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Why Did Cisco Tandberg Execs Leave to Start Pexip?

June 19, 2013 | Telepresence Options

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Story and Images by Sean Michael Kerner / Enterprise Networking Planet

Hakon Dahle, CTO of startup Pexip, is no stranger to the world of video communication. Dahle started his career at Tandberg in 1992 as a hardware design engineer and worked his way up to the CTO post, which he took over in 2002. Eight years later, Dahle joined Cisco when the vendor acquired Tandberg�for $3.3 billion. Dahle left Cisco in June of 2012. He now serves as CTO of UC startup Pexip.

The CEO of Pexip also came from Tandberg. Simen Teigre started at Tandberg in 2005 and left Cisco in April 2012 to found Pexip. Dahle noted that Pexip has raised $8 million in funding from Norwegian investment firms. The company currently has approximately 40 employees.

So what is Pexip, and why did Dahle leave Cisco to join the startup?

"It's fairly common that after a while, people want to try new things," Dahle told�Enterprise Networking Planet. "We wanted to see if we could build a company with a strong culture and focus. There is no animosity toward Cisco at all. We just wanted to try something new."

Pexip aims to solve the challenge of distributed video conferencing at scale. That's where Pexip's Infinity platform comes in. Pexip is a scalable, virtual software platform that provides meeting rooms for video and voice collaboration.

Distributed Architecture

One of the key differentiators for the Pexip Infinity platform lies in its distributed architecture. Dahle explained that in a traditional video conferencing setup, if eight geographically dispersed participants connected to a conference, they would all be connected to the same hardware in a single data center. If some of those participants connected from the U.S and others from Europe, the conference could end up utilizing a lot of bandwidth on both ends of the connection.

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