Funding Accelerates Company’s Rapid Growth
New York, NY – April 10, 2006 – Pivot Solutions, the developer of IMTRADER, today announced it has closed $8 million in an oversubscribed series B round led by SoftBank Capital. The round also includes strong participation from existing investors to fuel continued rapid growth and supports expansion of the company’s market leading solution.
IMTRADER is the first AIM certified instant messaging communications, trading and research platform that helps the sell side increase profitability and enables the buy side to increase portfolio returns through targeted, relevant, real-time communications. IMTRADER offers an easy-to-use, robust communications platform that works seamlessly with AIM and enables real-time FIX trading, mass targeted communications and research distribution. Members of the network can benefit from a rapid, targeted exchange of trade ideas which drives the right information to the right users at the right time.
“IMTRADER is successfully leveraging the large embedded community of AIM users on Wall Street by automating and making more efficient all the communication workflows of those high value financial professionals,” explains Steve Murray, partner, SoftBank Capital who has joined the Company’s board of directors. “Pivot’s best of breed product serves a critical need in the industry and is becoming a *must have* technology tool on the desktop. We believe Pivot has the right team and vision to be successful and we are looking forward to working with management and the board.”
“We have experienced tremendous growth in the last year because firms understand the impact of this cutting edge technology on the industry,” explains Furqan Nazeeri, CEO of Pivot Solutions. “Pivot has established a leadership position and now is the time to accelerate our growth. Although we had lots of interest in this round of financing we believe SoftBank Capital’s depth of team and ability to help us rapidly grow makes them the right partner for us at this stage of our development.”
The $8 million round also includes investment from existing investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham, Hudson Ventures, Eze Castle Integration, Wasatch Venture Fund, and Boldcap Ventures.
IMTRADER is the highly-configurable instant messaging, electronic trading and research distribution network for the professional trading community (www.imtrader.com). The network consists of over 225 buy side firms, primarily hedge funds. Since the firm’s spin off of Eze Castle Integration in 2004, IMTRADER users have traded over 3 billion shares.
SoftBank Capital is an independent venture capital firm focused on high-growth technology-based businesses benefiting from the rapid deployment and adoption of broadband and mobile technologies. Through its current fund, SoftBank Capital Technology Fund III L.P., the firm has invested to-date in Anystream, Associated Content, Beliefnet, InsiderPages, LiteScape Technologies, Nellymoser, The NewsMarket, Perpetual Entertainment, PureVideo, Thumbplay and V-Enable.
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