2014 SPIFFY Award Nominees Announced
Nominee Roster Catalogs the Telecom Startup Watch List
Telecom Council of Silicon Valley announces the nominees for the 2014 SPIFFY Awards. Nominees are selected by the Telecom Council’s Service Provider Forum (SPIF) from among over 100 early-stage companies representing a broad range of telecom products and services who presented in Telecom Council meetings June 2013 through May 2014.
All companies which are invited to present at a Telecom Council meeting, have been identified as a promising telecom company. From among these, some young companies stand out for their innovation, market opportunity, or quantifiable interest among the Council’s 30+ global Service Providers including AT&T, British Telecom, DoCoMo, France Telecom/Orange, Swisscom, Verizon, Vodafone and many other fixed and wireless carriers from Europe, Asia, and North and South America listed on the Telecom Council website.
SPIFFY Award winners will be announced by members of the Council’s Service Provider Forum in a public ceremony, on day 1 of the annual TC3: Telecom Council Carrier Connections Executive Summit, October 1st at the Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA. SPIFFY nominees will attend the ceremony joined by an estimated 500 telecom professionals, including the senior executive carrier speakers from the summit. The SPIFFY Awards are open to the public who may register at www.telecomcouncil.com/tc3.
And the 2014 SPIFFY Award Nominees are…
Graham Bell Award for Best Communication Solution
Telecom is really about helping people communicate, historically that has meant connecting one with another, but now can mean connecting many with many, or connecting people to machines. This award recognizes the company that advanced the noble cause of improving telecommunications.
AOptix Technologies (www.aoptix.com)
Eden Rock Communications (www.edenrockcomm.com)
Sensor Platforms (www.sensorplatforms.com)
Tarana Wireless (www.taranawireless.com)
Thuuz Sports (www.thuuz.com)
Edison Award for Most Innovative Startup
Some ideas are so unusual they surprise you, but it’s a small minority of these that are also likely to succeed. With this award, we recognize the startup that brings the most innovative ideas, but also the ability to successfully bring that idea to market.
AirHop Communications (airhopcomm-web.com)
Kumu Networks (kumunetworks.com)
San Andreas Award for Most Disruptive Technology
This award is for the most game-changing startup to present to the Telecom Council. It is offered to the company whose progress is most likely to disrupt markets and change the way people do things.
iSonea Limited (isoneamed.com)
Kimera Systems (kimerasystems.com)
StreetLight Data (www.streetlightdata.com)
Core Award for Best Fixed Telecom Opportunity
This award recognizes the best investment opportunity within the fixed telecom sector that we’ve seen at the SPIF Meeting in the past year.
Zephyr Award for Best Mobile Opportunity
This award recognizes the best investment opportunity within the mobile telecom sector that we’ve seen at the SPIF Meeting in the past year.
SpiderCloud Wireless (www.spidercloud.com)
Tesselation Video (tvivideo.com)
Vasona Networks (www.vasonanetworks.com)
Ground Breaker Award for Engineering Excellence
This award is offered to the company that has produced the most impressive technological advancements. These are the firms who have invested in R&D, and have turned the gears of progress through sweat, tenacity, and a Costco account for Jolt and Mountain Dew.
Interactions Corportation (www.interactions.net)
Kumu Networks (kumunetworks.com)
Shared Spectrum Company (www.sharedspectrum.com)
Prodigy Award for the Most Successful SPIF Alumni
This award is given to the pre-2013 SPIF presenting company that went on to achieve the most notable growth, market success or exit.
Matrixx Software (www.matrixx.com)
Mavenir Systems (www.mavenir.com)
The Fred & Ginger Award for Most Supportive Carrier
This award allows the SPIF startup companies to choose which SPIF carrier was overall the most responsive and supportive to the Silicon Valley entrepreneur community.
U.S. Cellular (www.uscellular.com)
The Yellow Brick Award for Supportive Vendor
While the Yellow Brick Road is known as the path to success, the entrepreneur community knows the journey is more valuable than the destination. Chosen by our telco and startups, this award goes to a large company who actively supports young companies on their path to market.
Ericsson Silicon Valley (www.ericsson.com)
Qualcomm Research Silicon Valley (www.qualcomm.com)
Sand Hill Award for Engaged Investor
This award is a classic address for venture capital and is known as a source of funding and partnership that leads to startup success, attracting entrepreneurs from around the world. Chosen by over 100 telecom and mobile startups each year, our Sand Hill Award goes the VC who is adding the most value beyond money.
Accel Partners (www.accel.com)
Intel Capital (www.intelcapital.com)
Intellect Partners (www.linkedin.com/pub/greg-franklin/1/440/210)
Nokia Growth Partners (www.nokiagrowthpartners.com)
Sequoia Capital (www.sequoiacap.com)
About the Telecom Council:
The Telecom Council of Silicon Valley is Where Telecom Meets Innovation. The Council connects the companies who are building communication networks, with the people and ideas that are creating it – by putting those companies, research, ideas, capital, and human expertise from across the globe together in the same room. Last year, The Telecom Council connected over 2,000 executives from 750 telecom companies and 60 fixed and wireless carriers across 40 meeting topics. By joining, speaking, sponsoring, or simply participating in a meeting, there are many ways telecom companies of any size can use the Telecom Council network. For more information and to join our invitation list, visit www.telecomcouncil.com.
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