Top Ten Private Companies Revisited

After some heated arguments, much tinkering, and a barrage of feedback from readers and attendees of Opticon and Lightspeed Europe, Light Reading editors today published a revised list of its Top Ten Private Companies.

Last published in June of 2001, the list was in dire need of an overhaul. Introducing potential lists at Light Reading's conference events allowed attendees to influence the decision of editors with real live feedback.

If fact, the list, as published today, is substantially different from the one presented at the Lightspeed conference held in London two weeks ago. What's changed? If you weren't there, you may never know.

The new Top Ten Private Companies list is published here.

– The Editors
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fleshpeddler 12/4/2012 | 7:22:41 PM
re: Top Ten Private Companies Revisited
if there is a next round.
light_boring 12/4/2012 | 7:22:43 PM
re: Top Ten Private Companies Revisited
According to Lightreading, Equipe had valuation of $400m at 2nd round in 5/00. Wonder how down the investors will go for the next round.
yomamma 12/4/2012 | 7:23:04 PM
re: Top Ten Private Companies Revisited
$51million / 19 months = ~2.7million/month.

Sounds about right.
Route495 12/4/2012 | 7:23:04 PM
re: Top Ten Private Companies Revisited The 2nd round of $51m in 5/2000 is probably all but gone. They must be looking for the 3rd round now.
fleshpeddler 12/4/2012 | 7:23:07 PM
re: Top Ten Private Companies Revisited
ummmmmmmm..... how do you 'pre-announce' a deal that's already closed
broadbandboy 12/4/2012 | 7:23:08 PM
re: Top Ten Private Companies Revisited _____ wrote: "They (Gotham)are in there. But it's out of style to pre-announce deals until the deal is closed. "

OK, thanks, I can accept that it is more than just a rumor, but if the deal is not closed, as you say, how confident are you that the deal will close, money will change hands and hardware will be installed?

Thats what really counts.


fleshpeddler 12/4/2012 | 7:23:09 PM
re: Top Ten Private Companies Revisited
2 directors of software engineering. they really practice redundancy over there don't they.



my2cents 12/4/2012 | 7:23:10 PM
re: Top Ten Private Companies Revisited Wow! Equipe management certainly likes their pictures taken. Wonder if this is what impressed Lightreading as I didnot notice any revenue or lab trail announcements.

edgygirl2001 12/4/2012 | 7:23:12 PM
re: Top Ten Private Companies Revisited Here's some info about Wavesmith lab trails.

Never heard of Vanion and Technica. Interestingly the article mentions that they still havent announced FrameRelay yet, I thought they were a multiservice switch?


Don't know if anyone is interested in buying them out. But if they announce lab trials then they must be making headway with them.
Litewave 12/4/2012 | 7:23:16 PM
re: Top Ten Private Companies Revisited Author: optigirl
...money for theirs but it's full of holes from the revenue generating perspective which is another sticking point.

You raised a good point. However, its much easier to show Capex and Opex savings (which already takes alot of work) then it is to show revenue generation.

Greenfield Service Providers might take the bait, but RBOCs have such complex business models that its rarely possible to project any revenue generation based on some features in box XYZ.

A perfect example is that of Alidian, their entire plot was about revenue generation, and look where thats gotten them; nowhere.

The problem is, RBOCs understand what you're saying, but the figures (revenue gen) rarely apply to them in any sensible fashion.
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