For Immediate Release: Avogadro/Ignition

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From: Josh Cohen (
Date: Tue Oct 17 2000 - 00:57:01 PDT

PR On Avogadro, a wireless messaging startup with ties to FoRK...
as well as Ignition, a VC with strong MSFT ties..

From the "official press release"

October 16, 2000
Avogadro's first round funding, totaling $7.5 million, was led by Ignition
Avogadro was Ignition's first investment, and the third to be officially
Steve Hooper, former CEO of AT&T Wireless and NEXTLINK Communications, has
Avogadro's board. Other investors of the company include Rob Glaser, founder
and CEO of
RealNetworks, Arthur van Hoff, co-creator of Java and CTO of Marimba, Max
founder of Firefly and CTO of PeoplePC, Mike Slade, retired Chairman and CEO
Starwave (Infoseek); and Neal Stephenson, noted author and futurist.

"The brains behind Microsoft's Internet Explorer have a new project --
it's a company called Avogadro, and its founders say that the technology
they are developing will help connect the wired and wireless Internet."

"At least a half-dozen high-tech companies have been spawned by groups of
Microsoft employees. The latest example: Avogadro Inc., a Seattle
wireless-infrastructure start-up founded by former Microsoft Web-browser
whiz Thomas Reardon and a small team of his former colleagues. Monday,
Avogadro will announce that it has closed a $7.5 million round of financing
led by Ignition. Mr. Reardon worked for Mr. Silverberg for a time and calls
him and John Ludwig, another Ignition partner and former Microsoft
"people I swear lifetime allegiance to." "
Wireless Backer Ignition to Fund Mobile Net Firm

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Ignition Corp., a firm launched by several Microsoft
 (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) veterans to cultivate wireless ventures, revealed on

Monday it is funding Avogadro, a company that is working on ways to merge
service on cell phones with the everyday, PC-based Web.

Ex-MSN Strategist Launches Avogadro

SEATTLE (AP) - Former Microsoft strategist Thomas Reardon is starting a firm
called Avogadro that develops technology for helping computer users move
back and forth between wireless devices and desktop computers.

The new company has obtained $7.5 million for its first round of financing,
mostly from Ignition Corp., a 7-month-old venture capital firm that focuses
on new wireless technologies.

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