Dirty Laundry: The Upstarts
All these companies, and many more, were picked as optical networking "Upstarts" to watch at Supercomm 2000. More than likely, the distinction was given because of a special startup pavilion under which each company purchased booth space.
The memories of Supercomms gone by came rushing back as I unearthed a special "Upstarts" T-shirt during my semi-millennial closet cleaning this weekend.
I also found a pile of General Bandwidth-sponsored concert laminates. It was next to my pile of RealNetworks-sponsored laminates. Exactly how close did companies come to just handing out $100 bills that year?
Anyway, here's the T-shirt's front and back.
— Phil Harvey, Bubble-Era Tchotchke Editor, Light Reading