konarka Technologies, Inc. developed nano-enabled polymer photovoltaic materials. The company was founded in 2001 and was headquartered in Lowell, MA.

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