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© A LTA B ERKELEY V ENTURE P ARTNERS 7/2001 European Wireless Internet: The Alta Berkeley Experience Barun Dutta Alta Berkeley Venture Partners London-Geneva
© A LTA B ERKELEY V ENTURE P ARTNERS 7/2001 Backgrounder: Swinging for the Fence One of the original early stage European VCs since London and Geneva Founding members of both EVCA and BVCA All Investing GPs are Technologists, Entrepreneurs and Operational Executives in Past First Venture Investor in Info-tech, Telecoms and Bio- informatics 55 investments in the last 10 years with over 12 Euro IPOs on 6 different exchanges and 8 on Nasdaq Thus experience makes you a cynic! Speaker (Yours Truly): Hardcore Network research guy, senior strategic and technical management experience but have had two start-up successes and was Angel investor before being a VC on both sides of the Atlantic
© A LTA B ERKELEY V ENTURE P ARTNERS 7/2001 Initiative Investing in European Wireless: Past and Present Technical Background/Experience and Gray Hair driven No Statistical Multiplexing in Whole Sector –Small number of Companies, No strategy by CNN/CNBC Serious Educated Fortune Telling! –Identified in 1997 that First generation: Wireless Internet was Big –Asked ourselves what we would use and want Conclusions –Smart phones/PDAs and their users have certain characteristics: personal timely have small screens and bad keyboards mobile and roaming
© A LTA B ERKELEY V ENTURE P ARTNERS 7/2001 Case Study I: Personal Device Personal Device Implies => Mobile Location Look for High Accuracy Device Location Infrastructure Look for non traditional techniques but creative people –Identified and funded Cambridge (U.K.) Positioning Systems (CPS) - Bunch of Radio-astronomers! What have they accomplished –Only technology which does not need change to handset hardware: No cost increase (Non-GPS), works in urban valleys –Only technology to have met US FCC Phase II trials - 67% < 50m and 99% <125m in current GSM –Better than 5m accuracy in UMTS –11 Trials worldwide - TIM, Voicestream, Vodafone, etc. –Licensing deals with Ericsson, Siemens, Alcatel, Nortel, Lucent, Infineon, Motorola –Control, enable and tax all Location based services - Premium Call –Global Opportunity and great global team
© A LTA B ERKELEY V ENTURE P ARTNERS 7/2001 Case Study II: Timely Data Timely Data Implies => Alerting People with Data Look for Exceptional Event Detection Technology Look for non traditional techniques but creative people –Identified and funded Categoric Software [U.K. and US] –Bunch of guys from the shipping business What have they accomplished –Only technology which sits on Corporate Network and looks for exceptional events in databases, text repositories, call centers, ERP and responds and take action based on it. Thresholds can be set by user and not DBA or Sys-Admin. Mobile/Web, IVR, pre-programmed in and out –Large number of customers and resellers both OEM and direct –Being integrated into major ERP infrastructure –Mobile operators like Telia are making it available as a service corporations - First true corporate mobile data application –Operator Revenue Driver –Nokia Ventures, T-Ventures as investors pushing for handset integration –Global Opportunity with global team
© A LTA B ERKELEY V ENTURE P ARTNERS 7/2001 Case Study IV: Mobile and Roaming Mobile and Roaming => True Multi-band Phones (Tri-band and more) Look for technology or bottleneck: Why only one phone on the market? –Bottleneck is in filter technology and its impact on time to market Look for non traditional techniques but creative people –Seeded SAWCOM to address these two issues What have they accomplished –Have demonstrated that a fab-less enterprise with specific proprietary software can design high efficiency SAW filters and duplexers with far better performance and time to market than anything currently available –Have built prototypes of filters and delivered to handset manufactures for qualification –Tremendous interest from handset integrators for components –Currently raising first round financing to execute on demand –Most likely will enable multi-band phone with low power consumption
© A LTA B ERKELEY V ENTURE P ARTNERS 7/2001 Case Study IV: Small screens and Bad keyboards Small Screens and Bad Keyboards => Simple Transactions and Needs Provider Look for Scalable Technology based Service Provider for Wireless ISP/Portal Look for non traditional techniques but creative people –Identified the iobox team in Finland What have they accomplished –First and largest pan-European Wireless Portal/Service Provider –Built true multi-national team with presence in five European Countries –In 18 months built 1.2 mil users, became benchmark of the industry –Entrepreneurs of the Highest Caliber on a Global Scale –Largest trade sale ever done in Finland –Fantastic team balanced in both technology and organization/marketing –Acquisition by Telefonica enables access to the fastest growing market –Leading convergence of Mobile and Broadband
© A LTA B ERKELEY V ENTURE P ARTNERS 7/2001 Your startup worked because you saw an opening in the market…… –…… one that a large company was likely better suited to serve if they could have. How do you make sure you dont become obsolete someday?? Great Opportunities exist in Europe but you have seek them out You Have to be #1 or #2 - Winner take all system –Each example is the #1 leader in what it does Strategy by CNN/CNBC can be counter-productive Wireless data is Not like the Internet First Generation is Over Next Generation might be a European Non-event Building true pan-European Business is Not for the Faint Hearted … we want to be #1 or #2 in every area that we participate in… - Jack Welch (General Electric) Initiative Investing: Some lessons
© A LTA B ERKELEY V ENTURE P ARTNERS 7/2001 The Future: 3G UMTS is the largest tax on the consumer since VAT –70% of Broadband Auction Winners in US 94 Auction are dead There are few Mobile Data business models –Consumer focus of UMTS is a non starter Additional Spectrum will most likely be used to support additional voice customers UMTS auctions might have killed Europes lead in mobile NTT-Docomo is not a good business example for Europe Dominant Operators will continue to win Wireless Opportunities are not in 3G or as stated by CNN/CNBC - Great Entrepreneurs will deliver it! –Lets meet next year to see where we are with a few more case studies
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