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September 2011 | Issue #67

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No `summer slow - down'
at Edison Ventures!

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Edison Ventures 25th Annual Meeting - Four Seasons, Philadelphia, PA

Edison Director Network Meeting, Philadelphia, PA

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Team Spotlight:

The Philadelphia Business Journal announced the selection of Michael Kopelman, Edison Partner to this year’s class of 40 Under 40 winners.

The 40 Under 40 award recognizes 40 people, under the age of 40, for their professional accomplishments and community involvement.

Michael has over 12 years of venture investing, corporate finance and entrepreneurship with software, e-commerce and financial services organizations. Michael leads Edison's e-commerce and consumer investment sector, and is a member of the financial services team.   

He is active in regional venture, entrepreneurial and technology organizations, including PACT and ACG.  Michael is currently Co-President of Wharton Private Equity Partners and past Co-Chair of the Wharton Private Equity Conference. 

Our focus remains on high growth! Recent success of our portfolio companies has shown in a choppy economy strong results are more than possible.

CEO Summit

Edison Ventures kicked-off the season with the 1st Edison CEO Summit.  52 of our portfolio company CEOs gathered in Atlantic City, NJ for this 2-day event.   Best-selling authors Josh Linkner, David Thomson and Mark Feldman shared thought provoking ideas. Topics covered by the authors included instilling a culture of innovation and creativity, characteristics of hyper growth companies and strategies for successful integration of acquisitions.  All attendees benefited from the event’s seminars and relevant networking.  Several portfolio companies are now working on partnerships facilitated by introduction at the CEO Summit. 

Executive Roundtables, Networking  and Best Practices

 We include the entire executive team in our programming and value added events. Edison hosted our annual CFO Networking Meeting in our NJ HQ office.  Portfolio Company CFOs shared best practices including preparing for acquisitions, developing financial dashboards and communicating financial information more effectively.

The Sales and Marketing Peer Group meeting featured Academy Award winning producer/writer, Jana Sue Memel’s The Hollywood Way (an interactive communication lesson using storytelling and imagery).

In addition to events focused on functional areas, Edison hosts industry and regional focused meetings.  This fall we will host 7th Financial Technology Summit in NYC, Interactive Marketing Summit in Lawrenceville, NJ and Ohio Regional Sharing dinner in Cleveland.  Visit our calendar for more information about our upcoming events and meetings.

Summer of '11 was not just about value-added events…it was a summer of continued results. 


Our focus on guiding companies to successful exit has been on display over the last several quarters. Edison investment professionals have prioritized connecting with strategic buyers to ensure our portfolio companies are top of mind for partnerships and possible acquisitions. We capped the run of 12 exits in the last 12 months with Portico Systems being acquired by McKesson and Edison’s 16th IPO. Congratulations to Tangoe which successfully started trading on the NASDAQ (TNGO) at the end of July.

New Investments

Edison completed 7 new investments over the last 11 months!   Read below about our latest portfolio addition, Salsa Labs.

Let’s Stay Connected…

We continue to develop our website, please see the expansion of our Community section.  Edison’s team shares best practices and observations through our blog and visitors can post questions and comments via the Edison Community Forum.

September is quickly approaching and that means Edison’s Limited Partner Annual Meeting is just around the corner. This year marks Edison’s 25th Annual Meeting which will be held September 16th at the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia.

Look forward to new and exciting announcements from Edison as we pick up the pace during the remainder of 2011 and into 2012.


New Investments

Edison Ventures proudly announced a $4 million investment in Brooklyn, NY–based Lifebooker.
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Edison Ventures Invests in Salsa Labs, SaaS Leader for Organizing and Engaging Supporters
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Edison Ventures announced that technology partner company Portico Systems, Inc. has been acquired by McKesson.
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Edison Ventures Completed it's 16th IPO with Tangoe (Nasdaq: TNGO). 6X Return Reinforces Edison's SaaS Leadership.
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Follow-on Investments

Edison Ventures completed a $2 million follow-on investment in MotionSoft based in Rockville, MD.
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Edison News

Tangoe's 8.8M-Share IPO Prices Within Range At $10/Share by VentureWire staff reporters
07/27/11 read more

Chris Sugden Named Financier of the Year
06/13/11 read more

3 of our portcos made "Lead411 Boston Hot Company list" Congrats to Blue Cod, NetProspex, PlumChoice
06/08/11 read more

John Martinson Receives Honorary Doctorate from Rowan University
05/13/11 read more

Welcome! 50+ CEOs to 1st Edison CEO Summit! #11EDISONCEO
05/10/11 read more

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