Light Reading

2006: Top Ten Startups

Dan Jones
LR Mobile News Analysis
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor
12/26/2006
50%
50%
Repost This

There are some familiar names on our list of hot young companies, as well as some lesser-known mobile companies. These startups, most of which are two years old or younger, cover a diverse array of wireless markets, from wireless LANs to emerging markets like sensor networks and mobile storage.

Enterprise WiFi
Xirrus Inc.

  • Westlake Village, Calif.
  • Founded: 2003
  • Primary Product: A high-capacity, multi-radio WiFi box that can provide up to 1.2 Gbit/s of bandwidth to cover offices and other spaces
  • Funding: Largely self-funded, Xirrus took on an undisclosed amount of VC in January.

    Xirrus Inc. is one of the few startups left in the enterprise WiFi space that is trying to do something outside the standard AP and controller model with a single wireless LAN box intended to provide wide-scale coverage for users.

    Fixed/Mobile Convergence
    DiVitas Networks Inc.

  • Mountain View, Calif.
  • Founded: April 2005
  • Primary Product: Fixed/mobile management systems
  • Funding: $23 million

    DiVitas Networks Inc. is focusing its attention on delivering control of fixed/mobile convergence to the enterprise user rather than the carrier. The firm has already established an impressive array of partners with Symbol Technologies Inc. (NYSE: SBL) and -- supposedly -- Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) working with the startup.

    Mobile Email
    Zimbra Inc.
  • San Mateo, Calif.
  • Founded: Late 2003
  • Primary Product: An open-source mobile messaging package that works with some of the latest smartphones -- such as the Motorola Q -- as well as established email devices like the RIM BlackBerry
  • Funding: $16 million

    Zimbra Inc. is betting that open source will be the new wave in mobile email in 2007 and beyond. Mesh Networking
    Meraki Networks Inc.

  • Mountain View, Calif.
  • Founded: April 2006
  • Primary Product: WiFi mesh gear
  • Funding: Undisclosed amount from Google and Silicon Valley angel investors, likely under $5 million

    Initially spun off from the RoofNet group at MIT "with the hopes of bringing free or low-cost Internet access to people around the world," Meraki Networks Inc. made headlines late this year with its work with Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) to improve indoor WiFi mesh coverage at the search giant's municipal WiFi testbed in Mountain View.

    Mobile Security
    Network Chemistry Inc.
  • Menlo Park, Calif.
  • Founded: 2002
  • Primary Product: IDS and mobile security software for WiFi and Bluetooth networks
  • Funding: $25 million

    Intrusion detection firm Network Chemistry Inc. is one of a select number of tech firms that can claim to be backed by the CIA. The investment arm of the U.S. agency contributed toward the startup's $6 million first round in funding.

    Wireless Chips
    Sequans Communications

  • Paris, France
  • Founded: September 2003
  • Primary Product: One of the first system-on-chip mobile WiMax chipsets
  • Funding: $35 million, plus an undisclosed investment from Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT)

    Sequans Communications focuses on the smaller end of the mobile WiMax chip market developing silicon for mobile WiMax in handsets, base stations, and customer premise equipment.

    RFID
    Reva Systems Corp.

  • Chelmsford, Mass.
  • Founded: 2004
  • Primary Product: Tag acquisition network architecture and processor systems
  • Funding: $10 million

    Reva Systems Corp. is trying to do for standalone RFID readers what the wireless LAN switch startups have started to achieve in the WiFi market -- prove that these devices can be centrally managed.

    Mobile Storage
    RingCube Technologies Inc.

  • Mountain View, Calif.
  • Founded: 2004
  • Primary Product: Software that can be downloaded to a USB drive and used to secure files so they can be safely viewed on any desktop
  • Funding: $4 million

    RingCube Technologies Inc. promises to allow the user to access corporate office files securely at any time simply by inserting the USB drive into a workstation. Mobile Payments
    Paymate

  • Mumbai, India
  • Founded: 2006
  • Primary Product: A system that enables mobile payments via phone text messages (SMS)
  • Funding: $5 million-plus

    Paymate is hoping that the subcontinent will be the next boom market for mobile payments.

    Sensor Networks
    Tendril Networks Inc.

  • Boulder, Colo.
  • Founded: 2004
  • Primary Product: Technology that can find and manage sensors on automated wireless control networks
  • Funding: $6 million-plus

    Wireless Sensor and Control Networks (WSCN) startup Tendril Networks is working on Zigbee short-range wireless systems to make it easier to wirelessly control automated tasks such as regulating the temperature of a warehouse and other applications that require constant monitoring.

    Wireless in the Home
    Ruckus Wireless Inc.

  • Sunnyvale, Calif.
  • Founded: June 2004 as Video54
  • Primary Product: Proprietary MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output) antenna boxes to speed up video streaming over 802.11g for carrier partners
  • Funding: $30 million

    2007 will be an interesting year for Ruckus Wireless Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) as 802.11n technology becomes commercialized, which could help speed the spread of high-speed residential WiFi multimedia streaming networks.

    — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

    (0)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    Flash Poll
    LRTV Custom TV
    Optimizing SDN & NFV Architectures Through Application Awareness

    4|23|14   |   6:24   |   (0) comments


    Jerome Tollet, CTO at Qosmos, explains how network equipment vendors and operators deploying SDN and NFV can take advantage of network intelligence delivered by DPI to strengthen products and services.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Wind River Demonstrates Carrier-Grade Software for NFV

    4|22|14   |   5:00   |   (0) comments


    Wind River VP of Product Management, Glenn Seiler, takes a look the industry's first and only complete NFV software platform designed specifically for the unique carrier-grade and high-performance needs of telecom networks.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Cable Eyes Big Technology Shifts

    4|16|14   |   03:02   |   (4) comments


    US cable engineers are facing a lot of heavy lifting in the coming years, notes Light Reading Cable/Video Practice Leader Alan Breznick.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Maximizing Customer Experience & Assuring Service Delivery in an IP World

    4|15|14   |   4:57   |   (0) comments


    Steven Shalita, VP of Marketing, NetScout Systems, Inc., discusses the challenges cable/MSO operators face in assuring the delivery of new IP-based services. Key points include the value of proactively managing performance, and using rich analytics and operational intelligence to better understand service and usage trends, make smarter business decisions and ...
    LRTV Documentaries
    Bye-Bye DVD: Consumers Embrace Digital Video

    4|10|14   |   04:17   |   (7) comments


    Veteran video analyst Colin Dixon, founder and principal analyst of nScreenMedia, says research shows 56% are using digital video already.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Video: TW Cable Puts Multicast Gateways to the Test

    4|8|14   |   04:13   |   (1) comment


    Tom Gonder, a chief architect at Time Warner Cable, explains how its trial of multicast gateways is impacting IP-based video plans.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Managing & Monetizing Big Data in Operator Environments

    4|7|14   |     |   (1) comment


    At Mobile World Congress, Gigamon's Director of Service Provider Solutions, Andy Huckridge, and Heavy Reading Analyst Sarah Wallace discuss the 'big data' issues facing carriers and operators today.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Data Center Energy – Build Your Data Center in a Modular Way

    4|7|14   |   2:13   |   (0) comments


    Dr. Fang Liangzhou, VP Network Energy Product Line, shared his thoughts about the challenges for data centers during CeBIT 2014.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Agile Network Solution – An Overview of Huawei's Agile Network Solution

    4|7|14   |   2:31   |   (0) comments


    Ajay Gupta, Director of Product Marketing, Networking Product Line, gives an overview of the Agile Network Solutions during CeBIT 2014.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei’s eLTE Voice Trunking, Video and Data Applied for Railways

    4|7|14   |   1:38   |   (0) comments


    Gottfried Winter is the Sales Director at Funkwerk, a German specialist in GSM-r terminals and a long-time partner of Huawei. At CeBIT 2014, Winter talks to Light Reading about this partnership and the integration of enhanced voice trunking, video and data functions.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    LeaseWeb Speaks Highly of Huawei's Datacenter Products

    4|7|14   |   1:37   |   (0) comments


    Rene Olde Olthof, Operations Director LeaseWeb, talks about the next data center transformation during CeBIT 2014.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Comcast: Reshaping the Cable Network Architecture

    4|3|14   |   07:11   |   (8) comments


    Shamim Akhtar, Comcast's architect and senior director of network strategy, explains why the cable company is moving to a more distributed network architecture.
    Hot Topics
    WhatsApp Threatens Carrier VoLTE
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 4/18/2014
    The Hungry, Hungry Cloud
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 4/22/2014
    Who's Ready to Play Broadband?
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 4/21/2014
    FCC's 'Middle Ground' Already Under Attack
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 4/24/2014
    AT&T Gets 81% of Subs Off Unlimited Data
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 4/22/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed