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Archive for the ‘VC’ Category



Oct 11
Beers With Brad In Boise
Posted by: Mark Solon
 

On Friday November 4 from 4-6 pm, Highway 12 Ventures will host a special event featuring Brad Feld of Foundry Group at the WaterCooler in Boise. For those who saw Brad speak at Idavation a couple of years ago, you know what a treat this is. Brad is one of the most successful and outspoken VC’s [...]

Oct 05
Lost Amid The Hoopla
Posted by: Mark Solon
 

Yesterday it was announced that Federated Media has acquired Lijit, a Boulder-based company which we invested in earlier this year.   This transaction was a huge win for many constituents including the town of Boulder, Colorado & the Rocky Mountain region on so many levels. First & foremost, Founder & CEO Todd Vernon, COO Walter [...]

Sep 07
VC’s Unplugged – October 4th
Posted by: Mark Solon
 

On October 4th from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, the Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association will be hosting a terrific event in Boise called “VC’s Unplugged” in The Hoff Building’s Crystal Ballroom. The afternoon will include a panel of eight out-of-state venture capitalists from the Rocky Mountain region (including VC’s from CO, UT, AZ, MT, [...]

Jul 26
Important Firm News
Posted by: Mark Solon
 

Raising, managing, investing and harvesting a venture capital portfolio is a massive commitment. Average time to liquidity for venture-backed companies is now approaching eight years and we’re aware of many firms that are extending legacy funds well past their ten-year limited partnership lifetimes. We’re seeing this in our first Fund, which is approaching ten years [...]

Jun 30
Entrepreneur feedback for VC’s
Posted by: George Mulhern
 

As you may know Highway 12 Ventures is a part of the Village Ventures network of funds and my partners and I are attending the semi-annual Village Ventures Fund Managers meeting this week.   It is a couple days where we can meet with other Fund Managers to share best practices, network, etc.  Contrary to what [...]

Apr 07
Why We’re Investing In Orbotix
Posted by: Mark Solon
 

“It’s fun.” Sometimes, it’s that simple. Making a sphere controllable is no easy feat and the team at Orbotix has some pretty impressive chops when it comes to sophisticated robotics. As a result, we’re excited to announce our newest investment in Orobtix (based in Boulder, Colorado). Orbotix is the company behind Sphero, the world’s first [...]

Feb 22
Carefx Acquired by Harris Corporation
Posted by: Mark Solon
 

Eight years ago, we invested in the Series A financing (Fund I) in Carefx, and we and our limited partners are about to reap the benefits of the just announced acquisition by Harris Corporation for $155 million.  Today’s announcement represents the culmination of almost a decade of hard work by all of the people who [...]

Feb 17
Lendio – Our Latest Investment
Posted by: Glenn Michael
 

At Highway 12 Ventures, we believe the customer/bank relationship has changed.  This phenomenon first started during the dotcom meltdown in 2001-2003 and again saw radical change in late 2008.  Historically, most small businesses went to the bank on the corner.  That is no longer the case as we have all read about the difficulties small [...]

Jan 14
Great Friends, Great Partners
Posted by: Mark Solon
 

My partners and I just got back from two days at a cabin in the mountains of Idaho. We do this every January to reflect on and capture the lessons we learned over the last 12 months and outline things we’d like to accomplish in the coming year that will make us even better partners [...]

May 24
Reflections On One Year Of Blogging
Posted by: Mark Solon
 

It’s been about a year since we started our blog and I’ve been reflecting on the experience lately. While not nearly as prolific as talented friends like Brad Feld or Mark Suster, since we began our blog at Highway 12 Ventures I’ve been lucky to feel inspired to add a couple of posts each week. [...]