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For the week commencing July 7, 2002

In this issue...



Words from the founder


Summer is here but our hopes for a clear improvement in the economy have not materialized yet. In spite of the difficult situation, there are great investment opportunities since valuations are very reasonable and the quality of the startup companies have increased. In addition, VCs, even of tier one, are more willing to accept side by side investment from angels. In fact, Silicom Ventures members have an opportunity to co-invest with VCs in two companies, Instant 802 Networks and Rfwave. For more information on the deals please refer to Portfolio's Update/New Investments section.


I am pleased to report that 95% out of Silicom Ventures members renewed their membership for the next year. Together with new members we are now 126 members strong!


I am looking forward to see you in the next monthly meeting on September 3rd and wish you a pleasant and cool summer.


Yours sincerely,

Gadi Behar


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Portfolio's Update/ New Investments


Instant 802 Networks

VSecure Technologies
Laser Bubble Technologies
RST Pallets

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Silicom Ventures Annual Cocktail Party

On October 15th Silicom Ventures will hold its annual cocktail party featuring Dan Maydan, president of Applied Materials, as keynote speaker. Admission will be by RSVP only.

                                                       Sponsors for the event

  KPMG is a premier global accounting firm. KPMG launches a new service aimed at the start -up market called 1Start.

Silicon Valley Bank provides innovative banking products and services to fast-growth and middle-market companies in the technology and life science industries


Heller Ehrman is a Silicon Valley-based law firm that represents emerging growth and high technology companies.


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Job Opportunities incorporated into Silicom Ventures website


After countless debates over the issue, we have finally decided to add a job opportunities section to Silicom Ventures HOME web page http://www.silicomventures.com/. This page includes executive positions in the high tech industry. This is a secure page and its primary purpose is to serve Silicom Ventures members. If you feel strongly that you would like to recommend someone, please be selective. For a password please contact tal@silicomventures.com.


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 Silicom Ventures in the news

Red Herring - NanoMuscle and InterVideo, two of Silicom Ventures portfolio companies, included in Red Herring's annual list of 100 Companies Likely to Change the World.

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  1. NanoMuscle's open house on July 24th, as reported in the shareholder letter, will take place in Antioch. We encourage investors to take an active role and participate in the event.
  2. Silicom Ventures next monthly meeting is on September 3rd.
  3. Silicom Ventures annual cocktail party, October 15th.
  4. All Silicom Ventures yearly meetings dates are posted on the website: www.silicomventures.com/investors.htm

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The Funny Corner

Have a cool summer

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                                                                                        Web design for technology start-ups

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The opinions and analysis included in this newsletter are based on sources believed to be reliable and in good faith but no representation or warranty, expressed or implied, is made as to their accuracy, completeness or correctness.

Your feedback is welcome. For articles and any information that might interest the group to be posted on the next newsletter,  Please contact me at: tal@silicomventures.com