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Mako Surgical Files for $68M IPO

Ft Lauderdale-based Mako Surgical filed for a 5.1 million share public offering, with a price target of $14-16/share. Mako is led by Maurice Ferre and has a revolutionary approach to knee restoration — utilizing robot guidance for more precise operations, enabling quicker recovery and, ultimately, better outcomes.

I really liked Maurice and his company when we first saw it, but we didn’t pull the trigger alongside Tony Natale (formerly MDS, now at Prism). Mako proceeded to raise $50M of private equity and a fast path to the big show. Congrats to Maurice, Tony and the whole Mako team!

Florida BioDatabase

florida biotechA friend of mine, Mike Schmitt, has been collaborating with the University of Florida for some time on a database for Florida’s biotech sector. Some early results from that work are now available via the Florida BioDatabase, hosted by the Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator.

According to the new site, companies included are:

“Florida companies that use modern biological techniques to develop products or services for human health care or animal health care, agricultural productivity, food processing, renewable resources, industrial manufacturing, or environmental management are included. Some are very early stage companies. This reflects our interest in tracking development stage companies in Florida. For definitions used in Florida BioDatabase see BioDatabase Definitions.”

If you know a Florida company that should be listed, but isn’t, drop them an email.

Presenting Companies at the 2008 Florida Venture Capital Conference

The following companies were selected to present at the 2008 Florida Venture Capital Conference. I was on this year’s selection committee and have to say the competition was fierce. Congrats to all those who made it through — you deserve it!


AccuDraft, Inc is a 2-year old Software-as-a-Service company that solves critical contract creation and management problems for mid to large-sized organizations. Our solutions revolutionize the contract process – allowing companies to quickly and efficiently produce contracts and documents that follow their business rules, and in the process allow them to track the data within their contracts. For more information please refer to their website .

Advantica EyeCare (Allied EyeCare LLC d/b/a Advantica EyeCare) is a privately held managed eye care specialty company which contracts with HMOs, other healthcare organizations and employer groups to deliver high quality, cost-effective eye care services. Formed in 2001, Advantica EyeCare currently provides eye care services to over 2,000,000 lives in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast on a risk basis. The services are delivered through networks of ophthalmologists, optometrists, major retail optical, and ambulatory surgery facilities. Today Advantica EyeCare has built a provider network of over 7,000 eye care professionals comprised of both private independent practioners as well as strategic retail optical partners such as Sears Optical, Pearle Vision Centers, JC Penny Optical, Eye Care Centers of America (ECCA) and For Eyes Optical to provide a national network of providers. For more information please refer to their website .

AuthenTec is the world’s leading provider of fingerprint authentication sensors and solutions to the high-volume PC, wireless device, and access control markets, with more than 25 million sensors in use worldwide. For more information please refer to their website .

AVANCEN is a company with a mission of Improving Patient Care at the Bedside(tm). The Company’s initial product, a “world’s first” oral PCA (Patient Controlled Analgesia) device, has received FDA clearance, has completed an in-patient clinical trial, and is produced by an FDA-registered contract manufacturer. This patent-protected medical device contributes to better patient comfort and treatment outcomes, and helps nurses become more effective while saving hospital dollars. For more information please refer to their website .

Banyan Biomarkers, Inc. is focused on commercializing novel biomarker in vitro diagnostic products to address unmet clinical needs associated with organ injury. Our initial diagnostic products will be used for the detection and monitoring of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Banyan research has identified unique and proprietary biomarkers present in the patient’s blood following injury to the brain. Until now, no simple, point-of-care blood test existed for use by physicians in the emergency room or in the hospital to detect the presence and severity of brain trauma. Detecting these biomarkers will provide early indications of brain trauma essential for earlier intervention and management. For more information please refer to their website .

DataBanq owns and operates a network of sites across the financial services (mortgage, insurance, credit) and real estate sectors which provide both consumers and businesses (brokers) an open marketplace to engage and transact. Consumers have access to expert level market research written by local brokers in addition to in-depth broker profiles and reviews. Brokers have the ability to upload real estate listings and video, publish blogs, and create their own lead generation forms. The company is adapting its technology for expansion into healthcare Q2 ’08. For more information please refer to their website .

Field Forensics in 2006 introduced the ELITE Explosives Detection Kit. The ELITE has now been tested by the US Army, FBI, RCMP and several other organizations and is being used by several police agencies, including the FBI, several cruise lines, nuclear power plants, and public transportation networks. The disposable kit covers a broad range of explosives, has a very low false positive rate and long shelf life. It is manufactured significantly under contract at good margins even with relatively small manufacturing runs. For more information please refer to their website .

GeneEx is developing rapid, point-of-care diagnostic tests for infectious diseases capable of detecting virulence markers produced ONLY during active infections. Unlike current diagnostic assays, GeneEx’s tests can detect pathogens in action as opposed to when they are just harmless colonizers. GeneEx will focus its initial commercialization effort on infectious diseases like periodontitis, group A strep and systemic fungal infections. The company has patent-protected its core technology, and has de-risked kit production and marketing through strategic alliances with key manufacturing and distribution partners. For more information please refer to their website .

Health Integrated delivers innovative health management solutions using a whole-patient approach. Our healthcare programs help members live healthier, more productive lives while enabling employers and health plans to reduce costs by deploying resources more effectively. Health Integrated confronts health, productivity and cost challenges by integrating behavioral health and behavior change into medical and disease management activities. For more information please refer to their website .

Management Company for InnoVision, a regional provider of eyecare and eyewear through 8 vision centers in the Tampa Bay area. InnoVision is distinguished by it’s patient care driven operating model; business development strategy with low patient lead cost; technology and data base orientation; unique merchandising approach; and the training of team members. For more information please refer to their website .

Intezyne Technologies, Inc. is an early-stage biotechnology company that focuses on the development of advanced, synthetic polymers for the encapsulation and targeted delivery of therapeutic compounds. Intezyne has developed the IVECT™ drug delivery platform to make targeted drug delivery a reality. The IVECT™ platform represents a radically different approach to drug delivery whereby the polymer structure can be tuned to encapsulate a wide range of therapeutics (e.g. small molecule drugs, proteins, DNA/RNA, and diagnostic agents). This modular system offers opportunities to pursue many disease targets and products, and current efforts aim to demonstrate the versatility of this technology. For more information please refer to their website .

Lehigh Technologies manufactures and distributes high quality industrial polymers that enhance the value proposition and in many cases improve the performance characteristics of tires, tire products, extruded and molded rubber goods, paints, coatings, sealants, plastics and other industrial goods. Lehigh’s ultra fine rubber powders are re-engineered from industrial waste rubber using a proven patented cryogenic process. The Company sells these powders into an established but severely undersupplied market at price points that generate operating margins in excess of 35%. The management team brings high level relationships and substantial experience in the industries served by the Company. for more information please refer to their website .

Moka provides real-time multi-protocol and multi-lingual messaging applications and services that help people communicate across platforms and borders. Moka’s core service enables any wireless subscriber to engage in a SMS based real-time chat with multiple participants on any mobile device, across different IM platforms or the web and in multiple languages without having to download an application to the handset. Moka provides the only real-time multi-protocol and multi-lingual person-to-person and group messaging application in the market. Our unique communication solution will help people interact and communicate more effectively around the world. For more information please refer to their website .

NovaMin Technology Inc. (“NTI”) is marketing its proprietary material, NovaMin®, as the next generation active-ingredient foundation for consumer oral health care and professional dental products. NTI supplies the ingredient for use in existing products as a branded ingredient. NovaMin addresses rapidly growing, unmet oral care needs of adults and seniors. It does this by amplifying the natural biological defenses and repair mechanisms of the oral environment – resulting in teeth and gums that look and feel noticeably healthier. For more information please refer to their website .

NovaVision, Inc., headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., develops and provides scientifically based, innovative neuro-stimulation medical devices and comprehensive solutions to noninvasively restore the vision of patients with neurological visual impairments. While other rehabilitation modalities have been considered a standard of care for stroke and traumatic brain injury patients (collectively called acquired brain injury patients), NovaVision Vision Restoration Therapy (VRT) addresses vision, an important missing rehabilitation. When diagnosed, neurological vision loss has historically been treated with techniques to compensate for injury rather than restore function. For more information please refer to their website .

ON-CARD. Inc. On-Card creates and strengthens relationships with personalized gift cards and photo cards. For more information please refer to their website .

Persystent Technology Corporation is an independent software vendor that offers Persystent Enterprise (PE), a next generation automated PC repair and policy enforcement solution. PE keeps PCs working the way YOU want, all the time, On or Off the network. As a true PC lifecycle management offering, PE automatically enforces IT policies and delivers unparalleled system availability, compliance, and control of PCs. For more information please refer to their website .

Prioria designs and develops embedded systems for autonomous and robotic applications. Prioria is the creator of the MAVERIC UAS, a hand launched, squad level, fully autonomous unmanned aerial system with the ability to fly in cluttered aerial environments. Prioria also creates advanced, embedded systems for use in the defense, homeland security, and medical device industries. For more information please refer to their website .

ReDesigning Women is a place to explore the many issues and concerns you face in all facets of your life as you contemplate, navigate and complete the divorce process. The goal is to provide access to practical, emotional, social and physical support, information and encouragement. ReDesigning Women is the winner of the Florida Collegiate Business Plan Competition. For more information please refer to their website .

Solicore is a worldwide leader of embedded power solutions, offering its Flexion® product portfolio of advanced, ultra-thin, flexible, lithium polymer batteries for powered cards, RFID, and micro medical devices. Solicore has developed an advanced battery technology that is ultra-thin, flexible, and environmentally safe, which significantly enhances the capabilities of lithium-based batteries. This technology provides a high-energy and high-power density embedded power solution that operates over a wide temperature range and is ideal for high temperature lamination manufacturing processes. Solicore develops, manufactures and markets these ultra-thin, flexible, lithium polymer batteries. Solicore also provides technology integration services that enable customers to accelerate their time to market and increase product design efficiencies at its headquarters, located in Lakeland, Florida. For more information, please visit their website .

Spectrum Bridge Inc. (SBI), is focused on providing a new wireless communication system technology to allow real time auctioning of FCC licensed radio spectrum. The company’s unique, patented technology creates a new paradigm for the efficient use of spectrum for enterprises, consumers, public safety, and defense users. Spectrum Bridge makes radio spectrum a commodity by creating a real time market for spectrum owners and users to exchange spectrum in a structured and policed environment. For more information please refer to their website .

The Kramer Group, Inc. is an information technology company providing “web based” quality assurance services for heallthcare institutions around the country. Our services focus on the providing data quality assurance for registration, billing, coding and collection functions throughout the revenue cycle of a healthcare institutions and their business office operations. These services are sold on a recurring revenue subscription model under multi-year agreements. For more information please refer to their website .

XSell, LLC was founded in 2004 with the sole focus of enabling a new, more effective sales channel: Customer Interaction Marketing. The XSell Interaction Marketing Platform, applicable to a wide variety of industries and organizations, was designed to leverage customer-initiated interactions and transform these into sales opportunities. XSell’s service oriented architecture delivers targeted cross-sell content to common customer interaction channels. The XSell interaction hub ensures that sales offers are consistent across channels and allows customer responses to be linked across channels including contact centers, consumer facing web sites and mobile devices. All reporting is consolidated across channels as well as available for each specific channel. For more information please refer to their website

Ocala’s Intellon Goes Public

Homeplug semiconductor company, Intellon, reached a difficult milestone last week, pricing their Initial Public Offering around $6/share and joining NASDAQ as ticker ITLN. That is a significant accomplishment for any company, but even more impressive as an Ocala, FL-based chip company — a space dominated by west coast and international firms. In related news, Intellon recently announced they may move HQ to Orlando, Toronto or San Jose — keeping core R&D in Florida.

Their stock price has moved around a bit so far and I’m hoping they see a steady climb through 2008. The home networking space is brutal, but Intellon’s bet on AV and HomePlug could pay dividends, particularly overseas. Wireless and coax are formidable alternatives in the US as carriers and cable companies fight to provide all digital services to the home: internet, phone, and TV.

I’m proud to know many from the Intellon team and wish them continued success. Congrats guys!

Florida Statewide Business Plan Competition

Last week I had the pleasure of judging the Sunshine State Venture Challenge — Florida’s only statewide business plan competition. There were two tracks of presenters: Limited Investment and Investment Intensive (my track). Like last year, the event was well-run and a value to participants and judges alike. Among many I enjoyed meeting, it was great seeing a couple fellow bloggers as judges: Robert Hacker of Sophisticated Finance and Chuck Papageorgiou of The Operator’s Blog.

Winners for the two tracks were ToneRite (auto-tuning/aging for string instruments) for Limited Investment and ReDesigningWomen (community/support site for divorced women) for Investment Intensive. For my track, it was a tough decision, but RDW’s entrepreneur combined a strong marketing background with a focused, niche strategy to serve a valuable set of customers.

I was lucky enough to recruit my favorite presenter last year to join one of my portfolio companies. As such, I was on the lookout for my favorite presenter this year. Even though she didn’t win the bizplan competition, I wanted to offer a golden Kangarua for “Best Presenter” to Erica Courtney of Biodiversity & Co. Congrats Erica, the competition winners and all participating finalists. I look forward to watching your businesses grow across the state and nationwide…

ClariFI clears $3.5M

Brad and his team over at ClariFI landed a quality finance-sector partner — who also brought some dollars. TL Ventures is putting in $3.5M and getting a couple board seats: William Guttman and Robert Keith.

I’ve seen ClariFI’s ModelStation product for portfolio managers and it’s impressive. I wish I had it for my personal stock market dabbling, but it’s geared for large institutional asset managers — particularly those with a quantitative bent.

Congrats guys and let me know when I can have my own ModelStation…I wonder if I could have avoided that YHOO dive….

See press release at:

CES: Land of cables, tricked-out rides and home theaters…

Well, 2006 International CES has kicked off and executives from 64+ Florida companies are glad-handing, beaming business cards and generally playing with stuff in Las Vegas. Not only is Florida well represented with boothage, but a good number of local companies are out there with partners/customers and demo suites — for example, WiDeFi has a full slate of suite meetings without manning a booth.

For fun, I did a quick review of Florida’s listed presenters and the list is included below. For a guy who loves high-tech with proprietary HW/SW, I was a bit surprised by how many people are there selling cables, car audio and home theaters — not that there’s anything wrong with that. On the kewl gizmo front, EdgeTech’s PocketSurfer and Video Without Boundaries’ FlyBoy both look worth a pickup and play. ChannelIntelligence, Intellon, WiDeFi, Authentec and a few others are on the venture track and hopefully CES will bring even more customers/partners. Here’s hoping all Florida attendees win big out in Las Vegas…

FL booths:

1. AAMP of America/Stinger North Hall/5218
2. Acoustic Systems Int’l. Alexis Park/AP1614, Alexis Park/AP2253, Alexis Park/AP2255
3. Advanced Global Tech.Central Hall/9817
4. Allegro Multimedia Inc.Sands/72064
5. Apature ProductsSouth Hall 1/21725
6. Ascendo LoudspeakersAlexis Park/AP2253, Alexis Park/AP2255
7. AudiopipeNorth Hall/6038
8. AuthenTecSands/72436, Sands/72436M
9. Avatar AcousticsAlexis Park/AP1614, Alexis Park/AP2063, Alexis Park/AP2253
10. BCA Int’l Corp.South Hall 4/35120
11. Carry-a-Tune TechnologiesSands/IP209
12. Channel Intelligence Inc.South Hall 4/35565, South Hall 4/35965, South Hall 4/35975, South Hall 4/36171
13. Cinema Design Group International South Hall 2/25705
14. CYA USA LLCSouth Hall 4/35857
15. DH LabsAlexis Park/AP1805, Alexis Park/AP1806
16. Digital Antenna Inc.South Hall 4/35438
17. Digital CraftSands/IP218
18. Digital Frames Inc.Sands/IP228
19. Dual Electronics Corp.Hilton Suites/HP380, North Hall/5628
20. Echostar Distribution GroupCentral Hall/7763
21. EdgeTech, Inc.Sands/70931
22. Ethereal Home TheaterSouth Hall 1/21214
23. Excalibur Electronics Inc.South Hall 3/31242
24. Film Technologies Int’lNorth Hall/6630
25. Galileo VisionsSouth Hall 4/35309
26. GNJ ManufacturingSands/70667
27. Gold Effects/Lifetime Gold LLCNorth Hall/400
28. Gotta Have it Golf/Millionaire GallerySands/71819
29. IASCANorth Hall/531
30. Information Management NetworksSands/71235
31. Intellon Corp.Hilton Suites/HE5100, South Hall 3/31850
32. InterBuy Cellular Corp.South Hall 4/35434
33. Into TomorrowSands/72838
34. Jabil Circuit Inc.Sands/70065, Sands/70268, Sands/70269
35. JL Audio Inc.North Hall/621
36. JTINorth Hall/3217
37. Karan AcousticsAlexis Park/AP2253
38. Kingwebmaster, LLCSouth Hall 4/35537
39. KYE Sys. Corp.Las Vegas Hilton/54065
40. Liteglow Industries Inc.North Hall/813
41. Marvol USA Corp.South Hall 4/36805
42. Memcorp Inc.Meeting Room/C204
43. Metra Electronics Inc.North Hall/3406
44. MMATS Professional AudioNorth Hall/2618
45. MOBO USASouth Hall 4/35440
46. Next Generation Home ProductsSouth Hall 2/26737
47. Phase Technology Corp.South Hall 1/20515, South Hall 1/20515D
48. Pixys USASands/71830
49. Select ProductsNorth Hall/1027
50. Sevic SystemsNorth Hall/4430
51. SIM2 USA Inc.Hilton Suites/H2910
52. Someco America Corp.Central Hall/15438
53. Sound Connections Int’l Inc.Alexis Park/AP1511
54. StereovoxAlexis Park/AP1607
55. Straight WireSouth Hall 2/25108
56. Synergon Solutions Inc.Sands/72160
57. TAW Inc.South Hall 1/20466
58. TRCSouth Hall 4/35748
59. Tyler Retail SystemsCentral Hall/8938
60. Video Without BoundariesSands/IP240
61. Vivo PhoneSands/71837D
62. Voice FactorSands/71055
63. Vutec Corp.South Hall 1/21266
64. WireworldSouth Hall 1/20456

If you’re at CES, stop by and say hi to some of your neighbors!

2006 Starts with a $14M Bang for SkyCross

Just off the wires, it looks like Chris (er, Dr. Morton) and his crew have cash to make smaller, better antennas. I’ve seen their products and like the expertise they’ve assembled. For those of you building or funding wireless companies, make sure you consider the Melbourne area. We’ve backed two wireless companies there (WiDeFi and Proximities) and the talent base is second to none…

Here’s the press release:

MELBOURNE, Fla., Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ — SkyCross, a leading developer ofadvanced wireless antenna solutions, today announced the closure of a$14 million round of financing led by TL Ventures. TL Ventures is an esteemedinvestment firm engaged in venture capital for more than 17 years with over$1.4 billion under management focusing on communications, IT andsemiconductors. The investment will provide capital to fuel continued growthat Skycross. This investment reinforces a string of SkyCross design successes in thewireless marketplace, including numerous embedded antennas for handsets and PCdata cards, as well as for mobile video devices. The company will use thefunding to accelerate the growth of its design and production capabilitieswhile continuing to expand in global markets. “We are delighted to be endorsed by an investor of this stature. TLVentures’ participation validates our traction with leading customers in theexploding wireless mobile device industry and our prospects for futuregrowth,” said Dr. Chris Morton, CEO of SkyCross. “It has been a pleasure toengage the talented team at TL Ventures.”

“SkyCross is poised for continued success with a strong management team,considerable market footprint, and solid intellectual property,” said MichaelBurns, managing director at TL Ventures. “We are pleased to invest in acompany that has demonstrated the significant progress that SkyCross has. Welook forward to helping the company realize its full potential.”

About TL Ventures TL Ventures ( ), established in 1988, has over$1.4 billion under management and is currently making new investments from itssixth fund, TL Ventures V, which has $686 million in committed capital.Focused on venture investing in category-defining, early-stage companies ininformation technology, communications and biotechnology, the Firm providesportfolio companies with operational, entrepreneurial and financial expertiseand a global network of resources and contacts. TL Ventures has offices inPhiladelphia, Austin and Silicon Valley.

About SkyCross SkyCross is a leading developer of next-generation RF technology formobile and fixed wireless telecommunications and mobile computing markets.SkyCross’ antenna solutions are based on several unique and patented antennatechnologies and designs that allow its engineers to deliver high performance,multi-mode, multi-frequency antennas that can be hidden inside a mobilecasing, have a very low radiation profile, and offer much better gaincharacteristics over existing solutions. Typical applications for the antennasinclude mobile handsets, laptop computers, PC cards, access points, andhousehold electronics. For details, please visit .

Florida Venture Capital Conference Presenters Announced

Merry Christmas! Florida Venture Forum just anounced their Christmas present to some worthy Florida technology companies — presentations at the Florida Venture Capital Conference at Sawgrass. FVCC is always a great conference with good networking, presenters and golf. I’ve met most of the presenters and this year’s slate looks like one of our best ever. Congratulations to Ron and the guys at Proximities, Inc. (Inflexion company), Sue, Jamie, Jorge, Maurice, Chris, Brent, Jay, Rich and all selected entrepreneurs! It looks like 2006 will be a good year for you all!

Presenting companies include:

Central Florida –
Applied Genetic Technologies (, Alachua: Holds the rights to a portfolio of strategically vital intellectual property in the application of Adeno-Associated Virus (AAV) to gene therapy.
AxoGen (, Gainesville: Provides surgeons a biological solution to repair and regenerate peripheral nerves, restoring functionality to patients who suffer peripheral nerve injuries.
Brijot Imaging, Inc. (, Orlando: Delivers an automated concealed weapons detection system that can detect and identify weapons under a person’s clothing.
ForHealth Technologies (, Daytona Beach: Combines human intelligence with robotic performance to create advanced drug preparation technologies that improve patient safety and reduce cost.
Proximities, Inc. (, Melbourne: Develops and markets applications for its GO™ RFID wristband, which allows venue and entertainment patrons to quickly and securely gain access to restricted areas, purchase concessions without cash and verify their age.
SkyCross (, Melbourne: Designs, develops and manufactures next-generation RF and antenna technology for cellular, WLAN, UWB, GPS and mobile video markets.
XStream Systems, Inc. (, Vero Beach: Provides revolutionary material identification equipment for the public security markets such as aviation, law enforcement and military.

Northern Florida and Panhandle –
Cogon Systems Inc. (, Pensacola: Provides patient safety and clinical efficiency through data integration and mobile technology using its MOMENT OF CARE ™ Information System.
Intelligenxia (, Jacksonville: provides Unstructured Data Analysis Solutions to enable enterprises to lower costs, increase revenues and customer satisfaction by mining the 80 percent of data that is unstructured and currently untapped.
Payformance (, Jacksonville: Delivers optimal solutions for corporate payments through a range flexible payment products and services. Recruitmax (, Jacksonville: Manages the entire employee lifecycle, including planning, acquiring, deploying, developing and optimizing, and provides products and services built on best practices, experience, creativity and knowledge.

South Florida –
Comerxia, Inc. (, Hollywood: The world leader in cross-border eCommerce services, providing merchants in more than 49 countries with the ability to quickly, easily and with little risk, enter foreign markets and generate immediate incremental revenue.
Data Protection Solutions (, Hollywood: Provides patented disk-to-disk (D2D) data protection technologies: mirroring backup and restore solutions.
Latin Node, Inc. (, Miami: A global player in the VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) market, Latin Node carries more than 3 percent of global VoIP long distance traffic with its world-wide network of call termination points.
MAKO Surgical Corp (, Hollywood: Develops advance medical devices and procedures for the rapidly emerging orthopedic minimally invasive total joint market.
US Spine, Boca Raton ( A spinal implant and device manufacturing company committed to advancing the science of spine and creating the best solutions for patients through the integration and collaboration of surgeons, scientists and engineers.
Visible Assets, Miami ( Using proprietary low frequency RF technology and systems, Visible Assets provides market intelligence, supply chain management and patient safety solutions that reduce the cost and improve the quality of healthcare delivery.

West Central Florida –
Avalon Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (, Tampa: An innovative new health insurance company offering consumer-directed health plans to employers and individuals who need affordable healthcare and live and work in Florida.
CareMedic Systems (, St. Petersburg: Offers a comprehensive suite of revenue management applications and enables clients to accelerate their revenue collection process with nearly all payers so they can get paid faster than previously possible.
Carry A Tune Technologies (, Tampa: Develops and publishes software products that use specialized computer-aided pitch tracking to teach people how to sing in tune and on tempo.
Highwall Technologies, Inc. (, Sarasota: Provides a comprehensive, patent pending solution that secures a network from wireless vulnerabilities and protects wireless networks from threats and attacks.
Ideal Image, Inc. (, Tampa: Developer and owner of the proprietary IDEAL IMAGE operating system and brand, which is the premier system and brand for operating upscale laser hair removal centers across the country.
Real Digital Media, Inc. (, Sarasota: Provides a technology solution and associated services designed to enable dynamic digital signage (narrowcast) networks. The narrowcasting solution is a system that includes media player appliances and hosted management software.
Skyway Software (, Tampa: The award-winning provider of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) design and delivery solutions. The Skyway (SOA) Platform enables companies seeking a competitive advantage to design and deliver custom software applications and services faster and cheaper.
The Gemesis Corporation (, Sarasota: Produces gem-quality diamonds in a state-of-the-art diamond growth production facility in the U.S. Gemesis has proprietary, production-ready Split-Sphere High-Pressure High-Temperature (SSHPHT) technology that cost-effectively and consistently produces high-quality diamonds.

New Tampa Firm to Fund Distressed Healthcare Companies

I don’t know the distressed PE business, but more risk capital for area entrepreneurs is better than less. HealthEdge Investment Partners, LLC claims $20M closed and more to come.

“Dingle and Anderson said the firm will make investments of $5 million to $10 million in existing companies that have revenue of $10 million to $100 million. They are looking for companies that are struggling but not failing.”We’re not doing start-ups,” Dingle said. “We’re not rolling the dice on those.”The HealthEdge plan is to acquire control or significant minority ownership in three or four companies, both public and private, each year. The partners will help management get rid of debt and unprofitable business, improve administration, then sell and move on to other candidates.”


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