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IGP Releases US Economy Paper March 2009

We thought it an appropriate time to weigh in on the economy, what it means for you and what potential actions make sense for you to implement in the coming months.

First:           Recessions are a recurring feature of the U.S. economy

The United States has suffered through at least one major recession each decade over the entire 20th century (1900-1999). And this is the second recession in the 21st century which is nine years old: so neither the pattern nor the timing seem to be changing.

Second:       Hysteria makes money for the media – accuracy does not

Remember that American news is a “profit making” service ..........

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IGP Develops " First Monday Business Conference Series"
Steve Anderson, IGP Managing Director, has developed the "First Monday Business Conference Series" in conjunction with the San Francisco University Club. The series is directed at entrepreneurs and emerging growth senior executives and focuses on the critical success factors that have to be addressed by CEOs building successful companies. Discussions are lead by industry leaders and are practical and focused on answering the most important questions facing entrepreneurs in today's highly evolving business climate. Some of the forthcoming events:
  • September: Wayne VanDyke on the exciting new world of micro businesses
  • October: Investment bankers from H & Q (Bob Hambrecht) Seven Hills (Cabot Brown), and Wood-Warren, (Biff Barnard)
  • November: Dr. Ted Marmor, Yale University business school.
IGP President Drew Wahl appointed Faculty Member in NanoTech
Drew Wahl has been appointed as a faculty member in the certification program run by International Association of Nanotechnology in partnership with the California Institute of Nanotechnology. Speaking about funding, presentations, start-up accounting and operations management, Drew will bring to bear his experience as one of the more successful fund raisers in the nanotechnology space.
Dr STEVE McELFRESH Leads Symposium in Washington DC.
On behalf of the Society for Human Resource Management, Dr. McElfresh will be leading a symposium of thought leaders and Fortune 500 executives on October 1 in Washington, D.C. on the human capital analytics and planning.
IGP Participates in Oulu Innovation Conference
Drew Wahl accompanied a group of civic and industry executives from Silicon Valley to Oulu, Finland to participate in the Oulu Innovation Conference. The City of Oulu, IGP, Global Clusters and Oulu/ San Jose Partnership Seminars hosted a two day conference to review the success of their program and discuss the potential steps for developing next generation solutions to globalize successfully incubated Finnish companies. As part of the action plan coming from the conference was the raising of a globalization fund for Finnish companies to expand their distribution channels throughout the world. Staffed by seasoned Venture Capitalists and successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, the International Globalization Fund is in the process of assessing its options with the help of representatives from Deloitte and Touché, the partner cities, Global Clusters and IG Partners.
DREW WAHL of IGP Presents at the International Congress of Nanobiotechnology & Nanomedicine
Drew Wahl presented at the International Congress of Nano biotechnology & Nano medicine, June, 2007 at the San Francisco Airport Crowne Plaza. The conference which was directed at emerging growth Nano, Bio and Clean technology companies and was attended by over 500 participants from both industry and academia. Mr. Wahl's topics were "Alternative Funding Sources" and "Building World Class Fund Raising Presentations".
Dr STEVE McELFRESH Presented "Managing HR & Human Capital for Long Time Profitability " in Egypt
Dr. Steve McElfresh traveled to Egypt to present a workshop over several days on managing HR and human capital to generate long-term profitability. This workshop was presented to senior executives from Orascom Telecom and affiliated companies. Orascom is the largest non-governmental company in Egypt and is the largest provider of cellular services in the Middle East.
IGP with UBS, Sweet & Backer and Schweichler Price and Partners for Quarterly VC Forum
Starting in January, 2008, IG Partners is teaming up with UBS, Sweet & Baker and Schweichler Price & Partners in a quarterly VC forum based in San Francisco where early stage companies present to Bay Area VCs in San Francisco. Focused on helping companies refine their "pitch" while making presentations to real VC, this conference is aimed at accelerating the fund raising of early stage executives.
IGP with Targus Financal presents "The Building of the High Tech Success Story" Series
Starting in January 2008, IGP in conjunction with Targus Financial Solutions will be presenting in a Silicon Valley based series, "The Building of the High Tech Success Story". This series is directed at emerging growth companies and building their understanding of the critical success factors. With participants from law firms, insurance brokers, patent attorneys, compensation specialist, accounting firms, investment bankers, VCs, public relations firms, this will be an all encompassing seminar series to assist successful companies punch through from development to high growth sales champions.
ROB HARRISON of IGP with CISCO brings Mobile Satellite System to Life
Rob Harrison working with Cisco and other suppliers and Vars was able to manage a series of products based on the Cisco IMIC's concept was able to bring the system to life in a group of marketable configurations. The Mobile based systems that were designed primarily for disaster recovery and mobile communications allowed for Voice , Data and Video to be transmitted with 10 minutes of an incident in with a geosynchronous satellite system that had full local and remote controllability. These systems are capable from a single user to groups over 240
Exinda Networks Secures $6 Million Of Verture Capital Funding For U.S. Market Development

Exinda Networks, the leading provider of Unified Performance Management (UPM) solutions, today announced the completion of US Dollars $6 million in equity funding from OpenView Venture Partners, a venture capital investment firm based in Boston. The funding is earmarked for expanding Exinda's sales and marketing efforts and in particular for growing its U.S. operations. Exinda's Unified Performance Management solutions are used by enterprises worldwide to ensure optimal wide area network (WAN) and application performance and reduce network operating costs.

"We are delighted to add Exinda to our portfolio," said Scott Maxwell, founding partner at OpenView Venture Partners. "Exinda is perfectly positioned to deliver the best-in-class solutions that meet the customers' needs in this high growth market."

Exinda's UPM solutions integrate WAN optimization, application acceleration, application visibility and application response time measurement onto a single appliance that is complemented by a global management facility. Exinda's customers include Honda, Alcatel-Lucent, Salvation Army and Leo Burnett.

"Demand for our products is growing worldwide and particularly in the U.S. market," said Con Nikolouzakis, chief executive officer at Exinda, Inc. "The funding will further assist us to execute on our vision of delivering the most innovative products to the marketplace. We will continue to create value for our customers by solving their application performance woes and reduce network complexity and costs."

About Exinda Networks Exinda Networks is a global supplier of Unified Performance Management that integrates WAN optimization, application acceleration, application visibility and application response time measurements for enterprise, government and service provider clients. Founded in 2002, Exinda's mission is to ensure optimal and consistent application performance over the WAN and reduce network operating costs. Exinda has more than 1,000 customers in more than 35 countries around the world. Exinda's 4700 appliance received ZDnet's Technology & Business magazine's 2005 Editor's Choice Award for ease of use and excellence in traffic monitoring and reporting. Exinda's award winning technology is available by contacting leading resellers or Exinda directly.

Exinda's research and development offices are located in Melbourne, Australia. Exinda's U.S. headquarters is located in Boston, Massachusetts. Additional corporate offices are located in Frankfurt, London and Kuala Lumpur. For more information, visit

About OpenView Venture Partners OpenView Venture Partners is an expansion stage venture capital fund with a focus on high-growth software, Internet and technology-enabled companies. Through its staff of seasoned operating executives, who collectively bring several decades of technology and management experience to the firm, OpenView is able to help portfolio companies with quickly ramping up sales, marketing and product development functions to best practice levels. The firm was founded in 2006 by Scott Maxwell with an inaugural fund encompassing $100 million in committed capital. OpenView Venture Partners is based in Boston and invests on a worldwide basis.


Two clients aided in mergers


In the M & A Arena, two privately held, long-term clients were acquired in 2006, one in enterprise software and the other a medical devices company. IG Partners provided planning, organizational development and executive team-building critical to enabling these very successful acquisitions.


Global Leader in soft error detection and mitigation in microchips


IG Partners worked closely with the top management of iRoC Technologies to develop and accelerate its U.S. business development. iRoC is the global leader in the emerging field of soft error detection and mitigation in microchips, and is based in Grenoble, France.


Australian Enterprise Software company


IG Partners was engaged by Insight Systems International, to establish a U.S. corporation and related infrastructure; develop an advisory board and provide management services for the transfer of the Company from Australia to the United States. Insight Systems Inc. was established in the U.S. from its founding city, Melbourne. The Company has developed and commercially proven its enterprise software focused on IT and telecommunications contractual and asset management. Steve Anderson, founder and managing director of IG Partners, is a U.S. Director of Insight.


WAN Optimization and Applications Acceleration company


In the third quarter of 2006, IG Partners was engaged by Exinda Networks, to assist management in establishing their U.S. organization and to advise on the expansion of the firm globally from a U.S. platform. IGP has provided management guidance and advice on human resources, professional infrastructure, investor development, advisory board development and interim management. Exinda is a provider of fully integrated WAN optimization and applications acceleration platforms. The Company has its products sold in over 25 countries including the United States. Steve Anderson, managing director of IG Partners is serving on the U.S. board of directors of Exinda.

IG Partners Sponsors Pacific Coast Doubles Tournament

IG Partners sponsored the Pacific Coast Doubles Squash Tournament held at the University Club of San Francisco. Over 60 athletes from all over the United States and Canada participated in the three day tournament.

Why Companies Fail – A Systemological Analysis of Failure and Alternative Paths to Success

Andrew Wahl presents "Why Companies Fail – A Systemological Analysis of Failure and Alternative Paths to Success" on Sept 14 at the Tomlinson Zisko's Chautauqua Seminars. These seminars are an invitation-only series of presentations devoted to the discussion of topics of interest to the Silicon Valley technology community.

Tomlinson Zisko is a leading Silicon Valley law firm of senior professionals offering a wide range of legal services to domestic and international businesses of all sizes. Recognized for its expertise in legal issues involving emerging technologies, the firm’s clients include Fortune 500 corporations, venture capitalists, promising start-ups and well-established companies in California and around the world.

Houlihan Valuations in California is now known as Cogent Valuations.

Houlihan Valuations in California is now known as Cogent Valuations. Cogent offering includes opinions for corporate transactions (including fairness opinions and solvency opinions); tax and estate planning; employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs); and financial reporting and SEC compliance.

They also provide valuation consulting and expert testimony for dispute resolution and litigation. We have specialists within the focus areas of entertainment, technology and life sciences, distressed securities, and intellectual property.

IGP aids client in the exit of sports franchise
IGP with its knowledge of national and regional sport was able to establish and implement a commercialization plan that allowed for the doubling of revenues for a nationally franchised sports facilities. These increases allowed for the successfully exit of the investment group.