A Note To The VC Community: –

Venture Economics would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the victims of last Tuesday?s horrific attacks, and to their families and loved ones.

In particular, we regret to report that David Retik and Christopher Mello of Alta Communications were among the passengers of American Airlines Flight #11, which was involved in Tuesday?s tragic events. Dave was a general partner and founding member of Alta Communications, having previously worked with Burr, Egan, Delange & Co. Chris was an associate with Alta Communications since 2000, having previously been a financial analyst in the media and communications group of Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown. For information on memorial services for both Dave and Chris, please check the Alta Communications Web site at