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If Juniper ever hits the skids, would Dolce be the Marc Bulger to Scott Kriens' Kurt Warner – the backup who goes from a supporting role to carrying the franchise on his shoulders overnight? Or will he, like former Juniper chief operating officer Lloyd Carney, decide to take the top job at another company (see Headcount: Survey Sez)?
These questions – and all of the trumped up sensationalist drama that they imply – are what is keeping us interested in Juniper these days. Honestly, Juniper's been a bit of a yawner recently, but we look at Dolce and think: What is this guy's next move?
At 27, Dolce founded his first startup, Promptus Communications, a manufacturer of high-speed, digital network access. In 1995, he co-founded Arris Networks, which was sold a year later for about $175 million to Cascade Communications, which was later sold to Lucent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LU). After Cascade, Dolce founded Redstone Communications, which he sold in 1999 for $500 million to Unisphere Networks, the U.S. subsidiary of German telecommunications giant Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE).
Dolce eventually became president and CEO of Unisphere and, during that time, the company excelled in the edge router and broadband remote access server markets, coming in second only to Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO).
In August 2000, Unisphere filed for an initial public offering and, two years later, after formally splitting from Siemens, Dolce helped broker the deal that landed him at Juniper (see Juniper Nabs Unisphere for $740M).
So what's Jim going to do now? Hasn't he read our 2003 Predictions?
In anticipation of greatness, we're listing Dolce until we can think of a good reason not to. And, yes, that last sentence was carefully crafted with the intent of baiting the message boards.