Investment Led By GKM Ventures with Shelter Capital and iSherpa
IRVINE, Calif., March 11, 2003 - TransDimension, the leader in USB connectivity solutions for embedded applications, announced that it has closed its Series C financing. Los Angeles-based GKM Ventures led the round, which included another new investor, Englewood, CO-based, iSherpa Capital, along with existing investor Shelter Capital Partners, which led the company's prior $13.0 Million Series B round. Series B investor Rolling Oaks Capital will also participate. The Series C financing provides for up to $10 million, and includes an initial close of $6 million.
"TransDimension fits perfectly within our strategic focus of companies that are pioneers in the communications, software and digital media enabling technologies," said Jonathan Bloch, managing director, GKM Ventures. "We are excited both with our investment in TransDimension, and our partnership with iSherpa and Shelter, two outstanding firms that share our philosophy of adding value to portfolio companies."
"We are delighted to continue our support of TransDimension," said Michael Woronoff, a Senior Principal of Shelter Capital. "Since our initial investment, the company has supplemented its already outstanding team, most notably bringing on industry veteran Rick Goerner as CEO, expanded its technology offerings, and signed many major tier-1 customers. These actions have solidified the company's position as the leader in the embedded interconnectivity market."
The funding news comes on the heels of TransDimension's recent announcements of design wins with Qualcomm, ATI and Motorola for its USB On-the-go (OTG) technology. Proceeds will be used to accelerate product development and marketing of the company's embedded USB-based technology solutions. The company's USB On-The-Go (OTG) controller allows direct interconnectivity between computer peripherals and mobile devices using the popular and widely adopted USB standard. Direct interconnectivity is possible without the aid of an external host, typically a PC, to handle the exchange of data between devices.
"The recent licensing announcements made by Qualcomm and Motorola signal a trend in the adoption of USB OTG by mobile device manufacturers. We are convinced that there is a huge need in the marketplace for high performance, efficient means to interconnect mobile devices, and USB is a natural solution," Bloch continued.
TransDimension uniquely offers either silicon chip or embedded IP USB solutions supported by a robust USB protocol stack and a broad library of peripheral class drivers. TransDimension's OTG controllers are designed to minimize CPU loading and ease the implementation of USB connectivity in mobile and peripheral products. The company's software capability is supported by its subsidiary, SoftConnex Technologies, Inc.
"The embedded market is growing rapidly, our products continue to gain wide customer acceptance, and the time to market advantage of our turn-key silicon and software solution is compelling to our customers," said Rick Goerner, CEO of TransDimension. "The combination of two new investment partners, GKM and iSherpa, with our existing lead VC, Shelter Capital, speaks volumes for their confidence in the market we are pursuing and our ability to provide solid competitive differentiation to our customers. I look forward to their assistance as we develop future business opportunities."
About GKM Ventures
GKM Ventures is a Los Angeles based venture capital fund, affiliated with Gerard Klauer Mattison, the institutional research and investment-banking firm. The Fund, which completed an initial close in February 2001, invests in early through later-stage information technology companies, typically investing $1 million to $3 million. For more information about GKM Ventures please visit the firm's website at www.gkmventures.com.
About iSherpa Capital
iSherpa Capital is an investor in early stage wireless and supporting technology companies. It offers a proven methodology that combines the traditional venture capital resources with its innovative processes and metrics-focused approach. Located in Denver, Colorado, iSherpa combines an experience-based, execution-focused approach with world-class resources - including strategy, leadership, operations and capital - to guide companies to the summit. iSherpa Capital can be contacted at 303-645-0500 or through their web site at www.isherpa.com
About Shelter Capital Partners
Los Angeles-based Shelter Capital Partners (www.sheltercap.com) is a leading technology investment firm that invests in businesses at all stages of development, with a focus on high value-add investing in companies that have the potential to become industry leaders. Areas of investment focus include wireless and other communication technologies, enterprise application software and semiconductors.
Headquartered in Irvine, California, TransDimension is a privately held company founded in 1997 to develop and market connectivity solutions based primarily on embedded USB applications. TransDimension's product lines include integrated circuits, IP cores and USB-enabling software stacks that enable direct connectivity and I/O for a wide range of applications and mobile devices that until now have required an indirect means, such as a PC host, of exchanging data. SoftConnex, an independent subsidiary of TransDimension, delivers a complete software solution for USB, including the broadest OS and CPU platform support and the largest library of peripheral class drivers available. More information about TransDimension and SoftConnex can be found at http://www.transdimension.com and http://www.softconnex.com.