Alidian Networks: Lost and Found!

Hard times such as these make folk jumpy. When a startup goes missing, even for a good reason, it's enough to send whispers through the industry.

That's what we learned on our quest to uncover the whereabouts of Alidian Networks Inc. this week.

The search began Monday, when emails and messages to Light Reading asked after Alidian, which specializes in packet-centric optical edge gear (see A New Optical Taxonomy, page 7). "Has Alidian gone quietly into the sunset?" queried one former employee.

The facts: The company Website was down for days. No one answered the phone -- at least no one who works there now. Several former execs still have voice mailboxes on the main number, despite having left long ago. Calls to competitors, investors, and even customers were mostly a dead end.

With two exceptions: "I spoke with someone there Sunday," reported Anna Reidy, senior analyst at Current Analysis. "I think they're moving their facilities, and their T1's down."

A lone VC confirmed this: "Alidian is moving its office, that's all," says Peter Wagner of Accel Partners. That's why the phones aren't working, the Website's down, and email isn't getting through. "It's a tough market, but they're making progress. I'm sorry that there's nothing more interesting than that happening."

Calls to Alidian's other investors, including Foundation Capital and Institutional Venture Partners, failed to turn up anything, despite assurances from at least one of them that we'd hear back from CEO David Newman.

Then, after the first version of this story was published, Alidian's Website was suddenly back up and running, and we finally heard from a live bod -- a very angry one.

Al Sadler, COO of Alidian, says the firm was "extremely disappointed" in our original version of this story. As noted, Alidian was just moving to new digs in Milpitas, Calif. Had we tried a bit harder and left word in the general voicemail box, he implied, we might have gotten word back sooner.

Not only that, but Sadler says there's news coming: Despite some setbacks several months back (see Alidian Appoints, Lays Off, Alidian Restructures , Alidian Lays Off Again, and Alidian Lays Off 25%), Alidian's now signing new customers, introducing new cards for its multiservice platform, and releasing new software that features multicast support. It's also exhibiting with an unnamed OEM at Supercomm 2002, in a partnership that will be announced at the show, according to Sadler.

General advice to any startups planning to move offices: Make sure the phone's forwarded and the Website's plugged in. The world is watching -- and what happens if a customer calls?

— Mary Jander, Senior Editor, Light Reading
http://www.lightreading.com For more information on Supercomm 2002, please visit: Supercomm Special
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metrocore 12/4/2012 | 10:26:31 PM
re: Alidian Networks: Lost and Found! Pluris cut 33% yesterday. LR can you confirm this story ?
tarzan 12/4/2012 | 10:26:29 PM
re: Alidian Networks: Lost and Found! is working right now.
pncguy 12/4/2012 | 10:26:25 PM
re: Alidian Networks: Lost and Found! Could it be that there really is no mystery and deciet? Could it be that they really are moving their location and aren't spending the money to have it all happen at once?

Nah! Nothing is ever as it seems in this industry.
optical_pow 12/4/2012 | 10:26:15 PM
re: Alidian Networks: Lost and Found! Alidian has good technology, and some neat features in their "box". Why throw dirt at Alidian when the whole industry is going down?.

Look at companies like WCOM crashing to the earth?
Same situation at LU, Nortel.

Come on..grow up LR. I know you can do better than this!.
Kirby 12/4/2012 | 10:26:05 PM
re: Alidian Networks: Lost and Found! Alidian will be gone soon, No more fund, no one interesting to be invest for Alidian anymore,
Siggy 12/4/2012 | 10:25:56 PM
re: Alidian Networks: Lost and Found! Light Reading serves the industry best when it provides factual reporting and tutorial content. If it were my decision, this article would not have made it past an editorial review meeting. It's gossip; doesn't advance the concept that start-ups are experiencing tough times -- I think we've figured that out; and if Allidian is "well," some good people went home to their families last night with more tension in their lives because LR couldn't find something better to say.

wilecoyote 12/4/2012 | 10:25:54 PM
re: Alidian Networks: Lost and Found! For speaking the truth here. LR is the National Star for the communications industry. I think it's unforgiveable that they report on soft news like this and their editorial standards are non existant. I have never seen a publication take so little factual data and blatantly blow it out of proportion, speculate, guess, and then pass it off as factual. And the tone is downright childish. It's almost like they enjoy poking holes in companies where real people are trying to make money to feed their families. Outrageous.

Watch: this is the last post you'll see from wile. I'll get deleted for this post. See you in the message board for the publication that will succeed LR.
Steve Saunders 12/4/2012 | 10:25:54 PM
re: Alidian Networks: Lost and Found! It appears that wilecoyote isn't having a good Friday.

p.s. "editorial standards are non existant"

let-there-be-light 12/4/2012 | 10:25:52 PM
re: Alidian Networks: Lost and Found! Wile,

Don't go!! LR won't be the same.

The articles serve usually as a luanching pad for discussion, and therefore tend to be provocative. The boards are often where the real action is. The beauty of LR is if you don't like something, you can comment on it!!

So, stick around, even if we don't always agree...
wilecoyote 12/4/2012 | 10:25:52 PM
re: Alidian Networks: Lost and Found! :) Thanks Steve. I just think you guys can do betturrr.
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