Established in 1993, prAna is a designer, marketer, and retailer of climbing, yoga and active lifestyle apparel that is functional, environmentally friendly and designed to cross over into everyday clothing. prAna is sold at REI and other retailers around the world, as well as prAna retail stores in Boulder, Portland, Denver, San Francisco, and Minneapolis.
Based in Carlsbad, CA, SKLZ is the category pioneer, market leader and only company holistically addressing athletic performance and sport-specific training through a unique offering of innovative products, instructional content and programming that enables all athletes to reach their full potential. SKLZ delivers broad lines of training products across a variety of sports and provides durable, best-in-class training tools.
Naked Juice (REALIZED)
Acquired by Pepsi in January 2007, Naked Juice is a leader in the super-premium juice category. Naked Juice creates all-natural 100% juices, juice smoothies and protein smoothies from the best bare-naked fruits and boosts with no added sugar or preservatives
Designer and retailer of performance cross training apparel that was founded upon three intertwined principles: train to push yourself both physically and mentally; compete so as to improve yourself, as well as those around you; and live to be healthy in mind, body, and soul. Train. Compete. Live.
Acorns is the first true micro-investing company with a proprietary financial engine allows customers to automatically roundup spare change from everyday purchases and invest these sub-dollar amounts into a professionally managed portfolio of index funds. Simply connect any credit or debit card and a checking account, then spend money like you normally do to watch your portfolio grow with the market with no commissions or minimums.
Hookit’s digital platform supports and connects athletes and brands by enabling the marketing and eCommerce relationships between them. Hookit targets the top, most influential and highest spending athletes who compete in their respective sports. The revolutionary Hookit Score™ measure athletes’ commitment, performance and reach to quantify and maximize their value and influence in a $312B marketplace. http://www.hookit.com/
X-1 Audio creates the most advanced audio solutions for athletes. With seven patents and over a decade of technological innovation, X-1 offers headphones, cases and other accessories to harness the power of music regardless of sport or climate.
Matuse designs outerwear, beach accessories, women’s swimwear, and much more. Made of eco-friendly Geoprene, a material developed in Japan from limestone (as opposed to petroleum), Matuse’s sleek wetsuits are lighter, thinner, warmer and more buoyant than their floppy, waterlogged beta cousins and represent the marriage of art and function.
Sealand Natural Resources
Sealand manufactures, markets and sells “new age functional beverages, organic nutriceuticals, health supplements, medicinal raw materials and health food worldwide with the goal of delivering good health to all that enjoy our patent pending, 100% natural, kosher and certified organic products. www.sealandnaturalresources.com
Genesis Today (REALIZED)
Acquired by a private equity firm in 2009, Genesis Today formulates and sells natural health dietary supplements and ready-to-drink teas & juices. Genesis distributes organic liquid vitamin sources like the Goji Berry and Noni Juice which can deliver immune system support and natural internal cleansing benefits.
Tasti D-Lite is a New York-based company best known for its signature product, a frozen dessert marketed as a more healthful alternative to soft serve ice cream. The treat has attained widespread popularity since its 1987 creation due to its natural, low-fat, and lower-calorie characteristics.
Orion Telescopes & Binoculars
Orion is an industry leading direct-to-consumer seller of telescopes, binoculars and accessories. The company has been offering telescopes for sale since 1975 with an unswerving commitment to best quality products, value and unmatched customer care.
Experimental & Applied Sciences (REALIZED)
Acquired by Abbott Laboratories in December 2004, EAS is a marketer of products that provide complete nutrition to anyone wanting to improve health and fitness, from elite athletes to health conscious consumers. EAS educates and inspires its customers to live a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle through exercise and science-based nutrition products.
Leiner Health Products (REALIZED)
Acquired by a private equity firm in 2004, Leiner is one of the world’s largest private label manufacturers of vitamins, minerals, nutritional supplements and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals sold primarily under private labels, but also under its own labels (such as YourLife, Nature’s Origin, and Pharmacist Formula).
Berkeley HeartLab (REALIZED)
Acquired by Celera in 2007, the company is a healthcare technology & services company that provides cardiovascular disease management, with a unique focus on the secondary prevention market through a combination of proprietary lipid testing technology, esoteric testing capability, advanced therapy guidelines, sophisticated informatic tools, and patient support services.
GreatCall provides easy-to-use wireless health and safety products for consumers and their families, allowing them to enjoy a worry-free independent lifestyle. The company stands apart from other wireless services providers through its simplified, personalized and humanized approach, as well as its commitment to providing a high quality customer service experience.
Boingo is a leading provider of Wi-Fi broadband access to business users and consumers. The company’s software allows its users to seamlessly access the Internet through over 600,000 Wi-Fi hotspots around the world. The company went public in a May 2011 initial public offering under the NASDAQ ticker WIFI.
Kidrobot is the world’s premier creator and retailer of limited edition art toys and apparel merging urban street trends and pop art. Kidrobot operates store-galleries in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Boulder and Las Vegas. Products can also be found at select boutique retailers around the world.
Wild Brain (REALIZED)
Acquired by DHX in 2010, the company is an award-winning animation studio that develops and produces content for the global film, TV and commercials markets. Wild Brain’s client list includes Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, Warner Bros, Nickelodeon, Nike, Coca-Cola, Ford, Nabisco, Sony, McDonald’s, Target, Nestle, Chevrolet, Mattel and Levi Strauss, among others.
Bag Borrow or Steal
BBOS is a membership services business providing access to thousands of styles of authentic luxury handbags, jewelry and accessories from renowned designers such as Gucci, Chanel, Prada, Louis Vuitton and Celine. Members have the flexibility to rent product by the month or purchase product at highly discounted prices.
Adspace operates over 2,800 digital advertising billboards in 200+ shopping malls and centers across the United States. The company sells advertising in 15-second spots that reach 158 million shoppers each month. The network is particularly effective in reaching teens, young adults, and women of all ages.
Women’s Marketing Inc.
For nearly 30 years, WMI has been the leading media strategy, planning and buying company for emerging brands targeting women. The company has developed an expansive network of advertising clients and is a leading publisher of advertising inserts in the country’s most popular consumer magazines.
PRN Corporation (REALIZED)
Acquired by Thomson in July 2005, PRN is a provider of Nielson-rated networked broadcast and interactive systems that deliver targeted programming, advertising and useful information to consumers at the point of purchase. Significant customers include Wal-Mart, Sears, Best Buy and Circuit City.
PTI Marketing Technologies
PTI is a world leader in providing web to print solutions to commercial and digital print service providers, ad agencies and direct marketing companies. PTI delivers a real-time, integrated business communication platform that links enterprise clients with their print and marketing services providers for complete campaign, program, and business communication management.
Acquired by Adobe in May 2007, Scene7 enables sophisticated Internet commerce by providing an integrated suite of visual merchandising technologies, which include visual wrapping, 3D viewing and coordinating.
PacStar is a leader in developing rapidly deployable mobile IP communications appliances for military, emergency response, & other markets. The company has developed unique communications & network management software for a wide array of applications managing disparate & complex equipment.
MTN Satellite Communications
MTN provides Wi-Fi and other communications to customers at sea. Wireless customers use their own mobile phone or laptop computer just as easily as they do on land. MTN allows cruise lines and offshore vessels superior communications capabilities to improve operations, productivity and customer service.
Acquired by ASG Software Solutions in 2011, Atempo is a global software company that develops enterprise-class integrated data protection and archive solutions. The company is also an emerging player in the high-capacity memory backup market.
Erickson Air-Crane (REALIZED)
Acquired by a private equity firm in October 2007, EAC is a leading manufacturer and operator of heavy-lift helicopters used in specialized applications such as logging, firefighting, and construction.
Sunshine Concrete & Materials (REALIZED)
Acquired by Drake Cement in July 2007, Sunshine is a ready-mix concrete and aggregates operation serving Mohave County, Arizona. The Company has direct access to aggregates reserves, the major raw materials for the production of concrete.
Living Independently Group (REALIZED)
Acquired by GE in 2009, the company offers a home monitoring system for the elderly care called QuietCare that enables caregivers to monitor a senior or patient remotely, recognize potential health problems, and intervene to avoid emergencies or more serious medical problems.
Masimo Corporation (REALIZED)
Masimo (MASI), publicly traded on NASDAQ as of July 2007, is a medical technology company that develops, licenses and markets advanced medical signal processing technologies and products for the noninvasive monitoring of patient vital signs.