Altierre Secures $17 Million in Oversubscribed Series B Round Led By the D. E. Shaw Group
Dupont Participates as a Strategic Investor
in the Wireless Infrastructure Provider for Major Retailers
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 11, 2007 — Altierre Corp., a provider of wireless infrastructure solutions for retailers, announced today it has closed an oversubscribed, $17-million Series B round led by the D. E. Shaw group, a global investment and technology development firm with approximately $29 billion in aggregate investment capital. Also participating in the round were Dupont Capital Management and existing investors — ATA Ventures, Kinetic Ventures and Labrador Ventures — from a $13-million Series A round in January 2005. Altierre said the new capital will support multi-phase implementations with major retail chains later this year.
“We believe Altierre’s total-systems approach to solving critical business problems with specialty low-power chips, long range RFID-based wireless networks and enterprise software is one of the most significant breakthroughs for retailers since the introduction of the bar code 30 years ago,” said Andre Turenne, a senior vice president at the D. E. Shaw group. “Deep in experience with top-tier grocery and other retail chains, the Altierre team is working closely with major grocers to co-develop and refine its technology, which we believe is poised for significant expansion into other retail verticals.”
The company, which was founded in 2003, also announced that Mr. Turenne has joined its board of directors.
“We’ve had our eye on Altierre for a long time and are very pleased to now have the opportunity to participate as an investor,” said Daryl Brown, associate portfolio manager of DuPont Capital Management.
“Altierre is one of our best performing portfolio companies,” said Michio Fujimura, managing director of ATA Ventures, which led the series A round. “The company is incredibly well positioned to capitalize on the multi-billion dollar opportunity. We believe that Altierre, a technology company with a keen understanding of consumer behavior in retail-store aisles, is the first to address the core issues and build a platform that will deliver substantial ROI gains for its customers.”
Altierre’s proprietary hardware and software platform features low-cost, long-range RFID technology and back-end data-management capabilities that efficiently deliver real-time, chain-wide dynamic pricing and shelf promotions, improve price accuracy, sharply reduce labor costs and enable targeted communications with customers and employees. Electronic shelf labels, point-of-purchase messaging and a range of other functions have been built into the company’s unified platform.
“Big market, great technology, customer relationships and proven management. Altierre is to VCs what celebrities are to the public: hard to find, but exciting to see,” said Sean Foote from Labrador Ventures.
“The refinement and validation of our technology are right on schedule,” said Sunit Saxena, chairman and CEO of Altierre. “We are very gratified to receive another vote of confidence from premier financial and strategic investors, and we expect to benefit greatly from the business networks and experience that they bring. With this additional capital, we are confident that Altierre will achieve its initial implementation plans, further penetrate the more than $10-billion grocery-market opportunity, and serve a growing number of retailers in key verticals nationwide.”
About The D. E. Shaw Group
The D. E. Shaw group is a global investment and technology development firm. Since its organization in 1988, the firm has earned an international reputation for financial innovation, technological leadership, and an extraordinarily distinguished staff. The D. E. Shaw group encompasses a number of closely related entities with more than 1,000 employees, approximately $29 billion in aggregate investment capital, and offices in New York, London, Silicon Valley, Houston, Kansas City, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Bermuda, and Hyderabad and Gurgaon, India.
About DuPont Capital Management
DuPont Capital Management (DCM), originally charged with overseeing the DuPont Corporation’s institutional pension assets, has evolved over the past thirty-one years into a competitive, diverse, and agile investment group uniquely positioned to offer other investors the benefits of our experience. DCM currently manages more than $27 billion in assets across a wide spectrum of capitalization, geography, and asset classes. DCM invests in Private Equity assets as well as global equity products, which include U.S. Large Cap, Mid Cap, Small Cap and International and Emerging Markets. DCM’s global fixed income products include Core, Core Plus and High Yield strategies.
ATA Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on seeking out early stage private companies that appear to offer above average prospects for capital growth. With over $350 million of capital under management, ATA Ventures focuses on Information Technology (IT) and provides seed capital and early stages of financing to these companies.
About Labrador Ventures
Labrador Ventures is one of Silicon Valley’s oldest seed/early stage venture capital firms with consistent top-tier performance. Labrador has backed successful entrepreneurs for the past seventeen years. Labrador invests in privately-held technology companies including, information services, software, communications/networking, messaging and semi-conductors. Labrador has invested in more than 90 companies and is currently investing its fifth fund. These investments include: Jareva (VERITAS); MyPoints.com (NASDAQ: MYPT); InfoGear (Cisco); Family Point (iVillage); Digital Impact (NASDAQ: DIGI); Four II (Yahoo); Internet Devices (Alcatel); RightPoint (E-piphany); Hotmail (Microsoft); Convoy (NEON); Sonic Innovations (NASDAQ: SNCI); Abuzz (The New York Times).
About Kinetic Ventures
Founded in 1984, Kinetic Ventures is a leading provider of capital to entrepreneurial companies addressing growth markets related to communications, Internet and customer service. The company's strong track record includes investments in Ciena, Cerent, Corvis, NetCore Systems, Peace Software, PlaceWare, Ramp Networks and VerticalOne. Kinetic Ventures has offices in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and Atlanta, Georgia.
About Altierre Corp.
Altierre Corp., a leading provider of digital signage and pricing solutions for retailers, provides single-platform hardware, software and other IT solutions that enable RF-based applications. Altierre’s ultra low power long-range wireless technology enables wireless pricing solutions and sensor network applications such as automated temperature monitoring. Its pricing solution allows chain-wide dynamic pricing, improves price accuracy, sharply reduces costs and paper waste, and improves communication with consumers from the onset of the shopping experience to the point-of-purchase. Altierre is a winner of the Red Herring 100 Award, a selection of the 100 private companies based in North America that play a leading role in innovation and technology. Incorporated in 2003, Altierre is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. For more information, please visit www.altierre.com.