Of the 818 votes cast in our Top 10 Private Companies Poll by the end of the day yesterday, a whopping 64 percent picked UbiquiSys as the best of the Top 10 selections. IneoQuest was a distant second, with 25 percent of the vote.
The volume of votes behind those two meant everyone else was reduced to Cantor dust.
Ah, but there's a flip side. IneoQuest and UbiquiSys also turned out to be the most disliked companies, catching the ire of 39 percent and 26 percent of voters, respectively.
Now, we happen to think IneoQuest and UbiquiSys are fine companies with good prospects. But how many readers know enough of either company to love (or hate) them with enough passion to result in that many votes? Moreover, the voting patterns look more than a little suspicious.
Table 1: Funny Numbers: Selected Poll Results
|UbiquiSys best liked, IneoQuest least liked||186|
|UbiquiSys best liked, no selection for least liked||264|
|IneoQuest best liked, UbiquiSys least liked||127|
|IneoQuest best liked, no selection for least liked||11|
Light Reading suspected the fix was in. It wouldn't be the first time. (See AlcaLu Exec Wins Popularity Contest.) Summoning up our toughest investigative reporting skills, we called each company and basically asked if they'd 'fess up. Neither did.
A UbiquiSys spokesman was happy to hear his company was so popular but denied any knowledge of a voting campaign at the company.
Likewise, an IneoQuest spokeswoman claimed no knowledge of a voting surge. "If the CEO of IneoQuest found out something like that was going on, he wouldn't be very happy," she said.
If we ignore IneoQuest and UbiquiSys as outliers, that leaves BroadSoft Inc. and 2Wire Inc. as the most appreciated companies on the Top 10 list. The most disliked would be 2Wire and Top 10 veteran Force10 Networks Inc.
The poll is still open, so there's still time to build a robot so it can cast your vote.
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading