Centennial Ventures

Centennial Ventures is a venture capital firm specializing in seed, early, and later stage financing. The firm prefers to make investments in network enterprises and related enabling technology and software companies. The firm takes a board seat in its portfolio companies. Centennial Ventures was founded in 1982 and is based in Denver, Colorado with additional offices in Houston, Texas and Austin, Texas.
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Jim Allen

Partner

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Adam Goldman

General Partner

Steve Halstedt

Co-Founder and MD

David Hull

MD

Jeffrey H. Schutz

MD

55 past transactions

Raindance Communications

Venture Round in 1999
Raindance Communications (formerly Evoke Communications) is a provider of Internet solutions that allow users to communicate and exchange voice, video and visuals in a simple, cost-effective manner through Web-based applications and technologies. The company's suite of application services currently consists of its flagship Evoke Webconferencing service, live and on-demand streaming through Evoke Webcasting, voice-to-email messaging through Evoke Talking Email and a real-time voice chat through Evoke Web Talk.

Alereon, Inc.

Venture Round in 2008
Alereon is a fabless semiconductor company developing innovative Ultrawideband (UWB) wireless chipsets. Their mission is to simplify networking by removing cables, allowing effortless connections between PCs, consumer electronics, peripherals and mobile devices. We want to change the way consumers connect to the world.

Optasite

Series A in 2004
Optasite engages in the acquisition and development of telecommunications tower sites in the United States. It offers wireless consulting services. The company's services also include site leasing and colocation, tower acquisition, and site development. It serves broadband wireless providers, including wireless carriers, as well as other customers in the telecommunications industry, such as the FCC licensed carriers, government agencies, public safety organizations, private enterprises, and two-way radio services. Optasite, Inc. was formerly known as Pinnacle Site Development, Inc

Ellacoya Networks

Series C in 2001
Ellacoya Networks is a provider of carrier-grade Broadband Service Optimization solutions that leverage deep packet inspection (DPI) technology to give broadband service providers the visibility and control necessary to optimize Internet services for their subscribers. The Ellacoya e30 and e100 hardware platforms and rich suite of software applications identify subscribers, classify and control applications on a per-subscriber basis, improve performance and customer satisfaction, and deliver revenue-generating IP services. Deployed in some of the world’s largest carrier IP networks, it is the only company that provides the scalability and functionality necessary to enable more compelling applications and competitive service offerings -- and to profit from them. Ellacoya Networks is privately held and based in Merrimack, New Hampshire with offices in London, Tokyo and Singapore.

CoVi Technologies

Series A in 2007
CoVi Technologies provides security solutions for businesses, governments, and individuals. The company's solutions are used to safeguard valuable assets, deter crime, monitor facilities, respond to security issues, and provide evidentiary material. It develops and manufactures high-definition video surveillance systems. The company offers high definition sensor based products, including high definition cameras, distributed media managers/recorders, and crystal high definition surveillance system software, as well as varifocal and monofocal lenses. It also serves gaming, banking, education, and retail industries. CoVi Technologies, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas with an additional office in Henley-on-Thames, the United Kingdom.
Founded in 1994, Crown Castle International is a United States-based corporate firm that operates and leases towers and other infrastructure for wireless communications.

maniaTV

Series C in 2008
maniaTV is network of original pop culture TV shows satiating the viewing habits of the Internet's most rabid video consumers. Shows that are network quality and that include major established Hollywood personalities like MTV's Audrina Patridge, Fox Sports' Tom Arnold, MADtv Bobby Lee, Jackass Superstar Wee-man, Comedian Tom Green, CBS Rockstar's Dave Navarro, and many more. Most importantly, maniaTV takes advantage of, and benefits from, the current disruption of television and huge shift of TV dollars to the Internet. To wit, maniaTV has worked with over 90 leading brands from every major advertising agency.

Slacker, Inc.

Venture Round in 2009
Slacker, Inc. provides radio music services in the United States and internationally. It delivers free and subscription-based access to various songs and expert-programmed stations, news, sports, and talk on the Web, mobile devices, in-car infotainment systems, and consumer electronics platforms. Slacker, Inc. was formerly known as Broadband Instruments Corp. The company was incorporated in 2003 and is based in San Diego, California. As of December 29, 2017, Slacker, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of LiveXLive Media, Inc.

Telephia

Series D in 2001
Telephia is a provider of research on consumer usage data in the telecom and mobile media markets. Telephia’s portfolio of marketing and service quality information products helps mobile service operators, device manufacturers, infrastructure companies, and enterprises make better business decisions. Mobile companies use Telephia information products to track their position in the mobile marketplace; optimize investment decisions; and drive adoption and usage of their services and products. Telephia  was acquired by Nielsen Mobile in June 2007.

Alereon, Inc.

Series B in 2005
Alereon is a fabless semiconductor company developing innovative Ultrawideband (UWB) wireless chipsets. Their mission is to simplify networking by removing cables, allowing effortless connections between PCs, consumer electronics, peripherals and mobile devices. We want to change the way consumers connect to the world.

Market Force Information, Inc.

Debt Financing in 2011
Market Force Information provides consumer experience information and insights for multi-location businesses. Through a suite of products, Market Force Information helps businesses increase customer loyalty and protect the brand at the store level through the corporate level. They have headquarters in Colorado and were founded in 2005.

maniaTV

Series B in 2005
maniaTV is network of original pop culture TV shows satiating the viewing habits of the Internet's most rabid video consumers. Shows that are network quality and that include major established Hollywood personalities like MTV's Audrina Patridge, Fox Sports' Tom Arnold, MADtv Bobby Lee, Jackass Superstar Wee-man, Comedian Tom Green, CBS Rockstar's Dave Navarro, and many more. Most importantly, maniaTV takes advantage of, and benefits from, the current disruption of television and huge shift of TV dollars to the Internet. To wit, maniaTV has worked with over 90 leading brands from every major advertising agency.

Agilera, Inc.

Venture Round in 2000
Agilera, Inc. is a full-service, enterprise Application Service Provider (ASP) that delivers high quality, value-priced application management and technology services to businesses in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, retail, business services and telecommunications. Agilera's economies of skill, scale and speed provide businesses the freedom to concentrate on their core capabilities while achieving quicker time-to-benefit with new application functionality and new releases, faster return on investment, reduced costs, and a lower overall Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

Ellacoya Networks

Series A in 2000
Ellacoya Networks is a provider of carrier-grade Broadband Service Optimization solutions that leverage deep packet inspection (DPI) technology to give broadband service providers the visibility and control necessary to optimize Internet services for their subscribers. The Ellacoya e30 and e100 hardware platforms and rich suite of software applications identify subscribers, classify and control applications on a per-subscriber basis, improve performance and customer satisfaction, and deliver revenue-generating IP services. Deployed in some of the world’s largest carrier IP networks, it is the only company that provides the scalability and functionality necessary to enable more compelling applications and competitive service offerings -- and to profit from them. Ellacoya Networks is privately held and based in Merrimack, New Hampshire with offices in London, Tokyo and Singapore.
Grande Communications Networks is a telecom company that provides a suite of internet, television, and phone services to residential and business customers. It offers high-speed Internet, wireless home networking, and fiber Internet services; digital basic TV; cable, preferred, and premier TV services; and advertising services. The company also provides data, voice, video, colocation, commercial development, bundles, MDU, and customer care services to small and enterprise businesses. ###Grande Communications Networks is recapitalized by ABRY Partners in 2009###

Accellos

Series B in 2008
Accellos was founded on a simple idea: supply chain companies deserve robust technology solutions that are easy and inexpensive to implement and maintain. Accellos provides powerful supply-chain execution solutions that are easy to customize and implement, allowing their customers to enjoy more innovation for less investment. Their aim is to strike the perfect balance among customer satisfaction, employee fulfillment and stakeholder value. Through a combination of strategic acquisitions, carefully-crafted partnerships and industry-leading investments in research, development and customer care, Accellos aims to become the clear choice for supply chain companies worldwide.

Slacker, Inc.

Series C in 2009
Slacker, Inc. provides radio music services in the United States and internationally. It delivers free and subscription-based access to various songs and expert-programmed stations, news, sports, and talk on the Web, mobile devices, in-car infotainment systems, and consumer electronics platforms. Slacker, Inc. was formerly known as Broadband Instruments Corp. The company was incorporated in 2003 and is based in San Diego, California. As of December 29, 2017, Slacker, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of LiveXLive Media, Inc.

Inflow

Venture Round in 2002
Inflow provides facility-based information technology outsourcing solutions for companies with critical business and network applications.

ExteNet Systems, Inc.

Debt Financing in 2008
ExteNet Systems designs, builds and operates network infrastructure - primarily using distributed antenna systems. DAS networks by ExteNet Systems are implemented by wireless service providers in a variety of locations and environments. ExteNet is technologically adaptable – which means they can operate CDMA, GSM, UMTS, 3G and 4G within each fiber network that we deploy. They are adept at designing, implementing and operating fiber networks to extend their network’s traditional sites into hard-to-zone areas, or to places where you do not have coverage. Their fiber networks could also be a reasonable backhaul solution for wireless service providers.

Panasas

Series C in 2002
High performance parallel storage solutions platform enabling users to solve computing problems and bring products to market
Founded in 1994, Crown Castle International is a United States-based corporate firm that operates and leases towers and other infrastructure for wireless communications.

ExteNet Systems, Inc.

Venture Round in 2010
ExteNet Systems designs, builds and operates network infrastructure - primarily using distributed antenna systems. DAS networks by ExteNet Systems are implemented by wireless service providers in a variety of locations and environments. ExteNet is technologically adaptable – which means they can operate CDMA, GSM, UMTS, 3G and 4G within each fiber network that we deploy. They are adept at designing, implementing and operating fiber networks to extend their network’s traditional sites into hard-to-zone areas, or to places where you do not have coverage. Their fiber networks could also be a reasonable backhaul solution for wireless service providers.
Grande Communications Networks is a telecom company that provides a suite of internet, television, and phone services to residential and business customers. It offers high-speed Internet, wireless home networking, and fiber Internet services; digital basic TV; cable, preferred, and premier TV services; and advertising services. The company also provides data, voice, video, colocation, commercial development, bundles, MDU, and customer care services to small and enterprise businesses. ###Grande Communications Networks is recapitalized by ABRY Partners in 2009###

Telephia

Series D in 2003
Telephia is a provider of research on consumer usage data in the telecom and mobile media markets. Telephia’s portfolio of marketing and service quality information products helps mobile service operators, device manufacturers, infrastructure companies, and enterprises make better business decisions. Mobile companies use Telephia information products to track their position in the mobile marketplace; optimize investment decisions; and drive adoption and usage of their services and products. Telephia  was acquired by Nielsen Mobile in June 2007.
Masergy is a managed services and cloud communications provider delivering customized, high-performance platforms that help businesses compete in the global marketplace. The company pioneered one of the first global IP/MPLS networks in 2000 that could deliver a pure Ethernet experience to any location worldwide. Masergy has since expanded its offerings and today operates the largest independent global network platform, a fully integrated cloud communications offering, cloud-based security and managed network services. These solutions deliver a superior customer experience with guaranteed performance, scalability and reach. Masergy's award-winning technology, flexible solutions and unmatched passion for customer care are why a growing number of the world's largest companies rely on Masergy to deliver performance beyond expectations.

Advanced Telecom Group

Private Equity Round in 1999
Advanced Telecom Group is a telecommunications service provider based in Washington. The company offers services related to telephone and voice mail systems installations, service, and repair. It also offers voice, data, fiber, and video cabling services.

Nitronex

Series B in 2001
Specializing in the development and manufacturing of gallium nitride-on-silicon (GaN-on-Si) RF power devices, Nitronex is the global leader in high-performance GaN-on-Si RF power devices. Nitronex develops and manufactures gallium nitride-on-silicon (GaN-on-Si) RF power devices. Nitronex was founded in 1999 by graduates of the wide bandgap program at North Carolina State University and is headquartered in Durham, North Carolina. It holds 21 patents with 17 others pending.

Optasite

Series B in 2005
Optasite engages in the acquisition and development of telecommunications tower sites in the United States. It offers wireless consulting services. The company's services also include site leasing and colocation, tower acquisition, and site development. It serves broadband wireless providers, including wireless carriers, as well as other customers in the telecommunications industry, such as the FCC licensed carriers, government agencies, public safety organizations, private enterprises, and two-way radio services. Optasite, Inc. was formerly known as Pinnacle Site Development, Inc

CoVi Technologies

Venture Round in 2006
CoVi Technologies provides security solutions for businesses, governments, and individuals. The company's solutions are used to safeguard valuable assets, deter crime, monitor facilities, respond to security issues, and provide evidentiary material. It develops and manufactures high-definition video surveillance systems. The company offers high definition sensor based products, including high definition cameras, distributed media managers/recorders, and crystal high definition surveillance system software, as well as varifocal and monofocal lenses. It also serves gaming, banking, education, and retail industries. CoVi Technologies, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas with an additional office in Henley-on-Thames, the United Kingdom.

Zayo

Venture Round in 2007
Zayo Group provides comprehensive Bandwidth Infrastructure services in over 300 markets throughout the US and Europe. Zayo delivers a full suite of lit services and dark fiber products to wireline and wireless customers, data centers, Internet content providers, high-bandwidth enterprises, and government agencies across its robust 79,000 route mile network. The company also offers 27 carrier-neutral colocation facilities across the US. Please visit www.zayo.com for more information about Zayo and its fiber solutions.

TensorComm

Series C in 2005
TensorComm, Inc. engages in the research, development, and testing of interference cancellation technology solutions for improving performance and data throughput in 3G and 4G networks. It offers its solutions for wireless operators, device original equipment manufacturers, baseband providers, and consumer/data users. The company has presence in North America, Asia, and Europe. TensorComm, Inc. was incorporated in 2001 and is based in Westminster, Colorado.
Masergy is a managed services and cloud communications provider delivering customized, high-performance platforms that help businesses compete in the global marketplace. The company pioneered one of the first global IP/MPLS networks in 2000 that could deliver a pure Ethernet experience to any location worldwide. Masergy has since expanded its offerings and today operates the largest independent global network platform, a fully integrated cloud communications offering, cloud-based security and managed network services. These solutions deliver a superior customer experience with guaranteed performance, scalability and reach. Masergy's award-winning technology, flexible solutions and unmatched passion for customer care are why a growing number of the world's largest companies rely on Masergy to deliver performance beyond expectations.

NuVox

Private Equity Round in 2002
Windstream Communications provides voice and data network communications, and managed services to businesses in the United States.

Compellent Technologies

Venture Round in 2006
Compellent Technologies, Inc. develops and provides enterprise storage software and hardware solutions that automate the movement and management of data. They offers Fluid Data Storage, an enterprise storage platform, Fluid Data Architecture, a network storage solution to manage data at a granular level, and Storage Center 5.4, which allows enterprises to adapt to changing business requirements.
Masergy is a managed services and cloud communications provider delivering customized, high-performance platforms that help businesses compete in the global marketplace. The company pioneered one of the first global IP/MPLS networks in 2000 that could deliver a pure Ethernet experience to any location worldwide. Masergy has since expanded its offerings and today operates the largest independent global network platform, a fully integrated cloud communications offering, cloud-based security and managed network services. These solutions deliver a superior customer experience with guaranteed performance, scalability and reach. Masergy's award-winning technology, flexible solutions and unmatched passion for customer care are why a growing number of the world's largest companies rely on Masergy to deliver performance beyond expectations.

iVast

Series C in 2001
iVAST International spent five years building the most comprehensive media-based system integration, distribution and reseller channel network across Asia Pacific, Australia, Europe, South America, and the United States, along with a substantial list of end user clients, including @NetHome Japan, Bluewave Technology, China Education TV, China Telecom, Dawning Computer, Dentsu, DNP, Hiroshima University, Japan Business TV, Memory-Tech, NTT Communications, Oriental Telemedia, Sony, Teleman Communications, and Yahoo.

Ecrix

Venture Round in 2000
Ecrix develops data-storage tape products for computing systems, network configurations, and application environments. It offers VXA, a tape storage solution. Ecrix was acquired by Exabyte Corporation in August 2001. Ecrix was founded in 1996 by Juan Rodriguez and Kelly Beavers. It is based in Boulder, Colorado.

Alereon, Inc.

Series A in 2004
Alereon is a fabless semiconductor company developing innovative Ultrawideband (UWB) wireless chipsets. Their mission is to simplify networking by removing cables, allowing effortless connections between PCs, consumer electronics, peripherals and mobile devices. We want to change the way consumers connect to the world.

Ellacoya Networks

Series B in 2000
Ellacoya Networks is a provider of carrier-grade Broadband Service Optimization solutions that leverage deep packet inspection (DPI) technology to give broadband service providers the visibility and control necessary to optimize Internet services for their subscribers. The Ellacoya e30 and e100 hardware platforms and rich suite of software applications identify subscribers, classify and control applications on a per-subscriber basis, improve performance and customer satisfaction, and deliver revenue-generating IP services. Deployed in some of the world’s largest carrier IP networks, it is the only company that provides the scalability and functionality necessary to enable more compelling applications and competitive service offerings -- and to profit from them. Ellacoya Networks is privately held and based in Merrimack, New Hampshire with offices in London, Tokyo and Singapore.
Market Force Information provides consumer experience information and insights for multi-location businesses. Through a suite of products, Market Force Information helps businesses increase customer loyalty and protect the brand at the store level through the corporate level. They have headquarters in Colorado and were founded in 2005.

Siterra

Series B in 2005
Siterra Corporation develops and markets Web based software solutions to the asset management sector. The company offers operating sites, projects, assets, real estate properties, and document management solutions. Additionally, it provides asset analysis, inventory and cash flow management, reporting, lease administration and tracking, and integration services. Siterra also delivers secure access, notification, audit trailing, and document tracking services. In addition, the company offers business consulting, customer support, and training services. It caters to oil and gas, real estate, retail, and renewable energy sectors. The company’s clientele include Sprint, AT&T, MetroPCS, KPMG, and ExxonMobil. Siterra Corporation was founded in 2001 and is based in San Francisco, California.

Alereon, Inc.

Series B in 2007
Alereon is a fabless semiconductor company developing innovative Ultrawideband (UWB) wireless chipsets. Their mission is to simplify networking by removing cables, allowing effortless connections between PCs, consumer electronics, peripherals and mobile devices. We want to change the way consumers connect to the world.
Grande Communications Networks is a telecom company that provides a suite of internet, television, and phone services to residential and business customers. It offers high-speed Internet, wireless home networking, and fiber Internet services; digital basic TV; cable, preferred, and premier TV services; and advertising services. The company also provides data, voice, video, colocation, commercial development, bundles, MDU, and customer care services to small and enterprise businesses. ###Grande Communications Networks is recapitalized by ABRY Partners in 2009###

Siterra

Series C in 2007
Siterra Corporation develops and markets Web based software solutions to the asset management sector. The company offers operating sites, projects, assets, real estate properties, and document management solutions. Additionally, it provides asset analysis, inventory and cash flow management, reporting, lease administration and tracking, and integration services. Siterra also delivers secure access, notification, audit trailing, and document tracking services. In addition, the company offers business consulting, customer support, and training services. It caters to oil and gas, real estate, retail, and renewable energy sectors. The company’s clientele include Sprint, AT&T, MetroPCS, KPMG, and ExxonMobil. Siterra Corporation was founded in 2001 and is based in San Francisco, California.

Slacker, Inc.

Series B in 2007
Slacker, Inc. provides radio music services in the United States and internationally. It delivers free and subscription-based access to various songs and expert-programmed stations, news, sports, and talk on the Web, mobile devices, in-car infotainment systems, and consumer electronics platforms. Slacker, Inc. was formerly known as Broadband Instruments Corp. The company was incorporated in 2003 and is based in San Diego, California. As of December 29, 2017, Slacker, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of LiveXLive Media, Inc.

Siterra

Series C in 2005
Siterra Corporation develops and markets Web based software solutions to the asset management sector. The company offers operating sites, projects, assets, real estate properties, and document management solutions. Additionally, it provides asset analysis, inventory and cash flow management, reporting, lease administration and tracking, and integration services. Siterra also delivers secure access, notification, audit trailing, and document tracking services. In addition, the company offers business consulting, customer support, and training services. It caters to oil and gas, real estate, retail, and renewable energy sectors. The company’s clientele include Sprint, AT&T, MetroPCS, KPMG, and ExxonMobil. Siterra Corporation was founded in 2001 and is based in San Francisco, California.
Founded in 1994, Crown Castle International is a United States-based corporate firm that operates and leases towers and other infrastructure for wireless communications.

Inflow

Venture Round in 2001
Inflow provides facility-based information technology outsourcing solutions for companies with critical business and network applications.

Fantasma Networks

Series A in 2000
Fantasma Networks was acquired by Pulse-Link, Inc. Fantasma develops and commercializes ultra-wideband technologies for wireless networking in homes, schools, and small offices. The company became an independent organization in January 2000, with the charter to combine ultra-wideband (UWB) radio transmission technology. Fantasma Networks is located in Mountain View, California and the company's professional affiliations include IEEE, CCIA and The 1394 Trade Association.

Optasite

Series B in 2004
Optasite engages in the acquisition and development of telecommunications tower sites in the United States. It offers wireless consulting services. The company's services also include site leasing and colocation, tower acquisition, and site development. It serves broadband wireless providers, including wireless carriers, as well as other customers in the telecommunications industry, such as the FCC licensed carriers, government agencies, public safety organizations, private enterprises, and two-way radio services. Optasite, Inc. was formerly known as Pinnacle Site Development, Inc

Augmentix

Series B in 2005
Augmentix Corporation develops rugged computing solutions for military, public safety/first responder, energy, homeland security, telecommunications, professional and field services, and industrial customers. The company provides A+ Rugged Servers, which are designed for server management in rack dense and transit case deployment applications; A+1950 2U Rugged Server that are used in harsh environmental conditions; A+R200 1U Rugged Server, which manages space-conscious deployments of mission-critical applications; and A+Server Availability Management Processor System, a management card that manages server class payment card industry systems. It also offers custom partner programs. The company was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas. As of July 14, 2008, Augmentix Corporation operates as a subsidiary of Entorian Technologies, Inc.

InnerWireless

Series C in 2005
InnerWireless, Inc. provides in-building wireless and RFID solutions to healthcare, enterprise, government, and hotel/gaming markets. InnerWireless solutions provide in-building wireless wide area network (WAN) and WLAN solutions for voice, data, multimedia, location, and other wireless services to the mobile workforce. It offers Wireless Utility, a broadband infrastructure that provides wireless signal coverage for mobility, communication, and real-time access to data. This solution also provides access to WAN services, including cellular services, paging capability, two-way radio service, first responder technology, WiFi access, enterprise voice service, and building automation and security. InnerWireless offers Horizon Converged Wireless platform for wide area services, building distribution, local area services, and segment distribution; and PanGo Unified Asset Visibility platform for asset, workflow, and inventory management, as well as to aggregate and synthesize data from various RTLS, RFID, and sensor sources. InnerWireless, Inc. was formerly known as E-tron Technologies, Inc. InnerWireless was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Richardson, Texas.

Panasas

Series E in 2008
High performance parallel storage solutions platform enabling users to solve computing problems and bring products to market

Panasas

Venture Round in 2004
High performance parallel storage solutions platform enabling users to solve computing problems and bring products to market

Agilera, Inc.

Private Equity Round in 2000
Agilera, Inc. is a full-service, enterprise Application Service Provider (ASP) that delivers high quality, value-priced application management and technology services to businesses in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, retail, business services and telecommunications. Agilera's economies of skill, scale and speed provide businesses the freedom to concentrate on their core capabilities while achieving quicker time-to-benefit with new application functionality and new releases, faster return on investment, reduced costs, and a lower overall Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).