Sponsors
 
NEW INVESTMENT 
SkyVenture Silicon Valley an indoor skydiving windtunnel company closed a $2.5M investment from Silicom Ventures members and other investors. Silicom Ventures investors will elect a member to represent them on the board. Sky Venture Silicon Valley is scheduled to open to the public on June 2006 in Union City.
UNDER DUE DILIGENCE 

Yoggie, a security solution company, presented to Silicom members in December 05 and generated interest from some members. Shlomo Touboul (Founder of Finjan Software) the Founder and CEO reported they received a term sheet from an investment group in NY and is in the process of finalizing the investment agreements. The term sheet is for a minimum of $1M, but Shlomo would like to increase the round up to $2.5M. For more information please contact Eli Sternheim at eli@sternheim.com

Germgaurd builds and sells innovative healthcare products based upon UVC technology to Hospitals and other care giving institutions. Presented in January 10th monthly event and generated interest from members. Following a short due diligence they concluded to hold off the investment at this time and consider investing in the next round.

PORTFOLIO UPDATES  

Luidia, Mitsui Incubase Corp, the investment arm of Mitsui invested in Luidia More

OnVantage Secures $18M In New Financing More

IMI Roseville VC invested 3 Million in IMI Moreore

Spectros Gross revenue grew 160% More

Daewoo Taps 3DVU (formally FlyOver) for 3D Image in Their Next Car Navigation More

MEXICO TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE 2006 
Silicom Ventures in partnership with TechBA (Mexican government agency) joined forces to introduced Mexican high tech companies to the Silicon Valley investment community. On January 24th two-dozen software, hardware and life science Mexican companies presented their products and received feedback from a VC panel. Also included in the program was keynote speeches by prominent speakers and networking opportunity with over 400 participants that are angel investors, VCs and entrepreneurs. More about the Technology Showcase. To view pictures from the event please click here.
SILICOM VENTURES ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM, March 15th, 2006
 "Silicom Valley, leading the Consumer Media Explosion"
This year’s Annual Symposium will focus on the new digital media wave. People are consuming massive amounts of media (including TV shows, music, movies) and content companies (networks, cable, music labels) are flocking to ride the wave of consumer spending. The Silicom Ventures Consumer Media Symposium is designed to educate, stimulate, and inform Silicom Ventures investors on the myriad of issues surrounding the consumer media market. Confirmed participants are Adam Lashinsky (Senior Writer, Fortune Magazine), Eli Harari (CEO, Sandisk), Dan Sheeran (Senior Vice President Real Networks), Russell Siegelman (Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers), Jonathan Sasse (CEO, iRiver America) and Richard Atkinson, (Vice President, Walt Disney Studios). For more information and registration please go to:click here
SPAIN TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE 2006  
Pencil down May 16th, 2006 for the Spain Technology Showcase in the Computer History Museum. The format will be similar to the showcases we held for the Netherlands and Mexico. Stay tuned for more information.
INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT SUMMIT, Israel June 26th-28th 

Silicom Ventures will hold it first ever international conference from June 26th to 28th in Israel. This event will bring together leading VC and angel investors, successful serial entrepreneurs, government and public sector policy designers and decision makers from around the world for a 3-day summit. For the program and registration click here. We are checking the possibility of partnering with a travel bureau that will offer discounted air and hotel accommodations.

We encourage you to register early as space is limited.

 
SILICOM VENTURES FUND
We are very proud to announce the first closing of Silicom Ventures Fund that will operate parallel to the forum.
THE STOCK MARKET CORNER, by Ogen Perry 

In October of 2005, a small group of Silicom members formed an investment club. We pooled together a small investment and meet once a month to discuss possible investments in public securities. So far, we have made several investments and our portfolio is up nicely, outpacing the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ. Our current portfolio contains shares of:

Hansen Natural Corp. (HANS) A maker of soft drinks which doubled its revenues in the last year.
Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (HMC)  
Infosys Tech Ltd. (INFY) and Satyam Computer Services Ltd. (SAY) Two Indian outsourcers of computer services.
Pioneer Cos Inc. (PONR) A manufacturer of chlorine related products that recently emerged from Chapter 11 and is rapidly paying off its remaining debts.
Syneron Medical Ltd. (ELOS) An Israeli manufacturer of lasers used in aesthetic procedures.

The group has also exited two investments, in Apple Computers (AAPL) and in Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), both with gains.
The group is not currently open to new members due to the need to hold regular, fully interactive meetings. However, I will be updating the activities and performance of the group in future issues of the Silicom newsletter. We are also looking into a way of affording greater visibility to our investments, for Silicom members.

THE REAL ESTATE CORNER

A look at the history of home prices in Santa Clara County, 1994-2005 by Itzhak Agam

Home Sales in 2006 to be Slower but Sustainable by Avi Urban

SEEKING TO HIRE 
  • Knowlent Corporation, a Silicom Ventures portfolio company is seeking to hire Software Engineer and Applications Engineer More
  • A Sacramento based company is seeking an outstanding electrical engineer with a broad knowledge of both hardware and software. Additional knowledge of analog circuits or power amplifiers is a plus. Please send resume to: jacobt@galilmc.com
  • A Sunnyvale based company seeking a Senior Software Developer & Technology Architect More
Ballet Outing "ROMEO & JULIET"

We are organizing the second ballet outing for "Romeo & Juliet" on March 11th 8pm at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Tickes for the dress circle after 10% discount for SIlicom members are about $70 per ticket. If you are interested please RSVP to balletsv@silicomventures.com

 
 
THE SECURED FUNNY CORNER 

Security at the work place

Airline Security

Silicom Ventures seeking to hire

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