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EPIC Ventures Q2 2010 Newsletter

Thursday, July 15th, 2010




EPIC Venture Fund Second Quarter 2010 Newsletter

EPIC Ventures and TomorrowVentures Invest in DOTGO to Revolutionize Mobile Industry

  NEW YORK, May 19 /PRNewswire/ — New York-based mobile technology start-up company DOTGO today announced the completion of its Series A investment round, financed by Salt Lake City-based EPIC Ventures and Palo Alto-based TomorrowVentures. The financing will be used to enhance and promote the revolutionary DOTGO mobile publishing platform.

The innovative DOTGO platform allows any company, brand, or web site to quickly, easily, and cheaply offer mobile services, focusing on text messaging, a ubiquitous service that is available on billions of mobile devices around the world. More…

Q&A with Stefan Gromoll, President of Technology and Co-Founder of DOTGO

Q: Briefly describe DOTGO’s product.

A: DOTGO is a revolutionary new mobile publishing platform that allows any company, brand, or web site to quickly, easily, and cheaply offer mobile services, with particular emphasis on text messaging. DOTGO allows anyone to create any kind of text messaging service, from sending text message alerts like those used by Obama to announce his VP pick, to setting up services like the recent American Red Cross text messaging donations for victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Q: How does DOTGO uniquely stand out among their competition?

A: Prior to DOTGO, the creation of text messaging services had been hindered by high cost, complex technology, slow implementation time, and cumbersome branding. As a result, only larger companies had the time and resources to set up and promote their own text messaging services. DOTGO’s unique and patent-pending technology is the only mobile publishing service that solves all of these problems, for the first time allowing every single website–small to large–to offer their content and services to every cell phone by text messaging.

Q: What in your background enabled you to have the skills you needed to develop DOTGO’s product?

A: Both of DOTGO’s founders were trained as Observational Astrophysicists. Our experience in seeking the simplest and most elegant solutions to complex problems (both in Physics and in other fields) allowed us to identify the market opportunity in mobile and develop a completely new and revolutionary solution to the existing market problems. This analytical and innovative perspective to problem solving is a cornerstone of how we approach product development.

Q: What has helped DOTGO progress the most in terms of getting the product off the ground and into the market?

A: Patrick McQuown recently joined DOTGO as CEO. Patrick has been at the forefront of the mobile marketing industry since the mid 1990s, and has been responsible for launching mobile campaigns for major media outlets including NBC, ABC, CBS and MTV Networks. The addition of Patrick to the team is an exciting and very important step towards getting DOTGO to the next level.

Q: Why did you choose to partner with EPIC Ventures?

A: We chose to partner with EPIC Ventures because it was evident to us even after our first meeting that EPIC "got" DOTGO–they immediately grasped our technology and our vision and saw its potential.

Follow-On Financings

   EPIC Ventures invested in Aspen Avionics. Aspen Avionics is a manufacturer of drop-in multi-function device displays for light aircrafts.

Porfolio Company Highlights

HyTrust Wins Coveted Red Herring 100 North America Award

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HyTrust, Inc., the leader in policy management and access control for virtualization infrastructure, today announced it has been named a winner of the prestigious Red Herring 100 North America Award, which recognizes leading North American private companies and celebrates their innovations and technologies across respective industries. HyTrust was recognized in its ability to allow greater adoption of virtualization technology and private cloud, thus empowering organizations to attain greater efficiencies and cost savings. “HyTrust embodies the vision, drive and innovation that define a successful entrepreneurial venture,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “Choosing companies with the strongest potential was by no means a small feat. HyTrust should be proud of its accomplishment, as the competition was very strong.” More…

iovation Named Finalist for Fraud and Compliance Solution of the Year

  PORTLAND, Ore.- May 24, 2010 – iovation, provider of the world’s first device reputation service for preventing online fraud and abuse, has been named a finalist by eGaming Review (EGR) magazine for the 2010 fraud and compliance solution of the year. Now in its sixth year, the EGR Awards will be revealed during the EGR Live conference at the premier awards ceremony on June 14, 2010 at London’s Old Billingsgate. Serving this industry since 2004, iovation keeps the world’s leading online gaming sites open for business while keeping fraudsters out. Independent of personally identifiable information and financial data, iovation expands the scope of protection for online gaming sites and players from fraud and abuse. More…

From Ernst & Young To Best Of State, An Impressive Year For Smile Reminder

   June 08, 2010 – The revolutionary software service, Smile Reminder, continues to gain widespread recognition in their high-tech meets high-touch approach to practice-to-patient communication. In the recent year, the company has been recognized for pioneering e-communications in the healthcare space, winning several prestigious awards and titles, including their recent naming as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 Award in the Utah region. Just before making the cut as a finalist for the prestigious Ernst & Young Award, the company won the 2010 Utah Innovations Award for Enterprise Business-to-Business Software and the 2010 Best of State in the Software Development / Publishers Category. Additionally, Smile Reminder was ranked eighteenth for the "Top 25 Fastest Companies in Utah" by UV Fast 50. More…

EPIC Team Highlights

  Stephanie Spong was featured in a venture capital executive interview for an article post on the blog "Startup Professionals Musings". The full interview can be found here . Stephanie also recently served as a judge of the UNM Technology Business Plan Competition in Albuquerque, and was also a panelist at both the Tech Transfer, Federal Laboratory Consortium in Albuquerque and the Power of Angel Investing Seminar, MIT Enterprise Forum in Phoenix.

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Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going

  April 8 – Utah Entrepreneur Challenge – SLC, UT (Chris as a judge)

April 8 – Central New Mexico Clean Energy Alliance – Albuquerque, NM (Katie)

April 9 – UTC Annual Members Meeting – SLC, UT (Chris & Kent)

April 16 – Utah Angels Conference – SLC, UT (Nick)

April 16 – 2010 UNM Technology Business Plan Competition – Albuquerque, NM (Stephanie as a judge)

April 16 – Rice University Business Plan Competition – Houston, TX (Katie as a judge)

April 28-29 – 2010 Credit Suisse Private Equity Conference on Small & Emerging Managers and In-State Investments – Chicago, IL (Katie)

April 29 – 2010 Utah Innovation Awards Luncheon – SLC, UT (Chris)

April 29 – Panel on Tech Transfer, Federal Laboratory Consortium – Albuquerque, NM (Stephanie as a panelist)

April 30 – Power of Angel Investing Seminar, MIT Enterprise Forum – Phoenix, AZ (Stephanie as a panelist)

May 18-19 – TVC Equity Capital Symposium – Albuquerque, NM (Stephanie & Katie)

May 18-21 – 2010 SALT Conference – Las Vegas, NV (Kent)

June 8-11 – AICPA Fair Value Measurement & Reporting Conference – Chicago, IL (Ryan)

June 23 – Angel Investor of the Year Luncheon – SLC, UT (Chris and Nick)

July 19-22 – Federal Conference on Private Equity – Chicago, IL (Ryan)

August 29-September 1 – COMS 2010 (Commercialization Of Micro and Nano Technology Systems Conference) – Santa Ana Pueblo, NM (Katie)

September 15-17 – VCIR Fall 2010 – Santa Fe, NM (Stephanie and Nick)

September 23-24 – Investment Professionals Conference – Provo, UT (Nick)

News/Press Articles

Alliance Health Networks migrates Diabetic Connect to its new social networking platform bringing new features and enhanced functionality to the largest online social network for people touched by diabetes

Alliance Health Networks has moved Diabetic Connect onto its new advanced social networking platform where Alliance Health’s newer properties like Sleep Connect, Health Exchange, Arthritis Connect and several other health-focused social networking sites now operate. is an online social network that connects and empowers people living with diabetes. People form strong relationships, bound by the common thread of diabetes as they participate in highly engaged conversations, learn how others cope with the disease, share treatments, read and post product recommendations. More…

Everspin Technologies takes MRAM to higher densities with 16 megabit product introduction

CHANDLER, Ariz. – April 19, 2010 – Everspin Technologies extends its MRAM leadership position with introduction of the 16-megabit (Mb) magnetic random access memory (MRAM). The non-volatility, high performance and high reliability advantages of MRAM technology are now available for all applications requiring static RAM (SRAM) performance as well as data retention without power. “Everspin continues to rapidly expand its MRAM portfolio, enabling more customers to differentiate their products,” said Saied Tehrani, Everspin’s chief operating officer. “Our product roadmap will deliver MRAM at increasingly higher densities, while maintaining MRAM’s unique characteristics in a cost effective way.” More…

TriCipher Named OnDemand Top 100 Winner by AlwaysOn

LOS GATOS, Calif. (April 19, 2010) —TriCipher, a leading provider of Identity and Access Management as a Service, announced today that it has been selected by AlwaysOn as an OnDemand Top 100 winner. The OnDemand Top 100 list highlights companies that are introducing game-changing approaches and technologies that are likely to disrupt existing markets and entrenched players. TriCipher was specially selected by the AlwaysOn editorial team and industry expert partners such as Hewlett-Packard, Morgan Stanley, KPMG and leaders spanning the globe based on a set of five criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and media buzz. More…

Lumidigm expands fingerprint sensor offerings with Mercury Series

Albuquerque, New Mexico — April 27, 2010 — Lumidigm Inc., the multispectral imaging biometrics company, today introduces the Mercury Series fingerprint sensors. Compact and cost-effective, Mercury sensors join the highly successful Lumidigm Venus sensors in a product portfolio that provides award-winning multispectral imaging capabilities to fingerprint applications worldwide. Multispectral imaging from Lumidigm is a biometric technology that virtually eliminates common real world performance problems experienced with conventional fingerprint sensors. Robust and reliable, multispectral imaging allows Lumidigm sensors to capture superior images quickly, on all people, in all environmental conditions. The Mercury sensors incorporate this field-proven technology into a reliable new platform with a new form factor that supports speedy transactions with single-touch performance. More…

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