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Genband Fun Facts

6:15 PM -- While looking at Ryan's story on Genband, I recalled a few notes about Genband I've made over the past couple of weeks:

  • The company says it hauled in more than $100 million in revenues last year.
  • The first quarter of 2008, according to CEO Charlie Vogt, was Genband's single largest revenue booking quarter in its history.
  • Genband's management is constantly evolving. Bethe Strickland, former CEO of Aeras Networks, was named Genband's executive VP of North America Sales and Marketing last year, yet it appears she's no longer with the company. Jody Bennett, once the VP of marketing, is now on Genband's sales team, presumably reporting to Daniel R. Lakey.
  • The last time the company publicly talked about going public, it cited its bankers as saying that Q1 2008 was the earliest possible time such an event would occur.
  • Sources say the company is exploring whether to add Deep Packet Inspection, security, or session border controller functions to its products, given how Genband gateways usually sit right at a point two different types of networks meet. Makers of standalone appliances in those spaces could be partners, acquisition targets, or competitors, depending on what strategy Genband pursues.
— Phil Harvey, Editor, Light Reading

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 3:43:33 PM
re: Genband Fun Facts
The funnest (not a word) of fun facts was that GenBand has a huge party at N/I in Vegas in 2000 (I think - it might have been 99).

Anyway - Free Food, Free Booze, Free Cigars + Robert Cray and Buckwheat Zydeco for 500 of their closest friends at the Hard Rock Cafe's Ballroom. One HECK of a party. I actually got to talk to Robert Cray between songs as I was standing right in front of the stage.

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 3:43:31 PM
re: Genband Fun Facts What about the 2001 "Gen and Tonic" party at the Las Vegas Hard Rock? All I remember is that Tonic is pretty spare (think Pearl Jam without the angst and half the talent) and even a dozen top shelf libations couldn't convince me otherwise.

Of course, that was all in those heady days before they actually sold some products...
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