VoIP provider sets IPO terms (Venture Beat)
Veraz Network Investment Relational Map. Notes: (1) VC co-investment ties between Argonaut, Battery, KPCB, Levensohn, & Norwest; (2) Link to public companies Chordiant Software (Battery/Norwest), Extreme Networks (KPCB/Norwest), & Infinera (Argonaut/KPCB, recent IPO filing); and (3) Link to private companies Friendster & IP Unity (Battery/KPCB), KnowNow (KPCB/Levensohn), and Reconnex (Levensohn/Norwest).
Veraz Networks People Map. Notes: (1) Promod Haque (Norwest) tie to Bob Corey (Thor Technologies CFO) via AmberPoint & Extreme Networks; (2) Pascal Levensohn (Levensohn VP) tie to Matthew Howard (Norwest, former board observer to Veraz) via Reconnex; and (3) Ties to Midas List: Promod Haque (#51) & Matthew Howard (#59)
Network Commentary: I have noted before that Veraz as a future star based on its relational ties to the Midas List members and multiple public companies. It should be noted that while Veraz’ co-investors have IPO experience together, both Chordiant Software and Extreme Networks (Battery/Norwest ties) did not have successful pricings over the long haul. In Veraz’ case, however, they add in the experience of KPCB, Argonaut, and Levensohn VP - this should add to their investment capital. Veraz was also listed on Always On’s Top 100 Innovative Private Companies for 2006 (one of 15 Network & Infrastructure Companies, including their brethren Infinera & IP Unity). In summary, the IPO for Veraz has an upside based on both their investment and board member relational capital. I call it a sleeper IPO because their network relationships provide a hidden strategic advantage that could result in favorable initial public opinion. We’ll see what happens at the upcoming IPO.