Entera EVP and Co-Founder Doug Roberston Joins Crescendo Ventures As Principal, Portfolio Development

Doug Robertson Brings 18 Years of Operational and Entrepreneurial Experience

To Growth of Firm's Portfolio Companies



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Crescendo Ventures

    PALO ALTO, Calif., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Doug Robertson has joined Crescendo Ventures, a global, early-stage investment
 firm, as a Principal in the Portfolio Development Group.  An 18-year veteran
 of the telecommunications industry, Mr. Robertson will tap his considerable
 operational experience to help Crescendo-backed entrepreneurs build their
 companies.
     "We're pleased to welcome Doug and his tremendous experience to our team,"
 said David Spreng, Crescendo Ventures founder and managing general partner.
 "His personal history and understanding of what young companies need to thrive
 will be invaluable as Crescendo continues to expand the support services
 offered to our more than 85 portfolio companies."
     "Crescendo is one of the firms that recognizes tremendous value can be
 brought to operations companies through portfolio development,"
 Robertson said.  "My experience has allowed me to see many areas that can be
 affected to improve operational efficiencies and bring value to Crescendo's
 portfolio companies in areas that may not be core to their business."
     Prior to joining Crescendo, Mr. Robertson was a co-founder and executive
 vice president of Entera, Inc., which was acquired by CacheFlow for
 $170 million in December 2000.  While at Entera, he served in a variety of
 positions including COO, CFO, VP marketing/sales and business development.  He
 previously held executive positions in strategy, marketing, and business
 development at Level 3 Communications and Motorola.  He has developed
 extensive experience overseeing investments in start-ups.  At Motorola,
 Robertson managed a $25 million private investment portfolio that was an early
 investor in companies such as @Home Networks, Viewpoint Data Labs and
 WorldGate Communications.
 
     About Crescendo Ventures
     Crescendo Ventures is a leading global venture capital organization
 focused on early-stage investment opportunities in communications and Internet
 infrastructure.  Crescendo Ventures helps create and accelerate the growth of
 its portfolio companies by offering a unique, team-oriented approach to
 capitalization.  In addition to providing consistent, long-term financial
 support, Crescendo Ventures combines industry expertise, years of investment
 experience and an invaluable network of partnerships and resources to build
 successful businesses.  Founded in 1993, Crescendo Ventures manages more than
 $1 billion from its headquarters in Palo Alto, California and offices in
 Minneapolis and London.
     Additional information is available at www.crescendoventures.com.  Media
 and analyst inquiries may be directed to Nigel Ravenhill, Bravo! Marketing,
 415-777-0800, ext. 134, or nigel@bravomarketing.com.  Company contact:
 Victoria Lewis, 650-566-6816, ext. 3006, or vlewis@crescendoventures.com.
 
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    PALO ALTO, Calif., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Doug Robertson has joined Crescendo Ventures, a global, early-stage investment
 firm, as a Principal in the Portfolio Development Group.  An 18-year veteran
 of the telecommunications industry, Mr. Robertson will tap his considerable
 operational experience to help Crescendo-backed entrepreneurs build their
 companies.
     "We're pleased to welcome Doug and his tremendous experience to our team,"
 said David Spreng, Crescendo Ventures founder and managing general partner.
 "His personal history and understanding of what young companies need to thrive
 will be invaluable as Crescendo continues to expand the support services
 offered to our more than 85 portfolio companies."
     "Crescendo is one of the firms that recognizes tremendous value can be
 brought to operations companies through portfolio development,"
 Robertson said.  "My experience has allowed me to see many areas that can be
 affected to improve operational efficiencies and bring value to Crescendo's
 portfolio companies in areas that may not be core to their business."
     Prior to joining Crescendo, Mr. Robertson was a co-founder and executive
 vice president of Entera, Inc., which was acquired by CacheFlow for
 $170 million in December 2000.  While at Entera, he served in a variety of
 positions including COO, CFO, VP marketing/sales and business development.  He
 previously held executive positions in strategy, marketing, and business
 development at Level 3 Communications and Motorola.  He has developed
 extensive experience overseeing investments in start-ups.  At Motorola,
 Robertson managed a $25 million private investment portfolio that was an early
 investor in companies such as @Home Networks, Viewpoint Data Labs and
 WorldGate Communications.
 
     About Crescendo Ventures
     Crescendo Ventures is a leading global venture capital organization
 focused on early-stage investment opportunities in communications and Internet
 infrastructure.  Crescendo Ventures helps create and accelerate the growth of
 its portfolio companies by offering a unique, team-oriented approach to
 capitalization.  In addition to providing consistent, long-term financial
 support, Crescendo Ventures combines industry expertise, years of investment
 experience and an invaluable network of partnerships and resources to build
 successful businesses.  Founded in 1993, Crescendo Ventures manages more than
 $1 billion from its headquarters in Palo Alto, California and offices in
 Minneapolis and London.
     Additional information is available at www.crescendoventures.com.  Media
 and analyst inquiries may be directed to Nigel Ravenhill, Bravo! Marketing,
 415-777-0800, ext. 134, or nigel@bravomarketing.com.  Company contact:
 Victoria Lewis, 650-566-6816, ext. 3006, or vlewis@crescendoventures.com.
 
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