DE

David E. Tobin

VP

27 past transactions

Row44

Series A in 2008
In 2004, John Guidon and Gregg Fialcowitz identified an opportunity with Hughes to leverage its global satellite infrastructure to provide inflight broadband services. In their view, current services available aboard flights were subpar at best due to both reliability and availability issues, and as technology entrepreneurs, John and Gregg had a vision of doing much better. The name Row 44 was actually the brainchild of John. On one occasion, during his many flights as a college student, he had the rather unpleasant experience of sitting in row 44 on an aging DC-10 airplane. What made this particularly memorable for John was the combination of sitting by the lavatories, under the third engine, in a tiny seat amongst other tiny seats. In his view, if the person sitting in a row 44 type of seat can have an enjoyable flight because of inflight entertainment, then Row 44 will be doing a stellar job. Today, Row 44 is the most widely deployed satellite-based inflight WiFi service, now deployed on more than 450 plans globally. The company’s growing list of airline partners includes Southwest Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Icelandair, Mango Airlines, Allegiant Air, Transaero Airlines and UTair Aviation.

Legend Films

Series B in 2003
Founded in 2001, Legend Films is the pioneer and recognized leader in the restoration and colorization of classic black-and-white films. The proprietary technology they utilize represents some of the most advanced colorization and restoration processes in the world, producing high-definition full-feature colorization achieved at a resolution and quality that is unsurpassed. They are proud to offer their colorized films as part of their amazing library of titles, including charming romantic comedies, inspiring sports, legendary horror and cult picks, classic mysteries and timeless holiday favorites! They also offer an acclaimed collection of big-screen studio hits including comedy, award-winning drama, horror, sci-fi and more!

BookingPal, Inc.

Series D in 2019
BookingPal, Inc. operates a cloud based global distribution system that is used in vacation rental, independent car rental, campground, and RV property rental markets. Its platform provides property managers/owners visibility by dispersing their properties to major travel Web sites, travel agents, and tour operators. The company’s platform also allows online travel agencies and publishers to add a range of properties to their database. BookingPal, Inc. was incorporated in 2013 and is based in Irvine, California.

Row44

Series B in 2010
In 2004, John Guidon and Gregg Fialcowitz identified an opportunity with Hughes to leverage its global satellite infrastructure to provide inflight broadband services. In their view, current services available aboard flights were subpar at best due to both reliability and availability issues, and as technology entrepreneurs, John and Gregg had a vision of doing much better. The name Row 44 was actually the brainchild of John. On one occasion, during his many flights as a college student, he had the rather unpleasant experience of sitting in row 44 on an aging DC-10 airplane. What made this particularly memorable for John was the combination of sitting by the lavatories, under the third engine, in a tiny seat amongst other tiny seats. In his view, if the person sitting in a row 44 type of seat can have an enjoyable flight because of inflight entertainment, then Row 44 will be doing a stellar job. Today, Row 44 is the most widely deployed satellite-based inflight WiFi service, now deployed on more than 450 plans globally. The company’s growing list of airline partners includes Southwest Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Icelandair, Mango Airlines, Allegiant Air, Transaero Airlines and UTair Aviation.

SilverRail Technologies

Venture Round in 2011
SilverRail Technologies AB develops software for inventory, sales, distribution, operations, and settlement for rail and ground transport services in Scandinavia. The company also sells and distributes tickets online. SilverRail Technologies AB was formerly known as Linkon AB, and changed its name to SilverRail Technologies AB in February, 2018. The company was founded in 2000 and is based in Stockholm, Sweden. SilverRail Technologies AB operates as a subsidiary of SilverRail Linkon AB.

CommPartners

Venture Round in 2007
CommPartners Connect is dedicated to providing business customers with the reliable, simple and affordable IP communications solutions they need in order to be competitive today. They offer solutions for all growing businesses, no matter what voice service is currently in place. From IP Trunking to fully hosted IP PBX services, the reliability, affordability and expertise of CommPartners Connect IP business solutions will make their services an indispensable asset to any competitive small and medium-sized enterprise.

SilverRail Technologies

Series A in 2010
SilverRail Technologies AB develops software for inventory, sales, distribution, operations, and settlement for rail and ground transport services in Scandinavia. The company also sells and distributes tickets online. SilverRail Technologies AB was formerly known as Linkon AB, and changed its name to SilverRail Technologies AB in February, 2018. The company was founded in 2000 and is based in Stockholm, Sweden. SilverRail Technologies AB operates as a subsidiary of SilverRail Linkon AB.

Uplift

Series B in 2017
Uplift is an enterprise Buy Now, Pay Later solution serving over 100 of the world's top travel brands. Through personalized, flexible payment options, Uplift helps consumers take control of their budget and experience a world of travel. With a complete range of payment options, Uplift unlocks higher conversions and lifetime customer value for merchant partners. The company was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.

Row44

Venture Round in 2012
In 2004, John Guidon and Gregg Fialcowitz identified an opportunity with Hughes to leverage its global satellite infrastructure to provide inflight broadband services. In their view, current services available aboard flights were subpar at best due to both reliability and availability issues, and as technology entrepreneurs, John and Gregg had a vision of doing much better. The name Row 44 was actually the brainchild of John. On one occasion, during his many flights as a college student, he had the rather unpleasant experience of sitting in row 44 on an aging DC-10 airplane. What made this particularly memorable for John was the combination of sitting by the lavatories, under the third engine, in a tiny seat amongst other tiny seats. In his view, if the person sitting in a row 44 type of seat can have an enjoyable flight because of inflight entertainment, then Row 44 will be doing a stellar job. Today, Row 44 is the most widely deployed satellite-based inflight WiFi service, now deployed on more than 450 plans globally. The company’s growing list of airline partners includes Southwest Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Icelandair, Mango Airlines, Allegiant Air, Transaero Airlines and UTair Aviation.

Lumexis

Venture Round in 2009
Lumexis Corporation engages in developing, manufacturing, and marketing fiber-to-the-screen (FTTS) in-flight entertainment (IFE) and communication systems. The company also provides customer support, training, and software services. Lumexis Corporation was founded in 2003 and is based in Costa Mesa, California.

ITA Software

Venture Round in 2006
ITA Software is an airline IT and services provider at the forefront of a new generation of technology that is changing the way the travel industry works. Combining advances in computer science, innovative problem-solving, and deep industry knowledge, the company's solutions deliver improved power and flexibility to the travel industry and greater efficiency for airlines, travel distributors, and passengers.

Farecast

Series C in 2007
Users with intelligent airfare predictions

Wheelhouse

Series A in 2022
Wheelhouse, Inc. develops a software which allows house and property owners to decide pricing of their properties on rent. The company's software helps analyze the pricing of the local home-sharing listings, local hotels, and current events. The company's pricing algorithm helps users determine pricing and optimize revenue and bookings. Wheelhouse, Inc. was founded in 2014 and is based in San Francisco, California.

AeroSat Corporation

Venture Round in 2008
At AeroSat Corporation, our mission is to keep you connected, no matter where you fly. For more than a decade, we have been developing aviation communications solutions for commercial aircraft and business jets that provide revolutionary global broadband and television services for passengers and crew. Today, AeroSat is on the cutting-edge of in-flight connectivity, a market poised for significant growth. Our innovative Ku-band antenna systems enable aircraft to connect to the Internet whether in flight or at the gate, affordably maintaining high-speed broadband connections in every region of the world. More than 300 of our commercial TV antennas have been installed to date, providing service where others can't, due to a weak signal, low-to-horizon positioning, or humid weather conditions. Our goal in the next two years is to become the aviation standard for wireless connectivity, television, cell-phone service, and text messaging. Within three years, we plan to introduce the next generation of airborne communications, delivering even greater connection speed at the lowest cost ever. Innovative products. Proven performance. Our product line includes four SATCOM antenna systems. Our newest product is a Fuselage Broadband Internet Antenna System that enables commercial airliners to receive true high-speed broadband Internet service. These Ku-band aircraft antennas are currently being implemented by several major airlines. In addition, we offer a Fuselage-Mounted aircraft television antenna, a Tail-Mounted aircraft television antenna and a TV/Internet Tail-Mounted Antenna. To date, we have shipped more than 300 units. Certified and approved. Today, our airborne SATCOM products are certified and in use on Boeing, Airbus, Gulfstream, Bombardier, Dessault and Cessna aircraft. AeroSat holds ISO 9001:2000 certification, Aerospace Standard (AS9100B) certification, FAA Parts Manufacture Authority (PMA) and is FAA certified on 28 types of aircraft. AeroSat's newest HR6400 Ku-band antenna is DO-160E qualified and flight tested.

Journera

Series B in 2022
Journera, Inc., a travel technology company, develops experience management platform for the travel industry. It offers Global Experience Record, a platform that enables travel providers and application developers to unify the travel experience across airlines, hotels, ground transportation, restaurants, and entertainment providers. The company’s software also provides real-time view of customer journeys for travel companies. Journera, Inc. was incorporated in 2015 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.

Freebird, Inc.

Series A in 2018
Freebird is a first-of-its-kind mobile rebooking tool that empowers travelers to skip the line and instantly book a new ticket – on any airline at no additional cost – in the event of a flight cancellation, four-hour delay, or missed connection. Freebird provides travelers with instant notifications in the event of a flight disruption, and offers the ability to rebook in less than 30 seconds with only three taps on their mobile device.

Advanced Inflight Alliance

Acquisition in 2012
Advanced Inflight Alliance AG has been focusing on inflight entertainment services since 2004. The acquisition of Duisburg-based Atlas Air Film + Media Service GmbH in June 2004, London-based Inflight Productions Ltd. in November 2005, Montreal-based DTI Software Inc. in January 2008 and Mumbai-based Fairdeal Multimedia Pvt. Ltd. in August 2008 enabled Advanced Inflight Alliance AG to become the leader in the niche market of inflight entertainment (IFE). The May 2011 acquisition of Hong Kong-based Emphasis Video Entertainment Ltd., the leading marketer of inflight entertainment licenses in Asian languages and a content service provider for airlines in Asia, as well as the acquisition of Entertainment in Motion, Inc., based in Los Angeles, USA, an independent inflight entertainment licensing company, are further milestones in the company's growth strategy. Advanced Inflight Alliance AG is the only listed company operating in this sector.

RiffTrax

Series E in 2008
RiffTrax.com is an innovative site featuring the funny DVD commentaries of Michael J. Nelson - Star of Mystery Science Theater 3000. At RiffTrax.com, you can download feature-length commentaries by Mike (plus other stars of MST3K and guest celebrities) and listen to these "RiffTrax" in sync with your favorite, and not so favorite DVDs. It's like watching a movie with your funniest friend. Popular remixes include The Matrix, 300, and Jurassic Park. The site already offers a selection of movies that have already been synced.

Chegg, Inc.

Post in 2016
Chegg was launched at Iowa State University in 2005 as a hyper-local classifieds directory. In fall 2007, Chegg introduced their revolutionary textbook rental service. Chegg now offers its services to more than 6,400 universities and community colleges across the country.

Uplift

Series C in 2019
Uplift is an enterprise Buy Now, Pay Later solution serving over 100 of the world's top travel brands. Through personalized, flexible payment options, Uplift helps consumers take control of their budget and experience a world of travel. With a complete range of payment options, Uplift unlocks higher conversions and lifetime customer value for merchant partners. The company was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.

Zillow

Series C in 2007
Online real estate marketplace for finding and sharing information about homes, real estate, and mortgages

Legend Films

Series E in 2008
Founded in 2001, Legend Films is the pioneer and recognized leader in the restoration and colorization of classic black-and-white films. The proprietary technology they utilize represents some of the most advanced colorization and restoration processes in the world, producing high-definition full-feature colorization achieved at a resolution and quality that is unsurpassed. They are proud to offer their colorized films as part of their amazing library of titles, including charming romantic comedies, inspiring sports, legendary horror and cult picks, classic mysteries and timeless holiday favorites! They also offer an acclaimed collection of big-screen studio hits including comedy, award-winning drama, horror, sci-fi and more!

Uplift

Series A in 2014
Uplift is an enterprise Buy Now, Pay Later solution serving over 100 of the world's top travel brands. Through personalized, flexible payment options, Uplift helps consumers take control of their budget and experience a world of travel. With a complete range of payment options, Uplift unlocks higher conversions and lifetime customer value for merchant partners. The company was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.
Evolve Vacation Rental Network, Inc. operates marketing and booking platform that provides vacation rental management services for guests and homeowners. The company enables homeowners to market and book their vacation home on rental basis online. It offers professional listing, marketing and distribution, inquiries and reservations, guest communications, local service provider information, and performance based services. The company was incorporated in 2010 and is based in Denver, Colorado.

Zillow

Series B in 2006
Online real estate marketplace for finding and sharing information about homes, real estate, and mortgages

Routehappy, Inc.

Series B in 2015
Routehappy is the product differentiation platform for air travel, providing the industry with Scores and Happiness Factors for every flight worldwide and Routehappy Hub, a product attribute platform that helps airlines organize and deliver rich content about their products wherever flights are displayed.