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realdeal 12/4/2012 | 8:51:36 PM
re: Cratos Networks Tips Its Hand Pretty funny piece. Cratos was formerly Yoda (sp?) networks and changed their name. And based on my records (conversations with people working at Cratos/Yoda) the company was formed in the late summer, early fall of 1999. 72 employees, 8 mil in funding and 2 mil in bridge loans- DOES NOT SOUND LIKE SUCH A SOLID PLAY TO ME WHEN YOU COMPARE THEM TO OTHER COMPANIES WHO HAVE STARTED AT THE SAME TIME.

Feedback from the Cratos folks on the above info?
Is my info not accurate?
optical-guy 12/4/2012 | 8:51:35 PM
re: Cratos Networks Tips Its Hand With a total pot of $10Mil, they probably wont have the $ to even make a descent product. At least not one that could keep up with the likes of Cerent, Cyras or Siara. Not to mention some of the other premium startups out there that are a good ways along with product and funding.
fk 12/4/2012 | 8:51:34 PM
re: Cratos Networks Tips Its Hand What does it say for a startup's prospects when the founder won't name executives for fear they will find greener pastures elsewhere? Either this startup has something going for it, or it doesn't. If it does, these key executives will have no motivation to go elsewhere. If it doesn't, then you might have to worry about them.

And as for "the best optical minds," that's cause for a good round of snickering. There's a lot of optical talent in the northeast, and ANYONE who thinks they have cornered the market in optical talent is fooling only himself.
KPSmells 12/4/2012 | 8:51:33 PM
re: Cratos Networks Tips Its Hand The founder, the investors of cratos are all a big joke. No talent and no proof that they ever built a successful product or a company in their past. Raj Singh: founder of cerent: Ha Ha Ha.....this is a big joke. Just ask Vinod Khosla !
notalent 12/4/2012 | 8:51:31 PM
re: Cratos Networks Tips Its Hand Word locally is that they can only attract the B- players to work for them. Does anyone know who that have on board that could deliver on their claim of a metro box?
alglin 12/4/2012 | 8:51:28 PM
re: Cratos Networks Tips Its Hand I am surprised Cratos could hire anybody at all.

I interviewed with Yoda networks last year when they had only 6 employees, including the founders. I was so completely turned off by the attitude of the VP of Engineering I did not bother to go back for a second interview. Others who had interviewed with them also told me they were troubled by the personality of the management. Another friend was greatly disturbed as he felt the CTO did not have a good understand how the C compiler works (although I advised my friend that it was probably not the CTO's job to understand technology to that detail.)
realdeal 12/4/2012 | 8:51:27 PM
re: Cratos Networks Tips Its Hand There is a reason they do not want to disclose who is on board. Kind of like trying to hide a nasty cold sore...
optiglut 12/4/2012 | 8:51:25 PM
re: Cratos Networks Tips Its Hand I interviewed with this joker last year. Sanjeev told me he would "be looking over my shoulder to check my code." If this isn't a sure sign of a control freak I don't know what is. The sad thing is I was almost sold until meeting with sanjeev and his VP. Top talent or not, I feel sorry for the fools who have bet the farm on this one.
MSJ 12/4/2012 | 8:51:25 PM
re: Cratos Networks Tips Its Hand This is another joke that is not gonna make it
opti fool 12/4/2012 | 8:51:17 PM
re: Cratos Networks Tips Its Hand I hear the Cratos box handles VOIP reasonably well (Cisco interoperable) and dispenses excellent capuccino.
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