Digital Partners and Encompass Ventures Combine Operations; Two of the Pacific Northwest's Most Successful Venture Capital Firms Join Forces.Business Editors
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Digital Partners and Encompass ENCOMPASS Enhanced Consequence Management Planning and Support System (DARPA) Ventures, two of the Pacific Northwest's most successful venture capitals firms, today announced that effectively immediately they are merging their operations.
Combined, this investment team has the distinction of achieving more initial public offerings (IPO's) than any other Pacific Northwest-based Information Technology venture capital firm. The two firms have $100 million under management, and over the past five years have completed 50 investments -- five of the portfolio companies were acquired for positive returns and 16 accomplished IPO's. Scot Land and Wayne Wayne, city (1990 pop. 19,899), Wayne co., SE Mich., a suburb of Detroit, on the Lower Rouge River; inc. as a village 1869, and with surrounding areas as a city 1960. It has automobile and aircraft industries and other varied manufactures. Wager, managing partners with Encompass Ventures and Bill Tenneson, managing partner at Digital Partners will lead a newly created management company, which will raise and manage future venture funds.
Both firms are actively managing venture capital limited partnerships which will remain separate legal entities. The two organizations will join operations in Encompass Ventures' offices in Bellevue, Wash. in early April 2002. "By joining forces we are creating a venture capital firm that has critical mass and can operate more efficiently," noted Bill Tenneson, managing partner of Digital Partners.
The firms have a history of sharing deal flow, collaborating on due diligence Research; analysis; your homework. This term has caught on in all industries, because it sounds so "wired." Who would want to do analysis or research when they can do due diligence. See wired. and co-investing. The co-investments to date include LizardTech Inc., Loudeye Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ/NM:LOUD) and Ontain Corporation.
"Our consolidation is really about combining a great group of investment professionals who enjoy strong regional reputations, work well together and share identical investment strategies," said Wayne Wager, managing partner of Encompass Ventures.
The two firms' portfolio companies will be able to leverage the extensive international business development network that Encompass has developed. The goal for Encompass' unique international expertise is the efficient distribution of products and services, international market intelligence and enhanced market access for their portfolio companies. "We look forward to continuing our history of creating significant international market opportunities for Digital Partners' portfolio companies," said Scot Land, Encompass Ventures' managing partner.
"The international business development capabilities that Encompass has developed are a tremendous benefit for early-stage IT companies. We look forward to engaging in the international business development network and providing enhanced value-add for our portfolio companies," added Tenneson.
About Digital Partners
Digital Partners III is a $36 million venture capital focused on seed and early stage technology companies located in the Pacific Northwest. Digital Partners traditional, "hands-on hands-on
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About Encompass Ventures
Encompass Ventures Management Company, based in Bellevue, Wash., invests in early stage information technology companies that are located on the West Coast. The firm has specific interest in companies developing enterprise applications, solutions for digital infrastructure and telecommunications including the use of wireless and broadband technologies broadband technology
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