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GIPS acquired by Google. How does Abramson pick them?

It’s been a busy day in the blogging world as folks have chimed in on the Google acquisition of Global IP Sound.  Many have noted that GIPS supplies Google’s competitors in the voice world as well as Google, and wonder how long that relationship will continue. Over on the Voyces blog, I wrote that this acquisition is a strategic response to Skype, while Tom Howe rightly observed the subtlety that this acquisition is all about the migration of voice to the edge of the network.  And in a far ranging post on his blog, Rich Tehrani finishes by saying:

if I had to bet, I would say Google execs are walking around their campus with Android-powered tablets with built-in videoconferencing 24×7. Moreover, they are thrilled with what they see and they feel productivity is skyrocketing. As a result they realize the value of companies making codecs to supply these devices will skyrocket. This acquisition not only allows the company to pick up an asset which will increase in value, it can be used to help defend hardware platforms which use Android and run the risk of being sued by Nokia, Apple and others.

And perhaps the most interesting story of them all is fellow Voyces blogger and VoIP Godfather Andy Abramson’s seemingly miraculous ability to pick clients who become acquisition targets.  GIPS is the eighteenth he’s worked with that has exited.  Clearly, the man has the Midas touch.

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  • Rich Tehrani May 19, 2010, 9:33 am

    Does Andy represent any public companies so we can invest? :-)

    • Alec May 19, 2010, 10:12 am

      GIPS was public! We’ll need to comb his client list…

  • Maxyashunin June 3, 2010, 1:00 am

    Everybody in the industry says that Google wants to control the core VoIP technology. Its bid for GIPS makes much sense in this respect. But what it means for the customers of GIPS, and some of them, by the way, are in direct competition with Google. It’s not unlikely they will be left with limited or no support at all. Google will use VoIP as a platform in its Android OS, Google Chrome and probably in its Google Apps. Google will need GIPS’ expertise and engineering resource to back its VoIP strategies.
    SPIRIT DSP which successfully competed with GIPS over all these years is now the only independent VoIP technology company on the market. SPIRIT dislodged GIPS from Skype and was named among the Top 10 VoIP leaders by FierceVoIP. Today SPIRIT offers its VVoIP platform on a variety of desktop and mobile platforms, supporting not only Google’s Android but iPhone, Symbian, Windows Mobile. SPIRIT offers a video server with 1000-channel capacity. Now SPIRIT is the number one choice for service providers, application developers, and telcos that are deploying voice and video communication services.

  • Jacob June 9, 2010, 1:48 am

    The offer only got 70% shareholder acceptance and will have to be increased about 25% in order to get 90% acceptance.

    Odds are that Google will bow out, and GIPS remain independent.

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