In addition to the usual facts and figures, though, Light Reading also picks companies using our network of well-placed sources, our access to top-notch industry research from Heavy Reading, some subjective assessments -- such as, "Does the CEO's breath smell?" -- and a few cases of contemplative refreshment.
It's that combination of unique industry insight and world-weary gut feeling that has made the Top Ten Private Companies List a hotbed of debate in years past. Occasionally we find unloved gems that the top-tier VC world appears to shun (see WaveSmith Networks), and yet other times we fall under the spell of the Silicon Valley glamour boys who turn out to be duds (see... well, that list is too long to publish here). The current List is a more eclectic mix than usual, with one gigantic Asian equipment conglomerate, a sleepy phone switch vendor, and a big money, big hype, transport company.
The companies on the List this time around are (in alphabetical order):
- Calix Networks Inc.
- Force10 Networks Inc.
- Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.,
- Infinera Inc.
- Movaz Networks Inc.
- NetScaler Inc.
- Sylantro Systems Corp.
- Telica Inc.
- Turin Networks Inc.
- Wintegra Inc.
As with everything published on Light Reading, the feedback loop is ongoing. If you have a comment on the companies picked, the ones missed, or the list in general, you may also send a note to [email protected].
— Phil Harvey, News Editor, Light Reading