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Tech Coast Angels Funds 37 Deals in 2011 Demonstrating Angel Investment Leadership

Total number of investments significantly increased over previous years, continuing upward trend

IRVINE, Calif., February 15, 2012Tech Coast Angels (TCA), the nations largest angel investment network, today announced it funded 37 investments in 2011 in a wide array of exciting, start-up businesses.

In 2011, TCA raised more than $45 million of total investment for its entrepreneurial companies, including more than $11 million through direct TCA investment an 80 percent increase over 2010. Additionally, the total number of investments for the year is significantly up by almost 25 percent from 2010 and nearly 50 percent over the number of investments in 2009.

We are more aggressive and investing actively as evidenced by the significant increase in the total number of investments over the past two years in innovative, forward-thinking new companies,said Stephen Flaim, Ph.D., FACC, FAHA, Chairman, Tech Coast Angels. “We are committed to identifying and nurturing bold, early-stage entrepreneurs with game-changing ideas and fostering their growth through connection, knowledge, mentoring and operational assistance the cornerstones of our mission. This is an exciting time. We are energized about our upward trend and see no sign of slowing down.

This years investment portfolio represented companies across a broad spectrum of growth industries including technology, biotech and pharmaceutical, social media, financial services, consumer products and green technologies. The companies funded by Tech Coast Angels in 2011 included Agilenano, Anabios, Angstrom Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Banshee Bungee, BeTheBeast, Continental Windpower, CosNet, Inc., Cyber-Rain, Define My Style, ExtendCredit, Groundmetrics, HitFix, H2Scan, LLC., Inhance Media, JobSync, Larada Sciences, LendAmend, Mobile Cause, Numira Bioscience, Inc., OlFactor, Olive Medical, Orion Data Analysis Corporation, PharmaSecure, Phone Halo, Ranker, Rx Timer Cap, SleepSafe Drivers, Social Rewards, Swarmology, Virtual Metrix, Vokle, WiSpry, Inc., YouMail, Inc. and Yowza.

TECH COAST ANGELS FUNDS 31 DEALS IN 2010 AND HIGHLIGHTS THREE PROFITABLE EXITS

IRVINE, Calif., February 22, 2011 Tech Coast Angels (TCA), the nations largest angel investment network, today announced it funded 31 investments, including 12 new deals and 19 follow-on investments in a broad range of start-up businesses, demonstrating its angel investment leadership. TCA raised over $40 million of total investment for its entrepreneurial companies, including over $6 million through direct TCA investment and approximately $33.9 million through other sources of venture and angel capital. The total number of investments is up significantly from 2009 when 24 deals were completed. In addition, 2010 marked a year of profitable exits for TCA portfolio companies, including an IPO for Green Dot Corporation (NYSE: GDOT) that yielded over 100x return for early investors, the acquisition of Language Weaver Inc. by SDL for $42.5M, and an IPO for Trius Therapeutics (NASDAQ: TSRX).

“This past year was a dynamic time in our history. Coming out of an economic recession, we turned the tide and invested in more innovative, game-changing entrepreneurial companies and experienced several profitable exits. This is the result of our commitment to making the angel funding process faster, easier and more accessible to entrepreneurs to generate more investment. Weve streamlined the process and added new events and opportunities for entrepreneurs to connect with our members, said Mike Napoli, Chairman, Tech Coast Angels. “The entrepreneurial community in Southern California is growing dramatically and Tech Coast Angels is committed to identifying the brightest, most innovative new companies and fostering their growth through both capital investment and mentoring leadership. Already, 2011 is shaping up to continue on this upward trend.

This years investment portfolio represented companies in a wide number of growth industries including technology, biotech and pharmaceutical, social media, financial services, consumer products, and green technologies, among others. The companies funded by Tech Coast Angels in 2010 included: Cyber-Rain; Benchmark Revenue; Allylix; Outside Labs; Vigilistics; H2Scan; Mobile XL; Continental Windpower; Amplyx; OlFactor; Vokle; Micropower Technologies; HitFix; Ranker; CardioCreate; MyShape; Bikestation; MasherMedia; Brand America; Intrastage; YouMail; Glassbeam; LaughStub; Ondax; Cosnet; Solulink; and Cognition Therapeutics.
 

TCA Demonstrates Angel Investment Leadership with 7 New Deals and 17 Follow-On Deals in 2009

TechCoastAngels Demonstrate Angel Investment Leadership with 7 New Deals and 17 Follow-On Deals in 2009

Irvine, Calif.,March 1, 2010– Despite the dire economy and lack of available capital (or maybe because of it), Tech Coast Angels(TCA), the largest angel investmentnetwork in the U.S., completed seven rounds of new investmentdeals and 17 follow-on deals in 2009, raising $4.7 million through direct TCA investments and an additional $57 million through other sources of venture capitaland angel capitalfor the network’s entrepreneurial companies. According to Richard Sudek, TCA chairman, “We want entrepreneurs to know that there is still a vibrant investment environment in Southern California. We take our responsibility to foster and develop new enterprises very seriously.”

While the total investment money available in 2009 declined from the previous year and fewer new deals were completed, 2009 actually saw an increase in the number of follow-on investments. Sudek said, “Clearly our members feel deeply committed to our invested companies and believe in their growth. We not only continue to raise money for them, we also provide day-to-day operating assistance and mentoring that company executives tell us often make the biggest difference in their success.”

A number of the invested companies in 2009 were in the high technology arena, a TCA focus, however many other markets were represented. Young companies in entertainment, industrial applications, retail, communications, healthcare, biotechnology and even home improvement received investment dollars.

“We already see 2010 on an upward trend,” stated Sudek. “The new programs we’ve instituted like the Entrepreneur Mixersand SeedTrackwill give us the chance to help companies at even earlier stages. As 2009 demonstrates, that early mentoring generally leads to success.”

Some of the companies who received funding by Tech Coast Angels in 2009 included: WiSpry; Paradigm Select Assets; MicroPower Technologies; Outside Labs; Mobile XL; Cyber-Rain; Loop’d Network; Vigilistics; Numira; YouMail; Amplyx Pharmaceuticals; Benchmark Revenue; Masher Media; H2scan; MyShape; LeisureLink; PharmaSecure; ElephantDrive; and UsedCardboardBoxes.

About Tech Coast Angels

TechCoast Angels, www.techcoastangels.com, is the largest angel investor group in the United States. Its members provide funding and guidance to more early-stage, high-growth companies in Southern California than any other investment group. TCA members invest in companies in a wide range of industries, including the life sciences, biotech, IT, services, retail, Internet, financial, software, media, consumer products and tech startups. TCA members give companies more than just capital; they also provide counsel, mentoring and access to an extensive network of potential investors, customers, strategic partners and management talent. TCA has more than 250 members, including its venture capital affiliates, in five networks in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Westlake/Santa Barbara and the Inland Empire. More information on investment with Tech Coast Angels can be found at www.techcoastangels.com, www.facebook.com/techcoastangelsor twitter.com/techcoastangels.

Founder of Tech Coast Angels, Luis Villalobos Dies at 70

IRVINE, CALIF., October 7, 2009 — With great sadness, the members and friends of Tech Coast Angels (TCA) mourn the passing of their mentor, friend and founder, Luis Villalobos. According to TCA Orange County President, Richard Sudek, Mr. Villalobos died suddenly of a lung infection on October 1, 2009 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange, Calif. He is survived by his wife, Ora-Zoe Villalobos of Newport Beach, Calif. He was born on November 5, 1938.
According to Sudek, “In the world of angel investors, Luis was a national leader. In 2007, he was presented with the prestigious Hans Severiens Award by the Angel Capital Association, the top award an angel investor can receive. And, of course, in 1997 he founded TCA which has become the largest angel investment network in the U.S. However, even more important, Luis gave tirelessly of his time and knowledge to entrepreneurs and fellow investors, showing his deep commitment to encouraging and supporting the growth of angel groups and startup ventures. In 2001, he single-handedly created the Fast Pitch concept where entrepreneurs pitch their companies in 60 seconds. This annual event is extremely popular and is replicated by other TCA chapters and angel organizations. This event attracts over 300 attendees and is TCA’s most recognizable event in the community. He’ll be sorely missed by us all and our thoughts are with his family.”
 
In his business career, Mr. Villalobos was the founder and CEO of two high-technology firms, Harvil, which he sold to Hughes Aircraft Company, and Conographic, sold to Gradco Systems. He invested in 57 early-stage ventures including several IPOs such as Gadzoox Networks and PetSmart. He personally mentored at least a dozen company CEOs, and served on the Board of Directors of over a dozen firms such as Big Stage, YouMail, Vigilistics, EmailDirect and others. He was also on the Board of the UCI Graduate School of Management and the Angel Capital Association.
 
Mr. Villalobos received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from MIT and MBA from the Harvard Business School. He held 12 U.S. and international patents as lead inventor.
 
About Tech Coast Angels
Tech Coast Angels, www.techcoastangels.com, is the largest angel investor group in the U.S. Its members provide funding and guidance to more early-stage, high-growth companies in Southern California than any other investment group. TCA members invest in companies in a wide range of industries, including the life sciences, biotech, IT, services, retail, Internet, financial, software, media, consumer products and tech startups. TCA members give companies more than just capital; they also provide counsel, mentoring and access to an extensive network of potential investors, customers, strategic partners and management talent. TCA has more than 250 members, including its venture capital affiliates, in five networks in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Westlake/Santa Barbara and the Inland Empire. More information on Tech Coast Angels can be found at www.techcoastangels.com or twitter.com/techcoastangels.
 
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