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May 11, 2005

Woodside Fund Portfolio Companies – Aristos Logic and SS8 Networks – Included in Red Herring Top 100 List

Vincent M. Occhipinti from Woodside Fund Participates in Red Herring's 'Venture Capital Upswing' Panel During Spring 2005 Event

May 11, 2005, Redwood Shores, CA: Woodside Fund, an early-stage venture capital firm, today announced that two of the firm’s portfolio companies – Aristos Logic Corp., a RAID Storage Processor (RSP)™ technology provider, and SS8 Networks, Inc., a provider of mission-critical signaling solutions and service applications that provide continuity between traditional and next-generation communication networks – were included in the Red Herring Top 100 Private Companies List. The Red Herring award recognizes the top 100 private companies in North American that help drive the future of technology, and all award winners will have the opportunity to present to an audience of over 300 CEOs, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and senior executives from large public firms at the Red Herring Spring Event that will take place May 17th – 19th in Monterey, California.

Woodside Fund Co-founder and Managing Director Vincent M. Occhipinti will participate in the Red Herring Spring 2005 event as a panelist, on the only venture capital-specific session titled ‘Venture Capital Upswing.’ The panel will be moderated by Alex Vieux, publisher of the Red Herring, and other panelists include George Zachary from Charles River Ventures, Tom McKinley from Partech International, and Mitchell Kertzman from Hummer Winblad.

“Five years after the dot-com bubble burst, innovation and entrepreneurship are thriving. The companies on this list are proof,” said Red Herring editor-in-chief Joel Dreyfuss.

“Three of our portfolio companies – Aristos Logic, Azaire Networks, and SS8 – were nominated as finalists in Red Herring’s preliminary list of top 200 private companies,” said Vincent M. Occhipinti, of Woodside Fund. “To have both Aristos Logic and SS8 make Red Herring’s top 100 list is proof that Woodside Fund has been able to discover new and innovative technology and attract top entrepreneurs since our inception in the early 80’s – a task similar to Red Herring’s editorial mission.”

“We are honored to be among this select group of companies recognized by Red Herring for our innovation, technological contributions and business strategy,” said Anil Gupta, President and CEO of Aristos Logic. “Being chosen as one of the top 100 private companies is a tremendous endorsement of our company, our outstanding team, our RSP technology and the impact we have made on the enterprise storage market.”

“SS8 Networks is honored to have its achievements and role in the telecommunications industry recognized by this prestigious award,” states Dennis Haar, President and CEO. “Our standing as the leader in converged communications is due in part to great products like our lawful intercept solutions and the ServiceController 3100 messaging platform. But the true innovation, the engine that drives our consistent growth quarter after quarter, is our people – the men and women of SS8 Networks.”

Since 1997, Red Herring editors have selected a group of private companies that are emerging as the brightest stars in the business universe. Red Herring's editorial staff rigorously evaluated more than 900 private companies through a careful analysis of financial data and subjective criteria, including quality of management, execution of strategy, and dedication to research and development. Companies like Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY) were spotted in their early days by Red Herring editors as those that would change the way we live and work.

About Red Herring
Red Herring is the weekly magazine technology entrepreneurs, investors and industry observers read to stay ahead of the curve and to be better informed about the global marketplace. Red Herring covers technology, innovation, financial strategies, important personalities and trends that are transforming the world of business with unique insight, opinion and forward-looking analysis. Readers turn to Red Herring for knowledge to make strategic decisions, build companies and create a competitive advantage for their businesses. Red Herring articles, blogs, research and event information can be found online at www.redherring.com.

About Aristos Logic
Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Aristos Logic creates special-purpose processors that bring new levels of performance, efficiency, features and cost-effectiveness to enterprise storage controllers for networked storage products. The company's dedicated RAID Storage Processors offer unbeatable price-performance for entry-level products and scalability for mid-range products. Aristos processors, together with Aristos software, provide a base level of RAID functionality that system vendors can use as a foundation for their own value-added features. For further information, please visit our Web site at www.aristoslogic.com

About SS8 Networks
SS8 Networks Inc. provides a complete range of messaging, lawful intercept, and signaling solutions that enable service providers to profitably operate converged networks – bridging PSTN and IP capabilities. The company's carrier-class products allow network operators to optimize their investment in traditional, legacy networks and seamlessly transition to next generation networks. SS8 Networks' solutions are installed in tier one wireless and wireline networks worldwide and are also distributed through a channel of major international switch vendors. SS8 Networks is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with offices worldwide. More information is available at www.SS8.com.

About Woodside Fund
Woodside Fund is a leading venture capital firm that excels in developing early-stage technology companies. Founded in 1983, Woodside Fund attributes its long record of success to the high value it places on building productive partnerships with entrepreneurs, other investors and service providers. Typically a lead investor, Woodside Fund invests from $5 million to $10 million in early-stage software, fabless semiconductor and network infrastructure companies located primarily on the West Coast. Woodside Fund has more than $330 million in capital under active management. For more information, go to www.woodsidefund.com.

 

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