Some of our most successful early stage investments and realized exits
Founded in November 1993, VA Linux Systems built and sold personal computer systems pre-installed with the Linux operating system as an alternative to much more expensive Unix workstations. The company was the first computer vendor to offer Linux as a pre-installed operating system. During the initial years of operation, the business was the largest vendor of pre-installed Linux computers, having approximately 20% of the Linux hardware market. The company took its stock public in an initial public offering (IPO) in December 1999. The shares for the IPO were offered at $30 and closed their first day of trading at $239.25, a 698% return.
Omnivision is a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions. Its award-winning CMOS imaging technology enables superior image quality in many of today's consumer and commercial applications, including mobile phones, notebooks, netbooks and webcams, security and surveillance, digital still and video cameras, automotive and medical imaging systems.
Netscreen is a US-based company that was acquired by Juniper Networks for US$ 4 billion stock for stock in 2004. NetScreen's core technology was developed by Israeli engineer Nir Zuk, who previously was one of Check Point Software’s first employees and inventor of the Stateful firewall technology. The company offered integrated firewall, VPN, traffic management, DOS, and DDOS protection solutions.
OpLink is a leading provider of comprehensive networking components, subsystems, and custom Optical Manufacturing Solution (OMS) services that offers bandwidth creation, amplification, switching, routing, signal conditioning, transmission, and protection solutions to the telecommunications, enterprise networking, and MSO equipment companies.