After operating in stealth mode
for more than one year, Tello Corporation officially launched today and
announced the availability of an instant communication and
collaboration service for businesses. The company was founded by a
group of technology industry leaders, including our client, Jeff Pulver, to facilitate real-time
communications across networks, applications and devices in the context
of critical business processes.
Today’s Wall Street Journal broke the national story and includes a nice commentary and quote from Jeff.
We’ve been working with Tello’s agency, Lewis PR’s San Francisco office to help coordinate Jeff’s involvement in this initiative. It’s very common for us to team with other agencies when it helps the client, their partners and investors.
Tello was formed in late 2004 and closed its Series A round of
financing in April 2005 with Eagle River, Evercore Partners, Rho
Ventures and Intel Capital as the leading investors. The company is led
by Doug Renert, CEO, who joined from Oracle Corporation where he spent
eight years, most recently as vice president responsible for vertical
Tello’s founders include the following technology veterans who also serve on the company’s board of directors:
Jeff Pulver is the chairman and founder of pulver.com, co-founder of
VoIP provider Vonage, publisher of The Pulver Report and VON Magazine,
and creator of the industry standard Voice on the Net (VON)
Craig McCaw is chairman and CEO of Eagle River, a private company
focusing on strategic investments in the communications industry; and
Clearwire Corporation, one of Eagle River’s portfolio companies, which
operates wireless broadband communications networks.
John Sculley is a venture partner at Rho Ventures. Previously, he
co-founded private investment firm Sculley Brothers, and served as CEO
of Apple Computer from 1983 to 1993. Prior to Apple, he was president
and CEO of Pepsi.
Michael J. Price is a senior managing director of Evercore Partners.
Prior to Evercore, he co-founded FirstMark Communications Europe, and
previously spent eleven years at Lazard, where he led the firm’s global
Telecom and Technology Group.
The company’s services, Tello Enterprise and Tello Basic, enable
business and individual end-users to quickly and easily locate, contact
and collaborate with co-workers, customers, suppliers and partners in
real-time across existing disparate networks, devices and applications.
Tello offers its services directly to businesses and end-users, and
also works with independent software vendors, network equipment
providers, service providers and systems integrators to deliver the
services in combination with third party solutions.