Scrambling to Grow, Slowly and Thoughtfully

David Byrd : Raven Call
David Byrd
David Byrd is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer for Raven Guru Marketing. Previously, he was the CMO and EVP of Sales for CloudRoute. Prior to CloudRoute, He was CMO at ANPI, CMO & EVP of Sales at Broadvox, VP of channels and Alliances for Telcordia and Director of eBusiness development with i2 Technologies.He has also held executive positions with Planet Hollywood Online, Hewlett-Packard, Tandem Computers, Sprint and Ericsson.
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Scrambling to Grow, Slowly and Thoughtfully

The past weekend was good for dining as well as cooking. Friday was casual with burgers and chicken fried steak. Saturday, I cooked corned beef and smoked pastrami. Sunday was a fried Cornish game hen and a Caesar salad. That said none of the dishes represented an original dish. Perhaps marinating the Cornish game hen in buttermilk and then flour it for pan frying was different, just not that different. I believe I mentioned previously that I prefer frying Cornish game hens to the monstrously larger chickens now sold in most markets. These we go on sale for 99 cents each and that certainly made them candidates for frying. By the way, I made Reuben sandwiches with the corned beef and pastrami adding sauerkraut and a homemade thousand island dressing. I used my favorite marbled rye. However, the recipe of the week is Scrambled Eggs. I know all of you out there believe you can make scrambled eggs but when beaten eggs are slowly brought to 160oF, the temperature at which eggs begin to cook, the result is a creamy wonder. Be careful not to overcook as they will look very different from scrambled eggs cooked at a high temperature. There are no curds and the eggs literally melt in your mouth. Cooked this way the eggs are great as a filling or with croissants. Slow Cooked Scrambled Eggs, Enjoy!

Thoughtful Growth

I find myself for the second consecutive week in Las Vegas. Last week I was here for Channel Partners which proved to be a very useful couple of days. We are engaging two new Master Agents, WTG and X4 Solutions. It was excellent to get some face time with their management teams as we launch our new relationships. This week we are back in Vegas for COMPTEL.

COMPTEL is a carrier show and our carrier sales team is here in full force. We do not have a booth but we do have a meeting room to engage existing customers and develop relationships with prospects.

As for the news of the week, I would point to US Signal. US Signal supplies Broadvox with transport services in the Midwest. Moreover, we recently completed a peering arrangement with them enabling their broadband channels sales partners to offer Broadvox SIP Trunking and GO!VBX, a hosted Unified Communications PBX solution. We are very excited by this new relationship. We are also excited to read they are expanding their network by adding several new on-off-ramps in the Midwestern states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin. 

The expansion includes adding network access in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Iowa City, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Hampton, Iowa; Eau Claire and Wausau, Wisconsin.

When completed the US Signal footprint have more than 9,000 route miles of long-haul fiber and more than 1,100 miles of fiber optic metro rings in 24 markets connecting regions in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.


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