SOURCE: Keiretsu Forum

November 20, 2007 00:00 ET

S.two Is Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo's "Most Valued Company"

PEAK 15 and TIXEM Earn Top Honors as Well

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - November 20, 2007) - More than 350 of the Bay Area's most active and respected angel investors attended the Keiretsu Forum Fall Angel Capital Expo at Microsoft's Northern California campus on Friday. The all-day event featured 12 company presentations, discussion and due diligence at company exhibition booths, a charitable auction, and the "Most Valued Company" competition, which capped off the day.

After the twelfth company presentation, attendees voted on their favorite company. Competition sponsor, Comerica Bank, tallied the results and presented S.two with the "Most Valued Company" award.

S.two provides innovative film replacement hardware and software technologies for the movie and television industry. S.two technology enables filmmakers to capture 35mm resolutions and then immediately review or go to postproduction with DigiFlow, an all-digital workflow that saves hundreds of thousands of dollars per movie and eliminates the costs and time delays associated with processing traditional film.

"I never understood the true power and benefit of an organized, institutional angel investment network until I came to Keiretsu Forum and presented at the Angel Capital Expo," said Chris Romine, the CEO of S.two, the "Most Valued Company" winner. "Keiretsu Forum truly understands the value of an entrepreneur's time and has created the most efficient and effective way for an early stage start-up company to raise the capital necessary to take their company to the next level."

The two runner-up finalists of the Angel Capital Expo "Most Valued Company" award were PEAK 15 and TIXEM, Inc. PEAK 15's Tour Operator Management Suite provides tour and cruise companies with integrated marketing, sales, trip planning, operations, and accounting automation as an affordable and easy-to-implement hosted service. TIXEM's automated, patent-pending platform aims to revolutionize the way unsold tickets to the long-tail of live events are purchased, a problem that currently represents a market of over $5 billion.

TIXEM, Inc CEO Victor Kucek was blown away by both the quantity and quality of the angel investors in the room. "Angel Capital Expo surpassed our expectations and provided us with unprecedented access to hundreds of investors in our target range all at once. It would have taken months of travel and tens of thousands of dollars to meet with that many high-quality investors individually. There's nothing else like it in the country or even in the world," he said. "In addition to connecting with sources of capital, the connections, referrals, and support offered by the Keiretsu Forum community were especially helpful. Many of the Keiretsu Forum members are former entrepreneurs themselves, and they freely offer their wisdom about what it takes to build a successful business from the ground up."

PEAK 15 CEO James O' Leonard echoed Kucek. "Building a company is a journey, and Keiretsu Forum is the ultimate guide," said O' Leonard. "The level of attendance, excitement, and the tremendous quality of the questions being asked all reflect the high quality of the Keiretsu Forum process. Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo is the premier angel capital fundraising event, and I cannot say enough about the benefits of the resources Keiretsu Forum provides."

In addition to helping entrepreneurs raise capital to grow their businesses, philanthropy is an essential part of the Keiretsu Forum culture. Since its inception in 2003, the Keiretsu Forum Charitable Foundation has raised over $1,000,000 for 91 different non-profit organizations. At Friday's Angel Capital Expo, Keiretsu Forum founder and CEO Randy Williams quickly led a live auction to raise $10,000 for Project Happiness. "The mission of Project Happiness is to engage and empower students all over the world to better understand their place in our interconnected, global society. One of the hallmarks of Keiretsu Forum is to pursue one's passion, and it was wonderful to share my passion and receive so much support from fellow members," said Keiretsu Forum member and Project Happiness founder and executive director Randy Taran.

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