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Jeff Rodman and his team helped bring people closer

June 6, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Mark Scott / Smart Business

Jeff Rodman felt a twinge of sadness when he learned that Polycom Inc., the company he and Brian Hinman co-founded in a San Francisco basement back in 1990, was going to be acquired later this year by Ottawa, Canada-based Mitel.

"People would stop just short of putting their arm around my shoulder and saying, 'Jeff, here, you can cry on me,'" Rodman says with a chuckle. "I will admit when I first heard of this, I didn't know that much about Mitel. I thought, 'Great, we're being sold to a telephone company.'"

The deal to join Polycom and Mitel is expected to close in the third quarter of 2016. Rodman recalled being on the other side of the table when his company acquired Austin, Texas-based ViaVideo.

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