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JustTheFaxMaam
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JustTheFaxMaam,
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12/27/2017 | 4:23:27 PM
Reality Check
Let's take a good honest look at Mr. Ranalli and his past.

Fax International ("FI") --> ran dry in the early-to-mid-1990s --> assets, employees, intellectual property mysteriously bought up for pennies on the dollar by a second company, named "UNIFI Communications," run by the same Ranalli family --> ran dry in 1998 --> attempted pennies-on-dollar bankruptcy purchase by a third company, named "UCI," forcibly stopped by creditors in court, claiming "Doug has tried this before."

The Ranalli family pursued breach-of-fiduciary-duty lawsuits against their court-appointed bankruptcy trustee for FIVE YEARS following UNIFI's 1999 dissolution -- overlapping the new baby, NetNumber, by three or four of those years.  After three high-profile strikeouts, Ranalli could no longer be seen to publicly occupy the captain's chair, so he christened himself "Chief Strategy Officer" and latched onto a series of aging puppethead CEOs (notably Cisco-castoff Brad Boston, and, before Brad, booze-executive Joe Farrelly) so as to maintain some trickle of credibility + financing.  This is why "23 of the 25 original employees" stay with him;  many of them are FI/UNIFI veterans, plugged into the 20-year Ponzi scheme.

Claims of "our previous business died overnight due to regulation" and "I chased the next big thing" are specious and glib.  This guy is dirty, and, isolated merits of his technology aside, he isn't playing with an even remotely ethical or transparent agenda.
Steve Saunders
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Steve Saunders,
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2/6/2015 | 5:20:33 PM
Re: Got his number
NASIMSON... 15 years and about a billion lines of code stand between the incumbents and the development of a competing product. I don't think they have the appetitie to develop something that actually eliminates a profitable support business for them. THey probably wish Doug would just go away instead... this is uniikely to happen. 
sarahthomas1011
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sarahthomas1011,
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2/4/2015 | 2:21:39 PM
Re: Got his number
But he expects them to start to try very soon. I caught up with awhile back, and his feeling was that others would start to replicate his model. Story here: http://www.lightreading.com/spit-(service-provider-it)/diameter-routing-signaling/netnumber-decrees-the-end-of-signaling-silos/d/d-id/712972

Even as operators move to all IP networks, they'll have to support legacy signaling for the foreseeable future. Doing it one place seems immensely easier.
R Clark
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R Clark,
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2/4/2015 | 1:20:14 AM
Re: Got his number
I think Doug's point was that NetNumber has a 15-year break on its competitors and it's not really worth their while to try to catch him. 

It's interesting that despite the success of NetNumber he's not seeking an IPO. Presumably he doesn't want the hassle that goes with being a public company. 
nasimson
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nasimson,
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2/3/2015 | 11:02:37 PM
Re: Got his number
@Steve @Mitch

Love the new CEO-to-CEO series!

Given that now the tech is out there, proven and working, what prevents ZTE, NokiaNetworks and Huawei to replicate it?
Steve Saunders
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Steve Saunders,
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2/3/2015 | 4:02:39 PM
Re: Signalling lives forever
Carol - I agree. Signaling is something I've always avoided digging into because 1. it's so complicated and 2. it always seemed like something that was an intractable problem. Then along comes Netnumber and it all seems both comprehensible and fixable and, amazingly, interesting! 
cnwedit
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cnwedit,
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2/3/2015 | 3:49:01 PM
Signalling lives forever
Doug's explanation of the situation with signalling is about as clear as any I've ever heard. Regardless of whether we dial phones or use phone numbers pre-programmed, network signalling persists until you shut off that network. And telecom networks are rarely shut off. So a signalling control system seems to make a lot of sense. 

 
Mitch Wagner
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2/2/2015 | 7:53:17 PM
Got his number

"... conventional wisdom has it that the existence of the signaling protocol problem is just something service providers are going to have to live with.... "

One of my favorite sayings: People who make lots of money from solving a problem have a strong interest in preserving the problem.  

I would not have thought a magazine about decorating dorm rooms would have been profitable. How much money is there in beer lamps?

The experience of dialing phone numbers won't be universal forever. It's dying now. The phone number is something you program into your speed dial. 

"The only way you get in there, as an entrepreneur, is you have to invest beforehand so that when they encounter the problem you get to say, "I know we're still small but we actually have what you need. Ericsson doesn't, Nokia doesn't, Huawei doesn't. And I can prove it." And this worked.... " Heck of a gamble of 15 years of life -- but glad to see it paid off. 

 



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