Vivato Cuts Again

Troubled wireless LAN switch startup Vivato Inc. has laid off another 22 workers.

Two thirds of the positions are at the firm's engineering center in Spokane, Wash., according to local paper, The Spokesman-Review, the rest at the firm's headquarters in San Francisco.

A spokesperson for Vivato confirmed the cuts and said that the company now has about 77 employees on its books.

This is the second round of layoffs for the struggling startup. In August, the firm laid off between 10 and 14 workers but said it planned to take more sales and marketing staff aboard (see Vivato: Shaken & Stirred Up ).

Earlier this month, the firm confirmed that original CEO Ken Biba had stepped down (see Vivato CEO Steps Down). Don Stalter is currently acting CEO, and the board is expected to appoint a permanent replacement within the next few weeks.

Vivato scored $44.5 million in a third round of funding in June (see Vivato Raises $44.5M). The changes at the company since then have been driven by the investors on the board.

— Dan Jones, Senior Editor, Unstrung

rothschild 12/5/2012 | 1:23:00 AM
re: Vivato Cuts Again
Vivato laid-off 9 employees, and at least 12 "contractors" last Friday.

smartpeople 12/5/2012 | 1:22:46 AM
re: Vivato Cuts Again Problem is that the world famous people left.
Stupid people don't like smart people.
Polictics everywhere.
Justinfreespace 12/5/2012 | 1:22:22 AM
re: Vivato Cuts Again Sounds like you fall into the category
of "stupid people"
What the hell are you talking about?

Justinfreespace 12/5/2012 | 1:22:20 AM
re: Vivato Cuts Again ...And let me guess,
Promoted 3 more people to "Director of Something",
because there was not enough incompetence at the top.

Justinfreespace 12/5/2012 | 1:22:19 AM
re: Vivato Cuts Again ...And let me guess,
Promoted 3 more people to "Director of Something",
because there was not enough incompetence at the top.

wap545 12/4/2012 | 11:18:28 PM
re: Vivato Cuts Again Not sure what the management is doing here but the product is the best thing that has happened to this WLAN (WiFi-awful word) 802.11 space in the last 2 years.
When combined with WLAN Bridges their Outdoor Units remarkable coverage (100Degrees out 1-2 Miles) allows both Fixed and Portable access to Broadband Data Networks. Excellent for Campus and Small Metro Market coverage.
First product we have come across that allows for a true Business Model in WLAN.

Really an exciting product that can be totally disruptive to this space if their team can pull it off.

Wifi-Willie 12/4/2012 | 11:18:21 PM
re: Vivato Cuts Again Seems like vaporware to me. Has anyone ever seen this product in use? Good luck to all those venture capitalist on getting their money back. Access points are so cheap now and there are drops everywhere to plug them in. How can Vivato compete with that??
lrmobile_pan 12/4/2012 | 11:17:38 PM
re: Vivato Cuts Again You obviously keep telling yourself
that over and over, because it sounds
like your starting to really believe
yourself now.

It's nothing more than a bunch of AP's couldn't do. At least
with the AP solution, you can light up the
areas you want, not piss all over hell with
some beam you can't control. Vivato's solution
still requires Hole Fillers, so where's the
advantage dude? You keep forgetting to state
that the 1-2 miles is a clear line of uninhibited
site. Add a couple trees, and buildings then tell
me how far you can go.


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