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Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom

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11/18/2003

Don’t be misled by this artsy, too-cool-for-skool shot of 37-year old Niklas Zennstrom, founder and CEO of KaZaA, maker of the world’s most popular Internet software, with more than 250 million downloads to date.

This man is working flat out to revolutionize the Internet and is having plenty of success at it. He’s not up there just yet, but give it a couple more years and Zennstrom could be gracing the boards with Bill Gates. Hell, Zennstrom and Gates even look alike.

In case you've just turned on a PC for the first time, KaZaA is a piece of software that when downloaded from the Internet onto a desktop computer, allows the user to swap music files across the Net with other KaZaA users. Millions and millions of songs have been traded in this way and the craze has the record industry cracking down on everyone from 12-year old girls to geezers.

It’s a serious problem, but it’s not holding Zennstrom back by any stretch. He’s launched Altnet, the world's first secure P2P network promoting content for sale to millions of consumers, and two more software companies this year -- Joltid and Skype -- that utilize the same peer-to-peer (P2P) architecture that made KaZaA such a success (see Skype Me? Skype You! and Skype Spooks Operators).

Joltid provides software that caches P2P content, and Skype is a P2P telephony service. Nothing new in IP telephony, you rightly point out: It’s been done to death by Pulver and other tree-hugging geeks, so why will Skype be any different?

Here’s our theory. It has the Zennstrom zing about it and a certain something the Swedes do so well: simplicity. Think Ikea, but for Internet services. Low-priced, available everywhere and super cool.

But does Zennstrom have enough sway to break the U.S. carrier market? If you thought the music industry was full of self-righteous, stuffy old coffin-dodgers, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Ring up Ma Bell, Niklas, and you’ll see what we mean.

 
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sir-wish-pro-wide-her
sir-wish-pro-wide-her
12/4/2012 | 11:14:43 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
1. You guys are seem a bit harsh on those that seem to have fallen from grace
2. Is there a typo in Really Horrible Haiku"? Is it supposed to be Hagger The Horrible?
3. I think you missed one more deserving entry in the "Has Been Bin". I would have included the lightreading staff member that had picked the previous top 10 movers and shakers :-)
btierney
btierney
12/4/2012 | 11:14:42 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
oops was refering to anderson and ferri
btierney
btierney
12/4/2012 | 11:14:42 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
and these guys really thought they could walk on water....
DCITDave
DCITDave
12/4/2012 | 11:14:41 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
You admit that Lucent isn't performing well and yet you suggest we put Pat on our list because she's a woman?

Or because Fortune called her a powerful woman?

That sounds like the wrong thing to do for all the wrong reasons.

ph

P.S. Fortune magazine called Enron "America's Most Innovative Company" for six consecutive years.
Tony Li
Tony Li
12/4/2012 | 11:14:41 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom

Is it just me, or are all of the links pointing to their staging area?

Tony
Scott Raynovich
Scott Raynovich
12/4/2012 | 11:14:41 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
no, it's not you... we screwed up.

we are fixing, but in the meantime the links on the left-hand side of the page in the black bar will get you where you need to go
indica1019
indica1019
12/4/2012 | 11:14:41 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
It's shameful that Lightreading contributes to the sexism in the telecom industry by not including a single woman on the Top Ten list.

While Fortune has put Pat Russo on it's 10 Most Powerful Women in Business again this year, she apparently doesn't make LR's cut. Lucent might not be at the top of it's game, but it's a hell of lot better off after Pat's tough decisions that none of her predecessors had the balls to make.

LR editors - when are you going to wake up from your cozy British boy's club and realize that the rest of the world has moved on? Get with it, mates.
dodo
dodo
12/4/2012 | 11:14:40 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
you may disagree but Pat's tough decisions were made(are being taken) to ensure that she together with her ilks can continue to fill their pockets whilst a lot of talent may be queuing in the food line once their severance and unemployment run out.

What innovative or groung-breaking decisions has she taken so far to sustain the business ?
Zilch !

Hence she has no place in the top ten JMHO
DCITDave
DCITDave
12/4/2012 | 11:14:39 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
re: "Hey Phil -- aren't you from Texas?"

Yep.

re: "What's this 'cozy Brit boys club' that indica's talking about?"

Dunno. Maybe someone's been reading Orwell's "Burmese Days" and they think I'm Ellis.
sevenbrooks
sevenbrooks
12/4/2012 | 11:14:39 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom

I would have nominated Pat Russo for perhaps the worst CEO in telecom. She needs to cut horrible businesses and move along. Yet, she refuses to do so at the peril of Lucent. Its still a dog, its shrinking and no obvious path to growth.

Get rid of the dead wood.

Jim
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