Updata Partners

updataUpdata Partners is a growth stage venture capital and private equity firm focused on investing in software and technology-driven business services companies. We invest at the expansion phase of a company’s lifecycle in sectors where we can apply our operating experience and industry network to create value. We work closely with our portfolio companies to enhance their operational, financial and strategic decision-making.

Since the mid-90’s, the founders and partners of Updata Partners have invested in more than 60 software and software-enabled services companies serving diverse sectors with solutions for business and consumer markets. We collaborate with management teams to strategically and tactically build businesses, leveraging deep customer, investor, strategic partner and executive talent networks throughout the IT industry.

Updata Partners was formed in 1998 by a team of highly successful IT veterans who, in over 25 years in the industry founded and built several software firms, both VC and non-VC backed; operated large and successful public software firms as CEOs and built an industry-leading IT M&A advisory firm. Updata Partners’ top-tier institutional limited partners represent university endowments, pensions and foundations and experienced funds-of-funds. The firm closed Fund IV at the end of 2007, bringing total funds under management to nearly $500 million.

Windspeed Ventures

windspeedWindspeed Ventures was founded in 1999 to offer a different private investment experience. The Windspeed partners have known one another and worked together for nearly a decade. Over the years, as each was involved in starting and building new businesses, planning began to create a private equity investment firm that could offer more than money to companies at early stages of formation. Windspeed Ventures was the culmination of this planning.

Windspeed Ventures helps build high technology companies in the communications, infrastructure, and business-enabling software industries. Windspeed invests in companies at the early stages through direct investments or through acquisition or management of existing portfolios.

Windspeed funds focus on early stage and later stage investments. Our early stage portfolio consists of companies that we have assisted since inception, some that have been sold, merged or are preparing for other liquidity for our investors.

Windspeed funds also provide capital for follow-on investments in corporate venture portfolios under management. A good example includes Comdisco Ventures. Windspeed is the management entity for the portfolio of equity and warrant positions developed by funds invested by Comdisco Ventures. Windspeed Ventures provides management, administration and investment funds for the Comdisco portfolio.

Over the years since inception, Windspeed Ventures has been identified by our portfolio companies and by peer institutions as a source of both appropriate, relevant operational experience and strong financial management skills.

Bradford Networks - BYOD

Bradford Networks offers the best solution to enable secure network access for corporate issued and personal mobile devices. The company's flexible Network Sentry platform is the first network security offering that can automatically identify and profile all devices and all users on a network, providing complete visibility and control. Unlike vendor-specific network security products, Network Sentry provides a view across all brands of network equipment and connecting devices eliminating the network blind spots that can introduce risk.

Bradford Networks - Network Sentry/RTR

Network Sentry/RTR minimizes a threat's impact and the response time for remediation. Network Sentry/RTR leverages its unique Live Inventory of Network Connections (LINC) to automatically correlate high fidelity security alerts from the leading firewall and Advanced Threat Detection solutions, including FireEye, Fortinet, and Palo Alto Networks, with detailed contextual information on compromised endpoints, users and applications. Once identified, Network Sentry/RTR triggers an automated response, based on the severity and business criticality of the incident, to contain compromised devices in real time. Network Sentry/RTR also provides detailed historical information on all network connections, giving security experts unprecedented forensics to help fully understand and investigate the threat's methodology, lifecycle and scope.

Bradford Networks Pitches a Perfect Game for the Miami Marlins

Marlins Park is the spectacular new home of the Miami Marlins baseball team.

Throughout the ballpark there are thousands of different IP devices that are used to run the facility and venue events - including ATM machines, televisions and menu boards, LED display boards, point of sale terminals, sound systems, as well as PCs and laptops used by Marlins staff. For each game there can also be anywhere from 20 to 80 radio and television station personnel who need network access in order to broadcast the games. In addition to the sheer volume and variety, equipment is constantly being added and moved around the ballpark.

Hear how Bradford Networks' Networks Sentry secures the Miami Marlin's ballpark, providing secure, automated networks provisioning for thousands of infrastructure devices.