SD Tech Roundup: ServiceNow Files IPO, On-Ramp Wireless, SwoopThat

Here are some news tidbits from the front lines of San Diego’s tech scene:

—San Diego Venture Group President David Titus could hardly contain his enthusiasm at last week’s Rock Stars of Innovation Summit. His jubilance was prompted by a spate of venture-backed IPOs that came through in the waning days of March. Indeed, there’s a lot of talk that IPOs are staging a comeback, with 19 venture-backed IPOs raising $1.5 billion during the first three months of 2012, according to the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Thomson Reuters. In comparison, 14 venture-backed companies raised $1.4 billion during the first quarter of 2011. To General Doriot of Truebridge Capital Partners, however, reports that the IPO market is heating up are greatly exaggerated. In a post for Forbes, Doriot says he instead sees signs of a return to the post-1997 norm. Still, that’s an improvement over the past few years.

—Speaking of IPOs, ServiceNow is the first San Diego company to file for an IPO so far this year, according to regulatory filings listed by IPO Monitor, an information services Website. ServiceNow helps companies manage their IT operations as a Web-based service. While the company did not disclose the size of its offering in a statement, IPO Monitor estimates ServiceNow will raise about $150 million. Investors JMI Equity and Sequoia Capital together own about 75 percent of the current shares. Fred Luddy, who co-founded ServiceNow in 2003 and served as CEO until last year, holds 14 percent of the company. ServiceNow, which raised a total of $7.5 million in venture capital, increased revenue by 114 percent—to $92.6 million—in the fiscal year that ended June 30. ServiceNow plans to list on the NYSE under the symbol NOW.

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Bruce V. Bigelow was the editor of Xconomy San Diego from 2008 to 2018. Read more about his life and work here. Follow @bvbigelow

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