I’ve been out to visit Ranch Networks a few times in the past few years and my first visit was interesting as the company didn’t seem 100% sure of what direcion to take their products in. They had talented engineers but the strategy wasn’t clear to me or them.
A few years later the company switched their strategy to providing security for the Asterisk space. This seemed to me like a can’t miss market. But frankly I haven’t been in very close touch with company execs for a while.
I received an e-mail today from a past team member who asked me if the campany was gone because their website is dead. I queried my internal database and it does seem like their phone numbers have been dead for a number of months.
I haven’t heard a single negative thing about the company so this news comes as a bit of a surpise.
If you have additional information feel free to add to this post.
Update: Here are some thoughts from a reliable, anonymous source:
Ranch had their funding pulled and is basically out of businesses. They closed their doors and let everyone go about a year ago. They spent their time chasing one large deal (3Com) who wanted to use any available financial resources on their recent acquisitions (so I was told). Ram Ayyakad, their CEO has been trying to sell the technology, but can’t seem to gain much interest. They still believe they have something that is valuable.
Nir SimionovichJanuary 10, 2008 at 3:01 am
At VON Boston I’ve seen some of their engineers, especially the funny guy that used to throw apples at his crowd when doing a training session – he was wearing a new badge, of one of the SBC companies.
I assumed that RanchNetworks were acquired by one of these SBC companies, but it would appear that this is not the case.
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