Optical/IP Networks

Card Graveyard

5:30 PM -- The Rolodex isn't what it used to be. It seems as if technology and telecom people move around like migrant farmworkers.

I've stumbled upon bunches of old boxes of antiquated business cards. Here's a completely random sampling:

  • Joe Bass, VP and General Manager, Wavelength Routing, Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)
    Remember Wavelength routing? Well, at least Joe went on to make good with Covaro. (See Cisco Kills Monterey Router and ADVA Snaps Up Covaro.)

  • Ron Kelley, VP of Sales, Cyras Systems
    Oh, Ron, where have you gone? I haven't heard from you since 2000. (See Ciena Completes Cyras Purchase and Ciena's K2: What Problems?)

  • Two dozen cards, Mahi Networks
    I have more business cards for these guys than they had outstanding shares of the company. (See Meriton Buys Mahi Networks.)

  • Richard Gilbert, CEO, Copper Mountain
    Boy, did that copper mine ever smelt down. (See Copper Mountain Runs Dry.)

  • Greg Mumford, Nortel Networks Ltd.
    This is a classic. Where'd Greg go? Is he hanging out with Keith Richards and Mick Jagger now? Stay outta them coconut palms, dude. (See On the Job – With Mumford & Pals and McFadden In, Mumford Out as NT CTO.)

  • John-Paul Mattia, PhD, CTO, Big Bear Networks
    Was it Big Bear Networks or Big Bore Networks? We could never figure it out. Anyway, John-Paul was a good guy and he drank a mean pint of beer at NFOEC in Baltimore in 2001 or Atlanta in 2003, as I recall. (See Big Bear Hunts 10GigE Market and 2003 Top Ten: Photos.)

  • Various people, Accelight Networks.
    Accel, they never did. Does anybody remember what happened? I forgot.(See Accelight Networks Inc.)

  • Name Witheld, Equipe Communications.
    AAC: Another Acton Clunker. (See Equipe Assets Go to Auction.)

  • Name Witheld, Point Reyes Networks.
    Nothing like a stealth company that dies, is resurrected, and then dies again all before you have any clue what they were doing. Apparently came up with a brilliant strategy: Find an even more terrible name: Cemip Networks. Then they went away again. Big Surprise. (See Point Reyes Rises Again.)

    That's all for now! Though there are bucketfuls more. Please send me your latest and greatest "dead jobs" tales.

    — R. Scott Raynovich, Editor in Chief, Light Reading

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