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Top Ten New Startups

Light Reading
7/24/2006
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Welcome to an entirely new Light Reading feature – the “Top Ten New Startups” list, not to be confused with Light Reading’s “Top Ten Private Companies.”

Why’s that? Well, silly, The Top Ten Private Companies are successful private companies with revenue and products, which might be close to IPO or acquisition. In other words, they’re more mature startups, with proven business models, more than four or five years old. With this Startups to Watch list we looked for things a little more green in nature – you know, real startups – brand new companies, which we defined as companies that have been funded with a Series A or B round of venture financing within the last 24 months. Yeah, that’s it: fresh companies with fresh ideas and fresh funding.

These companies, by nature, should be a bit raw. Some of them may very well go rancid before they’ve become fully cooked. Some of them may not even have a product or revenues yet. But some of the companies on the list have both – pretty amazing itself, since we were looking for companies under two years old. To make the list, a company needs an interesting and somewhat unique concept – ideally an entirely new sort of product.

In combing the Earth for these startups, we looked at three things: (1) Quality of the idea; (2) Quality of the people; and (3) Quality of the investors. If you get all three right, chances are you’re on the path to success. We focused particularly on the people factor – especially the founders and investors – and what they’ve done before.

Here's the list

— The Staff, Light Reading

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router_guy
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router_guy,
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12/5/2012 | 3:17:19 PM
re: Top Ten New Startups
Can somebody explain to me where IPTV is successful? I keep seeing the last mile problem with DSL in the USA. Until the ISPs start delivering better guaranteed download speeds there is no way the current infrastructure could support IPTV in any quantity. If I have to buffer for 90 seconds every time I change the channel you can forget my business. Lack of content is a real problem also. Cable is moving to HD but IPTV is still putting out 320x240. I think the marketing people are too busy trying to beat the competition with better hype and not paying enough attention to reality. Or this is all for the Asia/Europe market and our ISP offerings have fallen behind those of the rest of the world. Which is it?
Scott Raynovich
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Scott Raynovich,
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12/5/2012 | 3:47:15 AM
re: Top Ten New Startups
I can see via the traffic logs that many folks are hitting this list. Any feedback? Companies you love or hate? Love to hate?

Also, if you can, please take our poll:

http://www.lightreading.com/su...

--Scott
Dredgie
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Dredgie,
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12/5/2012 | 3:46:41 AM
re: Top Ten New Startups
Interesting, but maybe this list (by its nature) is to fluid for anyone to have a meaningful opinion?
DCITDave
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DCITDave,
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12/5/2012 | 3:46:34 AM
re: Top Ten New Startups
re: "Interesting, but maybe this list (by its nature) is to fluid for anyone to have a meaningful opinion?"

You don't need a meaningful opinion. Something like, "Zeugma sounds like Redback with a fresh coat of paint -- no thanks!" will do just fine.

Or, "M2Z will take the price of broadband to $0 in 10 years? Shouldn't the DSL Forum just go ahead and close up shop now?"

Okay?

Your turn.

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opticalwatcher
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opticalwatcher,
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12/5/2012 | 3:46:17 AM
re: Top Ten New Startups
That's the new buzzword I've heard for products like Slingbox.

SoonR looks like a mobile phone place-shifting product. I suppose if you had enough bandwidth and a tuner on your PC, you could use it to watch television on your phone.
Dredgie
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Dredgie,
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12/5/2012 | 3:46:04 AM
re: Top Ten New Startups
I think that 9 out of 10 of these start ups are doomed to fail or be bailed-out at a loss to their initial investors. Throw a dart to pick the 1 that succeeds or delivers anything worthwhile. There. My GÇ˙opinionGÇÖ. OK?
IndustryAnalyst
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IndustryAnalyst,
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12/5/2012 | 3:45:13 AM
re: Top Ten New Startups
Hmmm, is Vyatta's revenue model to charge fees for fixes, updates/upgrades, extensions and support? License fees for 'beans?' (as in Java) Will they build/license APIs?

Would be nice to have software that can run on various platforms. But how would Vyatta test interoperability? Partner with Cisco, Juniper, Avaya...? Get friendly SPs to beta? Risky. If I were, say, Cisco, I wouldn't cooperate (yet). Build a router open-source consortium...?

"Compatibility" and "Efficiency" rear their heads.
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