SOURCE: Tallwave


June 06, 2013 11:15 ET

Retired Intel Chairman and CEO Craig Barrett Touts Tallwave's Venture Capitalist Event in Silicon Valley for High Tide Entrepreneur Finalists

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 6, 2013) - In a June 5 tech blog post of The Mercury News, retired Intel Chairman of the Board and CEO Craig Barrett, Ph.D. highlighted the pack of venture capitalists invited to a Tallwave invitation only event being held this evening at the law offices of Perkins Coie in Palo Alto. The event is co-sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank.

A self-described "commercializor," Tallwave is disrupting the traditional incubator / accelerator model with a proprietary and unique approach to the commercialization of startups and early-stage ventures. Following similar events held in Phoenix and Tucson, the Silicon Valley VC event is designed to provide the six finalists of Tallwave's innovative startup competition "High Tide" with introductions to potential investors.

Each High Tide finalist also received a cash grant of $15,000 for use in company operational expenses, and an additional $35,000 in scholarships for either "Product Market Fit" or "Go-to-Market" services from Tallwave's Venture Services Group.

"Tallwave's services are designed to provide entrepreneurs with the resources, funding and support to bring their ideas to commercialization with less risk and more effectiveness," said Jeffrey Pruitt, CEO of Tallwave. "The VC pitch events are one of the many ways we help our companies get recognized for their innovations that will ultimately create jobs and transform communities."

Hailing from across the U.S., the finalists of Tallwave's inaugural High Tide competition are:

  • Convrrt (Chandler, AZ); provides the highest lead converting SEM campaign websites that can be built in under 15 minutes.
  • Creative Allies (Santa Monica, CA); is changing the way branded merchandise is designed and sold.
  • ExchangeMeds (Denver, CO); an online marketplace which allows pharmacies to find prescriptions in short supply and trade excess inventory before it expires.
  • (Phoenix, AZ); an employment resource focused on helping connect local employers with local job seekers.
  • Obelus Media (Boston, MA); delivering advertising content using existing software and media infrastructure.
  • (Phoenix, AZ); an online marketplace for local same-day delivery service.

About Tallwave

Tallwave is a commercializor.

The company creates commercial success and shareholder value for entrepreneurs and investors by validating, scaling and managing early-stage and growth ventures with a hands-on approach.

What separates Tallwave from the limitations of Incubator, Accelerator and traditional Venture Capital firm business models is its proprietary Tallwave Way™ closed-loop commercialization engine. The combination of Tallwave's lean Business Blueprint™ for product and company validation, its Operator Model™ for resource deployment and the access to pre-seed through Series A capital its networks provide, has been used to vet over 300 entrepreneurs and their concepts, validate more than 65 startups, and build a portfolio of half a dozen early-stage companies.

Founded and led by former iCrossing, Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, GoDaddy and Marketwire executives, Tallwave is headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Twice a year, Tallwave hosts High Tide™, one of the most innovative startup competitions in the U.S. Additional information about Tallwave is available at

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