Highwinds Network Business Deal

In this paper we will discuss the recent business deal, announced in March 2008, made by the Winter Park based Highwinds Network Group, Inc. The company will receive a 55 million dollar investment from Alta Communications, a private equity firm situated in Boston, and General Catalyst Partners, a Massachusetts based venture capital fund.
On March 11, 2008, Highwinds Network Group, Inc., based in Winter Park, disclosed its recent business deal in which General Catalyst Partners and Alta Communications will invest 55 million dollars into Highwinds.Highwinds Network Group, Inc., founded in 2002, is a provider of content delivery and replication software, and of multi-platform IP services.

It also specializes in network management, “advanced content routing methods” and “distributed file system technology”. Highwinds’ patented CDN helps companies to move content globally within a short span of time.

The company’s easy to use “StrikeTracker content management”, “reporting dashboard” and high-performance based “RollingThunder network” help their clients to manage content and file downloads easily.
General Catalyst Partners, established in 2000, is a venture capital fund, which mainly invests in technology-based companies. Its headquarter is situated in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Alta Communications, situated in Boston, is a private equity fund. It focuses mainly on electronics, communications and media industries. The company has already invested in more than 100 companies since its establishment. The current capital amount of the company is 1.5 billion dollars.

Deal Objectives:
Highwinds will use the money to fund its RollingThunder network project.
This deal will enable Highwinds to spend more on research and development so that it can offer some more attractive content delivery solutions.
Highwinds wanted to combine its RollingThunder network with Knack Networks and Digital Rapids Corporation in order to develop advanced IPTV solutions for global media companies.

This deal will help actualize that plan.


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