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Digium gets VC infusion for AsteriskMartin Schneider, August 9, 2006 @ 10:00 am ET
Digium, which is the main commercial entity behind the Asterisk open source telephony platform, and brainchild of Mark Spencer, just received a nice pile of cash. The funding round, led by David Skok at Matrix partners, totals $13.8m. Matrix was also a backer of JBOSS.
Digium says it has experienced 100% growth in each of the last several years. Today Asterisk boasts over 1 million users (growing by over 1,000 downloads per day), and 130 Genuine Asterisk implementation partners worldwide. So, Matrix is not necessarily taking a big risk here as the product and concept have really taken hold in the past couple years..
We have been keeping an eye on Asterisk, and like what we see. The concept can not only aid in the cost effective rollout of individual call centers, but we also see a play here for hosted and other IP-based call center vendors co-opting the platform. For example, hosted contact center vendors can use the product to more easily scale their offerings as their products become more popular. The telephony sapce in general seems to be back on track, and we expect Asterisk to be a part of the development of the space in the next few years.
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