7 thoughts on “VCs Dialing VoIP Startups”

  1. Om,

    You’re right – anyone investing in VOIP plays at the moment shouldn’t be expecting a skype-style exit. But there IS a fair amount of money to be made out of execution – its still early days yet in the VOIP world.

    I’d also argue that Skype was never a VOIP play in the usual sense, but I’ll save the details for some other time …

  2. How can anyone invest in VOIP until the Net Neutrality issue is thrashed out? Ok, let’s modify that thought – here are the business plans that will work given our current trends:

    1) Target customer is AT&T, and the technology under development is assured to give AT&T additional revenue over anything it can develop in house.

    2) same as above, except put in the name of your favorite cable monopoly, but show that down the road, if AT&t snaps up the cable’s, your technology still is superior.

    3) Your developing a technology that is guaranteed to be steps ahead of whatever impairments AT&T and the cable co’s can throw in your digital path.

  3. Teltel is backed by the same Purple Communications that made a bid for Asia Global Crossing during its distress sale a few years back.

  4. Jk,

    I have been using damaka for the past few months and I must say they have come a long way with quality and security. I definitely have a better quality calls on PC using damaka than skype. Also, it makes me feel better that damaka is standards based application and does not have the “negative/dark” sides of skype.

    I love the features in damaka client – call recording, off line messaging, built in media player, weather, traffic report etc…


  5. I have been using a SIP-based Peer to Peer application for the past few months: DAMAKA

    I am very impressed by the quality of not only voice (pc to pc, pc to phone) but also by the video quality…

    I compared the video & audio quality with MSN/Yahoo/Skype. Damaka’s video quality was consistently better than M/Y/S.

    Has anyone else compared the quality???

    They provide the cheapest rates for their PC to Phone service… and the quality was execellent.

    They recently released free Internet TV… very cool… check it out

    OM, have you checked them out? I am sure its a good candidate for VC investment as their business model appears to be interesting.


  6. Well more and more companies are trying to secure funding before the next market crash. The possible US slowdown isnt a good sign for funding. The market will be crowded with new startups trying to empty VC’s pockets. i seriously hope they get some returns. The best bet is perhaps to exit early in the gamble 🙂

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