June, 2011

Rob Chaplinsky

Managing Director

June 28th, 2011

Vision Critical Debuts on Honomichl Top 50


VANCOUVER, BC – June 28, 2011 — Vision Critical, a global research and technology firm and pioneer in the market intelligence field, was named as a Honomichl Top 50 U.S. market research firm. Vision Critical, the global leader for providing on-line marketing research communities, made its debut as the 27th top market research firm in the US, as published in the 41st annual business report of Marketing News, an American Marketing Association publication.

“Vision Critical is proud of its transformative force within market research and thrilled to be recognized for our contributions among this prestigious list of market research firms,” said Angus Reid, chief executive officer and chairman of Vision Critical. “We attribute much of our growth and success to our ability to foster deep connections for brands. Using our innovative approaches to cutting-edge research, we ensure our customers have access to real-world, authentic brand insights so they can make strategic and insightful decisions regarding their brand’s lifecycle.”

Vision Critical enjoyed a 30 percent increase in US revenues and a 29 percent increase in ex-US revenues in 2010, bringing its total worldwide research revenue to $62 million. This is a sharp contrast to the average revenue of the Honomichl 50, which had a cumulative average revenue increase of 3.3 percent.

The “Top 50 US Market Research Ranking and Review” is published each year by the AMA and Inside Research, founded by Jack Honomichl, a leading market research industry authority. Rankings are based on previous year revenues.

Rob Chaplinsky

Managing Director

June 23rd, 2011

Nest Collective Founders: One of America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs 2011

Neil Grimmer, a veteran of design company IDEO, and Sheryl O’Loughlin, former chief executive of Clif Bar, started Nest Collective in 2007 to build a group of consumer packaged goods companies aimed at improving children’s health and nutrition. They partnered with Revolution Foods, which supplies healthy food to school cafeterias, to develop a line of healthy lunchbox snacks using whole grains and organic ingredients under the Revolution brand. Then they acquired Plum Organics, a leading maker of organic baby food, in 2009. The goal is to deliver healthy food that’s as convenient as junk food alternatives, says Grimmer, who used his background in designing packaged goods to revamp the brands. “It’s about creating a system of healthy offerings that can reach them throughout the day,” he says. Getting healthy food to children at a young age can set the stage for lifelong nutrition: “What you feed your child from zero to 2 years old sets their eating patterns for life,” he says. —JT

To view the full Bloomberg Businessweek article, please click here America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs 2011

Matthew Cowan

Managing Director

June 10th, 2011

J. Hilburn Tailors $5M Series C Led by Bridgescale Partners

Fastest Growing Men’s Luxury Apparel Brand Closes Round of Financing From New and Existing Investors

DALLAS, TX — J. Hilburn, the fastest-growing luxury men’s brand in the US, today announced it has closed $5 million in new financing led by Bridgescale Partners with participation from prior investor Battery Ventures. J. Hilburn will focus this latest round of funding to expand interactive technologies, product development and to grow its base of more than 1,000 personal style advisors nationwide.

J. Hilburn today also announced the launch of a new Tailored Suiting Collection, made-to-order in Europe and handcrafted using luxury Italian wools. The collection offers a personalized fit, individual styling and unrivaled quality. Beyond suiting, J. Hilburn offers handcrafted custom dress shirts and trousers as well as ready-to-wear items like cashmere sweaters, polos and fine accessories, available online or from a local style advisor. In 2010, J. Hilburn sold 60,000 luxury dress shirts, more than any other custom clothing maker in the world.

“We are on a mission to redefine what men expect from a luxury brand, and our growth validates that we’re on to something,” saidHil Davis, CEO, J. Hilburn. “Our revenue has grown two and a half times year over year and we’ve added 10,000 customers in the last six months. This investment provides additional fuel for our continued growth.”

“J. Hilburn’s approach, which combines a direct sales model, high-quality products and a sophisticated e-commerce plan, makes it not only unique, but also a compelling investment,” said Matthew Cowan, Managing Director of Bridgescale. “Based on this powerful mix of old and new distribution models we believe J. Hilburn is poised for continued, exponential growth and on its way to becoming a billion dollar global brand.”

About J. Hilburn

J. Hilburn is a luxury men’s brand that delivers custom apparel made from the world’s finest materials at off-the-rack prices. Our clothes are made from the finest Italian fabric and hand constructed for every customer. The J. Hilburn experience is unlike any retail experience in the world in terms of quality, service and value. Our network of more than 1,000 trusted personal style advisors across the country serve as style concierges for every customer, ensuring the highest quality of service, customized fit and personal attention. J. Hilburn is disrupting the entire retail industry by compressing its supply chain, delivering high quality custom fit clothing at mass scale and wrapping it with service and personal attention that no other retailer can provide. If you’re ready to join the revolution, go towww.jhilburn.com to learn more.

About Bridgescale Partners

Bridgescale Partners is a Menlo Park, California based growth equity firm providing expansion capital to U.S. and Canada-based, later-stage technology companies. The investment team has more than 50+ years of venture capital experience investing in early- and later-stage technology companies. Additionally, the team has invested in more than 100 technology companies in the software, security, digital media, Internet, and communication markets. For more information, please visitwww.bridgescale.com.

Rob Chaplinsky

Managing Director

June 8th, 2011

Bluecat Networks: Solving the World’s Shortage of IP Addresses

Many of today’s most popular websites are banning together to address the growing concern around a shortage of IP addresses.  The current protocol, IPv4, supports just over four billion IP addresses. With this limited number of addresses and the rapid growth of internet users and usages, the world is quickly running out of addresses.  Recently, Fast Company posted this story “Companies Join Forces to Fix Internet’s Biggest Problem in Decades”.

This IP address shortage is causing the industry to migrate towards the next generation protocol- IPv6.  IPv6 will enable 340 trillion, trillion, trillion IP addresses. Bridgescale’s portfolio company, Bluecat Networks, will provide software solutions to help enterprises transition to this next generation of protocol.