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Rumor: Has Matisse's Optical Burst Gone Bust?

It's not looking good for optical burst switching pioneer Matisse Networks .

An industry source called Light Reading yesterday to ask if the company had gone under. Shortly after, the same suggestion cropped up in this message board posting.

The company isn't completely dead, but it's not looking lively, either. Around 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, only three people could be seen amid rows of apparently empty cubicles in Matisse's Mountain View, Calif., office (windows along the office's street side have no blinds). A woman answered the door but quickly ended any conversation with a polite, "We can't talk. Sorry."

Calls to Matisse officials and one investor went unanswered Wednesday afternoon.

Matisse is pursuing a transport technology called optical burst switching (OBS), a packet/optical transport technology that assigns packets to wavelengths depending on their destinations. (See OBS: The Pipes Are Calling.)

The other known company pursuing that technology is Intune Networks , which has the Irish government as a customer and recently raised some extra funding. (See InTune Lands Irish Gig and Optical Burst Startup Bags $32M.) The promise of OBS netted Intune a Light Reading Top Picks award in October. (See Light Reading Reveals Its 2009 Top Picks.)

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 3:50:54 PM
re: Rumor: Has Matisse's Optical Burst Gone Bust?

Not more popular; we had something resembling an exclusive here, so I felt we had to get this story out more quickly. Still working up the Xtellus/Oclaro story. (There's a lot happening this holiday season.)

rahat.hussain 12/5/2012 | 3:50:54 PM
re: Rumor: Has Matisse's Optical Burst Gone Bust?

... that lr decided to throw out this article based on a rumor, while there's no report on the xtellus acquisition by oclaro. i guess negative "companies gone bust" rumors are more popular than positive confirmed m&a transactions in the optical space.


 


odo <-- who's usually more positive than negative.

rahat.hussain 12/5/2012 | 3:50:53 PM
re: Rumor: Has Matisse's Optical Burst Gone Bust?

fair enough, craig.


will await the x-o story.


odo <- you report, we decide.

OpticOm 12/5/2012 | 3:50:53 PM
re: Rumor: Has Matisse's Optical Burst Gone Bust?

Bad marketing, bad people, so, it is not surprising at all it died/dies.

andrew_ 12/5/2012 | 3:50:52 PM
re: Rumor: Has Matisse's Optical Burst Gone Bust?

I like(d) their logo

obaut 12/5/2012 | 3:50:51 PM
re: Rumor: Has Matisse's Optical Burst Gone Bust?

Hmm.. when was the last time there had been a really commercially successful startup venture in any type of provider network equipment space?


Certainly innovation is needed to improve the economics of high capacity networks, and the incumbent network technology vendors have not been any real innovators since.. probably the introduction of WDM in the 90s (and wasn't that a startup driven idea as well).


But why haven't we seen successful startup businesses in network tech built on competition beating innovative edge, or even ones that create whole new market applications, like we've seen in for example the web services space?


Is it that VCs have not invested in right ideas? Or aren't there any more new networking ideas to try?? Or should, in addition to core innovation, the network technology startups look for innovation also in their biz models, a'la the web services or software-as-service startups that make it very easy for customers to realize any value that their embedded tech advantage brings???


 

opticalwatcher 12/5/2012 | 3:50:50 PM
re: Rumor: Has Matisse's Optical Burst Gone Bust?

the incumbent network technology vendors have not been any real innovators since.. probably the introduction of WDM in the 90s (and wasn't that a startup driven idea as well).



That's a strange thing to say. I think I was using a 56k modem in the 90s, and that was hot stuff.


bollocks187 12/5/2012 | 3:50:45 PM
re: Rumor: Has Matisse's Optical Burst Gone Bust?

I'm not sure that is true. Probaly lack of talent and experience. The biggest challenge in any start up is attracting the right type of people to these companies - you want people that are talented getting the right type of people board  "talented" people to work at these  companies.


Matisse may have simply had an arrogant CEO who was afraid of bringing on board the right people to make the company succesful. If you dont have the right CEO you will fail no matter how good the product or market.


 

OpticOm 12/5/2012 | 3:50:44 PM
re: Rumor: Has Matisse's Optical Burst Gone Bust?

The problem was not only the CEO but the VPs and some of directors.


But the biggest flop in my opinion was the marketing/product management aspect of their system,

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