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Li Finally Quits Procket

Tony Li appears to have finally quit Procket Networks Inc., the much-watched router company he founded. He broke the news in typical fashion, by posting a message on Light Reading late last night (see Re: The Daily Tony Report).

Coincidentally (?), the message is posted on a board relating to an article published in April 2002, covering rumors of Li's possible departure. In the article, an email from Li is quoted, in which he writes: "That rumor is patently false. I'm still exceedingly busy and have numerous responsibilities." (See Bigwigs out of Procket? )

Li made it clear in January that he was leaving Procket (see Li Quits Procket). Last night, he added a message to this article as well, addressing the pressing question: Is Tony Li GOD?. (His opinion? "No.")

Procket has not announced Li's departure, and Li is still listed as Procket's founder and chief scientist on its Website. Procket was unavailable for comment at press time, and Li hadn't responded to an email to his Procket address.

— Peter Heywood, Founding Editor, Light Reading

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Indy_lite 12/5/2012 | 2:14:19 AM
re: Li Finally Quits Procket
(1) goes back to Cisco or Juniper ?
(2) joins AVICI?
(3) employed by huawei?
(4) founds a new "Procket"?
(4) stays home? I can not image that.


At the times when he moved to JNPR or PRKT, it was others luring him in. SO likely he is not determined to go anywhere yet, until somebody offers him good opportunity. But founding new router startup should not be in the cards. Maybe he will be back to Cisco, or just devote his time to IETF.
readingsbelieving 12/5/2012 | 2:14:18 AM
re: Li Finally Quits Procket "Trust me?"

I'm saying: How do you know he's definitely the one who wrote the message in question? The answer is: You don't, and you ran the story anyway.
mrcasual 12/5/2012 | 2:14:18 AM
re: Li Finally Quits Procket And if you read the article LR stated that they were looking for confirmation but hadn't received it.

Assuming someone hasn't hacked Tony's ID then it's still valid to report it since there has been lot's of speculation on the Tony front for a while. Whether his fate and Procket's are inexorably linked is a topic for debate but it's still news worthy if he has in fact left.
boosted 12/5/2012 | 2:14:15 AM
re: Li Finally Quits Procket hey! how's the surf today? Are orcutt and burger still doing their thing?
answeris42 12/5/2012 | 2:14:15 AM
re: Li Finally Quits Procket Check out Procket's web site... the leadership board no longer includes the smiling (I've got millions in the bank) face of one Toni Li.

Perhaps now Procket can actually focus on selling some product instead of all the "stuff" created by a talented but very misguided founder.
pig3head 12/5/2012 | 2:14:14 AM
re: Li Finally Quits Procket I thinks that cisco need him for its product such as expected HFR.

corvisalum 12/5/2012 | 2:14:12 AM
re: Li Finally Quits Procket LR Copychief:

Instead of engaging in silly banter about Tony Li and Pat Russo, why don't you figure a way to cut the mishaola spam about rolostar?

Pissed.

ca
Sharad_Mehrotra 12/5/2012 | 2:14:08 AM
re: Li Finally Quits Procket Dear LR Editors:

For the last 5 years you have published numerous stories about the company, Bill, Tony and I launched with great expectations and aspirations. For that we thank you. More often than not, though, rather than focusing on our finest achievements -- putting together an amazing team, raising more venture capital than God, and designing and delivering the most technically sophisticated and densest routers on the planet -- you have chosen to spend your words on equating the entire company with just one individual. I realize that this behavior generates tons of traffic on your bulletin boards, therefore more eyeballs to your website, and consequently, higher ad revenue. However, it does _tremendous_ injustice to the efforts of the ~250 other folks who labored for four years to bring the Procket equipment to the market.

Now that Tony has chosen to pursue other career options, could you please shift your focus to articles you do so well, such as your reports and tutorials, equipment bake offs, and the like?

Thanks,
/sharad
rtgdude 12/5/2012 | 2:14:08 AM
re: Li Finally Quits Procket Right on, Sharad!

I only hope that they will take it as professionals, won't remove this message from the board and won't change your account to read-only as they did with mine today (my original message below).

> Subject: "To Peter Heywood and LR"
>
> Guys, please stop trying to be tli's diary.
> Have some self-respect and get some real stuff done.
> Enough already.
> rtg_dude
particle_man 12/5/2012 | 2:14:08 AM
re: Li Finally Quits Procket I have to say I have tried using RoloStar and found it largely worthless.

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