The disclosure-free Pulver 100

Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief

March 13, 2007

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'100' Questions

1:00 PM – Now that the Pulver 100 is in its fifth year, I have a bunch of stupid questions:

  • How many of the companies on the list count Jeff Pulver as an investor, shareholder, board member, or paid advisor?

  • How many companies on the list allow their employees to wear Hawaiian shirts any day of the week?

  • How is the list assembled? (Note: "It is typed" is not the answer I'm looking for there.)

  • Does Pulver evaluate each company individually? Or does he enlist the help of a young genius who helps him, using a combination of police work and higher mathematics, like on the CBS show NUMB3RS?

  • Is the Pulver 100 picked by VON Magazine, which counts Pulver as its publisher?

  • Will Viacom sue me for saying NUMB3RS?

  • Is the Pulver 100 picked by the staff of The Pulver Report? (Note: The Pulver Report's next issue is set to arrive in June 2005.)

  • Are the Pulver 100 winners notified by calls from a Free World Dialup client?

  • If Jeff Pulver bought a NASCAR event, would he call it The Pulver 100?

  • Did Pulver really just publish a list of hot "IP communications" companies and neglect to put a single hyperlink in the whole bunch?

  • Do I have to go to the Pulver 100 lunch at Spring VON to find this stuff out?

  • Is VON Mexico a conference, or a clandestine hotel alias used by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick?

— Phil Von Trapp, Managing Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

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