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InterWest is proud and privileged to partner with visionary management teams who are shaping the future of Information Technology and Healthcare. The companies they have started are vital parts of the portfolio of industry-leading startups that InterWest has helped over the last four decades.

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Information Technology

Ramp Networks

Fri, 06/15/2012 - 09:29 -- HolaKo

Ramp developed connectivity products that provide high-bandwidth but economical ISDN Internet access to small and medium-sized businesses. The company's products, which were field upgradeable via downloadable software modules, stood out for their plug-and-play ease of use and maintenance. The company had an initial public offering in 1999, then was acquired by Nokia in January 2001.

Network Computing Devices

Fri, 06/15/2012 - 09:27 -- HolaKo

Network Computing Devices (NCDI) makes network computing systems and products. Based on a host-terminal architecture rather than a workstation architecture, the company's products leverage network processing power to reduce system cost with no reduction in performance. The company had an initial public offering in 1992.

Lightera Networks

Fri, 06/15/2012 - 09:26 -- HolaKo

Incubated in InterWest's office, Lightera's core technology was an ultra-broadband SONET switching product that addressed the transport switching requirements of public networks employing Wave Division Multiplexing (WDM) equipment. The company was acquired by Ciena in March 1999, and quickly became a source of significant revenue for clients.


Fri, 06/15/2012 - 09:25 -- HolaKo

Kalpana was a successful developer and maker of high-performance data communications switches for Ethernet LANs before being acquired by Cisco in 1994.

Copper Mountain Networks

Fri, 06/15/2012 - 09:24 -- HolaKo

Copper Mountain created central office and customer premise communications equipment based on emerging DSL technologies. By delivering high data rates over existing copper wiring, the company's products created more affordable high-bandwidth data communications. The company had an initial public offering in 1999, then was acquired by Tut Systems in 2005, which was acquired by Motorola in 2007.


Fri, 06/15/2012 - 09:23 -- HolaKo

Ciena (CIEN) is a broad-based provider of networking and telecommunications equipment to more than 1000 customers in over 60 countries, including nearly three-quarters of the world’s largest service providers, global enterprises, research and education institutions and other essential government agencies. Ciena had an initial public offering in 1997.

Bridge Communications

Fri, 06/15/2012 - 09:22 -- HolaKo

Bridge was a leading maker of networking and interconnectivity equipment before it was acquired by 3Com in September 1987. The company's line of modular communications products served as bridges between similar and dissimilar local networks, between local networks and other communications networks, and between networks and devices.

Airspan Networks

Fri, 06/15/2012 - 09:21 -- HolaKo

Airspan Networks is a global provider of 4G broadband wireless systems and solutions that deliver high-speed data, voice and multimedia services. Its wireless systems are based on advanced radio technology that delivers true broadband speeds, excellent area coverage and capacity, high security and resistance to fading, and have been deployed in over 100 countries by 500 operators.

SCI Solutions

Fri, 06/15/2012 - 09:18 -- HolaKo

SCI Solutions delivers SaaS offerings that enable hospitals to more effectively manage their physician alignment strategies and reduce operating costs. To improve revenue, SCI increases physician referrals and orders, reduces out-of-network revenue leakage from employed physicians, and integrates real-time front-end revenue management tools, such as medical necessity, eligibility determination, referral authorization and point-of-service collections.

Lombardi Software

Fri, 06/15/2012 - 09:15 -- HolaKo

Lombardi Software provided a business process management software suite for Global 2000 companies. Lombardi's TeamWorks was built on open standards and provides ongoing visibility and control of business processes, increasing the speed and flexibility with which organizations can manage their process activity and decision-making. Lombardi was acquired by IBM in 2009.


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