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Some personal perspective on today's iotum news

We've had a pretty big day here.  Today iotum announced the appointment of Randall Howard as Chairman of our company, as well as an investment by VERDEXUS, his investment company.  You can read the press release on our website.  My eagle-eyed friend Luca Filigheddu guessed the news a few weeks back. 

Things are going really well.  As an example, iotum recently launched the world's first conference calling application on facebook's platform.  It took a little time to understand the levers of viral growth available to us, but we've got it figured out now.  It's grown from 15,000 to 30,000 users in the last week alone.

We've always attracted great advisors.  Randall Howard is no exception. He's the founder, and former Chairman and CEO of MKS Inc, one of Canada’s early software pioneers.   In 2000, after 17 years at the helm of MKS,  he embarked on a career as a hands on early stage investor through his vehicle VERDEXUS Inc.  He will be helping us with strategy, fund raising, and business development.  I know I speak for the entire iotum team when I say that we consider ourselves fortunate to have been able to win him over.

This afternoon I was asked by a local reporter what this means for us.  "We're at an inflexion point", I told her.  We're building momentum, we've got new investment, and we've recruited an iconic chairman who wants nothing more than to roll up his sleeves and get dirty with the rest of us. 

The future looks awfully bright from where I sit.

{ 12 comments… add one }

  • Joseph Thornley November 26, 2007, 9:03 pm

    Congratulations Alex. Keep going and growing and who knows? Ottawa's tech sector may find it has a new champion.

  • MGU November 27, 2007, 12:22 am

    Congratulations! Dad

  • jules November 27, 2007, 3:42 am

    I echo that last sentiment – with the *dad* part, of course. Congratulations!!!



  • Alec November 27, 2007, 3:49 am

    That IS my Dad Jules 😉

  • Richard Takle November 27, 2007, 6:32 am

    Congratulations Alec! – we've been following Iotum here at Nexus for a while now – great to see you growing – let me know if you ever have any plans for UK / Europe – I'm sure we could help….

  • Mitch Brisebois November 27, 2007, 6:39 am

    Keep going Alec, we're big iotum fans!

  • Peter Childs November 27, 2007, 7:28 am

    Great news Alec.

    Good not only for you and the Iotum team but Ottawa's tech sector as well – in part because it demonstrates the role of software and web interfaces in the telecom landscape.

  • Mum November 27, 2007, 7:53 am


  • pat phelan November 27, 2007, 10:23 am

    congrats Alec
    well deserved

  • MatthewS November 27, 2007, 7:47 pm

    Excellent News!

  • omfut November 27, 2007, 8:11 pm

    Congratulations alec. Wish you guys all the best. I’m sure your vision and insight of the industry shall take iotum to great heights

  • Aydin Mirzaee November 28, 2007, 4:08 pm

    congratulations :)

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